The Schnauzer comes in several sizes, such as the Standard, the Giant, and the Miniature. These three versions of Schnauzers are very similar in appearance (except in size), and there are minor differences in temperament.
The Miniature Schnauzer is the most popular of the three different types of Schnauzers (sitting at the 19th most popular breed of dog in North America) and is a healthy, outgoing, smart, and friendly dog. All Schnauzers have some of these traits, but combining these loyal and intelligent dogs with other purebreds can contribute to a new generation of dogs with the best of both breeds.
Here, we present a list of fifteen hybrids that have been successfully combined with the Miniature, Standard, and Giant Schnauzer, giving us a variety of amazing mixed breed dogs.
Miniature Schnauzer Mixes
1. Schnau-Tzu (Mini Schnauzer x Shih-Tzu)
The Shih Tzu mixed with the Mini Schnauzer gives us the Schnau-Tzu, a very smart, friendly, and social dog. They are fantastic with children (although younger children might accidentally injure these small dogs and should be supervised) and other pets and absolutely love spending time with their family. The Schnau-Tzu is easy to train but does shed a fair bit, so be prepared for a moderate amount of cleaning up and grooming.
2. Eskimo Schnauzer (American Eskimo x Mini Schnauzer Mix)
The Eskimo Schnauzer is commonly the Mini Schnauzer combined with the Toy American Eskimo Dog. However, the American Eskimo comes in 3 different sizes, like the Schnauzer, and the Eskimo Schnauzer can come in a wide variety of sizes. These hybrids are companion dogs, which means they must not be left alone for long periods. The Eskimo Schnauzer is an energetic and friendly dog that needs lots of exercise and gets along very well with children and other pets. They are intelligent and easy to train, but grooming will depend on which parent they take after most.
3. Mauzer (Mini Schnauzer x Maltese)
The Maltese and Mini Schnauzer give us the Mauzer, a tiny dog that makes up for his stature by being an excellent watchdog. They get along with children but preferably older kids because of their small size. They are stubborn at times, and they tend to bond closely with one person in the family (although they are very affectionate with the entire family). They require a fair amount of grooming and exercise and will need to be occupied with mental stimulation because they are very intelligent. They are happy, loving, and energetic dogs.
4. Schneagle (Beagle x Miniature Scnauzer Mix)
The Schneagle is a hybrid of the Mini Schnauzer and the Beagle and is a very loving and loyal dog. They need a lot of attention and will require owners that are home most of the time, but they will be happy in a house or an apartment. The Schneagle loves to cuddle and is sweet, friendly, and playful. While it’s energetic, it might be prone to laziness and should be encouraged to exercise. They love nothing more than spending time with their family and are social and attentive family dogs.
5. Snorkie (Mini Schnauzer x Yorkshire Terrier)
The Yorkshire Terrier (or Yorkie) combined with the Mini Schnauzer gives us the Snorkie (or sometimes called the Schnerrier). They are perfect for apartments and are great family dogs who love to play fetch and cuddle. The Snorkie tends to bark quite a bit and works well as a watchdog but will also bark for attention. They are friendly dogs that get along with everyone in general.
6. Border Schnollie (Border Collie x Schnauzer Mix)
The Border Schnollie is a combination of the Standard Schnauzer and the Border Collie breeds. This makes the Border Schnollie a very high-energy crossbreed that needs a lot of playtime and exercise. They are incredibly devoted dogs that won’t hesitate to protect their family but might also attempt to herd children and other pets, thanks to their Border Collie traits. The Border Schnollie is intelligent, playful, and eager to please.
7. Bowzer (Schnauzer x Basset Hound)
The Basset Hound and Schnauzer will give us the Bowzer (or Basset Schnauzer), a family dog that gets along very well with children and other pets. They are affectionate, loyal, and smart dogs that might chase smaller animals (due to their Basset Hound side) and should always be kept on a leash when out. While they can be stubborn at times, they do train easily and tend to be obedient dogs.
8. Schnauzer German Shepherd (Schnauzer x German Shepherd)
The Schnauzer German Shepherd is the German Shepherd and Standard Schnauzer breeds combined into this intelligent and protective hybrid. They might have aggressive tendencies, which makes them excellent guard dogs, but training and socialization are imperative while they are puppies. The Schnauzer German Shepherd will need a lot of exercise and attention, and you’ll end up with a confident, smart, and loving companion.
9. Schnottie (Rottweiler x Schnauzer Mixed Breed)
The Rottweiler and the Standard Schnauzer create the rare Schnottie hybrid, an intelligent and loyal dog. The traits of the Rottweiler make them protective and dependable dogs that get along well with children. The Schnottie is wary of strangers and other dogs, but proper socialization should help. They need a lot of exercise and play and won’t do well if left alone for too long.
10. Soft Coated Wheatzer (Schnauzer x Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier)
The Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier, combined with the Standard Schnauzer, will give us the Soft Coated Wheatzer, an excellent family dog. They get along very well with other pets and with children of all ages and are loyal and loving dogs. They have medium-length coats that will require regular grooming and are high-energy and will need a lot of exercise. The Soft Coated Wheatzer can be trained easily and is a very friendly breed.
11. Giant Schnauzer Lab (Giant Schnauzer x Labrador Retriever)
The Labrador Retriever and the Giant Schnauzer gives us the Schnauzer Lab, an energetic and amiable crossbreed. Depending on which parent it takes after, the Schnauzer Lab might be wary of strangers if it takes after the Schnauzer or loves everyone like the Labrador Retriever. They get along well with children, and they’re energetic and intelligent dogs.
12. Giant Schnoodle (Standard Poodle x Giant Schnauzer Mix)
The Giant Schnoodle is a mix of the Giant Schnauzer and the Standard Poodle and is one smart hybrid. They are very social dogs that love spending time with their family and are wonderful with children and other animals. The Giant Schnoodle is energetic and will need a lot of exercise and playtime and loves to spend a lot of time with its family. They are loving dogs that might be a little headstrong at times but are overall easy to train.
13. Giant Irish Wolf Schnauzer (Giant Schnauzer x Irish Wolfhound)
When you combine the Giant Schnauzer and the Irish Wolfhound, you get the Giant Irish Wolf Schnauzer. This hybrid is clearly very large and is a very active, strong dog and should be supervised around young children in case of unintentional accidents (they tend to be rambunctious, and because of their size, they might knock the little ones down by accident). The Giant Irish Wolf Schnauzer might not get along with other animals because they have a high prey drive, but they are intelligent and loving dogs.
14. Giant Kerry Blue Schnauzer (Giant Schnauzer x Kerry Blue Terrier)
The Kerry Blue Terrier and the Giant Schnauzer together create the Giant Kerry Blue Schnauzer, an energetic and intelligent hybrid. They make excellent family pets but might do better in a home with older children because of their size. They do not get along with other dogs, so working on socialization with them at an early age is essential. The Giant Kerry Blue Schnauzer shouldn’t be left alone for long periods and would do best as the only animal in the household. They are playful, energetic dogs that need a lot of exercise but will bond with and protect their family.
Many of these mixed breeds can occur between some of the Schnauzer’s different sizes (the Schnairedale, for example, can be either the Standard or Giant Schnauzer). The temperament of the parent breeds will help to dictate the personality of their offspring, but it depends on which breed the puppy takes after most. However, more importantly, how they are trained and socialized while young will determine their overall temperament.
You can find mixed breeds through rescue groups and by talking to breeders and even online through social media. Particularly if you’re searching for a very specific hybrid. Any mixed breed that includes the Schnauzer will guarantee you an intelligent and loving dog that will make a fantastic addition to your family.
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