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How Much Does a Schnoodle Cost? 2024 Price Guide

Grant Piper

By Grant Piper

Schnoodle

Schnoodles are popular designer dogs. Many people like the unique look of the Schnoodle and the fact that they can come in a variety of sizes and colors. But Schnoodles can be quite expensive to own. If you are not prepared for the costs, you might be surprised when the bills come. So how much does it cost to own a Schnoodle? You can expect to pay $150 – $520+ per month but, it varies. Schnoodle costs can change depending on the age and size of your Schnoodle. Here is everything you need to know about the cost of owning a Schnoodle.

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Bringing Home a New Schnoodle: One-Time Costs

Getting a new Schnoodle is an exciting prospect, but it is one that can be costly. Schnoodles are a popular designer brand, and that means that it can cost a pretty penny to find one. If you are lucky enough to stumble across an adoptable Schnoodle from a rescue or shelter, you can save big bucks, but that is often unlikely.

Free

The most affordable way to get any dog is to find one for free. Free dogs can occasionally be found at the shelter during free adoption days. You can also find people who need to rehome a dog for cheap or free. You can search online message boards for people who might be looking to rehome their dog for free. Free dogs are not super common, and they are often older or have potential health issues. Free puppies are almost impossible to find, so if you are set on a puppy, you will likely need to pay for it.

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Adoption

  • $25 – $250

Another way to find a Schnoodle without having to go through a breeder is to find one for adoption. Schnoodles are occasionally put up for adoption at the local animal shelter or by rescue groups. There are even rescues that specialize in Schnoodles specifically. The most affordable Schnoodles will be found at the shelter. Rescues can sometimes charge inflated prices for their dogs, especially if they believe that the dog is young, healthy, or desirable.

Breeder

  • $500 – $2500

The most consistent way to find a Schnoodle is to go through a breeder. Schnoodles can cost anywhere from $500 to $2,500. Some breeders in inflated markets have even advertised their designer Schnoodles for $5,000 or more. Be sure to look into a breeder’s history and reputation before making a purchase. Not all dog breeders are the same. Sometimes proven breeders will charge more money than less reputable breeders. If you want to get a Schnoodle from a breeder, be sure to do your research and price shop so you get a healthy puppy for a fair price.

Initial Setup and Supplies

  • $150 – $250

Once you have selected your Schnoodle, you will also need to buy some initial supplies. New dogs need a few things right off the bat to get them settled in. A new Schnoodle will need food and water bowls, a bag of dog food, a dog crate, and a bed or some toys to help them get comfortable. They will also need a leash or harness so you can take them on walks.

List of Schnoodle Care Supplies and Costs

ID Tag and Collar $40
Spay/Neuter $50 – $200
X-Ray Cost $100 – $250
Ultrasound Cost $350 – $750
Microchip $25 – $75
Teeth Cleaning $200 – $500
Dog Bed $40 – $120
Nail Clipper (optional) $20
Brush (optional) $15
Harness $25
Treats $20
Toys $20 – $50
Carrier $50
Food and Water Bowls $20

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How Much Does a Schnoodle Cost Per Month?

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  • $150 – $520+ per month

The total monthly cost of owning a Schnoodle can vary between $150 and $520+ per month. The total cost will depend on some factors, such as the overall health of your Schnoodle and the size of your Schnoodle. Larger dogs will need more food and more grooming, which will cost more money. Older dogs or unhealthy dogs will need more frequent vet visits and medications which can quickly run up the monthly ownership costs.

The cheapest Schnoodles to own are going to be small, young, and healthy Schnoodles.

Health Care

  • $140 – $420 per month

Health care costs are going to cover everything that your Schnoodle needs to survive. This includes food, grooming, medication, vet visits, and insurance costs. Health care costs are the most substantial costs that are associated with owning any dog and will make up the bulk of all monthly expenses.

Food

  • $40 – $100 per month

Dog food prices continue to soar, and feeding your Schnoodle can get pricey. Basic bags of kibble are still fairly affordable, but if you want to go with a specialty diet or a raw diet, the costs can become substantial. The size of your Schnoodle will also influence the overall cost. Schnoodles can be a variety of different sizes ranging from 20 pounds all the way to 70 pounds. Larger Schnoodles will eat a lot more food than smaller Schnoodles.

happy and contented schnoodle dog
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Grooming

  • $40 – $80 per month

Schnoodles have a lot of hair and can require regular grooming to keep them looking their best. Grooming costs can range from $40 to $80 per session, depending on your groomer. Larger dogs can require more frequent grooming, which can increase costs. If you do not bring your Schnoodle to the groomer, you will need to invest in some at home grooming supplies in order to keep them bathed and trimmed.

Medications and Vet Visits

  • $25 – $200 per month

This is another category that will vary wildly depending on your individual dog. Some medications, like flea and tick medication, are most often purchased. Other dogs will need additional medications like allergy medications, joint medication, or heartworm medication. Older dogs will also need to go to the vet more often to get routine checkups to screen for dysplasia, cancer, and other common health problems.

Pet Insurance

  • $10 – $40 per month

Pet insurance is a minor expense that is not required but is cheaper the earlier you buy it. If you can lock in a rate for a young dog, pet insurance can be extremely affordable. It can also help save you money on large medical expenses (more on that later). Be sure to shop around for the best rate if you plan on getting pet insurance.

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Environment Maintenance

  • $0 – $50 per month

Some dogs need some environmental maintenance. This is often in the form of yard maintenance. Some dogs can destroy your lawn by peeing, pooping, digging, and running around. Large Schnoodles can do a number on small yards, and you might need to pay to upkeep the grass or replace any flowers your dog might accidentally paw up.

Entertainment

  • $10 – $50 per month

Dogs love toys and bones. Providing some entertainment for your dog can help relieve their energy and give them something to do when you are out of the house or busy. Some dogs are hard on toys and destroy them in a matter of days or even hours. Other dogs will nurse a toy for weeks. Your dog’s energy level and care with toys will determine how much entertainment the dog needs.

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Total Monthly Cost of Owning a Schnoodle

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  • $150 – $520 per month

The total monthly cost of owning a Schnoodle can vary wildly. On the low end, you can expect to pay around $150 a month. On the high end, with expensive food, multiple medications, frequent vet visits, and regular grooming, you can expect to pay around $500 per month. This will be the case for high maintenance, old or sick dogs.

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Additional Costs to Factor In

Boarding/Pet Sitting ($20 – $100 per day)

Not everyone likes to travel with their dog. If you need to get out of town, you will likely need to get a pet sitter or board your dog. Boarding and sitting costs can vary depending on who you choose to go with. You can hire a friend or local pet sitter for cheap, or you can put your dog in a fancy boarding center with webcams, treats, and private rooms.

Emergency Vet Care ($500 – $10,000+)

One cost that you should always keep in the back of your mind is emergency vet care. Procedures like ACL tears, foreign bodies, and toxicity treatment can run hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Emergency vet hospital visits can easily start at $500 and go up from there. Emergency surgery can cost thousands of dollars. Hospitalization can cost over $10,000, depending on the severity of the injury or illness. Pet insurance can help offset some of these costs, but you might want to save some money or keep a credit card handy.

Dog Training ($30 – $75 per session)

Schnoodles can be willful dogs, and not everyone has the time or energy to train them, especially when they are puppies. You can buy some dog training at local pet shops or with nearby professionals. Dog training sessions can run anywhere from $30 to $75 per session. Some obedience programs can take multiple sessions to complete.

Owning a Schnoodle on a Budget

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If these costs seem high, don’t worry. There are some ways to save money on owning a Schnoodle. You can buy budget food, find dog items second hand and trim back grooming to a minimum. You can save money on unnecessary items like toys and treats to keep costs low.

Saving Money on Schnoodle Care

There are a handful of ways to save money on Schnoodle care. One of the easiest ways is to buy into a wellness plan. Wellness plans are sometimes offered by veterinarian clinics in which you buy a month or year’s worth of services at a reduced price for money upfront. This can help save you as much as 40% or even 50% on recurring vet bills.

Another way to save money is to buy pet insurance to help offset the cost of large and unexpected medical bills. You can also set up an auto-ship order for things like food that can save money every month. Many online retailers will offer deals for signing up for a recurring shipment.

All of these things together can help save you a bundle of money on a monthly basis. You just need to do a little thinking and a little planning to sign up for the right programs that will save you the most money in the long run.

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Conclusion

Schnoodles are excellent dogs, but they can cost a lot of money to take care of. Getting a dog is not an easy decision or one that should be taken lightly. You need to make sure that you have the money and a plan for how you are going to take care of it. The cost of dog ownership is a recurring one, and dogs often get more expensive the older they get, which is another thing to keep in mind for the future.


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