Schnauzer mixes are an increasingly popular hybrid dog choice.
The Schnauzer is one of those classic purebred dog breeds that can almost introduce itself.
With this breed’s alert triangular ears and trademark moustache and mutton chops, the Schnauzer often appears to be a canine version of Yoda – wise, brave and calm.
The Schnauzer is an ancient and well-established purebred dog breed, which makes him a natural choice for hybrid or “designer” dog breeding programs.
In this article, you will meet the most popular Schnauzer mix breed dogs!
While on the way to becoming a recognized purebred dog breed in its own right, the Schnauzer was crossed with other purebred dogs, including the Poodle, Bolognese, Great Dane, Wolfspitz (Keeshond), and Affenpinscher.
The Schnauzer’s distinctive facial hair has always served a protective purpose, since these dogs were originally bred to hunt small yet fierce rodents like rats.
Size and weight
- The Giant Schnauzer typically weighs 55 to 85 pounds.
- The Standard Schnauzer typically weighs 30 to 50 pounds.
- The Miniature Schnauzer typically weighs 11 to 20 pounds.
The Schnauzer has a double-layer coat consisting of a wiry, weather-resistant outercoat and a softer, finer insulating under-coat.
This coat won’t typically shed much, but does need frequent hand-stripping, brushing and grooming to retain its protective properties.
Personality and temperament
The Schnauzer is known as a friendly, fearless and intelligent purebred dog.
They have strong hunting and guarding instincts, and can make excellent family watchdogs.
One thing to know about this breed is that they get bored easily! Successful training will always be positive and varied.
Health issues and life expectancy
Purebred Schnauzers of all sizes can experience some known genetic health issues.
With Giant and Standard Schnauzers, watch for hip dysplasia, eye disease and thyroid issues.
With Miniature Schnauzers, watch for genetic cataracts, calcium (bladder) stones, epilepsy, high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), pancreatitis and liver shunts.
The Giant and Miniature Schnauzers typically live 12 to 15 years. The Standard Schnauzer can live 13 to 16 years.
Interestingly, most of today’s modern purebred dogs were originally crossbred with several different breeds to produce specific functional (working) or appearance (show) traits.
But hybrid dog breeding is a little different. A hybrid mix breed dog has two different purebred parents, such as a Schnauzer and a Labrador Retriever.
The modern practice of breeding so-called “designer” dogs is controversial. Yet the majority of hybrid breeders do so to help strengthen the gene pool for future generations of dogs while minimizing purebred genetic weaknesses and promoting strengths.
An ideal outcome is to produce a hybrid puppy that possesses better health, improved life expectancy, and a pleasing and trainable temperament.
List of Schnauzer Mixes
If you have arrived here because you want information about a particular Schnauzer mix breed dog, this handy clickable list will get you to the right section quickly!
- Affenpinscher Schnauzer mix
- Airedale Terrier Schnauzer mix
- Basset Hound Schnauzer mix
- Beagle Schnauzer mix
- Bichon Frise Schnauzer mix
- Border Collie Schnauzer mix
- Boston Terrier Schnauzer mix
- Brussels Griffon Schnauzer mix
- Cairn Terrier Schnauzer mix
- Chihuahua Schnauzer mix
- Cocker Spaniel Schnauzer mix
- Corgi Schnauzer mix
- Dachshund Schnauzer mix
- Havanese Schnauzer mix
- Lhasa Apso Schnauzer mix
- Labrador Retriever Schnauzer mix
- Maltese Schnauzer mix
- Poodle Schnauzer mix
- Pug Schnauzer mix
- Yorkshire Terrier Schnauzer mix
Affenpinscher Schnauzer Mix
Also known as: a Schnauffen
The Schnauffen crosses an Affenpinscher with a Miniature Schnauzer.
With this cross you can expect a dog that weighs between 10 to 20 pounds and can live 12 to 15 years.
Your Schnauffen likely won’t shed much but will need regular grooming.
Airedale Terrier Schnauzer Mix
Also known as: a Schnairedale
The Schnairedale crosses an Airedale Terrier with a standard or Giant Schnauzer.
You can expect your pup to weigh between 35 and 80 pounds and live for 11 to 15 years.
Your Schnairedale may shed depending on which parent your puppy takes after.
Regular grooming will be important to maintain this dog’s coat.
Basset Hound Schnauzer Mix
Also known as: a Bowzer
The Bowzer crosses the instantly recognizable Basset Hound with the equally distinctive Standard Schnauzer.
This dog will have the shorter legs of the Basset but may have a smooth or a wiry coat.
This dog typically weighs 40 to 65 pounds and lives 12 to 15 years.
Shedding can be profuse if your pup takes after the Basset Hound parent!
Beagle Schnauzer Mix
Also known as: a Schneagle
A Schneagle pup will have one Beagle parent and one miniature or Standard Schnauzer parent.
This dog will weigh between 10 and 45 pounds depending on the Schnauzer parent’s size.
The Schneagle is likely to shed some year-round and will benefit from regular brushing.
Bichon Frise Schnauzer Mix
Also known as: a Chonzer
The Chonzer crosses a Bichon Frise with a Miniature Schnauzer to produce a dog that weighs between 7 and 18 pounds and lives 12 to 15 years.
The Chonzer won’t shed much but will need lots of brushing and grooming.
Border Collie Schnauzer Mix
Also known as: a Border Schnollie
The Border Schnollie crosses a Border Collie with a Standard Schnauzer.
This pooch will weigh between 30 and 50 pounds and live 12 to 15 years.
Expect your Border Schnollie to shed some and need plenty of brushing.
Boston Terrier Schnauzer Mix
Also known as: a MiniBoz
The MiniBoz crosses a Boston Terrier with a Miniature Schnauzer, producing a pooch that will weigh 10 to 20 pounds.
This dog has a life expectancy of 11 to 15 years.
Your MiniBoz may shed some but not profusely.
The MiniBoz will likely inherit at least some of the flat-faced (brachycephalic) health issues associated with the Boston Terrier breed.
Brussels Griffon Schnauzer Mix
Also known as: a Sniffon
The Sniffon crosses a Brussels Griffon with a Miniature Schnauzer. This pup will likely weigh 8 to 18 pounds and live 12 to 15 years.
The Sniffon will probably shed somewhat year-round and will benefit from very regular brushing.
Be aware that this dog is likely going to inherit some of the health concerns associated with brachycephalic (flat-faced) breeds like its Brussels Griffon parent.
Cairn Terrier Schnauzer Mix
Also known as: a Cairnauzer
A Cairnauzer is a puppy with one Cairn Terrier parent and one Miniature Schnauzer parent.
This pup will weigh between 13 and 20 pounds and have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.
The Cairnauzer’s coat requires the same type of hand-stripping and brushing maintenance as the purebred Schnauzer.
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Chihuahua Schnauzer Mix
Also known as: a Chizer
The Chizer has one Chihuahua parent and one Miniature Schnauzer parent.
This is likely to be a tiny pup weighing less than 12 pounds. The typical life expectancy is 12 to 16 years.
A Chizer may inherit a short or longer single or double-layer coat. Regular brushing will be important for coat and skin health.
Cocker Spaniel Schnauzer Mix
Also known as: a Schnocker
The adorably-named Schnocker crosses a Cocker Spaniel with a Standard or Miniature Schnauzer.
This dog may weigh anywhere from 11 to 45 pounds. The average life expectancy is 12 to 15 years.
The Schnocker may have a higher-shedding coat and will need regular brushing and grooming to prevent tangles.
Corgi Schnauzer Mix
Also known as: a Schnorgi
The Schnorgi crosses one Welsh Pembroke Corgi and one Miniature Schnauzer.
The Schnorgi will likely weigh 11 to 30 pounds and live 12 to 15 years.
This dog may inherit the shortened legs of the Corgi parent and may shed some.
Dachshund Schnauzer Mix
Also known as: a Schnoxie
The Schnoxie has one Standard or Miniature Dachshund parent and one Miniature Schnauzer parent.
Expect an adult weight of 10 to 30 pounds and a lifespan of 12 to 16 years.
The Schnoxie will inherit the shortened legs associated with the Dachshund parent and may have varying coat types from smooth to wire-haired with minimal shedding.
Havanese Schnauzer Mix
Also known as: a Schnese
A Schnese hybrid dog has one Havanese parent and one Miniature Schnauzer parent, putting this dog’s adult weight at around 7 to 20 pounds and lifespan at 12 to 16 years.
The Schnese won’t shed much but you may find you need to brush your dog daily, especially if your pup inherits more of the Havanese’s long flowing coat!
Lhasa Apso Schnauzer Mix
Also known as: a Schapso
The Schapso has one Lhasa Apso parent and one Miniature Schnauzer parent.
This dog will probably weigh 11 to 20 pounds and have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.
Your Schapso likely won’t shed much but expect daily brushing and grooming duties.
Labrador Retriever Schnauzer Mix
Also known as: a Lab Schnauzer
The Lab Schnauzer has one Standard or Giant Schnauzer parent and one Labrador Retriever parent.
This can be a sizable pup depending on the Schnauzer parent’s size, weighing 50 to 80+ pounds. Expect a life span of 10 to 15 years.
The Lab Schnauzer will be loyal, smart and very people-centric!
Read our full Lab Schnauzer review here.
Maltese Schnauzer Mix
Also known as: a Mauzer
The Mauzer will have one Maltese parent and one Miniature Schnauzer parent.
This will be a small pooch weighing anywhere from 7 to 20 pounds. The life expectancy is 12 to 15 years.
You won’t have much shedding with a Mauzer but expect daily brushing duties!
Read our full Mauzer review here.
Poodle Schnauzer Mix
Also known as: a Schnoodle
A Schnoodle will have one Standard, Miniature or Toy Poodle parent and one Standard or Miniature Schnauzer parent, producing a pup weighing 10 pounds to 80+ pounds.
This dog won’t shed but will need plenty of brushing.
The Schnoodle is going to be a smart dog, very trainable and people-oriented!
Read our full Schnoodle review here.
Pug Schnauzer Mix
Also known as: a Schnug
A Schnug dog will have one Pug parent and one Miniature Schnauzer parent, putting this dog’s adult weight at 11 to 20 pounds.
Their life expectancy is 12 to 15 years.
You may see more shedding if your Schnug takes after the Pug parent.
The Schnug may also struggle with some of the flat-faced (brachycephalic) health concerns known to occur in Pug dogs.
Read our full Schnug review here.
Yorkshire Terrier Schnauzer Mix
Also known as: a Snorkie
The Snorkie has one Yorkshire Terrier parent and one Miniature Schnauzer parent, putting this pup’s adult weight between 7 and 20 pounds.
The life expectancy is 11 to 15 years.
You won’t have much shedding with this dog.
The Snorkie may inherit some of the health issues associated with the brachycephalic (flat-faced) muzzle type from the Yorkshire Terrier parent.
Read our full Snorkie review here.
Is A Schnauzer Mix Right For Me?
We hope you have enjoyed meeting each of these unique Schnauzer mix breed dogs!
Schnauzers of all sizes have been a popular choice for lots of hybrid dogs today.
Schnauzers are typically a very healthy breed, and we believe it’s best to preserve that good fortune for future generations by avoiding Schnauzer mix puppies with conformational health problems from their other parent (for example a brachycephalic Schnug).
What are your thoughts on Schnauzer mixes?
Drop us a line in the comments if you already have one, you’re thinking of getting one, or even if you’re really not keen!
References and Resources
Dvorak, F., “A Brief History of the Standard Schnauzer,” The Standard Schnauzer Club of America.
Weinberger, C., 2018, “History of the Miniature Schnauzer,” The American Miniature Schnauzer Club.
Brown, C., 2018, “Origin and History of the Giant Schnauzer,” Giant Schnauzer Club of America.
Coren, S., PhD., DSc, FRSC, 2018, “Are Mixed-Breed Dogs Really Healthier than Purebreds?,” Psychology Today.
Anness, L., 2018, “Schnauzer Health,” The Schnauzer Club of Great Britain/Royal Veterinary College.
Packer, RMA, et al, 2015, “Impact of Facial Conformation on Canine Health: Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome,” PloS One Journal.