The Schneagle was bred as a cross between the Schnauzer and the Beagle dog. These rather small dogs do not weigh more than twenty-five pounds when they mature. As in the case of crossbreeds, it's hard to predict how the appearance will be. Most of the Schneagle dogs inherit a coat with short and coarse hair from their Beagle parents. Some have shorter hair with slightly longer hair at places, especially on the chest and stomach areas.
Though most of the canine clubs have registered these dogs as Schneagles, the International Canine Designer Registry (ICDR) organization has registered this breed as Miniature Schneagle.
Temperament & Personality
They are loyal and devoted needing a good amount of attention from the owner’s side. With early socialization, they love to mingle with other dogs and animals. It will be happy in an apartment, provided the owner has access to an open garden area. The owner should remember that these dogs are prone to wandering, thus should never be kept unleashed outside.
The Schneagles are friendly and fun-loving and will love to make friends in both humans and animals. Being both intelligent and clownish, they like to entertain the entire family with their funny and idiotic antics. They are highly attentive and alert making them an excellent watchdog. It is one of those breeds that should never be left alone outside.
They prone to laziness, and if not controlled, the Schneagle dog will become a couch potato with time. Because the Schnauzer and the Beagle mix is easily moldable in regards to habits, the owner can start taking them on regular morning walks, and with time the dog will get accustomed to daily activities. The owner can also buy some soft toys, to keep them busy in the house. Instead of an hour-long activity routine, the owner can divide the exercise routine into small bursts.
The Schneagle is low on maintenance and grooming, but some Schneagles may need more grooming. To prevent the tartar build-up, the owner should brush the dog’s teeth twice every week. Cleaning the eyes with a soft and hygienic cloth will prevent the accumulation of dirt in the eyes. The owner should clip the nails, whenever the dog starts to scratch the floor or the furniture. They are prone to getting an ear infection, so the ear needs to be cleaned every week to prevent the issue.
The Schneagle can suffer from health issues such as Patellar Luxation, Distichiasis, Cherry eyes, Glaucoma, Hip dysplasia, Invertebral Disc Disease, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, and Epilepsy. Occasional tests such as Internal imagings, Eye examinations, Full body physical examination especially in the joints will prevent the dog from getting various diseases.
An eager to please dog will be quite easy to train provided the trainer follows a firm, consistent, and passive way of training the dog. If the Schneagle leans more towards the Beagle’s side, it might be hard to train. Early training in areas such as housebreaking, obedience, and socialization will shape an obedient and well-behaved dog for the future.
A diet meant for the breeds of this size will be the best option for the Schneagle dog. The owner should make sure that the puppy is getting a well-proportioned meal in its growing years.