Welcome to Our Puppy Blog!

Welcome to our blog! I am a small hobby breeder of Schnoodle puppies. My Schnoodles are a cross of the White Schnauzer with a Red Poodle. These dogs do not shed, are great for allergy sufferers, are friendly and easily trained.

We have 3 breeding females and sell our puppies face to face as required by APHIS rules for hobby breeders.


Our breeding dogs are from purebred Akc lines and the Schnoodle puppies are registered with ICA (the registry for Designer breed dogs.)

They will be vet checked, have their first set of shots, and be Ugodog Puppy Toilet Trained. But this is just the beginning! Read through our posts to see the special care and attention we give our litter. You will enjoy watching our Growing Puppies!

We sell our puppies through our Waiting list. We do not post them on the blog for purchase. If you wish to be contacted with updates on the next litter email me at GrowingPuppies@gmail.com

Update: We hope for a litter this winter. I will email my contact list when our female is bred. I also hope for a litter in early spring 2018.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A word of Caution about Merle Schnoodle Puppies

The dog above is called a Merle Schnoodle but there is more to this dog than meets the eye.
I have noticed more and more Merle Schnauzers and Merle Schnoodles popping up for sale on the internet.   Before you buy a dog from these breeders, it is important to educate yourself on the truth about the Merle gene as it relates to the Mini Schnauzer and the Schnoodle 

What is the Merle Color?   The Merle color on a dog reminds me of Oreo Cookie ice cream.  It is a mottled patches of color and sometimes darker larger patches.   It lightens as the dog gets older, so the pronounced color on a puppy will be more muted on the adult dog.  The mottled look is not always black and white, but can be other colors as well.   The most prized of the Merle dogs are those that are born with 1 or 2 blue eyes.  Breeders usually charge a lot more for the blue eyed dogs.  Sounds cool, right?  Wait...there is more to this gene than meets the eye!

The Merle color gene carries many health defects.    When a Merle is bred to a Merle you have a very high chance of blind and deaf dogs.    They also have a weaker immune system.  Some puppies are born dead or with missing eyelids.    The health risks are so great that the UK Kennel Club stopped registering dogs with the Merle gene in 2013.

Blue eyed dogs have the Merle gene. This is a gene that can cause puppies to be born deaf and blind.


Why would any breeder purposely breed Merle puppies?
Breeders who have introduced the Merle gene into their breeding lines, do so because they think this is an exotic look for a dog.  This is an excuse to charge more for the puppies.   It certainly is a surprise to see a Schnauzer with blue eyes!   These breeders justify their breeding of the Merle by saying that as long as they don't breed one Merle dog to another Merle dog, the health issues won't show up in the puppies.   But I consider breeding Merles to be a dangerous game.  One where the life and health of the dog is at stake.  When you breed a Merle litter, you cannot always tell which puppies have the Merle gene.  Sometimes that color pattern is hidden by a white gene, or sometimes it is such a small patch of Merle on a puppy it is not seen.   Tails are removed on Merle Schnauzers at 2-3 days old, and if the Merle patch was on the tail, no one would know that the dog carried the Merle gene.   So it is quite possible to breed a Merle to another Merle and not realize you have bred 2 Merles.  I just don't understand why any breeder wants to perpetuate a gene that is KNOWN to be so dangerous.....all this risk for a mottled coat or blue eyes?  It is just not worth it the risk of puppies born blind, deaf or dead.

Be Aware! The Merle Schnauzer is not a purebred Schnauzer
Be Aware!  The Merle Poodle is not a purebred Poodle
Neither Merle dogs can be registered with the AKC, because they are not Purebred.
The Mini Schnauzer and the Poodle do not carry the Merle gene in its history.   You can see a list of the breeds that have the Merle color as a possible color in this article by Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merle_(dog_coat)
The Merle Schnauzer is actually a Pomeranian Schnauzer Mix or an Australian Schnauzer mix.   (likewise the Merle Poodle is bred with a mix of one of those breeds).  Breeders who sell the Merle Schnauzer will register them with the MSCA The Merle Schnauzer Club of America.   I consider this a misleading registry, since it names the Schnauzer but not the other breed(s) it is mixed with.   The uneducated buyer thinks he is buying a purebred Mini Schnauzer.   And when this Merle dog is then bred to a Poodle the dog is not technically a Schnoodle either.

Are Merle Schnoodles good for Allergies?
If you are buying a Schnoodle because you or someone you love has allergies, then the Merle is definitely not the best choice for you. Most people buy a Schnoodle because the mix of a purebred Mini Schnauzer to a purebred Miniature Poodle are one of the BEST dogs for Allergies. That is because both breeds are low dander, non shedding breeds.   But when you Breed a Merle into the background, then you have bred in some profuse shedding genes.  The Pomeranian and the Australian Shephard are both prolific shedders and are NOT recommended for allergy sufferers.  The Merle Schnauzer/Poodle Mix should be lower shedding or dander than a Pomeranian or Australian Shepherd, but the possibility that the shedding/dander will show up in your puppy is definitely there.  So don't buy the Merle mixed dog, if you are trying to get the best Schnoodle for allergies.

So what should you do to avoid the Merle Gene in your Schnoodle dogs genetic background?   Buy a Miniature Schnauzer or a Miniature Schnoodle from a Reputable breeder that breeds for health above color.   Do not buy from breeders that breed Merle dogs.   You will have the best chance for a healthy puppy that is bred from quality AKC breeding lines. 

I have taken a lot of care to choose my breeding stock from from quality AKC Breeding lines because producing healthy puppies is my highest priority.

If you wish to find out more, there is a lot of information on the internet about this topic.  Just Google 'Merle genetics'.  And here is a website that also discusses the problem with the Merle Miniature Schnauzer specifically....http://merleminiatureschnauzers.weebly.com

Best wishes to you all in your puppy search!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Upcoming Schnoodle litters

We are so excited to announce that we have Schnoodle puppies due at the end of November!  We will have photos of newborns in time for Christmas!   The pups will be going home at 8 weeks of age, which is the end of January.  This is a great time to reserve a Schnoodle puppy!  

If you would prefer to have a puppy at a later time in 2018, then you can also reserve a puppy for the litters born in 2018 as well.

Contact me at GrowingPuppies@gmail.com to find out more.

Ricky will sire our upcoming litters...



Look for updates on our new females on our Dams and Sires page.


Below are some of our past Schnoodles

One of Ricky's Schnoodles
8 week puppies from Ricky's litters.




Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween! - Update from Oscar's family


Happy Halloween from 
Snow White and Prince Oscar!





Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A photo update on Woody

Look at all these beautiful photos of Woody at 3 months old.  Thank you Angela for sending them!















Friday, July 28, 2017

Update on a Mini Schnoodle Puppy --- Woody



This update was sent this summer from one of our new families:

Hi Mary,

I just wanted to send you a quick update on Woody and some pictures from yesterday.  He has truly been the perfect puppy and we are so deeply in love with him already!   My daughter said yesterday was the best day of her life!   Woody is a happy friendly, playful, tail wagging, kiss giving little bundle of joy!

My daughter was exhausted last night from the excitement of the day and actually asked to go to bed, which never happens ha ha!



We put Woody in her bedroom in the playpen with the Ugodog tray, a dog bed, a water bowl and the blanket from your house.  He settled right in and slept through the entire night!  I slept in my daughters bedroom with her so I could keep an eye on him overnight, but he was amazing!  And I was shocked.  I didn't expect it to be so easy!


Woody did great at the vet yesterday and of course got a great check up.  He even fell asleep in my daughters arms in the exam room.  So sweet!




 One of our greyhounds immediately accepted him and was completely unphased by him joining our family.   The other one is not quite so sure and still needs a  little more time to adjust.  But we will get there!   Woody used the potty tray overnight so we didn't have to take him out in the middle of the night.  But otherwise he has gone potty outside every time like a good boy.  He is not eating full meals yet and only eats about half a meal so far.  I'm not too concerned yet since he's only been here for one day and his whole world is brand new now..  Anyway I dont think our first day could have gone any smoother.  He is such a wonderful addition to our family.

Thanks again!






Saturday, July 15, 2017

Families pick their puppies at 6 weeks.


The best part of raising puppies is to see the joy on a child's face when they meet their puppy for the first time.  When I asked this little girl how long she has been wanting a puppy she replied, "Since I was born!"   Isn't that sweet!   Her dreams are finally coming true!   


I think if I asked this puppy how long he has been waiting for his girl, I think he would answer the same...."Since I was born!"


Sunday, June 25, 2017

4 week Coco Puppies

Here are Coco's Puppies at 4 weeks old.  They are using their potty trays now and eating soft puppy food made into a gruel.  They are starting to look like Schnoodles!

Amber, Coco's 3 wk girl puppy


Amber, Coco's 3 week girl pupy














Sunday, June 18, 2017

3 week Coco Schnoodles

Hi all!  I know I am sooo behind with Puppy photos from Coco's litter.   It is turning out to be such a super busy summer!   But I have been taking lots of photos along the way.  Rather than putting them all up at once, I will just add them a little at a time.  That keeps it more fun!   So again, these photos are from 4 weeks ago when the puppies were 3 weeks old.


3 week old Coco Puppy




At 3 weeks old puppies are just starting to play.





Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Update on Oscar the Schnoodle


Oscar (the Schnoodle)  and Bailey (the White Lab mix)
Update from Jen:

Oscar and Maya (see photo below)  turned 5 on May 13th...wow did that go by quick!!!  We had our usual joint family birthday party for them with the D's.  Deb makes them a special birthday dinner of chicken rice and veggies which they of course devour.


Oscar has a new big buddy, my boyfriends dog Bailey is an 8 year old white lab-beagle mix and the two of them have become fast friends and hang out every day.


You'll get a kick out of this picture I've atached (above)....
This past weekend between my boyfriends family and my family we were taking care of 5 dogs and I learned just how difficult it is to get 5 dogs to sit and look at the camera at the same time!!! You'll notice Oscar doesn't shy away from the camera though!

Well we are doing great and hopefully all is well with your family too and you have a wonderful summer in store!  Please don't forget about us, Oscar definitely wants his little sister!

----Jen and Oscar

Update on Leo


Hi Mary,

I hope all is well with you and yours.  I realize I haven't sent you any photos of Leo recently.  He is 9 months old now and at last weigh-in about a month ago, he is 9.3 lbs (maybe just maybe he'll hit 10)  He is a perfect size for me :-)


He is a real character but maturing nicely. A real sweetheart -- can't pass a stranger or another dog on our walks without stopping to say hello or he whines and carries on mercilessly.  But as soon as he gets to say hi, he's content to trot (prance) along...



He believes it is his mission to keep our yard safe from squirrels and birds and to pull all the kitchen towels down from the towel bars.  he has several favorite perches on our sofas and chairs and loves to hide his chew toys under the throw pillows.



Here are some of his best photos from the Spring.  We've taken a break from dog training due to crazy kids schedules but hope to get back to it this summer/fall.

Love this little guy!

---Jen

Hi Jen!  Thanks for all the awesome photo and update!   Sound like Leo is really doing great! I am so thrilled to hear the good news.  I love his Teddy bear haircut!   So cute!  Thank you for sharing this update with us!

---Mary

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Coco's Litter 2 week Update

This week the puppies entered their second stage of development, the Transitional stage which lasts from Day 13- 20 Days..  This stage is characterized by the following:  

Eyes and ears open, but sight and hearing are limited.  Tail wagging begins and the puppies begin to control body functions. 



























Look!  The puppies eyes are open!   Its always an exciting time when the puppies open their eyes.  They started opening slowly about 4 days ago.  As their world opens up to them, they also develop better motor coordination and start lifting themselves off the floor with their legs, for a short walk.  They still are developing their strength and balance.  




This week I set up a puppy pen in the nursery for the litter.  But for the sake of photos, I thought I would put them back in the baby pool.


This worked out fine for a few minutes...




...Until Coco was preoccupied with giving little sister a bath and one little brother decided to make his escape!

See my little escape artist!

It only takes one to ruin it for the rest...LOL....so I put them right back into their puppy pen!


Coco and the puppies don't mind being in the pen.  I have a nice cozy fleece for them to cuddle up in.  Coco settles down quickly with her puppies.  Before long they are back to taking a nap.