Schnocker

13-27 lbs
12-14"
United States
Miniature Schnauzer
Cocker Spaniel
Mini Schnocker, Cockershnauz, Miniature Schnocker
The Schnocker is a hybrid mix of the Miniature Schnauzer and the Cocker Spaniel.  While the place and approximate date of origination is not available, one can assume that this hybrid originated in the United States in the late 1900's to early 2000's when interest increased in the cross breeding of pure bred canines for a variety of reasons.  Regardless of where or when this hybrid originated, the truth of the matter is that she is a lovable, cuddly and loyal family pet.  While not quite a couch potato, she's close, only being slightly active, she'll be quite happy snuggling up next to you while you watch TV, whether or not you're eating popcorn or chips!
Purpose
Companion, Watchdog
Date of Origin
2000's
Ancestry
Miniature Schnauzer, Cocker Spaniel

Schnocker Health

Average Size
Male Schnocker size stats
Height: 12-14 inches Weight: 13-27 lbs
Female Schnocker size stats
Height: 12-14 inches Weight: 13-27 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Seborrhea
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Sick Sinus Syndrome
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Mono/Bilateral Cryptorchidism
  • Megaesophagus
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Idiopathic Epilepsy
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye)
  • Cleft Lift or Palate
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Familial Nephropathy
  • Eye Problems
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
Occasional Tests
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Ear Tests and Myringotomy Tests
  • Blood Sugar and Thyroid Tests
  • Yearly Physical Examination
  • Eye Examinations (both internal as well as external)
  • X-rays of various parts of the skeletal system
  • Dental and Oral Examinations
  • Echocardiography (ultrasound)

Schnocker Breed History

The Schnocker hybrid is a mix of the Miniature Schnauzer and the Cocker Spaniel.  There isn't a great deal of information available on the hybrid, so we'll get our history from that of the parent breeds.  Both parent breeds can be traced back to at least the 1400's, the heritage coming from the German Standard Schnauzer (for the Mini Schnauzer) and a diverse and large group of dogs called "Spanyells" (for the Cocker Spaniel).  Both breeds were bred for hunting, the Mini Schnauzer bred to hunt and kill rats and other vermin and the Cocker Spaniel bred to hunt on both land and in the water.  The Miniature Schnauzer comes from Germany where he performed excellently as a ratter as well as companion to the farmers in that country.  Breeding of the Miniature Schnauzer is believed to have begun about 1924 and the breed obtained recognition by the American Kennel Club in 1926.  The Miniature Schnauzer continues to grow in popularity, making it one of the most popular breeds in the United States today.  The Cocker Spaniel is the smallest Spaniel in the Sporting Group of the American Kennel Club. Both the American Cocker Spaniel as well as its close relative, the English Cocker Spaniel, were bred to flush out and retrieve game birds, whether from the bush or from the water. The Cocker Spaniel breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878, but at that time it included both the American and English version of the breed.  It wasn't until 1948 that the AKC recognized the two breeds as separate and distinct breeds.  The Schnocker hybrid itself is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Dog Registry of America, and the International Designer Canine Registry.

Schnocker Breed Appearance

Your Schnocker hybrid is a mix of the Miniature Schnauzer and the Cocker Spaniel and, as such, can inherit the appearance traits from either or both parent breeds.  Breeders and owners of the Schnocker hybrid describe her as a small to medium-sized canine who stands 12 to 15 inches tall and weighs 16 to 25 pounds.  She has a slim build, long legs with large, webbed feet and floppy ears. Her sweet face sports dark eyes, black nose and a beard.  Her coat can be quite variable, depending on the dominate parent breed, she can have a short or long coat which can be straight or wavy and shaggy and it can be coarse or soft with longer hair around the legs, eyebrows, ears, face and feet.  Her common coloring is black, brown, blonde, white, grey and champagne.  Her tail can be of varying length.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Schnocker eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Schnocker nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Schnocker coat
Black
brown Schnocker coat
Brown
gray Schnocker coat
Gray
white Schnocker coat
White
cream Schnocker coat
Cream
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Schnocker wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Schnocker Breed Maintenance

Your Schnocker hybrid is considered to be in the moderate maintenance category, with a coat which will require brushing several times a week to remove loose hair, debris, mats and tangles and to distribute vital oils throughout the coat which are needed to keep it beautiful and healthy.  She is considered to be in the minimal shedding category and may be hypoallergenic, though only the Mini Schnauzer parent contributes this trait to the bio mix.  She will need to be bathed only as needed to prevent the drying out of the vital oils required for her coat to be water repellent and weather resistant.  She is prone to ear infections, so you'll have to check her ears weekly, cleaning them as needed with a cotton ball and an approved canine ear wash.  Checking her toenails is another weekly maintenance task, trimming them as needed unless she is able to keep them worn down with her normal exercise activities.  All canine breeds are recommended to have their teeth brushed regularly and the Schnocker hybrid is no exception.  It is recommended that you brush her teeth at home at least two to three times a week to prevent periodontal disease development and the tooth loss which can ensue from it.  She falls into the low category of drooling and smell.
Brushes for Schnocker
Pin Brush
Dematter
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Schnocker requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Schnocker Temperament

Your Schnocker hybrid is a mixed breed and can inherit the temperament qualities of either or both parent breeds, the Miniature Schnauzer and the Cocker Spaniel.  Breeders and owners of the Schnocker have described her temperament as sweet, intelligent, affectionate and loving to cuddle.  She can suffer from separation anxiety in some situations, though if the Schnauzer parent has dominance in the temperament bio mix, she'll likely handle it better.  She loves being the center of attention and needs a great deal of it.  She'll beam with pleasure when company is afoot because she's so cute they can't help but smother her with attention, but be wary of those little "piddle" spots resulting from excitement when company comes.  The "piddle" problem is lessened when it's just family around her. She's very sensitive and will become attached to you very quickly, possibly even more quickly than you will become attached to her! She's easily trained because she possesses a strong desire to please.  She'll need to be properly socialized at an early age to assure that she'll get along great with the kids, though some supervision is recommended when she's around small children.  Small children generally don't know how to touch and play with her so it's best to teach them the safest ways to interact with her.  Additionally, she tends to be an occasional to frequent barker, so be aware that some extra training may be required to control this, especially if you live in an area which is noise restricted.

Schnocker Activity Requirements

Your Schnocker hybrid is a slightly active little canine.  She'll be happy to sit and snuggle next to you while your read or watch TV, that's for sure.  But, she needs to be exercised and she'll love to take a couple of daily walks, play and romp in the dog park or fenced back yard and participate in interactive games of fetch, Frisbee, fly ball and obedience and agility training.  She's small enough to live quite nicely in an apartment or condo, provided she is exercised appropriately to keep her happy, fit and healthy.  She can also live quite nicely in a family home with or without a fenced yard in an urban or rural setting.  She can tolerate most climates but extra protection and precautions may be needed in hotter temperatures.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
5 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Schnocker Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Schnocker Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Schnocker size stats at six months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 15 lbs
Female Schnocker size stats at six months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 15 lbs
12 Months
Male Schnocker size stats at 12 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 20 lbs
Female Schnocker size stats at 12 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 20 lbs
18 Months
Male Schnocker size stats at 18 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 20 lbs
Female Schnocker size stats at 18 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 20 lbs

Schnocker Owner Experiences

Teddy
10 Weeks
2 People
Condo
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
None until we brought Teddy home.
2 weeks, 4 days ago
Michonne
2 Years
1 People
House
Health
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Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
trainin
toys
Cuddling
Walks,
Michonne is a super sweet dog! She loves to play with her squeaky toys and look outside. She cuddles with me on purpose, wants to be just held (though she twists her body weird and likes it). She is loyal, wants to protect me, her sister and the home. I'll never have to worry about not knowing there is something or someone in the house that shouldn't be as her barking at anything strange will alert me. She loves to eat and shred paper so I have to keep any papers out of her reach, but other than that she has never even tried to destroy anything. She was easily trainable and will instantly sit as soon as she sees the treat bag. The boarding place tells me she is a super smart dog and loves having her, that they don't even have to put a leash on her when walking her as she will stay right next to them (it's fenced in). I love this little dog. She senses my moods, tries to cheer me up with playing when I'm down (she will bring me toys and try to engage me with playing, and if that doesn't work, will come lay or sit next to me as if to support me). I feed her a premium (Blue Wilderness) dog food and her coat shines, her skin is worry free, her eyes are healthy, and many ask me what I'm feeding her because her coat is so shiny and healthy. I know that feeding her cheaper brands results in skin issues, dull coat and her eyes are red. She loves her walks and pulls a lot until she has run down her energy level, then is a pleasure to walk. If I had a skates on she could pull me she is so strong! I hope she lives a very long time!
2 months, 2 weeks ago
Luna
2 Years
2 People
House & Yard
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Luna is the most friendliest, gentle dog I have ever owned. She is brilliant with my 2 year old, and is so calm and well matured. She barley sheds hair and gets brushed every other day, groomed professionally every 12 weeks.
3 months, 4 weeks ago
Bay
10 Years
2 People
Apartment
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She is very vocal when she plays with other dogs. She growls and bites the pup but the puppy and her play rough but love it.
5 months, 3 weeks ago
Millie
4 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Yard activity but she is kinda timid
She loves to bite when she plays, I don't know if I have enough blood to get her to adult stage...lol
6 months, 1 week ago
Samson
12 Years
4 People
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We got him at 8 weeks old. He was from a litter of 7. He did not take on typical traits. He has short black hair that is course and straight. He has soft ears and his under side has soft hair. He has been a great addition to the family. He is very protective and strangers are welcome only if he chooses to accept them. He has slowed down in his years though. He was trained to do simple tricks and learned then extremely fast. He has been a blessing. We adore him.
7 months, 3 weeks ago
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