Schnottie

50-60 lbs
20-23"
United States
Schnauzer
Rottweiler
The Schnottie is a hybridization between the purebred Standard Schnauzer and Rottweiler.  This hybridization is rare, and there is not much documentation on the breed.  Additionally, the name sometimes becomes confused with the hybridization between the Scottish Terrier and the Miniature Schnauzer.  People who are planning on adopting a Schnottie should be cautious and ask plenty of questions regarding the parent breeds before committing to an adoption.  The Schnottie is an intelligent and loyal hybrid with high guard abilities.  They have medium to high energy, depending on which parent they most resemble but one look tells people they are both Schnauzer and Rottweiler.
Purpose
Companion, Guarding
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Standard Schnauzer and Rottweiler

Schnottie Health

Average Size
Male Schnottie size stats
Height: 22-25 inches Weight: 55-65 lbs
Female Schnottie size stats
Height: 20-23 inches Weight: 50-60 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Cataracts
  • Skin Allergies
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Radiographs
  • Complete Physical Examination

Schnottie Breed History

The Schnottie mix is a recent hybridization between the Standard Schnauzer and the Rottweiler.  Sometimes, a Giant Schnauzer can be used, but this will significantly increase the standard size and weight on the Schnottie.  Currently, not much is known on the Schnottie, and there are no written standards for the breed.  Owners who wish to understand better their Schnottie can review the respective histories of both parent breeds. The Standard Schnauzer is the first and oldest of the Schnauzer breeds.  Its long history began in Germany around the 1500s where they were used to guard farms, herd livestock, and help with vermin control.  Before the 20th Century standards were finalized, the Standard Schnauzer went by the name Wirehair Pinscher, which described its coat qualities and Terrier-like roots; Pinscher is German for biter or Terrier.  The breed name shifted to Schnauzer in the 1900s; a German word used to describe a beard or moustache.  German immigrants brought the Schnauzer to the United States during the 1900s, but the breed's popularity did not increase until after World War I though the American Kennel Club had recognized the breed in 1904. The Rottweiler is also of German descent and is part of the Molossus family, also known as Mastiffs.  The predecessor of the Rottweiler moved to the region with the Roman invasions and interbred with dogs within the region for many years.  The Rottweiler gets its name from the type of red tile the Romans used on their rooves.  The red tile was rediscovered more than 600 years after the invading Romans left and became the inspiration for the town's name, Rote Wil.  The Rottweiler breed flourished in this region and borrowed the town's name for its own.  By the late 1800s, the Rottweiler had lost much of its popularity in Germany and was nearly extinct.  However, a surge of interest in the breed occurred in the early to mid 20th Century that allowed the breed to come back strong.  The Rottweiler did well in the United States and was a recognized breed in the American Kennel Club by 1931.  Today, the Rottweiler continues as a top ten most popular breed.      

Schnottie Breed Appearance

The Schnottie is a mix of the Standard Schnauzer and the Rottweiler.  The Giant Schnauzer may be used, but this parent will add considerable size and weight to the Schnottie.  Owners should be well aware of the parentage of their Schnottie when adopting a new puppy.  The Schnottie carries traits from both parents and is said to look like the Standard Schnauzer with a Rottweiler's coat and markings.  The Schnottie's head is block-shaped with a long, square muzzle and large black nose.  The eyes are round and brown.  The Schnottie has a bearded muzzle, like the Schnauzer as well as medium, wiry hair but usually carries the black and tan markings of the Rottweiler, including the tan points on its face.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Schnottie eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Schnottie nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Schnottie coat
Black
sable Schnottie coat
Sable
gray Schnottie coat
Gray
brown Schnottie coat
Brown
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Schnottie wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Schnottie Breed Maintenance

The Schnottie may be a hypoallergenic dog if its coat resembles the Standard Schnauzer.  In most cases, the Schnottie is not a heavy shedding dog, but if the coat is short and smooth, like that of the Rottweiler, owners can expect more shedding.  Weekly brushing will help remove any dead or loose hair from the coat as well as keep the coat clean and tangle-free.  The Schnottie has sensitive skin and should only be bathed when necessary.  Otherwise, the Schnottie may develop skin conditions, including allergies.  The Schnottie is known to drool more than other large dogs and may develop a slight smell.  Cleaning the Schnottie's face with a pet wipe or a warm washcloth will help keep drool smells at a minimum.
Brushes for Schnottie
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Schnottie requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Schnottie Temperament

The Schnottie is a loyal and dependable guardian whose parental roots are those of guards and protector.  This hybrid is highly protective of its family and affectionate with children; however, the Schnottie may develop aggressive or shy behaviors if not properly socialized and trained.  The Schnottie does not tolerate solitude well and needs plenty of mental and physical stimulation to stay healthy.  The Schnottie is not particularly friendly toward strangers or other dogs, but with proper socialization, this hybrid can live in harmony with other pets and treat strangers with the appropriate level of caution without showing signs of aggression or timidity.

Schnottie Activity Requirements

The Schnottie is an active dog with a medium to high amount of energy.  They are easy to train and eager to please their owners.  The Schnauzer parent adds most of the high energy while the Rottweiler parent mellows some of the energy levels.  They are a playful breed that loves to run and play tug with rope, toys, or sticks.  The Schnottie requires daily exercise outside and does well in both the town or the country provided it has ample time to exercise outside.  A house with a backyard is ideal for this large dog.  The Schnottie prefers warmer climates to cold ones but should never be left alone outside.  Additionally, owners should break meals up into two or three portions fed daily and refrain from physical exercise for at least one hour after their Schnottieeats to prevent Gastric Dilatation Volvulus, also known as Bloat.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Schnottie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00

Schnottie Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Schnottie size stats at six months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 50 lbs
Female Schnottie size stats at six months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 45 lbs
12 Months
Male Schnottie size stats at 12 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 60 lbs
Female Schnottie size stats at 12 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 55 lbs
18 Months
Male Schnottie size stats at 18 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 60 lbs
Female Schnottie size stats at 18 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 55 lbs

Schnottie Owner Experiences

Bear
11 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing and cuddeling
Best dog ever. Very loyal and loving, very gentle with my grandchildren.
2 months ago
Ronald
3 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing fetch,
Playing tug of war
Running in the yard
He's so fun but so much energy! He play bites a lot but he's growing out of it
6 months, 1 week ago
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