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12-18 lbs
United States
Miniature Schnauzer
Shiba Inu
Shiba Schnauzer
The Schnu is a cute small dog with a spirited personality. Almost fox like in appearance, with large pointed ears and dark rimmed elongated eyes, they are friendly, bold and sometimes fiery. These come from mixed parents of a Shiba Inu and the Miniature Schnauzer, both hard working dogs with big friendly personas. A wonderful companion, the Schnu is a good family dog who loves children and has the energy to play all day. These canines are a people dog; they will love to follow you around and help whenever they can. Full of mischief and lively fun, they are a happy dog with a big attitude. They don't seem to realise that they are a small dog and will shape up to a much larger dog if they feel the need. This trait can get them into trouble so it will be up to you to keep this little livewire in line. The Schnu is intelligent, and training will be fine if they decide it is fun. If not, they are stubborn dogs and no amount of coercing will change their minds if they decide they don't want to do something. A change of tactic is required along with a lot of attention and praise and you just may be able to get him to do what you want by approaching it from another direction. Loyal, fun loving and full of vocal opinion, the Schnu dog makes a fine companion and true friend to you and your family.
Date of Origin
Miniature Schnauzer, Shiba Inu

Schnu Health

Average Size
Male Schnu size stats
Height: 12-16 inches Weight: 15-20 lbs
Female Schnu size stats
Height: 12-16 inches Weight: 12-18 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia (Chd)
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Urinary Stones
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Cherry Eye or Entropion (eye problems)
Occasional Tests
  • Urinalysis
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Buccal Mucosal Screening
  • Complete Ophthalmologic Examination
  • Full Body Physical Examination especially of the joints
  • Blood Tests and Blood Count

Schnu Breed History

The Schnu dog is a new designer breed so little is known about its history. Therefore we can look to the history of the parent dogs to get an indication of the characteristics the Schnu may inherit. The Shiba Inu originated in Japan and was used to flush out small birds and game for hunters. World War ll was a disasterous time for dogs, the Shiba Inu included. Dogs that hadn't been killed in the bombing raids were hit with distemper in the post war years. Those that did survive were the dogs in the remote countryside of Japan. These dogs were brought in and used to initiate breeding programs, which helped to re-establish the Shiba Inu that we recognise today. The Japanese Kennel Club was founded in 1948 and the Shiba Inu standard was drafted by Nihon Ken Hozonkai. It is noted that an American service family were the first to import these lovely dogs into the United States in 1954. But between then and the year 1970 little else is known about the breed in America, nor how it developed. But in 1979 the first known American litter of the Shiba Inu were born and these cute soft puppies were the first of an increasing number of this amazing survivor. The American Kennel Club recognised the Shiba Inu in the Miscellaneous Class in 1993 and they acquired full status in the Non Sporting Group in 1997. These wonderful dogs make devoted companions and are a happy but strong willed dog suitable for families. The Miniature Schnauzer originated from Germany in the late 19th Century, by crossbreeding the Standard Schnauzer with a smaller breed of dog such as the Miniature Pinscher, Affenpinscher and possibly the Pomeranian. They were developed to be ratters and guard dogs on farms. While there are no clear records of the how they were developed, there is an account of the first Miniature Schnauzer named Findel ( a female puppy) being born in 1888. World War l and ll were tough on dogs, particularly in Europe. Some breeds were on the brink of extinction. But dog fanciers regained their interest in the Miniature Schnauzer and ran breeding programs for  this little dog  who became very popular and has continued to be so to this day. The coloring has changed from a range of red, black and tan, yellow or parti-color to what we know today which is the black and silver which is very popular. Apart from that the Minature Schnauzer has changed little. With his long beard and bushy eyebrows, he is a bundle of energy and has a mischievious personality. Used as a companion dog today, he still retains the hunting instinct and has that typical terrier spunkiness.

Schnu Breed Appearance

The Schnu has an almost foxy look to its appearance with large pointed ears, a large head in proportion to their body, and muscled neck and broad shoulders. While some may have the Schnauzer beard and bushy eyebrows, others will not. They are an elegant breed with a slender well proportioned body and long legs that enable them to move quickly. A thick double coat gives them a teddy bear look, and many have a  fluffy tail that curls over their back. But it is their bright alert expression that  makes these dogs hard to ignore. Their face is full of character and their large round expressive eyes reflects their loving nature. Their nose is a shiny black, they have a long pointed muzzle or it can be a bit boxy after the Miniature Schnauzer, while their teeth meet in a scissors bite. Small and compact, these dogs move with effortless ease, and come in a range of colors from black to black and tan, red, brown and everything in-between. Delicate rounded well padded paws provide instant acceleration for a dog with unbounded energy and pizzaz.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Schnu eyes
amber Schnu eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Schnu nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Schnu coat
fawn Schnu coat
white Schnu coat
red Schnu coat
brown Schnu coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Schnu straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Schnu Breed Maintenance

The Schnu has an attractive coat that can favour the Miniature Schnauzer or the Shiba Inu parent, or be a mix of the two. The thick double coat consists of a coarse outer layer and a deep soft inner layer of hair and needs brushing two to three times per week to keep it at its best. Ensure you check his armpits where the hair can matt quite easily. If your Schnu has the beard of the Miniature Schnauzer it may need trimming around that area and around the eyes. Often the coat is so thick your dog looks more like a teddy bear. Bathing is required only on a needs basis, if they are actually muddy or smelly. Gently wash them with a dog shampoo and ensure you dry them well afterwards. Trim his nails at least once a month, and brush his teeth three times a week to ensure he has good oral hygiene and a sweet breath. Dogs ears are an ideal breeding ground for infection, so check your dogs ears as part of the grooming process. Never push anything into the inner ear, but wipe it out gently with a damp soft cloth and dry thoroughly. Grooming time is a great time to check for any injuries or sores on your dog, and to treat if necessary. Your Schnu will love all this attention, and will soon be reminding you if you have forgotten his special grooming time.
Brushes for Schnu
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Schnu requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Schnu Temperament

The  Schnu pooch is highly intelligent, but don't mistake that for believing this little free thinking dog will do all your bidding. They can be stubborn and refuse to do what you want, and will hold firm to that belief no matter what. However much infuriating this trait can be, it is part of their endearing bold personality. One way to overcome this trait is to switch to something else, then later on try coming at the problem from a different angle and combine it with lashings of praise and attention. The Schnu loves attention and will do almost anything for you if you are sneaky enough to put it in a way that the Schnu will accept. Apart from that, these little dogs are a happy dog, tons of fun and make ideal companion dogs. Life will never be dull with a Schnu in the home. These dogs have a strong prey instinct, and they can be aggressive towards other dogs, so keep them leashed to prevent quarrels. Be warned that they will chase fast moving small animals like cats, squirrels or birds, not to mention other dogs. Bold and brazen, this dog has twice the courage of a dog its size should have.  The Schnu adapts well to family life and gets along well with children. They will not put up with rough treatment or the children interfering with their toys or food though, so ensure you teach your children to respect their little furry friend. They two can spend hours playing together, this dog has oodles of energy and will probably outlast your child in any game. As a people dog the Schnu loves to be part of the family team; they will expect to join in games, snuggles, and weekend exploration trips. Loyal and devoted, they will pine if left on their own for too long so if you don't have much free time at home, this may not be the dog for you. The Schnu wants to be with you- period! If you have the time you will find this little dog to be a perfect companion, a true friend and a devoted family dog.

Schnu Activity Requirements

The Schnu dog is one active small dog, they are always on the go and love to play, explore and take on the world. Happy go lucky, this small dog needs a daily walk to help burn off some of its energy. They will love a long walk around the neighbourhood, or time to play at the local dog park. They can be a bit pushy with some dogs so supervise your dog carefully to ensure they behave. It is a good chance to socialise your dog and get them used to other animals and people. This practice is best started the minute you get your spirited puppy. Keep them on a leash at first until they get used to a crowd of animals. Soon they will be joining in all the fun and will do their best to keep up with them all. At home, the Schnu will play happily for hours with your children. He is like a wind up toy that never unwinds. They can be a bit possessive of their toys, so warn your children not to taunt them by taking away their special toys or they may get bitten in return. Given enough exercise, plenty of socialisiation, and a family understanding of the nature of this little boss, the Schnu makes a lovely addition to any family.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Schnu Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$1 - $2
Monthly Cost
$25 - $35

Schnu Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Schnu size stats at six months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 6 lbs
Female Schnu size stats at six months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 5 lbs
12 Months
Male Schnu size stats at 12 months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 17 lbs
Female Schnu size stats at 12 months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 15 lbs
18 Months
Male Schnu size stats at 18 months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 17 lbs
Female Schnu size stats at 18 months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 15 lbs

Schnu Owner Experiences

14 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Love her dearly she's smart caring and loves to play even at 14 years old.
2 months ago
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