The Schnug: A Complete Guide

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The Schnug is a dog who is both loyal and caring. They are small and well suited to almost any type of environment, whether you live in a small house or a large estate.

They are the hybrid breed of the Miniature Schnauzer and the Pug. Despite their small size, they have a lot of heart and the attitude of a dog that’s far larger than it actually is.

They are courageous, intelligent, and easy to train.

Miniature Schnauzers are small farm dogs that originated in Germany and slowly grew popular across the rest of Europe.

They are descended from the traditional Schnauzer which was prized as a large hunting dog.

Landowners wanted a smaller dog that they could keep around the stables and the grain supply that would be able to chase off small vermin such as mice and rats.

They are known for being feisty and territorial with strangers, and for being warm and affectionate with their owners.

They are very easy to train and are commonly used as show dogs, agility dogs, and in some cases small hunting dogs.

The Pug was the companion of Chinese royalty. They were kept by Buddhist monks as pets in the monasteries, and eventually, some were gifted to the nobles.

These dogs had a position of power, and they were pampered with every possible toy and treat, and were often assigned their own royal guard detail.

Pugs are very warm and affectionate dogs and need constant attention from their human companions.

They have also won best in show awards on numerous occasions for their friendly demeanor and good-postured walking.

When you combine these two dogs into the Schnug, the resulting dog is an energetic, friendly little dog that loves to be around people, and will also make a decent guard dog.

They have quite a personality, which can differ from dog to dog, meaning that your Schnug is bound to be unique and unlike any other.

Schnug Puppies – Before You Buy…

A close up of a Schnug's face in a blanket
The Schnugs are so cute.

Schnugs are very loveable little dogs, and they will make a good addition to almost any household.

The one thing that you will have to be prepared to do when you first bring them home is to properly house train them.

Schnugs can have a little bit of trouble adjusting to a new house especially when they are puppies, and they will often have night terrors or wet the bed.

After a few weeks of getting used to their new environment, however, they should be perfectly fine.

What Price are Schnug Puppies?

You can expect to pay around $1,500 to $1,800 for your Schnug puppy depending on the breeder you go to.

It may seem like a rather expensive price to pay for such a small dog, but you have to consider the fees that the breeder has to pay as well as the price of the parenting dogs.

To get the best Schnug possible, breeders can only use high pedigree Miniature Schnauzers and Pugs.

The Schnauzer can easily cost up to $2,500, and the Pug can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $1,800.

In addition to this, these dogs have relatively small litters which means that they can’t make a profit unless they charge a slightly higher price for the puppies.

How to Find Reputable Schnug Breeders?

There may be a few shady breeders out there who will try to sell you a mutt in the place of an authentic Schnug, but these are few and far between.

They may try to get away with this because the Schnug looks very similar to many of the small mutts that you will find in a shelter, especially as puppies.

However, once they are full-grown the difference will be evident.

If you want to find a reputable breeder, your best bet is to spend some time looking online. There are quite a few online breeders who are happy to ship a puppy to your doorstep for a small fee.

Be sure to read the reviews first and check the parenting dogs’ pedigree papers if they are available.

3 Little-known facts about Schnug puppies

  1. Schnug puppies will need to be housebroken as soon as you bring them home. They can often have problems peeing in the house and can take a few weeks acclimating to their new environment.
  2. Schnugs love to play around outside, but they also enjoy spending a quiet afternoon indoors with their human companions.
  3. Even as puppies, Schnugs can be quite territorial and will bark loudly if there is anybody at the door, or another dog is passing by your house. This can be trained out of them if you put in the time, but it is their instinctive nature, so you may have a hard time with this.

Physical Traits of the Schnug

The Schnugs are a mix of the Mini Schnauzer and Pug
The Schnugs generally bark a lot.

The Schnug is a small-sized dog that is adaptable to almost any environment.

They are commonly kept by people who live in smaller apartments or small homes without a large backyard.

In appearance, they take after the Miniature Schnauzer far more than the Pug, but they are often born with the flat faces and short muzzles of the Pug.

Schnug’s fur also tends to be a light fawn color which they inherit from the Pug.

Their coat tends to be a medium length, with a wavy texture, that if well-groomed is smoother than silk.

These dogs are very easy to groom and brush. They are usually very hygienic, however, which means that they won’t need to be groomed as often as other large dogs.

One of the most obvious traits which they inherit from their Schnauzer ancestry is a prominent mustache at the end of their snout.

This gives them a rather regal appearance, and most owners tend to leave it as-is instead of trimming it.

Schnugs have very short legs and a rather long tail for their size which helps to give them exceptional balance and agility.

Their eyes are dark and narrow and when they are focused on something or excited they will grow wide and stare intently at whatever it is that they want.

How Big is a Full-Grown Schnug?

The Schnug is classified as a medium-sized dog and can grow to be up to 60 pounds.

On the lower end of the scale, they may only grow to weight up to 45 pounds, but this will only happen if they are the runts of the litter.

Looking at their height, they stand between 12 and 15 inches tall. This is a reflection of their Border Collie heritage which is traditionally a shorter breed.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Schnug?

These dogs have quite a long lifespan for a small dog, and it’s not uncommon for them to live to be up to 16 or 17 years old.

They are very affected by their environments, and if they are well-treated, then they can live longer than the average which is 15 years.

Their longevity is another trait that makes them particularly good dogs for families. Nobody wants to see their favorite family pet pass away after a few short, years.

If you own a Schnug, you can expect them to be around to see your children grow up.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Schnug

A Schnug sitting in its red dog bed
The Schnugs get along well with small children.

The Schnug is a moderately intelligent dog, that is very good at following commands and is a quick learner.

They may have trouble learning advanced concepts, but when it comes to learning basic household rules, they are eager to please and will follow your direction.

Schnugs are also very perceptive little animals as well.

They form lasting first impressions of people and can tell whether somebody is trustworthy or not by spending a few short minutes with them.

These dogs are very alert. This comes from the Schnauzer genes. This makes them very good guard dogs, and they will let their owners know whenever somebody is approaching the house.

Once proper introductions have been made, however, and your Schnug knows that they can trust a certain person or dog, then they won’t behave aggressively towards them.

In general, Schnugs have a very outgoing personality.

They are eager to meet new people and make new puppy friends, which means that their favorite place to be is at the local dog park or going out for a walk around the neighborhood.

They get along well in family environments and with small children, and will never behave aggressively towards your kids.

The Schnug’s Diet

These are very small dogs and usually, need no more than 1-and-a-half or 2 cups of food per day.

They will eat a little bit of extra food towards the end of their puppyhood when they are growing the most, but outside of that, they will eat a very steady diet.

It’s important not to overfeed them, as their small frame isn’t made to handle a lot of extra weight.

How Much Exercise Does a Schnug Need?

Schnugs only need a moderate amount of exercise. If you let them out for 20 or 30 minutes when you get back from work they will be perfectly happy.

They are curious dogs, and they enjoy going for walks around the neighborhood where they can meet other dogs and see new sights.

Schnug Health and Conditions

Schnugs tend to be fairly healthy little dogs, but can sometimes be affected by certain eye and ear problems.

If they go swimming, it’s important to properly dry their ears out to prevent infection.

If they are overfed, then diabetes can become a problem, but as long as they maintain a healthy and balanced diet, this won’t be a problem.

Supplements and Vitamins

These cute little dogs are very easy to keep healthy if you know how best to approach their diet and their vitamin requirements.

One important thing to remember here is that, however big this dog’s appetite can be, their actual dietary needs are pretty small.

Most dog food specially mixed and formulated for small breeds of dog will have just the right balance of protein, vitamins, and minerals for your Schnug.

However, many dog owners want to take things into their own hands to make sure their Schnug has the best of everything.

Over the counter supplements designed for small dogs can really work wonders here, giving your dog a shiny coat of fur and bright eyes full of energy and intelligence.

Schnugs are smart though, and they might turn down gobbling up a supplement pill, or even a chewy supplement designed to be tasty.

Similarly, they might refuse to eat any pills they find in their dinner, and just munch all the food around it instead!

Don’t fret though – just look at more natural solutions.

A few scraps of fish can boost omega-3, for instance, while a dessert of a couple of apple or watermelon chunks helps your Schnug get oodles of vitamins.

Some owners also dice up broccoli finely into their Schnug’s dinner to boost vitamins and iron.

Final Thoughts on the SchnugA dark coloured Schnug looking away

If you are looking for an adorable little dog that will be a great companion for you and your family, then the Schnug is a perfect match for you.

They are small enough to adapt to small homes and apartments, and they get along great with little kids and any other family pets that you may have.

Schnugs are also skilled guard dogs, and you will always know when somebody is approaching your property.

If you are willing to invest a little bit of money upfront, then you will be rewarded with a great dog who will live for many years.

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