Buying a new puppy can be quite intimidating at first, seeing are there are many people out there who would try to take advantage of you and sell you a dog for far more than it should actually cost.
But what should you expect to pay for a healthy Schnoodle from an honest and respected breeder?
How Much Does a Schnoodle Cost? Schnoodle prices can range from $500 to over $3,000 but a price tag between $700 – $1,000 is normal. Factors such as a breeder’s location and reputation; the puppy’s size, age, and the current demand can all determine the price.
Let’s see what influences the price of a Schnoodle, what you should look for when searching for a quality breeder, and some general tips when looking for a new Schnoodle.
Actual Schnoodle Prices From Real Breeders
For the most realistic idea of real-world prices, here are some actual Schnoodle breeders and the prices they charge for a puppy.
|TLC Puppy Love||Florida||$1750 – $2000|
|Kountry Side Puppies||Missouri||$899|
|Lowe’s Loveable Schnauzers||Tennessee||$700|
9 Factors That Influence The Price Of Schnoodles
As you can see the prices range quite a bit, but why is it like that, and what influences the price of a Schnoodle?
1. Current Popularity of the Breed
When a crossbreed such as a Schnoodle suddenly experiences a surge in popularity, you can expect the price to also shoot upwards. If the interest then drops again, the price will usually follow.
2. The reputation of the Breeder
You will typically have to pay more if you’re buying from a very experienced Schnoodle breeder that’s constantly trying to improve their procedures so that they can produce the healthiest puppies.
3. The Breeders’ Location
If you’re looking for a puppy in a large metropolitan area, you will typically also have to pay more. This is because the average income of larger cities is higher than those from more rural areas.
4. The Puppy’s Age
An older dog will usually be cheaper than a young puppy. People are willing to pay more for a puppy as soon as it’s available for sale, so they can start to influence it right from the start, and as the puppy ages, the price will drop quite a lot.
5. Size of the Puppy
You will usually have to pay a bit more for a puppy that is expected to be rather small as an adult (less than 7 lbs) instead of the normal range for Schnoodles (average 7 – 16 lbs).
6. Coat Color and Type
You will also have to pay more if you’re looking for a puppy with a more sought after and popular hair color or type.
7. Genetic Tests and Health Checks
A good and respectable breeder will test their dogs’ frequently to ensure that they aren’t carrying any genetic diseases and that can cost quite a bit.
They will also have frequent visits at the vet to make sure there aren’t any complications during the pregnancy. And these tests and vet visits will quickly add up on the expense account.
If you get a Schnoodle whose parents have previously done great at different shows, expect this to also be reflected in the price. Even if you yourself aren’t going to use your dog in shows.
The cheapest generation of puppies is usually the F1 generation as only one Schnauzer and one Poodle are required to breed them.
F2 generations and beyond requires a lot more time to create as the breeder will have to wait until their F1 dogs have matured enough to breed on, and then they have to wait for the next generation to grow up before breeding these to avoid any inbreeding.
This also requires a lot more space and added work for the breeder, which leads to a higher price.
How to Tell a Good Breeder From a Bad One
The American Kennel Club has more than 5000 registered members and there are several times more breeders who aren’t registered by AKC, so find the best breeder possible can next to impossible.
So let’s take a look at some key points you should look out for when looking for a Schnoodle breeder.
Legitimate quality breeders really care a lot about their dogs and won’t just sell their dogs’ to the first person who’s willing to buy one.
On top of that expect them to:
- Routinely run health tests and you can read the results, often online on their website.
- Have healthy, clean, friendly and well-fed puppies and breeding stock.
- Have climate controlled, odor-free and very sanitary breeding facilities.
- Create a contract that is to be signed by both the buyer and the breeder describing the puppy’s care done by the breeder and the responsibilities of the buyer.
- Educate the buyer about Schnoodle in general, how to care for a new puppy, vaccinations, and if there are any potential health issues to be aware of in the future.
What to Watch Out For
With just a bit of preparation, you can spot a poor quality breeder quite easily. For example, if you arrive at a breeder and there are more dogs’ around than you would expect it was possible to properly care for, that usually also the case.
Also, look out for:
- Dirt and generally unpleasant smells.
- The puppies haven’t yet been check by a vet that has confirmed their good health.
- Lack of testing for any inherited genetic conditions.
- Hastened sales.
- The dogs in the litter seem weak, shy, timid, unfriendly, or destructive.
- No real contract created or no education given to the buyer.
- You’re not allowed to see where the dogs’ sleep and spend most of the days.
Preparing For a New Puppy
So now that you’ve saved up enough money to get a puppy, and found a respectable breeder, what else should you prepare before bringing home your new furry friend? Let’s take a look at a few and necessary things.
It’s actually quite amazing how much a small Schnoodle is able to destroy if your house isn’t properly prepared for having a small but energetic dog around.
That’s why general puppy-proofing is quite important. You should consider proofing your home as you would if you had a toddler running around. So don’t store chemicals in cabinets with their reach, and put child locks any drawers and cabinets you don’t want them entering.
Prepare A Crate
When you get a puppy from a good quality breeder the dog is surely potty trained, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be any accident every once in a while, especially when the puppy gets’ to its’ new home.
And this is where having a good crate will come in handy.
Choosing A Crate
Consider getting a standard wire dog crate, as they work very well for Schnoodles and comes with the benefit of being foldable and easy to store as your dog gets older and won’t need it as much anymore.
Make sure you get a crate that is big enough for your Schnoodle to stand up and move around comfortably but without being so big that they won’t find the crate comfortable and pleasant to be in.
Our favorite by far is this very affordable MidWest iCrate, because not only it is big enough for a full-grown Schnoodle but it comes with a divider panel that makes it easy to reduce the room your puppy has for potty training.
This crate measures 30x19x21 inches, which is large enough to serve your Schnoodle all the way through his/her life.
You should make sure that your dog always has access to water while in a crate, and your dog might accidentally end up knocking the bowl over and soaking the entire crate in water.
So to make sure your dog doesn’t end up flooding the crate, you should look for a bowl that comes with easy attachments for a crate.
Our preferred bowl is the MidWest Snap’y Fit bowl at it comes with a firm and strong attachment that prevents your dog from tipping the bowl, while still allowing you to easily remove it for both refilling and cleaning. And seeing as this bowl is made of stainless steel it’s extremely durable, even in the paws of an energetic little Schnoodle.
Kong Classic Toy
The KONG Classic toy is a fantastic toy that works as a calming friend for a Schnoodle puppy. Both Schnauzers and Poodles are known as being highly motivated by food, and that is great when you are training, and this toy allows you to combine it with food for great training results.
Just stuff it with some food or treats and your Schnoodle could potentially spend hours with this toy in his crate.
Schnoodles are adorable dogs that make for great companions, but they come at a cost, and if you’re getting one from a premium bredder, that cost can easily reach several thousand dollars.
But for that price, you get a dog that has been properly tested and prepared for living with you in its’ new home.
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