A Yorkshire Terrier Schnauzer mix (or Snorkie) as some prefer to call this mixed breed – or even “Schnorkie” or a “Schnerrier”. Whichever way people choose to spell their name, they are loaded with tons of friendliness and intelligence.
Snorkie (Schnerrier) Puppy Quick Stats
» A combination of a Yorkshire Terrier and a Miniature Schnauzer
» Recognized as an official mixed breed by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR) and Designer Breed Registry (DBR)
» Average estimated lifespan of between 12 – 15 years
» Average estimated weight of between 8 – 12 pounds
» Average height of approximately 5 – 12 inches
» Training difficulty – Medium
» Grooming requirement – Medium
» Exercise requirement – Low
Characteristics of the Snorkie
These dogs have an agreeable character along with an enthusiasm for learning and play. If an owner of a Yorkie Schnauzer mix has the time and patience, they could easily have a show dog on their hands as well.
Being the sociable pet that they are, Snorkies love people and other dogs as well. They do have their obstinate ways however, but they make up for any defiantness with their sweet disposition.
Who can resist such humility?
As mentioned above, Snorkies are hybrids of a Miniature Schnauzer and Yorkshire Terrier. This hybrid dog has a coat that doesn’t shed much, and a mouth that won’t keep quiet at times. However, they are far from a nuisance, so typically their insistent barking is because of playful excitement.
Grooming a Schnauzer Yorkie Mix
A Schnauzer’s coat is wiry and a bit stiff, while Yorkies have a smooth silky coat. Some feel that this is an atrocious combination, with the outcome resulting in mismatched, disheveled, thin and downright nerdy fur.
For this mix, home grooming is not suggested. If home grooming is the only option, a professional should show the owner how to groom the dog properly. If not, they could wind up not only cutting their dog’s hair, but the dog as well.
It’s best to get Snorkie puppies used to grooming as soon as its permissible. If they aren’t introduced to grooming as a pup, it will be nearly unbearable trying to introduce them to grooming when they’re fully grown.
Health of the Schnerrier
As of yet, these have no known allergies. They’re generally a healthy breed with no known complexities, strong bones and sturdy muscle mass.
Snorkie dogs can live up to 15 years and when bred, will produce a litter of a between five to ten puppies.
If this quirky and offbeat mixed breed sounds like a good fit for you, you’ll want to be sure and search around for a reputable breeder. The good news is that, should you decide on a Yorkie and Schnauzer Mix, you can rest assured that you’ll have a unique and wonderful pet for many, many years.