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Snorkie is a cute crossbreed of a Miniature Schnauzer and a Yorkshire Terrier, also known as Schnauzer Yorkie Mix or Schnerrier. Snorkie’s are relatively small dogs around 5 to 12 inches with a weight of 8 to 12 pounds. The average price of a Snorkie puppy is anywhere between $500 to $600.
Aside from having an endearing appearance, the Schnauzer Yorkie mix is also intelligent, affectionate, and energetic. Let me tell you 7 things that will make you want to get your very own Schnorkie.
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1. Snorkies have the irresistible face of a Yorkie with the lean body of the Miniature Schnauzer.
Take the black button eyes, pricked ears, and fanned-out whiskers of the Yorkshire Terrier parent and add them to the slender body of the Miniature Schnauzer. What you’ve got is the Snorkie.
These hybrids tend to be on the small side, with a full size Snorkie dog reaching only 5 to 12 inches (12 to 30 cm) in height and weighing 5 to 12 pounds (2 to 5 kg). And as tiny as these pups already are, in some cases, they’re being bred to be even smaller as miniature, toy, or teacup Snorkies.
No matter its size, though, a Snorkie’s fur will usually be straight and silky. Common coat colors include any combination of black, blue, tan, silver, or white.
2. The Schnauzer Yorkie mix loves being the center of attention.
Like its parent breeds, the Schnorkie is the consummate companion dog. It thrives on interactions with its family and it will love entertaining you with its antics. If you want a loyal dog who will follow you around all day, this is the perfect pet for you.
Because of their affectionate nature, Schnauzer Yorkie mixes are the perfect match for singles and seniors.
With its even, friendly temperament, the Snorkie gets along well even with other dogs. This crossbreed definitely inherited the sociable personality of the Miniature Schnauzer.
However, because of its attention-seeking personality, the Snorkie struggles with separation anxiety. If you don’t want chewed-up shoes as proof of how much your Schnauzer Yorkie mix missed you, leave him with some toys before leaving the house.
3. The energetic Schnorkie occasionally needs downtime.
Just like you sometimes need a break from your noisy, unruly kids, the Schnerrier also requires some downtime and quiet.
One quirk of the Snorkie’s behavior is that he can get moody and snappish if he gets too tired. This irritability may be something he inherits from the Yorkie, which is known for its impatience with overly persistent tykes.
A Schnauzer Yorkie hybrid is generally kid-friendly, but you’ll want to supervise playtime with toddlers, who may accidentally hurt this fragile dog.
4. Schnauzer Yorkie mixes aren’t the most laid-back of pets.
With his Terrier and Schnauzer lineage, you can expect the Snorkie to be playful and high-spirited. This active little dog needs at least 30 minutes of exercise daily to work off its abundance of energy.
Walks are the ideal workout for this crossbreed. Make sure to put a leash on your pup before you head out, though, as he inherited the high prey drive of his parents.
The Schnauzer-Yorkie mix will enjoy indoor playtime just as much, so you won’t need a yard for this petite dog. As long as you spend enough time playing with them, Schnorkies will be as happy in an apartment as in a house with a backyard.
Aside from being energetic, these dogs are also quite yappy. If your Snorkie thinks that you’re not paying him enough attention, you’ll most likely hear about it. (Don’t worry. You can control your dog’s barking with consistent training.)
This tendency to bark does have an advantage, though: it makes the Schnorkie a great watchdog. Your furry little companion won’t hesitate to alert you of potential intruders approaching your home.
5. Training a Snorkie can be a battle of wills.
Schnauzer-Yorkie mixes are bright little canines, but their Yorkie heritage may make them stubborn. But as long as you’re willing to devote time and effort to frequent training sessions, you’ll find that these dogs can quickly recognize commands and learn tricks.
Watch how this little Snorkie learns the ‘sit’ command:
Schnorkies are eager to please and easily persuaded by food, so be generous with affection, praise, and treats during training. Early socialization will also help them be friendlier towards other pets and younger children in the household.
6. Snorkie care is not for the lazy.
As we’ve said before, the Schnorkie is not a low-maintenance breed. For instance, a lot of work goes into keeping the Snorkie’s coat in good health.
Grooming a Snorkie
Most Schnauzer-Yorkie mixes have long coats, which is a trait they inherit from their parent breeds. Most of these crossbreeds have the Schnauzer’s undercoat with the Yorkie’s thicker top coat.
The Schnorkie needs daily brushing to keep its fur from matting and knotting. The good news is that the Snorkie’s hair is usually silky and soft, so you shouldn’t have difficulties running a slicker brush through it.
Despite its long coat, the Schnauzer and Yorkie cross sheds little to no fur, and it won’t leave clumps of hair on your furniture and clothes. If you or a family member suffers from dander allergies, a Snorkie is ideal for you.
You want to have your Snorkie’s coat clipped every 8 to 10 weeks to keep it at a manageable length. You can also give your dog a trim using clippers. Make sure that the hair around the eyes are trimmed so it doesn’t obscure your pet’s view.
There are plenty of Snorkie hair cuts for you to choose from, but the neat puppy cut – which leaves the hair at 1.5 to 2 inches all over the body – requires the least amount of maintenance.
How often should I bathe my Snorkie?
Not often at all – your Schnauzer Yorkie cross will be just fine with a bath every month or two. If he does get some buildup or debris in his coat, you can clean the hair with a warm, damp cloth. This will help preserve the coat’s natural oils.
The right diet for the Schnauzer Yorkie mix
Because of its size, the Schnorkie doesn’t need much food every day. He’ll find it easier to digest small, frequent meals as a puppy. Once he reaches maturity at 9 to 12 months, you can start feeding him 1 to ½ cups of high-quality dry kibble daily, divided into two meals.
Dry dog food is ideal for small breeds like the Yorkshire Terrier and the Snorkie. The hard texture of dry kibble can help with dental problems common in these dogs.
Schnauzer and Yorkie hybrids tend to gain weight more easily as they grow older, so you want to take it easy on the doggie treats. Spacing your pet’s meals throughout the day should also help keep it at a healthy weight.
Snorkie health issues to look out for
The Snorkie has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years, but, like all crossbreeds, Schnauzer Yorkie mixes are prone to the health conditions that affect their parent breeds.
Like Miniature Schnauzers, for instance, many of these hybrids may suffer from heart problems and pancreas-related diseases like diabetes. From its Yorkie side, the Schnorkie is vulnerable to hypoglycemia, tracheal collapse, and bone conditions like luxating patellas and Legge Perthes disease.
Because of their small, fragile bodies, these dogs should also be handled carefully, especially as puppies.
7. The cost of a Snorkie is totally worth it.
Since the Schnauzer and Yorkie hybrid is considered a designer dog, it usually costs a pretty penny. Breeders may charge anywhere between $500 to $600 for a Snorkie puppy.
Make sure to get your money’s worth by supporting reputable breeders. Here are some Snorkie breeders you can get in touch with.
- Serendipity’s Haven (Washington)
- C and K Kennel (Arkansas)
- Love Me Tender Puppies (Texas)
As we’ve said before, some breeders may advertise a ‘teacup snorkie for sale’. While so-called teacup dogs are adorable, their health often suffers because of their small size.
You can also get a Snorkie through rescues and shelters. Rescue organizations for its parent breeds, like Save a Yorkie Rescue, Inc. and Rescue Me! Schnauzer Rescue will sometimes have Schnauzer Yorkie mixes that you can take into your home.
Breeds similar to the Snorkie
These breeds have many similarities with Schnauzer-Yorkie crosses because of their shared parentage.
Snorkie vs Shorkie
Snorkies and Shorkies (a cross of the Shih Tzu and Yorkie) are loving lap dogs who enjoy playtime with their families.
Snorkie vs Yorkiepoo
Like the Schnorkie, the Yorkiepoo has plenty of energy to spare and will love performing tricks for you.
Snorkie vs Schnoodle
A mix of the Schnauzer and the Poodle, the Schnoodle makes for a great watchdog because of its natural suspicion of strangers.
Why we love the Schnauzer Yorkie crossbreed
From its adorable appearance to its friendly, affectionate nature, there’s a lot to love in the Schnauzer Yorkie mix. These dogs are also intelligent; with consistent training and positive reinforcement, they’ll easily pick up commands and tricks.
However, separation anxiety and excessive barking can be a problem with the Snorkie. The Schnorkie’s coat also needs daily brushing to maintain its signature silkiness.
Have a Snorkie at home? Tell us about him in the comments!
7 replies on “Top 7 Snorkie Facts You Want to Know About”
Yes Iam interested in the top 2 tone snorkel with brown nose is this puppy a available?
My dog is a Snorkie.He goes June 8th to see the vet.He is still biting everything and biting our hands,and jumping all over us.Very frustrated.
We adopted a Schnorkie about a year and a half ago. Although he has some of the health issue common to his mixed breed he has been the best thing we ever did. He loves attention and with his handsome looks gets it from everyone we meet. He loves to play fetch in the house and run outside. He has lots of dog friends and gets along great with other dogs. He can be a bit demanding and is way to smart for his own good! Crinkly squeak toys are his absolute favorites! Best Dog Ever!!
From DNA analysis, we discovered that our adorable 3 year old dog from the shelter has a father that is a Schnoodle and a mother who is a Snorkie. What a powerful mix! He apparently lived in an abusive environment for a time, so we are still working on opening up that shell. Still, he has formed strong bonds with my husband and me and is starting to get used to strangers, with our support. He is beautiful white and so loving!
My dog max is a snorkie half chitsoo half Yorkie he is nine years old in human years I feed him on pedigree wet food pouches with pedigree small bite biscuits and he has a few treats a day he is a great dog and loves fuss but can be dominating wants his own way he is spoiler he is not to good today he can’t jump on the sofa or the bed and is not eating the lady few days he drinks water maybe a saucer of milk occasionally but not all the time we do give him bits of meat but I found out today meat you should not give a snorkie thank God I never give him cored beef or pork and beef sausage I am upset today because he has never been sick in all the nine years I have had him what can I do to help him he is really down and won’t eat anything only a few treats he can’t jump on the sofa or go upstairs can you help me ease thank you
I recently was given a Snorkie, her name is Chloe, she is 9 months, her owner, a single senior passed away. She had fleas and has not had all her vaccines, I have her scheduled for a vet appt. She is so sweet, loving and fragile. My husband and I have a 4 yr. old Lab, 2 cats and a pet Pygmy Goat. They are adjusting to Chloe. Thank You for your information, it is helpful.
I freakin absolutely adore my snorkie! I have always had big dogs. Which I still 100% adore but this little fur baby of mine is so stinkin cute! From the minute I got him at 10 weeks of age he immediately was attached to me. The other fur babies were more of the family dog. And when I say we’ve always had big dogs our last fur baby was a 130 Alaskan Malamute. He was basically my sons dog, we bought him while my son was in high school. We made a deal if you get good grades every quarter we’ll give you 500$ & you can spend it however. Well he choose to spend 1500$ on a giant Alaskan Malamute. Wow! I had no idea how hard they were to train. We send him off to doggy training & he came home night & day! But as my son got older & got married & moved out. I knew he would be taking his/our fur baby with him 🙁
I actually had been looking for a fur baby for my aunt & came across my boy. At the time I found him unforunately my aunt wasn’t in a position to get him. But I could not stop thinking about him. BTW my husband has never been a small dog kind of person, he always called them kick me dogs. Well I finally told him I am going to get this puppy with or without your permission. I was in complete shock when he said okay do you want me to go with you. Our ginormous Alaskan Malamute was such an amazing big brother to my boy. I swear he helped in training my little guy. Unfortunately my sons Alaskan got scarcoma cancer & we had to put him down. I still of course miss him everyday! Fur babies give so much unconditional love that I couldn’t ever imagine not having one. ❤❤