Schnu:Shiba Inu and Miniature Schnauzer Mix

Hybrid Breed

Shiba Inu + Miniature Schnauzer


The Schnu - A fascinating mixture of the Miniature Schnauzer and the Shiba Inu

The Schnu is a fascinating mix of the Miniature Schnauzer and the Shiba Inu. This breed is created by combining two popular dog breeds, each with a rich history and tradition.

The Miniature Schnauzer, a smaller variety of the Schnauzer, has its roots in Germany. Originally bred as a rat catcher and guard dog, the Miniature Schnauzer has evolved over time into a popular companion dog. He is distinguished by his striking appearance with his thick beard and bushy eyebrows.

The Shiba Inu, on the other hand, originated in Japan and is the smallest and oldest of the Japanese dog breeds. Originally bred as a hunting dog for small game animals, the Shiba Inu has evolved into a popular pet known for its independence and fearless nature.

The Schnu is a relatively new mixed breed and is growing in popularity due to its unique combination of traits and charming appearance.

Suitability and Husbandry

The Schnu is a fascinating mixed breed that combines the best of the Miniature Schnauzer and the Shiba Inu. With his charming looks, intelligence, and loyal character, he makes a wonderful companion dog for active people who have the time and energy to keep him properly occupied. If you are looking for a unique and independent dog that will delight you with his personality, the Schnu is the perfect choice.

Alternate Name -
Origin Japan - Germany
Life expectancy 12 - 15 years
Care requirements low-maintenance - high-maintenance
Activity level average - high
FCI group not recognised
AKC group not recognised
KC group not recognised

Possible character traits of the Schnu

The Schnu is an alert and intelligent dog with an independent and headstrong character. He inherits the energetic temperament of the Shiba Inu and the loyalty and alertness of the Miniature Schnauzer. This blend makes him a versatile dog, suitable as a companion dog as well as a guard dog.

The Schnau is known for his high intelligence and quick learning ability. He is eager to please his owners and learn new things. Regular training and mental stimulation are important to keep his active mind busy.

This breed is active and needs plenty of exercise and physical activity. Long walks, outdoor playtime and interactive toys are important to help him live a happy and fulfilling life.

The Schnu is a loyal and loving companion who builds a close bond with his owners. However, he can also be stubborn and willful, so consistent training and loving but firm leadership are required.

Care and health maintenance

The Schnu usually has a medium to long coat that requires regular grooming to keep it healthy and trim. It should be brushed regularly to remove loose hair and prevent tangles. A weekly brushing is usually sufficient, unless the dog has a longer coat, in which case it may require more frequent brushing. Bathing should only be done when necessary to avoid stripping the skin's natural oils too much. Use a mild dog shampoo and rinse thoroughly to avoid skin irritation.

Check your Schnu's claws regularly and trim them as needed. Be careful not to cut them too short to avoid injury. Also, check your dog's ears regularly for signs of dirt or infection and clean them as needed. Also clean the eye area to prevent tear stains.

Keeping your Schnu healthy is of great importance to ensure that he leads a healthy and active life. Here are some important aspects to look out for:

  • Veterinary exams: Regular veterinary exams, vaccinations, and parasite checks are important to monitor the Schnu's health and detect potential diseases early.
  • Diet: Ensure a balanced diet that meets your Schnu's specific nutritional needs. Look for high-quality dog food and control portion sizes to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Exercise: The Schnu is generally an active breed and needs adequate exercise to stay healthy both physically and mentally. Daily walks, playtime and mental stimulation are important.
  • Dental Health: Pay attention to your Schnu's dental health and offer appropriate chews to help with dental hygiene. Regular brushing of teeth is also recommended.

The Schnu can vary in appearance and characteristics, as it is a mixed breed. Nevertheless, there are some general characteristics that are typical of the Schnu.

The Body

The Schnu is usually of medium size and weighs about 7 to 15 kilograms. It has a well-proportioned build with an upright posture and muscular legs. The body can be rather compact, similar to the Miniature Schnauzer.

The Schnau often has a dense, medium to long coat that can come in a variety of colors, such as black, brown, gray, or a combination thereof.

The Face

The Schnu often has a distinctive face with a rather square head and a charming expression. The eyes may be almond shaped, similar to the Shiba Inu.

It is important to note that the appearance of each Schn u can be individual and depends on the parent breeds. If you have a Schnu or are interested in this mixed breed, it is advisable to consult with a reputable breeder or veterinarian to obtain specific information about your own dog's appearance and characteristics.

Fur length medium
Fur - rough-haired
Ear shape Standing Ears - Tilt-ear
Tail rolled up - lang
Anatomy rugged, hefty, muscular
Size ♀ 30 - 41 cm
Weight ♀ 5 - 9 kg
Size ♂ 30 - 43 cm
Weight ♂ 5 - 11 kg
Suitable For Seniors, Children
  • The Schnu reach on average a size of 30 to 45 cm.

  • Depending on the features, the Schnu can come in different colors such as black, white, tan, gray or brown.

  • This mongrel is very intelligent, bright and playful. They are loyal and affectionate and can be very popular in families.

  • Yes, Schnus need regular training and external stimulation to develop mentally and emotionally healthy.

  • A Schnu should be provided with a high quality, high protein diet. It is best to seek advice from a veterinarian or nutrition expert.

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