The Schnu, (also known as the Shiba Schnauzer), is a cross between the Shiba Inu and the Miniature Schnauzer. Because designer dogs are hybrids, they are not classified as pure breeds. This hybrid dog is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club and the Designer Breed Registry. The hybrid dog is recognized by these organizations when it is a mix between two purebred dogs, preferably from registered parents and of known ancestry.
The Schnu takes a combination of traits from both breeds, however, the tail seems to take on the curliness of the Shiba Inu and the longer muzzle hairs of the Schnauzer. Sometimes, the longer body hairs of the Schnauzer are also seen on the Schnu. With the combination of traits from the two breeds, the Schnu has a tendency to be fox-like in appearance. They weigh 10-25 lbs, and are generally 12-16 inches in height. Their coat colors can be white, black, salt and pepper, or black and tan, but mainly, it is light golden. Their coats are of medium length with a somewhat thick, luxurious undercoat.
The Schnu is most well known for its stubbornness, as they will learn what they want and implement their training when they want. However, they are naturally well behaved. The Schnu is an excellent family dog and good with kids if they are socialized well, and if they are introduced to the family and family pets as puppies. If socialized properly, they are friendly and social creatures. The Schnu is an alert, brave, loyal and loving dog. They bark for attention or when they get excited. Their bark is loud and high pitched and may not be suitable for apartment living.
The Schnu needs to be brushed daily, as it has the Shiba Inu predisposition for shedding. This hybrid also needs daily exercises, either in the form of daily walks or a yard big enough for it to run in and play in. They are active and energetic and can play for long periods of time. If there isn’t another dog to keep it company, dog toys are a necessity to occupy its mind.
Quick Fact Box
Hair length: Medium length, with a plush undercoat.
Temperament: Schnus are known for their stubbornness, but they are naturally well-behaved. They make a great family pet if they are taught socialization. They are also loving and loyal.
Fun fact: They have a fox-like appearance.
Kid friendly: Yes, Schnus are particularly compatible with children when raised with them and taught socialization when they are puppies.
Allergy friendly: No
Life expectancy: 12-16 years