The Schnauzer and the Golden Retriever are both active, energetic, friendly purebred dog breeds.
Each dog breed has some complementary traits with the other, which is why it works to crossbreed the two purebred lines.
But developing a new dog breed can take some finessing in the earliest stages. There is a lot to think through whether you are the breeder or the dog owner.
In this article, we walk you through how to choose the Schnauzer Golden Retriever mix puppy that has the best mix of traits for your needs, lifestyle, and interests.
Schnauzer Golden Retriever Mix
The Schnauzer Golden Retriever mix dog is a hybrid dog breed that has one purebred Schnauzer parent dog and one purebred Golden Retriever parent dog.
Later generations of Schnauzer Golden Retriever mix dogs may have two hybrid dog parents.
Compare a Schnauzer and Golden Retriever Side by Side
In this YouTube video, you can actually see a Golden Retriever and a giant Schnauzer side by side.
This will give you a great visual overview of the appearance and coat differences between these two breeds.
You will also learn about important historical, behavioral, and temperament differences between these two breeds.
Meet the Schnauzer Dog
Schnauzer dogs are bred in three sizes today: giant, standard, and miniature.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the standard size Schnauzer typically weighs 30 to 50 pounds, with males being about 10 pounds heavier than females.
Standard Schnauzers stand 17.5 to 19.5 inches tall, with males standing about two inches taller than females.
The AKC states that the giant Schnauzer weighs between 55 and 85 pounds, with males outweighing females by about five to 10 pounds.
Giant Schnauzers stand 23.5 to 27.5 inches tall, with males standing about two inches taller than females on average.
The AKC states that the miniature Schnauzer typically weighs in at 11 to 20 pounds and stands 12 to 14 inches tall with little variation on either count between males and females.
Schnauzers as a group are described as being fearless, smart, friendly, and obedient. They are definitely “people” dogs that have been bred to work and serve in specific roles.
Giant Schnauzers first worked as farm and livestock herding and guarding dogs. Then they moved into K-9, police, and military dog roles before finding a home in the American show ring.
Standard Schnauzers were the first of the three sizes to be bred and developed. These dogs have a long history as all-purpose farm and ranch dogs, livestock herding and guarding dogs, and family guardians.
Their unique facial whiskers gave them a place in the show ring spotlight and eventually triggered a name change from wire-haired pinscher to Schnauzer, which translates to mean “whiskered snout.”
The miniature Schnauzer was bred down from the Standard Schnauzer and found steady work as a barn ratter by day and family companion by night. Like their larger counterparts, miniature Schnauzers are also consistent show ring showstoppers.
Regardless of size, Schnauzers are known to be good with kids and people and tolerant (if not enthusiastic) about other household dogs.
Meet the Golden Retriever
If the Schnauzer is a crowd-pleaser in select circles, the Golden Retriever is a near-universal canine favorite, so recognizable that even people who don’t care for dogs can easily name them at a glance.
As the American Kennel Club (AKC) breed review points out, the Golden Retriever breed got their start as a water dog and gun dog retrieving downed fowl alongside human hunting partners.
Golden Retrievers are bright, affable, easy to train, and eager to please. They have natural hunting and retrieving instincts and semi-webbed feet to aid in their role as a gundog.
The Golden Retriever is classified as a medium to the large working dog breed that weighs 55 to 75 pounds, with adult males weighing about 10 pounds more than adult females.
The adult Golden Retriever will easily stand 21.5 to 24 inches tall from paw pads to the tops of the shoulders (the dog’s neck and the head aren’t included when measuring height).
Golden Retrievers are described as devoted, friendly, and intelligent, but to lovers of this breed, they are so much more than that.
Meet the Schnauzer Golden Retriever Mix Dog
Developing a new hybrid dog breed is an exciting endeavor for the dog breeder, filled with possibility and uncertainty.
The main reason for this is because there is no way to calculate in advance how each parent dog’s DNA will influence each puppy.
This can produce some noticeable differences between puppies in a single litter. One puppy might look more like a Schnauzer but act more like a Golden Retriever. That puppy’s sibling might display exactly the opposite traits.
As VCA Animal Hospital explains, these variables tend to smooth out as the new hybrid breed becomes more established.
In time, a hybrid dog breed might become sufficiently popular and well established that breeders band together, form a dog association, and apply to registries such as the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the United Kennel Club (UKC) for recognition.
But right now, the Schnauzer Golden Retriever mix dog is still in the relatively early stages of breed development. This means you need to know what kinds of variables to look for and how to identify what traits you want in your puppy.
Traits of a Schnauzer Golden Retriever Mix Dog
Whether you have your heart set on a purebred dog or a hybrid dog breed or even a mixed breed rescue dog, these are the main traits to watch for whenever you are picking a new canine companion.
Size, weight, and height
In a previous section here, we learned that Schnauzers today are bred in three sizes and the Golden Retriever is traditionally bred in one size.
The Schnauzer parent might weigh anywhere from 11 pounds to 85 pounds and stand anywhere from 12 inches to 27.5 inches tall. However, you can narrow that down a lot by finding out the size of the Schnauzer parent dog for your puppy’s litter.
So let’s say the breeder chooses a standard size Schnauzer that weighs 40 pounds and stands 18 inches tall.
In contrast, the Golden Retriever parent dog weighs 65 pounds and stands 23 inches tall.
So your puppy might grow up to weigh anywhere from 40 to 65 pounds and stand 18 to 23 inches tall. The most likely outcome is that your little Schnauzer Golden Retriever mix puppy will grow up to weigh around 50 pounds and stand about 20 inches tall.
This guesstimate can be very helpful for planning purposes, especially when choosing your dog’s bedding, crate, toys, food, and other supplies you may need.
Personality and temperament, training and exercise
Unless you plan to show your dog in competitions, you most likely care more about your new dog’s personality and temperament than about the finer details of their appearance.
This means it will be very important to learn as much as you can about the Schnauzer temperament and the Golden Retriever personality and training needs and see if these are a match for what you want.
As Vetstreet highlights, Golden Retrievers truly are famously friendly – so much so that you may need to provide extra socialization training to help your dog greet visitors appropriately.
Goldens are tireless workers and helpers when they have a job to do and can be destructive and difficult when they are bored or left alone. These are dogs that really need to be with their people and stay active!
Schnauzers as a group are working dogs that have high energy and an unstoppable work ethic. Of the three sizes, the miniature Schnauzer is the most laid back in terms of always needing to stay busy.
Schnauzers, unlike Golden Retrievers, do score high on guarding and protective instincts, which can mean you may need to provide extra training and socialization to help your puppy identify friends versus threats.
This overview can help you plan ahead for training and socialization needs as your puppy grows up. It can also help you decide whether or not to add additional pets to your family.
Coat care and grooming
The Golden Retriever breed is as famous for their long wavy golden coat as they are for their ceaselessly friendly personality.
This beautiful coat is very thick and warm. This is because it is a double-layer coat. The inner layer is like a winter jacket – great in winter and sweltering in summer. The outer layer is protective to keep the dog’s skin dry and safe.
The Schnauzer also has a double-layer coat that is medium in length. Many Schnauzer owners choose to keep the coat clipped short, but this will require either that you learn to do this yourself or invest in professional dog grooming services.
In both cases, both parent dogs will contribute the double layer coat to a Schnauzer Golden Retriever puppy. This means you will be looking at lots of shed hair, especially when winter turns to spring and the undercoat sheds out.
Health and life expectancy
Perhaps the most important research of all to do before you pick your Schnauzer Golden Retriever puppy is in the area of health and lifespan.
Many purebred dog breeds are suffering from diminished life expectancy and increased genetic health problems. As Scientific American explains, this is attributed to the emphasis on breeding for certain desirable appearance traits.
How can you be sure your hybrid puppy does not inherit life-limiting and expensive genetic health problems? This all hinges on the breeder you choose.
When you choose a breeder who cares about puppy health more than show ring ribbons, that breeder will do pre-mating health tests to be sure breeding pairs are free from problem genes.
The breeder should be able to show you test results proving that the parent dogs are healthy and sound.
The Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) keeps an updated database of all known genetic health concerns for each registered purebred dog breed.
Schnauzers have these known genetic health issues as specified by size:
- Tuberculosis (Mycobacterium Avium Complex) (Miniature Schnauzer.
- Hyperexcitability (Myotonia Congenita) (Miniature Schnauzer).
- Eye issues, including genetic blindness (all three Schnauzer sizes).
- Cardiac issues (all three Schnauzer sizes).
- Autoimmune thyroiditis (Giant and Standard Schnauzer).
- Hip dysplasia (Giant and Standard Schnauzer).
- Dilated cardiomyopathy (Standard Schnauzer)
Schnauzers typically live 12 to 16 years, with standard Schnauzers having a slightly longer life expectancy than giant or miniature Schnauzers.
Golden Retrievers have the following known genetic health issues:
- Hip dysplasia.
- Elbow dysplasia.
- Eye issues.
- Cardiac issues.
The Morris Animal Foundation also points out that Golden Retrievers are known to have a higher incidence of canine cancer than many other purebred dog breeds.
Unfortunately, there is no genetic pre-screening test available yet to reduce the risk.
Golden Retrievers have a typical life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.
Choosing Your Schnauzer Golden Retriever Mix Dog
The very best way to choose your Schnauzer Golden Retriever mix puppy is to choose a breeder that you trust and respect. The breeder should provide you with an opportunity to learn about (and ideally meet) both parent dogs.
You should receive confirmation that all genetic health pre-tests have been performed and your puppy has gotten all required and relevant vaccinations and pest treatments
By telling the breeder exactly what you want and need in a new puppy, from size to personality, and guard dog instincts, your breeder will be able to evaluate each puppy and select the one that best meets your needs.
Reputable breeders also typically provide an initial guarantee of health and a lifetime take-back guarantee if your new puppy doesn’t work out for any reason.
This way gives you the best chance of bringing home a healthy Schnauzer Golden Retriever mix puppy who will be a great addition to your family.