The Schneagle is a designer dog. On one side, they are descended from the Schnauzer, with the Standard Schnauzer and the Miniature Schnauzer being the most common options. On the other side, they are descended from the Beagle. As such, the Schneagle has a mix of characteristics from both breeds. Here’s everything you need to know about this designer breed.
1. Can be Hypoallergenic
Designer dogs have an unpredictable combination of characteristics from both sides of their heritage. To name an example, some Schneagles are hypoallergenic while others are not. This is because some have inherited the Schnauzer’s coat while others have inherited the Beagle’s coat.
2. Tend to Be Descended from Either Standard or Miniature Schnauzers
There is more than one kind of Schnauzer out there. Generally speaking, there are three recognized breeds, which would be the Miniature Schnauzer, the Standard Schnauzer, and the Giant Schnauzer. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Standard Schnauzer would be the closest in size to the original breed while the Miniature Schnauzer would be smaller and the Giant Schnauzer would be bigger in comparison. The first two show up more in the family trees of Schneagles for the simple reason that they are closer in size to the Beagle, thus making breeding efforts that much easier.
3. Their Ancestors Were Working Dogs
Schnauzers started out as working dogs. However, they weren’t entrusted with a single task so much as a number of tasks by German farmers. As such, Schnauzers have seen use for everything from guarding to rat-catching. Furthermore, since these dogs were so intelligent, they saw use for other tasks as well in later times. One excellent example would be how Schnauzers saw use as messengers during World War One.
4. Their Ancestors Used to Undergo Cropping and Docking
Once upon a time, it was common for Schnauzers to have their ears cropped and their tails docked. In part, this was because of the perception that such dogs looked better. However, these procedures had some practical use for rat-catchers by making it more difficult for rats to latch on to them during a fight. Nowadays, both cropping and docking are seen as barbaric. As a result, these procedures have become rarer and rarer for Schnauzers, which isn’t even mentioning the countries that have outright banned them.
5. Their Ancestors Wouldn’t Have Been Recognized As Either Toy or Teacup Schnauzers
On a side note, the ancestors of Schneagles wouldn’t have been recognized as either Toy Schnauzers or Teacup Schnauzers. Such breeds are not recognized by legitimate organizations. Instead, “toy” and “teacup” are marketing terms used for under-sized Schnauzers, which may or may not have been intentionally brought into existence. If they were intentionally brought into existence, they have a higher chance of suffering from various medical issues. Something that interested individuals will need to watch out for if they are thinking about getting a Schneagle.
6. Their Other Ancestors Are Scent Hounds
Meanwhile, Beagles are famous for being hounds. To be exact, they are scent hounds, which is important because hounds can be categorized as either scent hounds, sight hounds, or a bit of both. Essentially, scent hounds follow their target through the use of their noses rather than their eyes. As a result, they tend to be slower than their sight hound counterparts while possessing the incredible stamina needed to keep going and going.
7. Their Other Ancestors Aren’t Quite the Same As Medieval Beagles
Beagle is a very old term. For context, it was used as a generic term for smaller hounds in medieval times. It isn’t clear how Beagles came into existence. However, it is very clear that they weren’t one and the same as their medieval counterparts. After all, some of those dogs were so small that they could fit on a single glove, which is why some of them were called Glove Beagles as well as Pocket Beagles. Meanwhile, the Beagles that exist in the present time tend to be more on the medium side of things by dog standards.
8. Their Other Ancestors Are the Smooth-Coated Kind of Beagle
The people who brought Beagles into existence brought not one but two kinds of Beagles into existence. One was the Rough-Coated Beagle, while the other was the Smooth-Coated Beagle. Given the appearance of modern Beagles, interested individuals should have no problem guessing that it was the Smooth-Coated Beagles that won out. In contrast, Rough-Coated Beagles disappeared at some point in the 20th century, though an example is known to have shown up in a dog show as late as 1969. In any case, while it isn’t clear exactly what happened to Rough-Coated Beagles, it seems reasonable to speculate that they were simply absorbed into Smooth-Coated Beagles. As such, their presumed descendants are still very much with us in the present time.
9. Their Other Ancestors Make Poor Guard Dogs
Schnauzers have seen plenty of use as guard dogs. Amusingly, Beagles are known for making poor guard dogs. Something that can be blamed on their good temper and gentle disposition. It is possible for Beagles to act in a standoffish manner in the presence of strangers. However, they tend to be won over very easily, thus making them less than ideal for guarding things. Having said that, Beagles have sometimes been used as watch dogs because they have a tendency to either bark or howl when confronted by someone or something unfamiliar to them.
10. Need Regular Exercise
It is difficult to generalize too much about Schneagles because of their nature as designer dogs. However, they need to need exercise on a regular basis. After all, both of their ancestors were relatively active dogs, meaning that they need to work off their energy in a safe manner. Besides this, Schneagles can also become overweight without such routines, which is a huge problem because being overweight increases their chances for a whole host of medical maladies in much the same way that it does for humans.