A designer dog is a canine that is usually a mixed breed of two purebred dogs. However, these hybrid dogs are not really meant to be guard dogs. Still, their popularity has continued to skyrocket in the past decade.
These small dogs are normally perceived as high maintenance. As a mixture of two dog breeds, the offspring are also predisposed to some health issues associated with their parents. Fortunately, breeders are making efforts to reduce the likelihood of dogs having these health problems.
One famous example of a hybrid dog is the Snorkie breed. Before getting one, a prospective fur parent must know first all the facts about this cute and loyal canine. In this article, we present a comprehensive discussion of the things to consider when owning a Snorkie!
What Is A Snorkie?
Snorkie (Scientific name: Canis lupus familiaris) is a mix of a Miniature Schnauzer and a Yorkshire Terrier. A Snorkie puppy is loyal and affectionate, but they will do silly things sometimes to get your attention. Also known as Schnerrier or Schnauzer Yorkie mix, this little dog breed is perfect for families with children and those with small homes.
As mentioned, Snorkie is a small dog breed. A fully grown male aged 12 months old stands at 12 inches tall from head to toe and weighs up to 12 pounds. Females of the same age can weigh as much as 11 pounds and grow up to 11 inches. The length of their body may reach 14 inches
A dog mixed from a Schnauzer and a Yorkshire has a brown, blue, grey, silver, white, or multicolored coat. The skin type is fur that is silky, straight, dense, and long. They also inherit the fanned-out whiskers, pricked ears, and black button eyes of the Yorkshire Terrier. What more, their slender frame comes from the Miniature Schnauzer!
As with most hybrid dogs, the Snorkie breed is believed to have originated in the United States. The Yorkshire is a breed used in hunting rodents that wreak havoc in English cotton and wool mills. In mid-to-late 19th century German farms, the Miniature Schnauzer did the same job. The former also hunted vermin in local mines while the latter guarded farms.
The Yorkshire Terrier was brought to the United States in 1872. In 1885, the American Kennel Club officially recognized the breed under the Toy Group. Four decades later, in 1926, the Miniature Schnauzer was inducted into the Terrier Group. The Snorkie mixed breed cannot be registered with the American Kennel Club since it is a designer dog.
The average lifespan of a Snorkie ranges from 12 up to 15 years. However, the longevity of each dog depends on several factors, including diet, lifestyle, and overall health.
Food And Nutrition Requirements
The Snorkie breed does not require much food because of its tiny frame. For puppies, give small and frequent meals for easy digestion. Adults aged 9 to 12 months can be given half to 1 cup of dry dog food, divided into two meals. The hard texture of the dry kibble is beneficial to prevent dental problems in smaller breeds like Yorkshire Terrier and Snorkie.
Like the Yorkshire Terrier and Miniature Schnauzer, the Snorkie is a great companion dog. It will follow you around and do crazy things to get some pets. They also inherited the social nature of the Miniature Schnauzer and can easily interact with other dogs. However, they tend to suffer from separation anxiety because of their attention-seeking attribute.
They can also be moody when tired. Though they relish playtimes, they also like to snuggle with their owners.
This mixed breed is also a barker. They bark daily to communicate with you or when they hear an unfamiliar noise.
Exercise And Training
Despite being small, a Snorkie will require some space for his walks and playtime. The terrier background provides tons of energy that must be spent on romps and walks. Even if you live in a tiny home or an apartment, daily walks are a must for this breed. Fetch is also an excellent activity that your dog will never get tired of.
In terms of training, you and your dog will both benefit from obedience classes. These types of courses are an excellent chance for them to interact with other dogs. They can also be brought to dog parks to play and run with other canines.
Because hunting is in their genes, they might go after every other moving thing! This attribute can be corrected with early training. The same goes for potty training.
It would be best if you start early to raise a well-behaved dog. While training your pet, use positive reinforcement. Refrain from yelling when they have a poo accident since they will associate defecating with a bad experience.
Their coats can be left long or cut short. Either way, their fur needs daily brushing and combing to prevent tangles and mats. Some of the tools necessary for easy grooming of their double coat include slick brushes and wide-toothed combs.
Their nails may or may not be trimmed, depending on how long they have been outside the house. A cloth soaked in warm water is an ideal way to clean the debris from their ears. Brushing every few days ensures that their breath smells good and no plaque will develop.
Some of the major health concerns for the Snorkie breed are:
- Keratoconjunctivitis sicca
For minor ones, gallbladder stones and allergies are the most common. To get ahead of these problems, occasional tests must include:
- Blood and urine analysis
- Internal and external eye examination
- Wellness check
- Abdominal ultrasound
The average cost of getting a Snorkie puppy is $500 to $600. The price goes higher for puppies whose parents won a competition. The annual cost of owning a Snorkie ranges between $500 to $1000. This range includes vet visits, food, medication, grooming, toys, and other essential needs.
Getting an energetic, cuddly, and attention-seeking dog like a Snorkie is not for everyone. That is why you must carefully study what you are getting yourself into. Regardless, make sure that you buy one from a trusted breeder. Better yet, adopt from a shelter and be ready to get more love!