Schnocker

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Germany <> U.S.A. -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Schnocker

The Schnocker is a hybrid of the Miniature Schnauzer and the American Cocker Spaniel. Although the place and approximate date of origin are not available, it can be assumed that this hybrid originated in the USA between the late 1900s and the early 2000s, when interest in crossing purebred dogs increased for a variety of reasons. Regardless of where or when this hybrid originated, the truth is that it's an adorable, cuddly and loyal family pet. Although he's not quite a couch potato, he comes close - being only mildly active, he'll be more than happy to snuggle up to you while you watch TV, whether or not you eat popcorn or French fries.

History of the Schnocker

The Schnocker hybrid is a cross between the Miniature Schnauzer and the American Cocker Spaniel. There's not much information available on the hybrid, so we'll draw our history from that of the parent breeds. The two parent breeds can be traced back to at least the 1400s, the heritage coming from the German Standard Schnauzer (for the Mini Schnauzer) and a large group of dogs called “Spanyells” (for the Cocker Spaniel). Both breeds were bred for hunting, the Mini Schnauzer for hunting and killing rats and other vermin, and the American Cocker Spaniel for hunting on land and in water.

 

        

A little of the Miniature Schnauzer

        
The Miniature Schnauzer is an ancient breed that originated in Germany. Paintings depicting dogs resembling the Miniature Schnauzer have been found as early as the 1400s, but it wasn't recognized as a specific, distinct breed until the late 1800s. The Miniature Schnauzer's ancestors are thought to be the Standard Schnauzer, Affenpinscher and Poodle, and some enthusiasts include the Miniature Pinscher, Wire Fox Terrier and Zwergspitz. The Miniature Schnauzer was originally developed as a slightly smaller version of the Standard Schnauzer and was particularly useful for tracking down and killing rats and other vermin known to inhabit farms in Germany. Miniature Schnauzers arrived in North America and breeding is said to have begun around 1924, with recognition by the American Kennel Club in 1926. The breed continues to grow in popularity and today is one of the most popular breeds in the U.S.A., especially for companionship.
Standard of the Miniature Schnauzer

 

        

A little of the American Cocker Spaniel

The Cocker Spaniel is the smallest Spaniel in the American Kennel Club's Sporting Dog group. The American Cocker Spaniel and its close relative, the English Cocker Spaniel, have both been bred to flush out and retrieve game birds, whether in the bush or in the water. The Cocker Spaniel breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878, but at the time included both American and English versions of the breed. It wasn't until 1948 that the AKC recognized the two breeds as separate and distinct. The Schnocker hybrid itself is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Dog Registry of America and the International Designer Canine Registry.
Standard of the American Cocker Spaniel

Appearance of the Schnocker

Your Hybrid Schnocker is a mix of Miniature Schnauzer and American Cocker Spaniel and, as such, may inherit appearance traits from either or both parent breeds. Breeders and owners of the Hybrid Schnocker describe it as a small to medium-sized dog, measuring 30.5 to 38 centimeters and weighing 7 to 11 kilos. He is slender, with long legs, large webbed feet and floppy ears. Its gentle face has dark eyes, a black nose and a beard. Its coat can be very variable, depending on the breed of the dominant parent, it can be short or long, straight or wavy and shaggy, coarse or soft, with longer hair around the legs, eyebrows, ears, face and feet. Common colors are black, brown, blond, white, gray and champagne. The tail can vary in length.

Temperament of the Schnocker

Your Hybrid Schnocker is a mixed breed and can inherit temperament qualities from either or both of its parent breeds, the Miniature Schnauzer and the American Cocker Spaniel. Breeders and owners of the Schnocker have described its temperament as gentle, intelligent, affectionate and cuddly. He can suffer from separation anxiety in certain situations, but if the Schnauzer parent has dominance in the temperament's organic mix, he'll probably handle it better. He loves to be the center of attention and needs lots of it. He'll beam with pleasure when he has company because he's so cute they can't help but smother him with attention, but beware of those little “pee” spots resulting from excitement when company arrives. The peeing problem is alleviated when there's only family around. He's very sensitive and will quickly become attached to you, perhaps even faster than you'll become attached to him. He's easy to train, as he has a strong desire to please. He will need to be properly socialized from an early age to ensure that he gets on well with children, although some supervision is recommended when in the presence of young children. Young children generally don't know how to touch and play with him, so it's best to teach them the safest ways to interact with him. In addition, he tends to bark occasionally or frequently, so be aware that extra training may be needed to control him, especially if you live in a noise-restricted area.

Needs and activities of the Schnocker

Your Hybrid Schnocker is a mildly active little dog. He'll be happy to sit and snuggle with you while you read or watch TV, that's for sure. But he needs exercise and will love a few daily walks, playing and romping in the dog park or fenced garden, and taking part in interactive games such as fetch, frisbee, fly ball and obedience and agility training. He's small enough to live in an apartment or condo without any problems, provided he gets the exercise he needs to keep him happy, fit and healthy. He can also live very well in a family home, with or without a fenced yard, in an urban or rural environment. He can tolerate most climates, but extra protection and precautions may be needed in higher temperatures.

Maintenance of the Schnocker

Your Schnocker hybrid is considered to be in the moderate maintenance category, with a coat that will need brushing several times a week to remove loose hairs, debris, knots and tangles, and to distribute the vital oils throughout the coat that are necessary to keep it beautiful and healthy. It is considered a minimal shedder and can be hypoallergenic, although only the Miniature Schnauzer parent brings this characteristic to the biological mix. He should be bathed only when necessary to avoid drying out the vital oils needed to keep his coat waterproof and weather-resistant. He's prone to ear infections, so you'll need to check his ears every week and clean them if necessary with absorbent cotton and a cleaning product approved for canine ears. Also check his toenails every week and trim them if necessary, unless he's able to maintain them through normal physical activity. Regular brushing is recommended for all dog breeds, and the Hybrid Schnocker is no exception. We recommend brushing at home at least two or three times a week to prevent the development of periodontal disease and the tooth loss that can result. Hybrids fall into the low-slobber, low-smell category.

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