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xXJennacideXx
Dec 30, 2008, 06:52 PM
I just got a new puppy. He is a schnauzer/lab mix, 12wks old. I haven't ever seen that type of mix before and right now he mostly looks lab and has big paws. Is it likely that as he grows he will take on more schnauzer attributes? I am hoping that he will since schnauzers are my favorite breed. More elaborately put, can his coat change from straight to curly or from short haired to long?

And with that how big should I expect him to grow? I'm not for sure the size of the schnauzer parent but I am assuming it was a medium sized dog.:confused:

Alty
Dec 30, 2008, 07:05 PM
When you're dealing with a mixed dog, the sky's the limit.

I have a lab/border collie mix that is at least twice the size of both of his parents. His father was a purebed border collie and his mother was a collie/lab mix, but my dog looks exactly like a lab, not one bit of a border collie trait.

You'll just have to wait and see.

Congrats on your new family member. :)

kellyreaves
Feb 7, 2009, 11:26 AM
Hi! I also have a black lab/schnauzer boy. He's one year old now. When I got him, he was 2 months... 15 pds... looked kind of like a weird lab/sad clown.
Now he is 60 pounds and he's pretty schnauzery. Pretty long-haired... grey beard... black body. Check out pictures of him on my flickr site... my flickr username is kellyreaves.

Silverfoxkit
Feb 7, 2009, 11:52 AM
With mix breeds you can's ever be certain how they are going to turn out. Schnauzers can come in a variety or sizes from miniature to giant, so there really isn't a way to determine about how big he may or may not get.

ferkel
Feb 7, 2009, 07:40 PM
Hi! We have a lab schnauzer mix as well. She is now 1 year old and 42 pounds. When we bought her, we left her little gray-faced brother behind. Kellyreaves, you did not by any chance get your dog from a woman living in the chicago suburbs did you?

kellyreaves
Feb 9, 2009, 09:42 AM
ferkel- I did! You must have his sister! Do you have pictures? I've been so curious!

ferkel
Feb 10, 2009, 05:46 PM
Here you go:

Jens Conzen's Photos | Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=47553853&l=5d1f1&id=8639394)

GJbean
Jun 19, 2009, 08:14 AM
Where did you all get your lab/schnauzers? I would like to get one too!

shazamataz
Jun 19, 2009, 10:44 AM
Where did you all get your lab/schnauzers? I would like to get one too!

GJBean, just curious as to why you want this particular mix?

Are you aware that no two cross bred dogs turn out the same?

My mother in law has a maltesexsilky terrier and she is a tiny little grey dog that is timid, my aunt in law ons her sister and she is a medium sized cream colored dog that is hyperactive.

Cross breds are completely unpredictable in appearance and temperament. Again I urge you to buy a dog from a reputable breeder (which means purebred and registered with the AKC!)
Or save a dog/puppy from being put to death at a shelter. There are many loving wonderful dogs looking for homes.

Sumewhereintime
Jun 19, 2009, 11:22 AM
GJBean, just curious as to why you want this particular mix?

Are you aware that no two cross bred dogs turn out the same?

My mother in law has a maltesexsilky terrier and she is a tiny little grey dog that is timid, my aunt in law ons her sister and she is a medium sized cream colored dog that is hyperactive.

Cross breds are completely unpredictable in appearance and temperament. Again I urge you to buy a dog from a reputable breeder (which means purebred and registered with the AKC!)
Or save a dog/puppy from being put to death at a shelter. There are many loving wonderful dogs looking for homes.

Save your preaching. What makes you think they did not check a rescue?
This is for answering and questioning. Not for you to make judgements and stick your opinion out there WHEN No one ASKED FOR IT.

shazamataz
Jun 19, 2009, 11:29 AM
Save your preaching. What makes you think they did not check a rescue?
This is for answering and questioning. Not for you to make judgements and stick your opinion out there WHEN NOONE ASKED FOR IT.

Because they are asking about a BREEDER, not a shelter.
Read peoples answers before jumping in and abusing people...

kellyreaves
Jun 19, 2009, 11:58 AM
We got our mixes off craigslist from a lady in the suburbs of chicago. I believe (hope) the puppies were an accident.. it's a really neat breed though. I get a lot of compliments- people say he looks like tramp from lady and the tramp. Or a wolfhound. My full grown male is 60 pounds now. Wiry, longish coat. Only problem is he's got the aggressive, territorial inclinations of a mini schnauzer but he's big like a lab. This means sometimes I've got to muzzle him when folks come over cause he can be scary.
PS PUREBREDS SUCK AND DON'T GO NEAR A BREEDER WITH A 10 FOOT POLE. Sorry, had to preach.

shazamataz
Jun 19, 2009, 12:13 PM
PS PUREBREDS SUCK AND DON'T GO NEAR A BREEDER WITH A 10 FOOT POLE. sorry, had to preach.



Hi Kelly, just wondering what your reasoning is behind thinking reputable breeders "suck" ?

Is it because they have health guarantees on their dogs and test for genetic disorders?
Backyard breeders don't. They breed a dog that is healthy at the time, they don't even think about what hereditary or genetic problems that dog could pass on.

Or because reputable breeders breed to better their chosen breed instead of "winging it" and producing puppies that all look different?
Just think, if you cross a Dacshund with a Pug...
Dacshunds have a lot of back problems with their long spine.
Pugs have a lot of eye probelsm due to their large protruding feature.
Mix the two together and you double up on these problems, instead of having just the one you could end up with BOTH.

Reputable breeders ensure their dogs are healthy and carry NO problems, not to mention they do not mix horribly clashing physical features.

Like you said you dog is aggressive.
If you had have bought a schnauzer from a reputable breeder instead of a backyard one you would not have an aggressive dog as reputable breeders do not breed from aggressive dogs and steer away from that line...

There really isn't such a thing as an "accidental litter"
That is the exact reason why people who have dogs simply as pets should get their dogs spayed and neutered and leave the breeding up to the people educated about dog breeding and genetics.

shazamataz
Jun 19, 2009, 12:23 PM
Here you go... here is a few lab/schnauzer mixes...

Yeah they really breed for quality... not a single dog I have found even looks remotely similar.

http://www.hua.org/Dog-Photos-Large/JazB.jpg http://cdn-www.dailypuppy.com/media/dogs/anonymous/6381/2008070763971_DSC_0244.JPG_w450.jpg http://dogtime.com/system/shelter/02/37/91/90/kimmie-miniature-schnauzer-mutt-mix-dog-picture-thumb.jpg http://www.fosterdogs.org/images/2006/savannahcreh.jpg

By the way.. these dogs are ALL off shelter sites!!!!!!
I googles lab/schanuzer pictures and every one I clicked on (except for the one with the Diamante collar) took me to an adoption site.

kellyreaves
Jun 19, 2009, 12:48 PM
Hi shazamataz. Sorry if you're a breeder, I don't mean to step on toes and screw with your money, I think it is just a matter of taste. I have always been under the impression that purebreds have health problems because of inbreeding and mutts are generally healthier dogs. But maybe that's just a stereotype. I am also a big fan of uniqueness. I like how my dog doesn't look like any other dogs. But that's just me. There will always be purebred lovers out there, I'm just not one of them.

shazamataz
Jun 19, 2009, 01:06 PM
Hi shazamataz. Sorry if you're a breeder, I don't mean to step on toes and screw with your money, I think it is just a matter of taste. I have always been under the impression that purebreds have health problems because of inbreeding and mutts are generally healthier dogs. But maybe that's just a stereotype. I am also a big fan of uniqueness. I like how my dog doesn't look like any other dogs. But that's just me. There will always be purebred lovers out there, I'm just not one of them.

I can quite happily provide you with thousands of pedigrees that prove that purebreds are not inbred.
In the few rare cases where a dog does have some inbreeding it is done for a reason (to double up on a good trait) and is never done more than once in that line of dogs.
I don't know why people think that they all are...
Reputable breeders don't breed for money, in fact we usually break even or sometimes lose money on a litter.

Sorry about my big rant but it just really gets under my skin when people do not know the facts about purebreds and are fed lies by backyard breeders.

I don't have a problem with uniqueness or cross breds, I have a problem with people deliberately breeding these dogs when there are thousands sitting in shelters.
When someone adopts a dog I just want to give them a big hug.
When someone buys off a bad breeder I want to tear there ear off with harsh words.

There is a lady on this site, her name is Altenweg and she's our resident pet expert, she can find any dog in any shelter in the world!

Sariss
Jun 19, 2009, 01:22 PM
There's absolutely nothing with crossbreed dogs. It's people who intentionally BREED these mixed dogs.

With all the dogs in shelters and the hundreds of thousands being euthanized so often, breeding should be left to those breeders who are responsible. I won't even look at a breeder unless all of their breeding dogs are show champions, have working titles, have their CGC, and have been tested for things such as hips, elbows, eyes, hearts, disorders of certain breeds, etc etc. If you're going to do it, do it right.

Sumewhereintime
Jun 19, 2009, 06:23 PM
Sounds like you got a great dog. I would bet it ends up to be 50 to 60 lbs. best of luck to you.

lorbeth
Jun 22, 2009, 01:21 PM
I am thinking of getting a schnauzer/lab mix. Do they shed like regular labs?

Sariss
Jun 22, 2009, 03:08 PM
I am thinking of getting a schnauzer/lab mix. Do they shed like regular labs?

As a mix, yes it could. But it may not. You never know.

shazamataz
Jun 22, 2009, 05:41 PM
Yes, getting a mixed dog is basically like a lottery. It may inherit the labs coat or it may inherit the schnauzer coat, you have no way of knowing.

lorbeth
Jun 22, 2009, 06:17 PM
Sariss, Thank you! Lorbeth

Sariss
Jun 22, 2009, 06:21 PM
You're welcome. :) If you want a nonshedding dog, your best bet is to look into a purebred, so you know that is what you will get. Alternately, you can think about adopting an older mixed breed, as by then you will know how much it sheds. :)

doreen1562
Oct 23, 2009, 11:21 AM
I have a Lab/ Schnauzer mix named Chewy- we rescued him from a shelter. His fur was very much like a Lab's when I brought him home at 2 1/2 (18lbs) months old. He has a schauzer face with those cute Lab eyes- and a little grey goatie--- Now he's 4 (32 lbs) months old and his fur is changing- it's getting course and wavy- He's adorable, very smart- He's even brought us his leash to us to go outside. But overly energetic- more than any puppy we've ever had. Oh, and the vet and groomer are guessing that he'll be between 65-80 lbs- (he has huge paws.)