The subject of today’s post is best described as fluffy. Literally. We gained a new addition to our family this month. His birth name is King. My music loving daughter added ‘Sgt. Pepper’ as his adopted name, and we affectionately refer to him as Pepper. A fitting nickname indeed given that his hair is mostly black with strong hints of brown and wisps of off-white; reminiscent of peppercorn.
He’s a Miniature Schnoodle—a hybrid between a Miniature Schnauzer and a Toy Poodle. For a bit of historical context, the schnoodle’s date of origin is during the 1980s. The schnauzer’s origin, however, dates back to the 15th century. Miniature Schnauzers have been bred for more than one hundred years. The history of the poodle dates centuries back as well—the early 16th century. Like the schnauzer, the poodle has a German heritage.
As for temperament, schnauzers are described as protective, loyal, fun loving, and full of energy. Poodles are described as affectionate and intelligent. Both breeds are alert and highly trainable.
I am happy to say that Pepper possesses the best parts of all these traits. He’s very clever and amazingly strong-willed for such a little fellow. At twelve weeks of age, he weighs in at just under six pounds. He’s very high-spirited and goes from zero to sixty (or so it seems) in the blink of an eye. Yet, he’s calm and obedient when he needs to be. Did I mention how loving he is? He enjoys being cuddled once one manages to catch up with him.
And above all that, he’s ‘hypoallergenic’ too. Be still my heart.