Literally Fluffy and Full of Joy

Literally Fluffy and Full of Joy

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.

 

10 Responses to Literally Fluffy and Full of Joy

  1. What a cutie pie! Thank you for sharing the pictures of your newest family member.

    I have the same issue incorporating my terrier mix into my stories 🙁

  2. Okay, I’m more of a cat person, but even I have to admit that is one adorable face. Which probably means he will get away with almost anything! They make baby animals cute for a reason — so we don’t kill them when they do something we don’t like. Enjoy! He’ll be all grown up before you know it.

    • You’re right. Pepper gets away with everything. He keeps us on our toes. We have to put a little bell on his collar to keep track of him from one minute to the next. 🙂

  3. What a adorable little face! Soon cute! I bet you are totally in love with Pepper! I would be. Congrats on getting him!

  4. Aaaah! what a cutie. Thanks for sharing the pictures of the new addition to your family. It is too bad you can’t incorporate that breed in one of your stories. However, you could fudge history a bit and have a surprise litter. Someone visiting with a male poodle and one of the schnauzer females is in heat. Just because it wasn’t an official breed… yet… doesn’t mean accidents didn’t happen in the estate kennels. Have a blessed rest of the summer.

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