I run across a description of a schnoodle, a cross between a schnauzer and a poodle. I don’t know if Una has schnauzer and/or poodle in her, but the idea is not far-fetched. And the name schnoodle is hilarious 😀
Reading the descriptions of different interesting mixes, I stopped to think about Una’s temperament. If I compare her temperament with the description of a schnoodle, for example, I find similarities like: Una is a clever, affectionate dog with some guarding tendencies.
I have noticed that compared to a Giant Schnauzer, whose temperament I know very well, Una is more clever in a way. She thinks before she acts 😉 My late Giant schnauzer, for example, would charge straight on without much thought. A good example is a walk in a forest. When a dog runs ahead, sometimes I turn to another path behind her, and she doesn’t notice this right away. My previous dogs would panic: “ohmygood, ohmygood, OHMYGOOD, my owner left me behind, I need to catch her quickly at full speed so I don’t lose her!!!” And she would come running full speed, back to the crossing of the paths, and race after me – walking maybe 5 meters further down the new path… She never learned that I’m really not going to escape her in this situation 😮
Una, on the other hand, stops and assesses the situation first. “Hmm, she has gone to that other path. Let’s see. The paths go to the same direction. I bet they come back together again, later. I’ll see if this is true and continue on this path.” Then she quite calmly continues, glancing into my direction every few seconds. And, true enough, the paths very often combine again. If not, she does the inevitable: she calmly and gingerly crosses the yucky shrub-covered forest bed, placing her sensitive paws carefully, just so, between the shrubs – and finally arrives to the path I have taken. I can’t help but smile, seeing the wheels turning in her head 🙂
Here is the description of schnoodle temperament that I found inspiring (Wikipedia):
The temperament of the schnoodle reflects its schnauzer and poodle forebears. The schnauzer can be affectionate, naturally protective, intelligent and strong-willed; the poodle is often clever, active, and excels in obedience training. Schnoodles may inherit any combination of intelligence, personality, temper and protective nature of the parent breeds. They can make good pets and are often devoted and affectionate to their family. Like both parent breeds, schnoodles are usually active dogs and are impressive runners and jumpers; regular exercise and activity are necessary components of their lives.