Hybrid Origin: The Snorkie is a hybrid between the Miniature Schnauzer and the Yorkshire Terrier. Country of Origin: Snorkies originate in the United States of America. Original Purpose: The Snorkie is a great family companion. Breed Characteristics: Partially due to the terrier in its background the Snorkie can be spirited and playfully energetic. A Snorkie typically is sweet in nature and with a lively personality. The Snorkie is a designer breed that tends to be very devoted to its family and enjoys play time and interacting with children. The Snorkie is an intelligent and curious dog that thrives on human interaction and is a great family dog. Life Expectancy: Average life expectancy for the Snorkie is 10 - 13 years.