17-20 lbs
United States
Miniature Schnauzer
The Mauzer is a hybrid dog. His parent breeds are the Maltese and the Miniature Schnauzer. He is a small dog. At maturity, he will weigh no more than twenty pounds. He may be small, but he is a great watchdog, alerting his owners any time something is amiss. He is great for singles and seniors looking for a companion, but couples with children should be cautious when considering the Mauzer. Older children who know how to handle a small dog will do well with the Mauzer. He is loyal and protective of his family. He may also be a finicky eater - see your vet for a recommendation on just the right food for your Mauzer.
Date of Origin
Maltese, Miniature Schnauzer

Mauzer Health

Average Size
Male Mauzer size stats
Height: 13-14 inches Weight: 18-20 lbs
Female Mauzer size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 17-20 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Reverse Sneezing
  • Liver Problems
  • Kidney Stones
  • Collapsed Trachea
  • Myotonia Congenita
Minor Concerns
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Eye Conditions
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None
Occasional Tests
  • Dna For Vwd
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Blood and Urine Tests
  • Complete Physical Examination

Mauzer Breed History

The Mauzer is a designer breed that was developed in the United States. His exact date of origin is not known. In order to understand the origins of the Mauzer, perhaps an understanding of the history of his parent breeds is beneficial. The Maltese is an ancient dog. Believed to have hailed from the Isle of Malta, dogs resembling the Maltese have been depicted in the artwork of the Greeks, Rome, and Egypt. It was once believed that the Maltese had healing powers, and some cultures believed in placing a Maltese on the pillow of an ill person. The Maltese is thought to be related to Spitz dogs. Many British royalty owned Maltese dogs, including Queen Elizabeth I. The Maltese breed was nearly killed off when breeders attempted to develop the breed into one the size of a squirrel. However, before this could occur, breeders began mixing poodles, miniature spaniels and East Asian dogs with the existing Maltese in order to keep the breed alive. The Maltese was brought to the United States by the English. The Miniature Schnauzer began life as a ratter and a guard dog on farms in Europe. He can date his origins back to the mid-nineteenth century in Germany. The Standard Schnauzer was bred with smaller breeds in order to bring about a smaller terrier. The earliest mini-Schnauzer on record is named Findel in 1888. The two Great Wars were tough on the breed; it almost didn't survive. However, in post-war years, the breed became popular again. No information exists on how the Schnauzer came to America, but we do know that it is recognized as a part of the American Kennel Club's terrier group.

Mauzer Breed Appearance

Each Mauzer may have his own unique look, depending upon the dominant parent breed. First, expect him to be rather small. At a minimum, he will weigh seven pounds at maturity, but generally the Mauzer is closer to fifteen pounds. His coat length and density is also dependent upon the dominant parent breed. It may be rough and short, or it may be long and silky. He may be black with some gray highlights in his hair, or he may be dark gray all over. He may be a very light gray with just a little black around his ears. His nose will be black, and it is predominant on his face. His facial hair tends to be long; some owners choose to keep the hair here trimmed close. His legs will be short, and his little body is normally very slender. His tail may have long, feathery hair. The tail may somewhat curl over his back. Expect fringes of hair on his legs as well.
Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Mauzer eyes
brown Mauzer eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Mauzer nose
Coat Color Possibilities
silver Mauzer coat
gray Mauzer coat
black Mauzer coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Mauzer wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Mauzer Breed Maintenance

The Mauzer will require a moderate amount of grooming. Of course, some owners clip their Mauzer's fur for easier maintenance. The Mauzer is hypoallergenic, so you will not have to worry about a great deal of shedding with him. He should be brushed at least twice weekly, regardless of hair length. You should not bathe the Mauzer unless he is dirty - his natural oils will keep his coat healthy and shiny. However, when you do need to bathe him, choose a shampoo that is designed for sensitive dogs (be sure to keep in mind that the Mauzer tends to have dry skin). Some owners choose to clip not only the body hair, but also the hair on the feet of the Mauzer. Brush his teeth at least three times a week to prevent tartar build-up and bad breath. Brush daily to prevent tooth decay. Finally, keep his nails clipped at least twice a month.
Brushes for Mauzer
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Mauzer requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Mauzer Temperament

The Mauzer is a great dog for singles, seniors, and families with older children. While the Mauzer is not aggressive toward younger children, small kids often have not quite learned how to handle a small dog and may pull the dog's hair or otherwise hurt him. Be forewarned that Mauzers tend to bond with one person in the family. However, they are comfortable and affectionate with all family members. He is known to follow his people around the house just simply because he wants to be with you. He is generally a happy dog; however, he is also a good guard dog. He will bark if he sees anything out of place around the home. He may be a little stubborn at times, and you should be warned that he might nip occasionally. Otherwise, you can enjoy the Mauzer's energy and affection.

Mauzer Activity Requirements

The Mauzer is an active dog who will need daily exercise. Remember that he is also very intelligent, and he needs mental play as well as physical activity to keep from becoming bored. As with all dogs, if he becomes bored, he may become destructive. You can choose to go on one long walk with the Mauzer, or you may break his activity time into short bursts throughout the day. He needs a variety of toys to keep him occupied both physically and  mentally. He will also enjoy a trip to the dog park, where he can roam and play with other dogs as well as with you. Should you have an enclosed backyard, the Mauzer will enjoy playing there as you work in the backyard. He should never be left unattended for long periods of time, though. Always provide access to water when the Mauzer is active outdoors.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
5 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Mauzer Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00

Mauzer Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Mauzer size stats at six months
Height: 7.5 inches Weight: 7.5 lbs
Female Mauzer size stats at six months
Height: 5.5 inches Weight: 5.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Mauzer size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 9.5 lbs
Female Mauzer size stats at 12 months
Height: 7.5 inches Weight: 6.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Mauzer size stats at 18 months
Height: 11.5 inches Weight: 17.0 lbs
Female Mauzer size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 15.5 lbs

Mauzer Owner Experiences

5 Months
5 People
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My baylee is a sweetheart, she is very outgoing and very energetic at times, she can be a bit territorial but other than that she’s great.
1 week, 4 days ago
9 Months
2 People
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Very friendly dog, loves & craves attention. Always happy and love that he barely barks.
3 months, 3 weeks ago
3 Years
4 People
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My Mauzer loves to cuddle
1 year, 2 months ago
5 Years
3 People
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My Mauzer is a firecracker and loves to play! She can be a little noisy when she’s meeting new friends but she adapts to her surroundings very quickly. I can’t imagine life without her!
1 year, 10 months ago
3 Years
3 People
Mauzer's are amazing! They are really good with kids, enjoy being around people they love, and just a little ball of energy. Requires quite a bit of running but sometimes can be very lazy and not want to do anything at all
2 years, 8 months ago
Book me a walkiee?
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