Wauzer

12-16 lbs
7-13"
Unknown
West Highland White Terrier
Standard Schnauzer
West Highland Schnauzer

The Wauzer is a small, shaggy dog created from crossing a West Highland Terrier with a Schnauzer. This hybrid does not shed much, so he is usually suitable for people with allergies to dogs. They stand up to 15 inches tall and their fur can be black, white, silver, or dark brindle. These dogs are highly intelligent, playful, outgoing, and loving. They are great with children and are very active; they love to run, dig, jump, and play around. You will need to get him many toys, as he enjoys chewing things. This dog will be a great companion; he will enjoy cuddling and joining you for a nice exercise session. 

purpose Purpose
Companion
history Date of Origin
Unknown
ancestry Ancestry
West Highland Terrier, Schnauzer

Wauzer Health

Average Size
Male Wauzer size stats
Height: 9-15 inches Weight: 14-18 lbs
Female Wauzer size stats
Height: 7-13 inches Weight: 12-16 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Allergies
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Dental Problems
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Urinary Stones
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Entropion
  • Myotonia
  • Megaesophagus
Occasional Tests
  • Skin Scraping
  • Dental Examination
  • Blood Count
  • Complete Physical Examination
  • Eye and Otoscopic Examination
  • Allergy Testing

Wauzer Breed History

The Wauzer is a rather new hybrid, which resulted from crossing a West Highland Terrier with a Schnauzer. Although these dogs have become very popular, little is known about their origin. The West Highland Terrier (or Westie) is related to the Scottish, Skye, Dandie Dinmont, and Cairn Terriers. The Westie comes from Scotland, where these dogs were used for hunting and for killings pests, like rats. It is believed that the Westie’s origins go as far as the 17th century, and that they are linked to a breed of small dogs that were given to the king of France during that period. During the 19th century, an accident occurred with a Westie’s ancestor; during a hunting session, Colonel Malcolm of Poltalloch confused one of his Cairns with a fox, and shot him dead. The Colonel suffered greatly from this accident, and decided to breed only white dogs to avoid confusing them with foxes again, thus the Westie’s color. Previously known as the Poltalloch Terrier and the Roseneath Terrier, the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club as the West Highland White Terrier in 1908. On the other hand, the Schnauzer originated in Germany. Their ancestors appeared on Renaissance paintings made by artists like Rembrandt and Albrecht Durer, and also in tapestry from 1501. Schnauzers were guardian dogs; they would protect farm families and their livestock, and they also helped in getting rid of rats and other vermin. In the mid 1800s, German breeders started to work towards standardizing the breed. Dogs like the Wolfspitz and the black German Poodle, took their part in this breed’s development. During the same period, breeders also worked on developing the Miniature Schnauzer, and the Giant Schnauzer a while later. Schnauzers were first called Wirehaired Pinschers, and a breed standard was established in 1880. In 1879 a dog called “Schnauzer” won the first prize at the Third German International Show in Hanover. By 1900 the breed was well-known as the Schnauzer, also as reference to these breed’s particular muzzle (schnauze in German). During WWI Schnauzers were used for carrying communication, aiding the Red Cross, and for police work. The breed was first brought to America in the early 1900s by immigrant families. The Standard Schnauzer was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904, and the Miniature Schnauzer in 1926. 

Wauzer Breed Appearance

The Wauzer is a small dog with a burly, compact body and shaggy appearance. They weigh between 12 and 18 pounds and their height ranges from 7 to 15 inches tall. These dogs are double coated, with a dense undercoat and wiry outer coat. Their hair is medium-length and wavy. They are usually black, white, dark brindle, or silver. Wauzers have broad heads, their eyes are big, rounded, and dark-colored and their noses are black. Their ears are hairy and generally stand up, although some Wauzers’ ears fold at the end. These dogs are usually a little disproportional; they have long bodies with short legs and small feet, as their Westie parent does.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Wauzer eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Wauzer nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Wauzer coat
Black
brindle Wauzer coat
Brindle
white Wauzer coat
White
silver Wauzer coat
Silver
Coat Length
coat
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
pin
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Wauzer wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Wauzer Breed Maintenance

The Wauzer is a low shedder and is usually appropriate for allergic people. These dogs have a dense, medium-length wiry fur that’s prone to tangling, so daily brushing using a slicker brush is highly encouraged. You will also need to trim his hair occasionally, especially around the eyes, ears, and paws to avoid infection or discomfort. It is very important that you always brush and detangle your dog’s hair before bathing him, since tangles will be harder to remove after he is bathed. Avoid over bathing him, as his skin can become dried out. These dogs are prone to dental problems, so brush his teeth daily to avoid infection, tartar buildup, and bad breath. You will also need to clip his nails once a month.

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Brushes for Wauzer
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Scissors
Scissors
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Wauzer requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Wauzer Temperament

The Wauzer is a very friendly, outgoing, active, and intelligent dog. They are great family members and companion dogs. This hybrid loves children and will be more than happy to play with them any time. He has a lot of energy; he enjoys running, jumping, playing, and digging. But he also enjoys taking long naps and curling up in a soft, comfortable spot. Since both of his parents have a hunting instinct, the Wauzer also has a taste for it. So, train your dog as a puppy to not chase small animals. Also, they will get along with other dogs if properly socialized. This is a very intelligent dog and he is also a people-pleaser, which makes him easy to train. You won’t need to repeat orders many times, as he will get it rather soon. But give him a lot of treats and praise to get better results. 

Wauzer Activity Requirements

This is a very active small dog and he gains weight easily. Therefore he requires daily activity to stay in shape and to drain energy. Two daily 20-minute walks are highly advised, as well as playtime, and time to run leash-free in a yard or park. Remember these dogs like to dig, so keep him far from gardens. They are also prone to mouthiness, be sure you keep him entertained and give him toys to chew, in order to avoid damages. Also, being very intelligent and energetic, they are great at agility games. These dogs adapt well to apartment living, given that you provide him with a good amount of exercise, but he will definitely enjoy having a nice yard for running and digging around. 

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes
activity minutes

Wauzer Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.90 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Wauzer Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Wauzer size stats at six months
Height: 8.0 inches Weight: 10.5 lbs
Female Wauzer size stats at six months
Height: 6.0 inches Weight: 9.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Wauzer size stats at 12 months
Height: 12.0 inches Weight: 16.0 lbs
Female Wauzer size stats at 12 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 14.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Wauzer size stats at 18 months
Height: 12.0 inches Weight: 16.0 lbs
Female Wauzer size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 14.0 lbs

Wauzer Owner Experiences

Francy
4 Years
1 People
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Francy enjoys walks, socializing with other people
Francy was a street dog in Puerto Rico for the 1st 2 years of her life. She is still afraid of new people and loud noises. But she loves her home and loves to be right with me. She is a great companion. I'm so fortunate she came to live with me.
7 months, 3 weeks ago
Guapita
11 Months
2 People
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Wow, is right. What a wonderful little dog. Adopted at 10 months, so only had for a month so far. But has already learned, sit, wait, stop, go, up, stand, fast, slow. She can almost fix her own collar when stuck under her at the command "fix". Struggling with recall. Loves to be chased in the park by other dogs, but will get very vocal if the other dogs don't play with her. Very vocal with people sounds outside our door. Gets scared quite a bit, which also results in a lot of barking. Loves to be pet, combed, groomed, be near her people at all times. Loves to chew, so we leave her cardboard boxes to destroy. Not the best eater, but I put that more to the adoption and house change. She is improving. Anyway, TMI. Love this breed.
8 months, 2 weeks ago
Teddy
6 Months
4 People
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He is getting use to us, still a bit shy but is a lovely dog. He is not eating much at the moment though.
3 years, 5 months ago
Wallace
4 Months
2 People
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Brilliant breed. An amazing little character has come from our Wauzer. He is a friendly, excited, caring wee creature and he loves attention along with naps. He has a massive amount of energy and would walk for miles and miles if he was allowed to! I’d recommend getting one, their great with kids, don’t shed, easy to train and just very good companions! Loves his food and treats, great at the vets and loves getting his photo taken.
3 years, 4 months ago
Bobby
2 Years
3 People
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He has become my best freind even tho he s very naughty at times he also loving caring and very playful
2 years, 9 months ago
Morty
10 Months
2 People
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@Mortythewauzer is a very energetic dog with a very strong, confident personality. He is very friendly and wants to meet and play with every dog he sees. If he doesn’t get his way he can be a bit vocal at times, but overall he is a great dog. A small dog with a big dog personality. No health issues so far, and he has not yet been neutered as of now, 10 months.
2 years, 4 months ago
Scrappy Do
7 Years
3 People
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Scrappy is very aggressive towards people who do not live in our house. Don't know what to do about it. Would really appreciate some suggestions.
2 years, 4 months ago
Oakley
7 Months
2 People
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Socialising with my parents and neighbor dogs
Fetch, but he doesn't bring it back!
throwing his toys, he power slides on the laminate
Long muddy walks with plenty to sniff
Amazing dog, very mouthy and loves to be chased. He playbites feet quite a lot but only does it so you chase after him. Digs the garden up a lot. Loves a cuddle and loves his sleep.
2 years, 4 months ago
Gigi
4 Years
4 People
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swimming in the waves
Walks on the beach
My Wauzer is highly affectionate and loves a cuddle and pat. She is super friendly towards people as well as other dogs and animals. She is very chill and not high maintenance at all. She loves the beach and meeting other dogs.
2 years, 2 months ago
Mylo
18 Years
4 People
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She is a dog who thinks she is a human. She has so much personality and energy and we have been together 18 years
2 years, 1 month ago
Freddie
20 Months
4 People
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he is super affectionate with family members but not visitors , aggressive towards other dogs, chasing joggers and people with umbrellas or hoods. Unfortunately not trustworthy outside the house. Highly protective and displays dominant behaviour
2 years ago
Abby
10 Years
3 People
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She does not like to be held. She wants to be close by though. She learns easily, very smart. She had bladder stones about 4 years old. She is very friendly and loves to run.
2 years ago
Twister
3 Years
3 People
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Bird watching
Playing catch
Fetch
It's a protective dog that doesn't let joggers and cyclists near me, nor postmen at the door. She's a loving and obedient dog, and loves to sleep and eat. Great insect hunter as well.
1 year, 11 months ago
Arri
4 Years
1 People
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Bite stuffed balls
Fetch
Run
Play with stuffed balls
race
I have a white 4 year old Wauzer, she is very lovely and playful but she is very territorial, she barks at everyone but once she meets them she ask them to play and to pet her. She is very loyal and smart, I trained her at age of 6 months to fetch, sit, up, stay and turn. I love her!
1 year, 10 months ago
Snow Ball
6 Years
2 People
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Had mom, West highland and dad white miniature schnauzer. Very personal dog and clings to myself and my husband. We have an autistic grandson and he loves to play with him, running and jumping.
1 year, 9 months ago
Winston
13 Weeks
2 People
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Chase
Fetch
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grass
Smart dog with a great personality. He is affectionate, smart and also independent. Super cute and amazingly intelligent. He has been a joy to everyone he comes in contact with.
1 year, 7 months ago
Jakie
1 Year
4 People
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They are great dogs full of energy. loveable and great with children and other dogs. they really really love to chew things. i lost a couple of pairs of dress shoes. lol
1 year, 6 months ago
Maisie
23 Months
1 People
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Walking
Fetch
I have had many dog breeds over my 62 years, but I love my Walzer the most. She is so easy as she enjoys everything and everyone. Is not a problem when grandchildren visit, loves other dogs and also loves the new kitten.
1 year ago
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Hi, I've got a 5 yr old wauzer, who is very vocal! Barking and protecting at everything that passes his house, acting sometimes aggressive like tearing letters out the postman's hands. Also with some other dogs, he still has his bits!, But he's so soft with children, he's not a cuddler but needs to know your there. At least 2 X 35+ mins walk a day access to very large garden when he wants, how do I curb the Barking and chasing the scent of a bitch, especially when he's not food orientated? Many thanks Carol and Brodie

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Where can I find a Wauzer.....? My AnaBella passed April 8 and I am LOST without her. However feel that the same breed would not live up to expectations. I am 87 and family is not supportive of a puppy. . .any chance of adopting an older dog where maybe their owners have "passed"? (Live in the Lincoln CA area) I

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