Wauzer

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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
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
West Highland Terrier, Schnauzer

Wauzer Health

Average Size
Height: 9-15 inches Weight: 14-18 lbs
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
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
Silver
White
Brindle
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
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. 

Brushes for Wauzer
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Scissors
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
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 Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Wauzer Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.9 - $1
Monthly Cost
$25 - $30

Wauzer Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 10 lbs
Height: 6 inches Weight: 9 lbs
12 Months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 16 lbs
Height: 10 inches Weight: 14 lbs
18 Months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 16 lbs
Height: 10 inches Weight: 14 lbs

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