Wire Hair Snauzer

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14-19 lbs
12-16"
United States
Miniature Schnauzer
Wire Fox Terrier
Wire Hair Schnauzer
A hybrid designer dog breed created from crossing a Wire Fox Terrier with a Miniature Schnauzer, the Wire Hair Snauzer is a nascent, nubile dog breed in comparison to more popular and well known breeds. Nevertheless, the Wire Hair Snauzer (sometimes spelled Wire Hair Schnauzer) is a very endearing dog breed with many of its parents' best known traits rolled into one furry package. Information on this breed is very scarce, as the Wire Hair Snauzer has only been around for a few decades, but this hybrid is starting to gain a reputation for being an outgoing and friendly dog with lots of energy and lots of love for its adoptive family.
Purpose
Companion, Hunting
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Miniature Schnauzer, Wire Fox Terrier

Wire Hair Snauzer Health

Average Size
Male Wire Hair Snauzer size stats
Height: 13-17 inches Weight: 15-20 lbs
Female Wire Hair Snauzer size stats
Height: 12-16 inches Weight: 14-19 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Pancreatitis
  • Sick Sinus Syndrome
Minor Concerns
  • Distichiasis
  • Cataracts
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Cushing's Disease
  • Schnauzer Comedo Syndrome
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Myotonia
Occasional Tests
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Ultrasound
  • Hearing and Ear Tests
  • hip, elbow, eye and heart

Wire Hair Snauzer Breed History

As with all designer dogs, the keys to understanding the Wire Hair Snauzer lies in uncovering the secrets of its parents, the Wire Fox Terrier and the Miniature Schnauzer. First and foremost, Wire Fox Terriers were born to hunt. Hailing from 19th century England, the Wire Fox Terrier gained traction as a loyal and consummate hunting partner who helped their masters take down vermin and foxes. Their fealty to their masters was exemplified when a Wire Fox Terrier by the name of Charles stayed by his master's side and walked alongside his casket during his funeral procession. Though the Wire Hair Snauzer is much younger than the Wire Fox Terrier, it too is starting to gain a reputation for being a very loyal and personable breed. On the other end of the Wire Hair Snauzer's genetic coin rests the Miniature Schnauzer, a breed known for its distinct capabilities as a rat catcher. Miniature Schnauzers are very brave and courageous dogs but that has also led to select  members of their number developing pugnacious tendencies. Accepted into the American Kennel Club, the Miniature Schnauzer became quite popular after World War I, where owners learned that its pugnacious disposition could be tempered with proper socialization. Wire Hair Snauzers, like many smaller dogs, are predisposed, somewhat, to develop pugnacious tendencies, but if properly reared, the Wire Hair Snauzer can become a grand addition to any family. Though this hybrid has likely only been around since the late 1990's or early 2000's, this canine's unique pedigree has it poised to stand out amidst the designer dog crowd.

Wire Hair Snauzer Breed Appearance

Wire Hair Snauzers have a streamlined and smooth appearance that compliments their propensity for running about and chasing smaller creatures. Wire Hair Snauzers may have differing appearances based off of which of their two parents they take after more than the other, but the Wire Hair Snauzer's smaller size, pointy ears, and wiry coat texture are hallmarks of this designer breed. Wire Hair Snauzers have a very intelligent look to them, what with their pensive brown eyes and well formed beards. This hybrid also tends to have longer bodies and are shorter, giving them a very proud and pronounced posture when it stands still. Overall a very unique looking designer breed, the Wire Hair Snauzer gives you the elegance evoked by Wire Fox Terrier's appearance and the playfulness called to mind by the Miniature Snauzer's visage for the price of one hybrid breed.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Wire Hair Snauzer eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Wire Hair Snauzer nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
brown Wire Hair Snauzer coat
Brown
cream Wire Hair Snauzer coat
Cream
black Wire Hair Snauzer coat
Black
gray Wire Hair Snauzer coat
Gray
white Wire Hair Snauzer coat
White
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Wire Hair Snauzer wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Wire Hair Snauzer Breed Maintenance

As a mixed breed dog, Wire Hair Snauzers may inherit more qualities from one parent than the other. That being said, both of the Wire Hair Snauzer's parents are minimal shedding breeds with hypoallergenic qualities. As a result, an aspiring Wire Hair Snauzer owner can expect to brush this breed on a weekly basis while also stripping this breed's coat every few months or so. These dogs are fairly low maintenance, especially when compared to a breed that sheds more often or has other, more sensitive needs, but a dog that doesn't shed at all is the stuff of dreams and an aspiring Wire Hair Snauzer owner will need to have the right tools for the job once the inevitable occurs; be sure to get a pin brush, dog comb, dematter, and nail clipper as well as some dog friendly shampoo to keep the Wire Hair Snauzer's coat rich and vibrant.
Brushes for Wire Hair Snauzer
Pin Brush
Dematter
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Wire Hair Snauzer requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Wire Hair Snauzer Temperament

Wire Hair Snauzers are very nice and amiable dogs that get along well with other breeds and humans. Wire Hair Snauzers are spritely and energetic by nature, in no small part due to their unique pedigree, so these pups can be a bit of handful but that just means that anyone looking to own or breed a Wire Hair Snauzer should be prepared to be very active. Wire Hair Snauzers are just as good at learning new concepts as either of their parents, so always encourage your dog and look for new ways to try and mentally stimulate and challenge this breed. The Miniature Schnauzer is known for its bold nature and courageous spirit, while the Wire Fox Terrier is known for its energetic disposition and its small prey drive; indeed, in the care of an unseasoned owner, a Wire Hair Snauzer may prove to be a challenge. But if an owner can rise to that challenge and tame this wiry breed, they'll have a friendly and affectionate companion by their side.

Wire Hair Snauzer Activity Requirements

Wire Hair Snauzers need to get out and play, lest they become restless and anxious, so be prepared to take this breed on daily, hour long walks if you're looking to own one. Wire Hair Snauzers have hunting in their DNA, so they will try to chase smaller creatures when you take them out and about. To solve this potential dilemma, keep steady grip of your curious canine's leash and try to avoid areas teeming with woodland creatures until you've learned how to keep your Wire Hair Snauzer under your control. Being as an intelligent of a breed as it is, Wire Hair Snauzers will appreciate a diversified routine, so try to take your dog swimming or hiking from time to time.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Wire Hair Snauzer Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.6
Monthly Cost
$24 - $48

Wire Hair Snauzer Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Wire Hair Snauzer size stats at six months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 8 lbs
Female Wire Hair Snauzer size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 7 lbs
12 Months
Male Wire Hair Snauzer size stats at 12 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 12 lbs
Female Wire Hair Snauzer size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 11 lbs
18 Months
Male Wire Hair Snauzer size stats at 18 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 15 lbs
Female Wire Hair Snauzer size stats at 18 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 14 lbs

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