Wowauzer

10-20 lbs
12-14"
Unknown
Miniature Schnauzer
Welsh Terrier
Wowzer, Wowauzer

The Wowauzer is a cross between a Miniature Schnauzer and a Welsh Terrier. These medium sized dogs have a lifespan of 12 to 15 years. They can weigh from 20 to 30 pounds and measure up to 15 inches tall. Their fur is wavy or wiry and it can be black, white, brown, brindle, or a combination of colors. They are energetic, affectionate, and very charming. Their intelligence makes them easy to train, but you must remain firm as they like to do as they please. They are great with children, and are very friendly with other dogs.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
2000s
Ancestry
Welsh Terrier, Miniature Schnauzer

Wowauzer Health

Average Size
Male Wowauzer size stats
Height: 13-15 inches Weight: 15-25 lbs
Female Wowauzer size stats
Height: 12-14 inches Weight: 10-20 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Eye Problems
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Urinary Stones
Minor Concerns
  • Glaucoma
  • Megaesophagus
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
  • Allergies
  • Myotonia
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Blood Count
  • General Physical Examination
  • Thyroid Panel
  • Abdominal Ultrasound
  • DNA for VWD

Wowauzer Breed History

The Wowauzer is a cross from a Miniature Schnauzer and a Welsh Terrier. Other than that, little is known regarding this hybrid’s origin. The Miniature Schnauzer's origins are based in Germany, like the Standard Schnauzer. Their ancestors were depicted by painters such as Rembrandt and Albrecht Durer during the Renaissance, and are also shown in tapestry dating from 1501. These dogs were used as guardians; their job was to protect farm families, as well as their cattle, and to exterminate vermin. German breeders started to work towards standardizing the breed in the 1800s. It is known that breeds like the black German Poodle and the Wolfspitz were used to developed the Schnauzer. During this time, breeders also worked on developing the Miniature Schanuzer, crossing the Standard Schnauzer with the Miniature Pinscher, the Affenpinscher, and other small dogs. These mini dogs were used to kill rats and other pests, as well as to assist in hunting small game. World Wars I and II affected the Schnauzer, but breeder's interest in this miniature canine helped these dogs thrive. In the 1800s, these dogs had a wider color range; they used to be red, tan, yellow, and multi-colored. The Schnauzer first arrived in America in the early 1900s, and the American Kennel Club recognized the Miniature Schnauzer in 1926. The Welsh Terrier’s past is quite obscure. However, it is believed to be one of the first Terriers to exist, thanks to its appearance in antique paintings and prints. This breed was known as the Black-and-Tan Wire-Haired Terrier or the Old English Terrier. These dogs were used throughout England and Wales to hunt foxes, badgers, and otters, as well as to get rid of pests. The breed was finally recognized as the Welsh Terrier by the Kennel Club of England in 1885. The Welsh Terrier arrived in America in 1888 and was recognized by the American Kennel Club in the same year. 

Wowauzer Breed Appearance

Wowauzers are small to medium size, shaggy dogs that weigh between 20 and 30 pounds, and stand from 10 to 15 inches tall. They have a dense coat, with either a wiry or wavy thick fur. Their hair can be brown, gray, silver, black, white, brindle, and fawn, and it is often a combination of colors. They have long, solid legs, and their hind legs are slightly shorter than the forelegs. Their body is compact, and their tail is medium-length and held erect. They have floppy, furry ears, rounded brown eyes, a long, flat muzzle that characterize their parent breeds, and a black nose. They also have an intelligent and charming appearance. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Wowauzer eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Wowauzer nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
gray Wowauzer coat
Gray
silver Wowauzer coat
Silver
brown Wowauzer coat
Brown
fawn Wowauzer coat
Fawn
brindle Wowauzer coat
Brindle
white Wowauzer coat
White
black Wowauzer coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Wowauzer wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Wowauzer Breed Maintenance

A great thing about Wowauzers is that they rarely shed. However, their fur gets tangled easily, so daily brushing is recommended. You can comb him using a slicker brush to remove tangles and mats. Bathe him only when he is stinky or dirty, and remember to remove tangles first. Brushing his teeth at least two or three times a week is required to maintain good oral health. Clean his ears weekly, using an ear cleansing solution and cotton; never insert anything in his ears. He will also require regular visits to the groomer to keep a nice coat and a smart looking haircut. Also, trim his nails once or twice a month, when they get too long. 

Brushes for Wowauzer
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Scissors
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Wowauzer requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Wowauzer Temperament

These hybrids are super charming, playful, and sweet. They are very intelligent and easy to train, but you will need to remain firm as they sometimes do as they please. It is very important to give these dogs a good amount of physical and mental activity daily as they can become destructive and difficult when bored. The Wowauzer is great with children, and you will often see him playing with them. They are also very friendly towards other dogs and are always looking for a new pal to play with. These dogs are alert and loud barkers, which makes them good watchdogs. They are independent and somewhat stubborn, but very loving. They do well when left alone; however, provide him with plenty of toys to keep him entertained. 

Wowauzer Activity Requirements

Wowauzers are energetic and active dogs who require a good amount of activity in order to expend excess energy, and stay healthy and happy. Two 20 to 30 minute fast-paced walks a day are recommended, as well as extra time to run leash free in a park or yard. These dogs will become destructive and difficult if bored and not properly exercised. He will also need mental stimulation because he is a very smart dog; giving him toys that will intellectually challenge him are more than welcome. They are best suited for house living, with a nice yard. However, they can adapt well to apartment living, but will require daily outdoor activities. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Wowauzer Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Wowauzer Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Wowauzer size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 13 lbs
Female Wowauzer size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 10 lbs
12 Months
Male Wowauzer size stats at 12 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 18 lbs
Female Wowauzer size stats at 12 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 13 lbs
18 Months
Male Wowauzer size stats at 18 months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 20 lbs
Female Wowauzer size stats at 18 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 15 lbs

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