|Tall:||7 – 14 inches|
|Weight:||12 – 16 pounds|
|Lifetime:||12 – 16 years|
|color:||Silver, white, brindle, black, brown, beige|
|Suitable for:||Active family looking for a hypoallergic, fun, energetic dog|
|Temperament:||Active, Friendly, Adaptable, Courageous, Loving, Fun|
The Wauzer is a hybrid that crosses the West Highland Terrier with the Schnauzer. It is considered a good breed for owners with dog allergies due to its low shedding. The intelligent breed is playful, fearless and friendly around strangers, but she will enjoy playing and munching on toys and treats. Considered an all rounder, Wauzer will enjoy snuggling with you just as much as it enjoys getting out and burning energy.
Both parental offspring are used for mice, and hybrids both hunt and control pests in the home. This means you need to train your Wauzer, when it’s young, to prevent it from chasing and hunting small animals. Use training as an opportunity for early socialization as well, helping to ensure your dog gets along with other people.
Wauzer Puppies – Before You Buy…
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How Much Do Wauzer Puppies Cost?
The Wauzer is a hybrid breed, which means it costs less than a purebred. The average price for this hybrid ranges from $400 to $600 for a puppy. You have to pay about $1,000 a year for food, medical, and other expenses.
Since they are a hybrid breed, it is difficult to find a breeder who specializes in the Wauzer breed. They are also not registered with the kennel club, so you will have to research the breeder yourself. Look in the papers, check online, and join breed fan groups. If you know of one in your area, talk to the owner and ask for their opinion on the breeder.
Always check with the breeder before you buy a dog from them. Make sure you can meet the puppy you want to adopt, as well as at least the mother. Make sure both mother and pup look healthy, alert, and not too aloof or stressed when they meet you for the first time. You should also be able to arrange for your children to meet the puppy before you take him home.
Since this is a hybrid breed, the Wauzer can be found at local shelters and pounds. While you usually won’t be able to get the full life story, you should get as much information as possible from the shelter. Adoption fees vary at different shelters but expect to pay around $500 to adopt a dog.
3 Little-Known Facts About Wauzer
1. West Highland Terriers Are Skilled Ratters
The West Highland Terrier is one of the parent breeds of the Wauzer. It is native to the Scottish Highlands, where it is bred as a companion, but mainly for pest control. It is skilled at hunting rats in burrows and holes, and the West Highland Terrier’s tail is short and very strong. This powerful tail allows the breed to be able to lift itself out of any burrow it finds. The modern Westie can use its tail for the same purpose but will most likely have to use it to get off a chair. The Westie also has a loud bark, especially for a dog his size. This loud barking means that hunters can still hear their dogs when they are underground.
2. Schnauzers Used By German Soldiers
Another parent breed of the Wauzer, the Schnauzer, is of German descent. The Standard Schnauzer will protect livestock and act as a companion to hunters, as well as to hunt pests. Like Westie, he adapted and was bred to be a very proficient hunter. The Standard Size is ideal because it is easy to transport by cart, small enough to descend into burrows and burrows, but large enough to accommodate large rodents and other animals. The Schnauzer’s whiskers are arguably its most recognizable attribute, and it was developed to protect dogs from bites around the muzzle and face. Apart from being used as a skilled hunter, this breed was also used by the German Army as a guard dog.
3. Wauzers Considered Good For Allergy Sufferers
The Schnauzer and Westie, like most mice, are considered hypoallergenic. Both offspring of their parents shed only slightly and have thin hair. The resulting hybrid has the same hypoallergenic coat and although it will still trigger some allergies, it is one of the breeds considered better for sufferers. This doesn’t mean that you don’t need to take care of your dog’s coat. In fact, because Wauzer sheds less, it requires regular maintenance. The grooming helps remove dead hair and helps maintain a decent temperature and ensures that your dog is comfortable and relaxed.
Wauzer’s Temperament & Intelligence
The Wauzer is a medium sized dog and while both parents were bred to hunt pests, they also make excellent family pets. Expect the results of the crosses of the two breeds to be similar, but be prepared to put some time and effort into training and socializing the puppy.
Is This Dog Good for Families?
The Wauzer is a companion dog. While some breeds may favor one family member, forming very close bonds with one human, the Wauzer will share his love equally with all members of the family. It can live with children of all ages and will not only accept your children but will enjoy the company of someone who is willing to throw a ball or pull a toy.
Is This Breed Friendly With Other Pets?
Both parent breeds were hunting dogs so the resulting cross retained some hunting instincts. This means that the Wauzer may be tempted to chase the small animal. To prevent your dog from chasing every time it sees a cat, squirrel, or even a smaller dog, make sure you socialize it from an early age and encourage good practice through early and ongoing training.
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Things to Know When Owning a Wauzer:
Wauzers are good family pets that will get along with most people and other animals, but do require a lot of daily exercise, and their intelligence can lead to stubbornness in some cases. Read on for more information on this breed and to find out what you need to keep one of these loving and intelligent dogs as a pet.
Food & Diet Requirements
As a medium-sized dog, the Wauzer will need about one cup of good quality kibble per day. You can feed a little more or less depending on your dog’s age, activity level, and whether he has any existing health conditions. Always follow your veterinarian’s advice if it differs from general guidelines. Meals should be divided into two meals, and if you are using snacks or meals as a training tool, consider this when calculating your daily meal allowance.
This hybrid breed is an agile and energetic dog, which means that it requires reasonable daily exercise. Give 45 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise. This can include playtime in the yard or house, but it should also include time for walks. If you enjoy outdoor activities, try to find ways to engage your Wauzer: it will be able to keep up with you and can also compete in dog agility and other canine sports.
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Since the Wauzer loves to please humans and is an intelligent breed, it means that hybrid dogs are considered to be easy to train dogs. Make training sessions fun, praise positive behavior, and be consistent in your training efforts, and you’ll enjoy good results.
This type of intelligence makes Wauzer stubborn if bored and not given consistent training. Go to puppy class to learn basic commands. This will also allow you to socialize better with your dog.
While this breed is a bit of a fall, it can have moderate to high maintenance requirements. You need to make sure that the mustache does not get tangled and the hair around the eyes is not allowed to prevent proper vision. The hair around the claws can also grow long. Daily brushing will remove dead hair and help make sure your dog is more comfortable.
Your dog also needs your help in managing dental hygiene. Brush his teeth at least three times a week, ideally starting with the puppy when it becomes easier to get used to.
Trim your Wauzer’s nails when you can hear them clipping on a hard floor surface. This usually means cutting them every two months and it is best to start over with puppies again. Or, if you have trouble trimming your nails or are concerned about it, you can ask a professional hair stylist to do it for you.
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Health and Condition
The tough Wauzer is a generally healthy dog, but there are some conditions that are genetically predisposed to, and therefore more likely to develop. Look for the following signs and consult a veterinarian if your dog is showing symptoms.
- Legg-Calve Perthes disease
- Westie’s Lung Disease
- Patella Jam
Von Willebrands disease
Men vs Women
The male wauzer will grow a little taller and a little heavier than the female.
The Wauzer is a hybrid breed that crosses the West Highland Terrier with the Schnauzer. Being from two hunter races, you can expect the Wauzer to be agile and energetic. It may also retain a hunting instinct, which needs to be trained from a young age. This breed makes excellent family pets, excellent companions for walks and hikes, and will develop bonds with all members of the family while also getting along with visitors and strangers.
- Read related: Men vs Women West Highland White Terrier: What’s the Difference?
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