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Mauzer Dog

Nicole Cosgrove

June 10, 2021
The Mauzer is a cross breed the result of breeding a Miniature Schnauzer with a Maltese. He is also called a Malzer sometimes and is a toy dog classed as a terrier. He has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years and his size makes him great for people living in apartments. He is a funny and feisty dog but he is known to nip often so is best with a single or a couple owner rather than a family with children. He has talents in guarding and watchdog.
Here is the Mauzer at a Glance
Average height 8 to 14 inches
Average weight 7 to 20 pounds
Coat type Short/long, silky/soft or harsh and rough
Hypoallergenic? Yes
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Low
Brushing Two times a week
Touchiness Fairly sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Moderate
Barking Frequent
Tolerance to Heat Good to very good
Tolerance to Cold Moderate
Good Family Pet? Moderate – they nip
Good with Children? Moderate to good with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Moderate
A Good Apartment Dweller? Yes but does bark
Good Pet for new Owner? Moderate to good
Trainability Moderately easy
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Moderately high
Major Health Concerns Eye problems, Myotonia Congenita, Von Willebrand’s, Congenital Megaesophagus, patellar luxation, liver problems, hypoglycemia, collapsed trachea
Other Health Concerns Urinary stones, White Dog Shaker Syndrome, reverse sneezing
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $250 to $750
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $550
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $530 to $650

Where does the Mauzer come from?

The Mauzer is a designer dog, one of many in fact, created in the last two or three decades. Over this time there has been a huge increase in demand for designer breeds, partly because of celebrities owning them so more breeders, both good and bad have been creating more and more. Some have a purpose but most do not. Some breeders put thought and love into their breeding, a lot more do not. This is a big money making area for disreputable breeders and puppy mills. Should you decide on a designer breed be sure you are prepared for the fact that there are no guarantees when it comes to looks or temperament with most of these dogs and that there are a lot of poor breeders out there you need to avoid. To get a feel for where the dog comes from, since most do not have origin stories to be told, we look at the parent breeds.

The Maltese

The Maltese can be traced back as far as 2000 years and is one of the oldest toy sized breeds there are though his exact origins are unclear. Some dog experts believe he was developed on the Isle of Malta, some in Italy and some from Asia. He was popular amongst royalty across Europe up until the 16th century. However he was almost extinct after attempts in the 1600s and 1700s to breed him to squirrel size. He was saved by mixing with other miniature and toy dogs like the spaniels, and poodles. This in itself led to several new breeds being formed. The Maltese we see today was bred by the English in the late 1800s.

Today he is lively and full of personality. He does very well in dog shows, trains easily and loves people. He assumes all people are his friend. He is also quite accomplished at getting his own way with everything. House training though can be difficult and because of his size he may not be best suited for families with small children.

The Miniature Schnauzer

In the mid to late 1800s the Miniature Schnauzer was developed in Germany to hunt and catch vermin on farms like rats and to act as guard dogs. He was bred by crossing the Standard Schnauzer with small breeds like Affenpinscher, the Miniature Pinscher and even possibly the Pomeranian and Poodle. During the two World Wars dog breeding struggled and some breeds were almost gone, but the Miniature Schnauzer stayed popular.

There are differences from the dog we see today to that one over a hundred years ago. Then they came in several colors but today main colors are silver and black. He is a very outgoing dog always wanting to be part of family activities. He likes to be close to you and will often position himself so that he is touching you when you are sitting down. He is a feisty, needy dog who is smart and easy to train. He does have a stubborn side and will try to manipulate you if you let him.


The Mauzer is a happy, feisty dog with lots of energy who loves to play, have fun and be funny. He can nip and tends to bind with just one or two people so is best for a single or couple owner who do not have children. He loves to be spoiled and is loving to his owner but is wary of strangers. When he gets excited he does whine or yap and he will also likely bark at strange animals or people. He is loyal and affectionate and when he is not playing around loves to cuddle with you.

What does the Mauzer look like

He is a small dog weighing 7 to 20 pounds and measuring 8 to 14 inches tall. He has a long slim muzzle and a black or brown nose that twitches often. His head looks like a Schnauzer’s and he has brown eyes. Ears can be either droopy or erect. He has feet that are quite dainty in appearance and a long, thin tail. His coat can be long, short, wiry, harsh, silky and soft. Colors can be white, black, gray and brown.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Mauzer need to be?

The Mauzer may be small but he still needs some daily exercise opportunities. When he does not get enough mental and physical stimulation he can become poorly behaved out of boredom as well as likely becoming overweight. He is an energetic dog and will be happy with a long walk a day or a couple of shorter brisk walks. He will also need play time, trips to the dog park would be great and access to a yard a bonus. He is fine living in an apartment as long as he goes out each day.

Does he train quickly?

Training for the Mauzer is usually moderately easy as he does have some stubborn tendencies but he is smart. Early training and socialization are an important part of being a dog owner and should not be skipped. Early socialization will help him deal better with children and other dogs. He does like to nip so the training can help control that aggression too. He needs training to be consistent and positive and you to be firm as pack leader but not harsh. He can be harder to house train and you may need to use crate training, puppy pads or consult with a professional.

Living with a Mauzer

How much grooming is needed?

Both parents are hypoallergenic so the Mauzer is too and he is a low shedding dog so there is not much clear up to do after him each day. He should be brushed at least a couple of times a week though to keep his coat looking healthy and shiny. Avoid bathing too frequently as this can cause skin problems. If your Mauzer seems to have dry skin problems there are special shampoos for that. Brush his teeth with a dog toothpaste and brush at least twice a week and check and wipe his ears clean once a week. His nails will need clipping should they get too long and you will likely need to clip the hair in his paws when it gets too long. If you have a long hair Mauzer he will need visits to a professional groomer to maintain it.

What is he like with children and other animals?

He is best with a person or couple who do not have children or at least just have older children as he can be a nipper. He tends to bond with one or two people more too. He can get along with older children who know how to play with him and how to avoid the nipping. He is affectionate with them but doesn’t like it if the kids are getting more attention than him! With other dogs he can be aggressive so early socialization and training is important.

General information

He is good in most climates though he does better in the warmer ones than the very cold. He does bark fairly often, when he hears someone walking past, when he hears a sound, when he gets excited, when he is playing and so on. Often he will make you jump with it. He will bark also to alert you of an intruder so is a good watchdog. He will need to eat ¾ to 1 1/2 cups of good quality dry dog food each day, split into at least two meals.

Health Concerns

The parents of the Mauzer are more prone to certain health issues which will have been passed down to their offsrping. This includes conditions such as eye problems, Myotonia Congenita, Von Willebrand’s, Congenital Megaesophagus, patellar luxation, liver problems, hypoglycemia, collapsed trachea, urinary stones, White Dog Shaker Syndrome and reverse sneezing. To have a better chance at a healthy puppy who grows into a healthy dog buy from a trustworthy breeder who is happy to show you health clearances.

Costs involved in owning a Mauzer

Puppies of this mixed breed cost between $250 to $750 at the moment. When you have him you will need to have him micro chipped, given blood tests, neutered, vaccinated and dewormed unless that has already been done by the breeder. He will also need a few essentials like a crate, bowls, carrier and collar and leash. This will reach between $360 to $400. Each year costs for things like a license, training, professional grooming, food, toys and treats will come to between $530 to $650. Yearly costs for basic medical needs like shots, flea prevention, check ups and health insurance will come to between $435 to $550.


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The Mauzer is a lovely companion dog especially for smaller families. As long as you train them and socialize them early to help contain the barking and nipping they will be loving, loyal, funny and feisty and you will have a companion you can adore.

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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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