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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021
The Wauzer is a small cross of the West Highland White Terrier and the Miniature Schnauzer. He has a life span of 10 to 12 years and is also called a West Highland Schnauzer or just referred to as a Miniature Schnauzer/West Highland White Terrier Mix. He can be found taking part in agility events and is a very sweet dog that is easy to love.
Here is the Wauzer at a Glance
Average height 7 to 12 inches
Average weight 12 to 18 pounds
Coat type Double coat, dense under and coarse, long wiry outer
Hypoallergenic? Can be (West Highland White Terrier is)
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Quite sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Somewhat tolerant
Barking Occasional to frequent
Tolerance to Heat Good to very good
Tolerance to Cold Very good
Good Family Pet? Very good to excellent
Good with Children? Good to very good with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Good to very good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization – can have a somewhat high prey drive
A roamer or Wanderer? Average
A Good Apartment Dweller? Very good due to size
Good Pet for new Owner? Good to very good
Trainability Easy to train
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Above average
Major Health Concerns Eye Problems, Urinary Stones, Myotonia Congenita, Von Willebrands, Congenital Megaesophagus, Craniomandibular Osteopathy
Other Health Concerns , Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Westie lung disease, Patellar Luxation
Life Span 10 to 12 years
Average new Puppy Price $250 to $600
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $535
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $540 to $640

Where does the Wauzer come from?

The Wauzer is a less commonly seen but recently developed designer dog. As with most of these purposely bred mixed dogs he has two purebred parents, and his name somewhat reflects those parents. These first generation mixed dogs have become increasingly popular over the last decade though they have been around for around 40 years in some cases. This popularity has unfortunately attracted the attention of a lot of bad breeders and puppy mills so take care where you buy from. As with a lot of these dogs there are no details on when he was first bred and if there was any intent for it. Therefore here is a look at the parents information to get a better feel for him.

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 West Highland White Terrier

The Westie is thought to be a dog from the 1600s bred in Scotland. His purpose was to hunt vermin and other small animals. Other names he was known by was the Poltalloch terrier and the Roseneath terrier but at the start of the 20th century he was recognized by the English Kennel Club and given the name we have today.

He is a bold and smart dog who loves to have fun and be somewhat mischievous. He also loves to get affection and is a very happy dog. While he will enjoy some cuddles he is not a complete lapdog. He does have problems sometimes around larger dogs and he can have aggressive issues with dogs of the same sex, especially when it is female to female.


The Wauzer is a very out going and happy sweet little dog. He is intelligent and affectionate and loves a cuddle. He will want your attention a lot and loves to be fussed over and played with. He is a wonderful joyful dog to have around, very adorable and a great companion and family dog. He enjoys digging though so watch him in the yard. He is also a chewer so make sure he has some chew toys to rotate through so he does not turn to things you don’t want him to chew! He loves to swim and play doggy games like tug of war.

What does the Wauzer look like

This dog is a small one at 7 to 18 pounds and standing 7 to 12 inches tall. He is a low shedding coat that is double. The undercoat is dense and the over coat is longer and more wiry. Common colors are brindle, silver, black, white and red. His ears can be erect or flop over and he has a long tail. His body tends to be long with shorter legs like a Westie. Eyes are brown, his build is stocky with small feet.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Wauzer need to be?

The Wauzer is a fairly active dog so he will need plenty of exercise opportunities, regular walks twice a day, visits to a dog park where he can run and play safely off leash and socialize and so on. He loves to be active but he also loves his naps in between! He can jump very high and does well in agility events. Make sure the yard is fenced securely and that it is high enough he cannot get over the top! His size means he can adapt to apartment living as long as you still get him outside enough.

Does he train quickly?

He is a moderately easy dog to train, he will not need a lot of repetition or extra effort as he is smart and he likes to please. Keep your approach positive, be patient and consistent and firm with him. Offer treats, rewards, praise to encourage and motivate. Do not get impatient, scold him or punish him, this will not lead to great results. Also add in regular socialization as soon as you get him home so that he is at his best with different situations, locations, people and animals.

Living with a Wauzer

How much grooming is needed?

There will be a moderate amount of maintenance and grooming to do with this dog. It is low to fairly in terms of shedding so loose hair is less of an issue but there will be daily bushing needed still to keep the tangles at bay and to remove debris. The hair around the eyes can tend to clump so it needs wiping and cleaning regularly. The hair on the stomach and around the legs mats more easily than the rest of the coat. Give him a bath when he is especially dirty. Doing it when it is not really needed means he is having a bath too frequently and that can cause skin problems.

He will need regular grooming with a professional to be trimmed or clipped (about every 6 to 8 weeks) and at the same time his nails can be clipped if they are too long. Other things to do will be brushing his teeth at least three times a week using and cleaning and checking his ears once a week for infection.

What is he like with children and other animals?

He is good with children, he plays with them and is affectionate with them and enjoys time spent as long as the children have been taught how to interact nicely. With socialization he gets on fine with other dogs too. That socialization is also important on how well he can deal with other pets or smaller animals as he does tend to chase them.

General information

The Wauzer does bark occasionally to frequently so that may need training to control. He should be fed ½ to 1 cup of a good quality dry dog food a day split into at least two meals.

Health Concerns

There are several health issues he can have problems with that are inherited from either parent. They include Eye Problems, Urinary Stones, Myotonia Congenita, Von Willebrands, Congenital Megaesophagus, Craniomandibular Osteopathy, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Westie lung disease, Patellar Luxation, Dental problems, allergies and ear infections.

Costs involved in owning a Wauzer

A Wauzer puppy can cost between $250 to $600. He will need some items when you get him like a crate, carrier, collar and leash and food bowls. These will cost another $100. Then there are medical needs to take care of like micro chipping, vaccinations, deworming, blood tests, check up and neutering. These will cost about $280. Annual costs for basic medical needs like shots, flea prevention, pet insurance and check ups come to $435 to $535. Annual non-medical costs like food, treats, toys, license, training and grooming come to $540 to $640.


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The Wauzer makes a great family dog or companion who loves to hang out with you, is affectionate, sweet and absolutely easy to love. He will want some lap time and nap times but he also has energy and playfulness and a zest for life.

Featured Image Credit: Left – anetapics, Shutterstock; Right – ClarissaBell, Pixabay

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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