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Nicole Cosgrove

Welsh Terrier and Miniature Schnauzer

The Wowauzer is a cross of the Welsh Terrier and the Miniature Schnauzer. He is a small to medium cross or mixed dog with a life span of 12 to 15 years. He is also called a Wowzer and is a very friendly and playful dog making him a great companion and family dog.

Here is the Wowauzer at a Glance
Average height 12 to 15 inches
Average weight 10 to 25 pounds
Coat type Thick, harsh, wiry, curly
Hypoallergenic? Can be (Welsh Terrier is)
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Somewhat sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Somewhat tolerant
Barking Occasional to frequent
Tolerance to Heat Moderate to very good depending on his coat
Tolerance to Cold Moderate to very good depending on his coat
Good Family Pet? Very good
Good with Children? Very good with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Very good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good to very good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Above average
A Good Apartment Dweller? Good to very good due to size as long as he gets daily walks
Good Pet for new Owner? Good but better with experienced owners
Trainability Moderately easy
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Above average
Major Health Concerns Eye Problems, Urinary Stones, Myotonia Congenita, Von Willebrands, Congenital Megaesophagus, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, Hypothyroidism,
Other Health Concerns Allergies
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price Unknown
Average Annual Medical Expense $460 to $560
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $680 to $780

Where does the Wowauzer come from?

The Wowauzer is a designer dog, this is a term used for dogs that are deliberately bred from two or sometimes three purebreds. First generation litters are the desired outcome. The draw is getting two favorite breeds in one perfect dog. But there are no guarantees with this kind of breeding, even in the same litter there can be differences in looks and temperament. As is the case with many designer dogs we have not got any specific information on the Wowauzer’s beginnings. Therefore here is a look at the two parents to get a feel for what their offspring might be like.

The Miniature Schnauzer

In late 19th century Germany the Miniature Schnauzer was developed from the Standard Schnauzer and small dogs like the Miniature Pinscher, Affenpinscher and so on. It was used to catch vermin like rats on farms, to be a good guard dog and to help hunt smaller prey. Despite the two world wars having quite a negative impact on dog breeding in Germany in general in fact the Miniature Schnauzer managed to maintain its popularity.

Today the dog we know as a Miniature Schnauzer is quite different in appearance to that dog in the late 1800s. He was a lot more colorful then but today the most popular colors are black and silver. He is a social dog, likes to be at the center of activity and can be quite feisty. He likes to be near you all the time and you will have to get used to feeling him touch some point of you throughout the day. He is intelligent though and training goes well despite his willful side.

The Welsh Terrier

The Welsh Terrier appears to be a very old breed though the details of its beginnings is obscure now. From the prints and paintings it appears in it would seem it was one of the first terrier dogs and back then was called the Old English Terrier or Black and Tan Wire Haired Terrier. This was because as well as being found in Wales he was also popular in several parts of 19th century England. He was bred for hunting animals like badgers, foxes and otters and he was also a great vermin catcher. He was classified as the Welsh Terrier by the Kennel Club in 1885 and started to arrive in the states in 1888.

He is a clever and happy dog with a lot of energy. He loves to play and he is very loyal and loving with his family. He enjoys being social and loves to entertain people and get attention. He does not tend to have the terrier temper and all of that makes him a great companion or family dog. Training can be tricky as he does have an independent side.


The Wowauzer is a charming and affectionate dog, very lovable and a great companion especially for those who like either parent. He is active and energetic so be prepared to play with him often and give him lots of attention. He is friendly with other people too and quite intelligent.

What does a Wowauzer look like

This is a small to medium dog weighing 10 to 25 pounds and standing 12 to 15 inches tall. He has a curly coat that is thick, wiry and harsh and common colors are chocolate, dark brown, brown, black, white, grey and silver. He also usually has ears that flap over.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Wowauzer need to be?

As mentioned he is an active and energetic dog so this means he will need a couple of daily brisk walks and chances to have time off leash in a safe place where he can run free. A dog park is a great place where he can do that, play some fun doggy games with you and also socialize. A dog that does not get enough exercise will start to act out, be difficult to control and have behavioral issues. Make sure he also has mental stimulation. With his size he can live in an apartment fine as long as he gets enough from his walks and so on.

Does he train quickly?

Since the Wowauzer is a smart dog he is quite easy to train but it is important to remain firm and consistent and not allow his charming personality to persuade you to let him do anything his way! He will enjoy the interaction with you and just needs you to be fair and keep it positive. Offer rewards, encouragement and treats. Praise his successes do not scold or punish the failures. Results will be gradual but steady. Early socialization should also be done alongside his basic training. A dog who has been properly socialized is one you can trust better, happier and more confident.

Living with a Wowauzer

How much grooming is needed?

There is a moderate amount of grooming and care to do with a Wowauzer. Otherwise their coat is prone to matting. It should be brushed daily which will do a lot to prevent the mats and to remove debris. There is a low amount of shedding so loose hair is less of an issue. Bathe as needed. This means give him a bath when he stinks, is filthy or both! Do not use anything other than a dog shampoo and avoid doing it too often to protect his skin and coat.

He is likely to need regular trips to a professional groomer for upkeep. At the same time the groomer can also clip his nails if they are getting too long. You will need to brush his teeth at least two to three times a week and check his ears for infection on a weekly basis. Clean his ears at the same time using a cleanser, not by inserting anything into the ear.

What is he like with children and other animals?

While he can be good with children, especially when raised with them and well socialized he actually is better with other dogs. But he is happy to have a play buddy and is affectionate towards children. Make sure they are taught how to touch dogs safely and how to play without getting too rough. He can also get on okay with other pets with socialization.

Other information

The Wowauzer can be a great watchdog, he is alert and will let you know if there is an intruder. Otherwise the barking is occasional to frequent so training may be needed to control it, especially if you live in an apartment with noise regulations. He will need to be fed ½ to 11/2 cups of a good quality dry dog food each day, which should be fed to him in at least two meals.

Health Concerns

There are health concerns he can inherit from his parents so take care where you buy from and ask the breeder to show you parental health clearances. Those issues include Eye Problems, Urinary Stones, Myotonia Congenita, Von Willebrands, Congenital Megaesophagus, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, Hypothyroidism and Allergies.

Costs involved in owning a Wowauzer

Being an uncommon mix there is no price as of yet for the Wowauzer. Other costs to be prepared for though include initial costs for things like a crate, carrier, bowls, leash, collar as well as medical needs like blood tests, deworming, vaccinations, an exam, micro chipping and neutering. These come to about $455 to $500. Yearly non-medical costs for food, toys, grooming, treats, basic training and license come to between $680 to $780. Medical essentials like shots, check ups, pet insurance, flea prevention and heartworm prevention come to $460 to $560.


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The Wowauzer could be a great dog for the right home. He will need owners who can be fairly active as he does have a lot of energy and will need regular exercise. He can get along well with children, other pets and especially loves other dogs.

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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.