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Updated on June 19, 2012


Meet the amazing Wauzer Benji Cooper.
Meet the amazing Wauzer Benji Cooper. | Source

Wauzers are a designer breed. A Wauzer is a hybrid between a West Highland Terrier and a Miniature Schnauzer. These dogs are not purebred. Wauzers can inherit traits from either ancestral side. It is possible that these dogs have been bred over multi-generational lines and are not 50% purebred Miniature Schnauzer or 50% West Highland Terrier.


Wauzers can physically assume West Highland Terrier or Miniature Schnauzer traits. A Wauzer can be white, silver, black or salt and pepper in color. Typically, a Wauzer is considered a small to medium size dog and will weigh 12-23 pounds. Their legs are usually shorter with a longer body. Their ears are normally small and button like. Their feet are small.

Grooming Needs:

A Wauzer’s coat is naturally coarse and can grow to be long. Special attention is needed to maintain their coat’s appearance. Frequent brushings are required to prevent matting, especially on their legs and under carriage. Wauzer’s are considered ‘low-shedding’ dogs, contrary to the Miniature Schnauzer who is known as ‘non-shedding.’ Their eyes need regular attention. Eye matting occurs daily and it is essential to keep their eyes clean. Nail trimming and teeth cleaning are necessary grooming habits.


Wauzers are susceptible to poor dental health. Teeth cleanings and regular brushings are highly recommended. It is best to start brushing habits as soon as possible. Ear infections can be a frequent problem if ears are not well cleaned. Wauzers are known to have allergic reactions to some proteins and air-borne pollen. Pay attention to recurrent sneezes.

Personality Characteristics:

Wauzers assume high energy levels. These dogs love to play but enjoy extended naps in your lap. Wauzers are protective and will alert you when they feel that their home is being threatened. Their barks are high pitched and loud, this can be a nuisance without some behavioral training. Wauzers are intelligent and have a willingness to learn. They love their human family. Wauzers are truly loyal to their human companionship. Be aware that Wauzers can be diggers or chewers and this can become a problem if not addressed.


Since these dogs are known to have high bouts of energy they require some playful exercise. Wauzers can be leashed trained to take long walks or short jogs. Their gait tends to be quick allowing for these dogs to have a fast hopping type run. Wauzers find it irresistible to turn down a game of tug of war. They can swim and like to prance around in water when hot outside.


Wauzers can easily make great apartment dogs provided there are daily walks being incorporated into their lifestyle. Wauzers are family dogs who build strong relationships with their owners and other dog members. These dogs can have anxiety if left alone for long periods of time. Wauzers only need about ¾ cup of food day.


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    • GirlGoneSplendid profile image

      GirlGoneSplendid 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      JayeWisdom-They are great dogs! His ears were and tail were docked before I rescued him. I believe his ears would have been longer and lopped over.

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      Dr Mark 5 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      This is a new one! Thanks for the article.

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Benji's head/face looks much like that of my miniature Schnauzer except for the smaller ears. The Schnauzer facial shape is so distinctive. It may just be that he's standing upright in the photo, but his body looks small for his head. He's cute, though, and it seems odd to see a Schnauzer-looking dog that is solid white.

      The Wauzer's traits and health issues appear similar to those a mini Schnauzer's has as well.

      My own salt-and-pepper mini Schnauzer girl is lying on her pillow beside my desk right now taking a nap, with an occasional gentle snore. If Wauzers are as much fun as Schnauzers, they're great dogs!

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      GirlGoneSplendid 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      My experience with Benji is that he normally eats a mouthful of food a few times a day. It is quite funny! However, if you give him a steak, he will eat 6-8 ounces of red meat like it is nothing! Thanks for the comment!

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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      This sounds like a great breed of dog. It's weird to hear of a dog that only eats once a day. My black labs eat twice a day. Great hub and great pics.