“Maltese Miniature Schnauzer Mix”
The Mauzer dog is a feisty little canine born from Maltese and Miniature Schnauzer parents. They are also called “Malzers” and classed with the terrier family. With a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years, the Mauzer is a great addition to any apartment or small home.
While they are fun and energetic, they is best suited to a single person or couple rather than a family. Following is an overview of what to expect from the Mauser as a pet.
Where is the Mauzer from?
The Mauzer is a designer dog. Actually, designer dogs have become especially popular over the past few decades and many fascinating combinations have been produced including the Chion, Carnauzer and Schnekingese. For better or worse, many celebrities have propagated the pop culture trend of carrying around these fashionable friends.
Naturally, this makes the industry of breeding cute dogs a huge business. Something to consider if you are hoping to get your own designer dog will be the breeders who supply you your dog. It is hard to determine exactly what attributes will be inherited from either parent and this can make the Mauzer qualities a bit confusing.
The important thing to understand will be the two special breeds that make the Mauzer such a bundle of fun.
Parent no. 1 is one of the oldest toy breeds in existence, dating back 2000 years ago to uncertain origins. While many dog experts vehemently claim the dog is from the island of Malta, hence the name, others speculate that its origins probably lie in Asia.
The Maltese was favored by the royalty and aristocracy of 16th and 17th century Europe, where they attempted to breed the dog to the size of a squirrel. These breeding techniques practically wiped out the breed, but it was saved by breeding with poodles and spaniels. The adorable Maltese as we know it today, was bred in England in the 19th century.
Today the Maltese is a show dog with barrels of personality and a quick mind for training. The Maltese is extraordinarily friendly and rarely aggressive even with perfect strangers. Furthermore, the Maltese is clever enough to use his looks and character as a way of compensating for misbehavior. They are still rather small dogs which may not make them suitable for small children.
The Miniature Schnauzer
The Schnauzer is the other side of the Mauzer’s family tree. The miniature Schnauzer was originally bred in Bavaria as a dog guard and vermin eliminator. During the two World Wars, breeding was interrupted and many of the breeds close to the Schnauzer were lost. Nevertheless, the Schnauzer remained popular and is still popular to this day and age.
While the Schnauzer’s ancestors came in a huge assortment of colors and coats, the Schnauzer is basically grey, silver or black today. These are very sociable dog and will always participate in family activities. If you sit on the floor you will see this dog has a habit of sitting close enough to touch you. They just like “togetherness”. Schnauzers are intelligent sociable and playful, when they are all out of energy they will want nothing more than to lie with their human companions.
Overview of The Mauzer as a Human Companion
The Mauzer will be an upbeat and positive addition to the home. The feisty dog will always be ready for a game or walk. They have been known to nip at strangers and are typically only attached to a single or possibly couple of humans. This makes them best for a single owner or pair of owners but not the best options for families with children.
They love attention, treats and being spoiled by their owner, who he will shower with equal love and attention. They are particularly loud dogs who love to yap and whine excitedly for any little thing (bird in the window, mailman, doorbell, etc.) and will expect you to be equally excited. When playtime is done, this is a cuddling dog who will be happiest near you or at your feet.
The Mauzer stands a full 8 to 14 inches tall when full grown. Weight will rarely exceed 20 lbs. and is generally much less than this. They have long and slender muzzle and curious little nose that will twitch and sniff at everything.
The head is more like the Schnauzer’s and they typically have brown eyes. Ears can be droopy or stand erect. Their coats can be short and wiry or silkier and soft. It really depends on the specific parents and dominant genes.
Training and Exercise Needs
This may be a small pup, but you can expect the energy levels of a dog twice its size. Without proper daily exercise the they will become very bored and begin looking for other forms of entertainment. Dogs in general don’t do well with little or no attention and the Mauzer is not the exception, rather the letter of the law. In addition to misbehavior, the they are susceptible to becoming obese from inactivity.
They will be happy with a nice long walk each day (30 to 40 minutes) or a few shorter walks (10 to 20 mins) each day. In addition to walks, play time is a must. While dog parks will be good, a home garden or play area will also be very important. Training can be a moderate to difficult and you will invariably need experience, crates or the help of a professional to accomplish the mini miracle.
Because both the Maltese and Schnauzer are hypoallergenic dogs the Mauzer is as well. He also sheds very little and you will not find much of a mess each day. You will want to comb the locks each day to keep a healthy shine and sleek look.
Skin problems can result from too many showers or baths in too short a time so go easy on the bathing. Dry skin can be a common occurrence, be sure to get special shampoos for this. Ears and teeth can be cleaned at least once a week as well. Nail clipping will keep them getting too long and eventually causing gait problems.
If you have gone too long without a proper grooming, it would be best to have the job done by a professional.
Because both the Maltese and Schnauzer are susceptible to health problems, the Mauzer is too. These include certain ocular issues, Myotonia Congenita, hypoglycemia, Congenital Megaesophagus, patellar luxation, Von Willebrand’s, liver problems, White Dog Shaker Syndrome, collapsed trachea, reverse sneezing and urinary stones.
To ensure that your dog is in the best of health, be sure you obtain your dog through reputable dog breeders. A proper dog breeder will be ready to submit the health records and pedigree papers of the parents for your inspection because without these documents, they can’t ask for top dollar and you should not offer.
Final Notes on Mauzer Care
They are well suited to all types of climates, but they will be much happier and more energetic in the temperate to tropical climates. Expect this dog to bark and bark a lot, even if you live in a fairly secluded area. They are easily excited and are not ashamed to show it. He may even jump at his owner to get them excited too.
This makes the Mauzer an A-grade watch dog. Finally, even when fully grown the Mauzer will only consume between 1 – 1 1/2 cups of premium dog food in a day, preferably in two separate meals.