Prospective mixed breed owners with an interest in dogs that are feisty, friendly and playful should give serious consideration to getting Maltese Schnauzer mix puppies. An exuberant combination of two classic small breeds, the Mauzer is a rambunctious little fellow with a surplus of personality.
Mauzer Puppy Quick Stats
» A combination of a Maltese and a Miniature Schnauzer
» Recognized as an official mixed breed by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR) and Designer Breed Registry (DBR)
» Average estimated lifespan of between 10 – 15 years
» Average estimated weight of between 6 – 13 pounds
» Average height of approximately 8 – 11 inches
» Training difficulty – Medium
» Grooming requirement – Medium
» Exercise requirement – Medium
Temperament and Intellect of the Schnauzer Maltese Mix
Mauzer puppies are energetic little creatures that love to be entertained. Highly fond of exercise and playtime, they demand stimulation through games, walking, and an area in which they can run.
Their active personality can manifest itself in the form of nipping, so special attention is required to prevent this habit from becoming an issue, and small children should probably avoid them unless the dog is trained out of it.
With their somewhat brash personalities, issues of aggression can arise with other dogs; thus, care should be taken to ensure that these puppies are socialized well from an early age.
Maltese Schnauzer mixes are also fairly loud dogs. They love to bark in many situations, and their bark is generally somewhat shrill and piercing. On the positive side, this makes them excellent alert dogs.
Mauzer puppies are fairly intelligent and easy enough to train, though they can occasionally exhibit some stubbornness. Once the more headstrong aspects of their spirited personalities are brought under control, they make affectionate and enjoyable members of the household.
Physical Characteristics and Grooming of the Schnauzer Maltese Mix
Mauzers can have physical attributes that fall on all points of the spectrum between their two parent breeds, depending on the sire and dam. Fully grown, they weigh between eight and fifteen pounds.
Maltese Schnauzer mixes usually have a thin, long muzzle, with dull teeth and strong jaws for their size. They have lithe bodies and long legs which help them to engage in their bouncy behavior. They are often endowed with impressively strong, whiplike tails.
The color of the coat is usually dark black or silver, though the coat can be white sometimes, and any combination of these three colors is a possibility. Coats typically have a short, wired texture, though this can vary by parentage. Thanks to a lack of shedding, Maltese Schnauzer mixes are very good dogs for households with allergy sufferers.
To keep these dogs properly groomed, owners should have them groomed at least every eight weeks. Their ears can be upright, floppy, or popped back, and those with pop-back ears will require weekly ear cleaning. Maltese Schnauzer mixes are somewhat prone to yellowing; thus, they benefit from regular brushing.
Health of a Maltese Schnauzer Hybrid
Mauzers can reach ages ranging from ten to fifteen years. They are generally a very healthy mix, although they can suffer from dry skin which requires specially-formulated shampoo, and the previously mentioned issue with tooth maintenance should be kept in mind.
Mix lovers shouldn’t be dissuaded by the hyper personality of Maltese Schnauzer mix puppies; rather, they should see the opportunity to raise a happy little playmate full of affection and spontaneity.