Wowauzer

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Great Britain <> Germany -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Wowauzer

The Wowauzer is a cross between a Welsh Terrier and a Miniature Schnauzer. These medium-sized dogs have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years. They can weigh from 9 to 14 kilos and measure up to 38 centimeters. Their coat is wavy or wiry and can be black, white, brown, brindle or a combination of colors. They are energetic, affectionate and very charming. Their intelligence makes them easy to train, but you need to be firm as they like to get their own way. They are perfect with children and very friendly with other dogs.

History of the Wowauzer

The Wowauzer is a cross between a Welsh Terrier and a Miniature Schnauzer. Little else is known about the origin of this hybrid.

 

        

A little of the Welsh Terrier

        
The Welsh Terrier past is rather obscure. However, it is thought to be one of the first Terriers to have existed, thanks to its appearance in ancient paintings and engravings. The breed was known as the Black and Tan Wirehaired Terrier or the Old English Terrier. These dogs were used throughout England and Wales to hunt foxes, badgers and otters, as well as to get rid of vermin. The breed was finally recognized as the Welsh Terrier by the Kennel Club of England in 1885. The Welsh Terrier arrived in America in 1888 and was recognized by the American Kennel Club the same year.
Standard of the Welsh Terrier

 

        

A little of the Miniature Schnauzer

Like the Standard Miniature Schnauzer, the Miniature Schnauzer's origins lie in Germany. Their ancestors were depicted by painters such as Rembrandt and Albrecht Durer during the Renaissance, and are also depicted on a tapestry dating from 1501. These dogs were used as guards; their role was to protect farming families and their livestock, and to exterminate vermin. German breeders began working on standardizing the breed in the 1800s. We know that breeds such as the Black German Poodle and the Wolfspitz were used to develop the Schnauzer. During this period, breeders also worked to develop the Miniature Schnauzer, crossing the standard Schnauzer with the Miniature Pinscher, Affenpinscher and other small dogs. These miniature dogs were used to kill rats and other vermin, as well as to help hunt small game. The first two world wars affected the Schnauzer, but breeders' interest in this miniature canine enabled these dogs to flourish. In the 1800s, these dogs had a wider range of colors; they were red, tan, yellow and multicolored. The Schnauzer arrived in America in the early 1900s, and the American Kennel Club recognized the Miniature Schnauzer in 1926.
Standard of the Miniature Schnauzer

Appearance of the Wowauzer

Wowauzers are small to medium-sized, shaggy dogs that weigh between 9 and 14 kilos and stand up to 38 centimeters tall. Their coats are dense, with thick fur that is either rough or wavy. The coat can be brown, gray, silver, black, white, brindle and fawn, and is often a combination of colors. Its legs are long and strong, and its hind legs are slightly shorter than its front legs. Their body is compact, and their tail is of medium length and stands straight. They have drooping, hairy ears, rounded brown eyes, a long, flat muzzle that characterizes their parent breeds, and a black nose. They also have an intelligent, charming appearance.

Temperament of the Wowauzer

These hybrids are superbly charming, playful and gentle. They're very intelligent and easy to train, but you'll need to stay firm as they sometimes do what they want. It's very important to give these dogs a good dose of daily physical and mental activity, as they can become destructive and difficult when bored. Wowauzers are great with children, and you'll often see them playing with them. They are also very friendly with other dogs and are always looking for a new friend to play with. These dogs are alert and bark loudly, making them good watchdogs. They are independent and somewhat stubborn, but very affectionate. They do well when left alone; however, provide plenty of toys to keep them entertained.

Needs and activities of the Wowauzer

Wowauzers are energetic, active dogs who need a good dose of activity to burn off their excess energy and stay healthy and happy. Two brisk walks of 20 to 30 minutes a day are recommended, along with extra time to run off-leash in a park or yard. These dogs will become destructive and difficult if bored and not properly exercised. He also needs mental stimulation, as he's a very intelligent dog; toys that will stimulate him intellectually are most welcome. They are best suited to life in a house with a nice garden. However, they can adapt to apartment living, but will need daily outdoor activities.

Maintenance of the Wowauzer

The advantage of Wowauzers is that they rarely shed. However, their fur tangles easily, so daily brushing is recommended. You can comb your Wowauzer with a long-haired brush to remove knots and tangles. Only bathe it when it's smelly or dirty, and don't forget to remove tangled hairs first. Brushing at least two or three times a week is essential for good oral health. Clean his ears every week, using an ear cleaning solution and absorbent cotton; never insert anything into his ears. He'll also need regular visits to the groomer to maintain a beautiful coat and elegant haircut. Trim his nails once or twice a month when they become too long.

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