West Highland Terrier & Giant Schnauzer Mix (Giant Wauzer)

Height: 24 – 26 inches
Weight: 60 – 65 pounds
Lifespan: 12 – 15 years
Colors: Black, white, salt and pepper
Suitable for: Companionship, guarding, small apartments, families
Temperament: Friendly, shy, happy, and demanding

The Giant Wauzer is a mixed designer breed created by mixing the Westie with the Giant Schnauzer. It’s a relatively new breed, and there isn’t a lot of information about them yet, but it’s typically a strong and loyal dog with a mind of its own. Giant Wauzers have a straight back with strong back legs. It has a dual-layer weatherproof coat and will have a square muzzle. It may or may not have eyebrows and a beard like the Giants Schnauzer, and it will have brown eyes and a black nose

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Giant Wauzer Puppies – What You Should Know Before You Buy…

Energy
Trainability
Health
Lifespan
Sociability

How Much Do Giant Wauzer Puppies Cost?

You should save up $1000 to $1500 to purchase your Giant Wauzer. The price can vary considerably depending on the breeder you choose, but the parents can be quite expensive, so this is a good base price. When choosing a breeder, make sure to do plenty of research to make sure everything is above board, and they are not running a puppy mill, which can be harmful to the parent breeds due to neglect and mistreatment. It’s easy to look up breeders on the Internet and to check reviews from past customers to see how satisfied they were before you commit to a purchase.

You will also need to supply food and take your pet to the vet regularly, which can increase costs over time. Toys and treats can also add up quickly.

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3 Little-Known Facts About the Giant Wauzer

1. The Giant Schnauzer parent is not a giant breed. Its name refers to it being the largest of all Schnauzer breeds.

2. The Giant Schnauzer parent is smart enough to receive police training.

3. The Westie parent is white to help make it easier to see in the field.

Parents of Giant Wauzer
The parents of Giant Wauzer. Left: Giant Schnauzer, Right: West Highland Terrier

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Giant Wauzer

The Giant Wauzers temperament will vary depending on which parent it takes after more. If it takes after the Westie, it will be more outgoing but can also be stubborn and demanding. It will also tend to bark a lot. If it takes after the Giant Schnauzer, it is still likely to be stubborn and will be more independent with less barking. It will also require more socialization to keep it from being shy around new people and pets.

The Giant Schnauzer parent is intelligent enough to receive police training, and it passes this intelligence to the Giant Wauzer through its genes. You will have an easy time teaching this breed new tricks, and they are independent enough to leave on their own for short periods.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

The Giant Wauzer is a good family dog and is suitable to have around small children. Most experts recommend socializing them early, so they are not shy around strangers, which could cause excessive barking. However, they enjoy playing games and are extremely entertaining while they play.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

The Giant Wauzer will likely require plenty of early socialization to get along with other pets. They will likely be friendly toward other dogs, but cats, rodents, and birds may get chased around the home if you don’t get them properly acquainted with each other at an early age. Even still, they may chase rabbits and squirrels around the yard.

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Things to Know When Owning a Giant Wauzer

Here are some of the main things to consider before you purchase a Giant Wauzer.

Food and Diet Requirements 🦴

The Giant Wauzer is not a large dog, but it’s not small either, so you can expect them to eat quite a bit. Experts agree they can eat up to three cups of dry kibble per day, and it should be spread out over three or more meals to prevent bloating and obesity.

Always try to look for high-quality brands that don’t contain meat by-products or harmful preservatives like BHA.  Look for chicken or beef as a first ingredient and try to find foods with Omega fats and antioxidants to help your pet stay healthy.

Daily Exercise Requirements 🐕

Your English Bull Dane is a moderately active dog that will require regular exercise. They enjoy games of fetch and going for long walks, but two short walks might be a better way to help them get the exercise they need. Look to spend about 40 minutes per day and Walking approximately 8 miles per week to keep your pet fit and healthy.

Training 🎾

The Giant Wauzer can be difficult to train due to its stubbornness and strong will. Patience is the key to training your dog to new tricks as well as plenty of positive reinforcement in the form of praise and treats to keep them interested. Scheduling your training sessions at the same time every day is also critical to success.

Grooming ✂️

The Giant Wauzer can be slightly hard to maintain, depending on which parent it takes after. If it has the eyebrows and beard of the Giant Schnauzer, you will need to comb it several times a day to keep food and other dirt particles out and keep it from becoming tangled. You will also need to brush it weekly to keep shedding down.

You will also need to clip the nails regularly, especially if you can hear them clicking on the floor as your pet walks. You will also need to attempt to clean its teeth regularly, even though they may be stubborn and not allow it. Remember only to use toothpaste formulated for dogs because human toothpaste may contain an artificial sweetener called xylitol, and it can be deadly if your pet eats it.

Health and Conditions 🏥

In this section, we’ll take a look at the common health problems associated with the Giant Wauzer as well as its Giant Schnauzer and Westie parent breeds.

Minor Conditions
  • Cataracts
  • Chronic anemia
Serious Conditions
  • CMO
  • Cobalamin malabsorption

Not sure what these conditions are? Here’s a quick description:

CMO

CMO stands for Craniomandibular osteopathy. It is a bone disease in growing dogs that typically target the mandible, occipital, and temporary bones. CMO is prevalent in many breeds and is especially popular in the Westie breed, so the Giant Wauzer is at high risk. Symptoms include swelling and pain when opening the mouth. In some cases, the dog will have difficulty or be unable to open its mouth. Treatment may consist of anti-inflammatory drugs as well as other medications.

Cobalamin Malabsorption

Cobalamin malabsorption is a serious condition that can affect dogs. It causes a host of health problems, including an inability to thrive, weight loss, inability to gain weight, weakness, diarrhea, and more. Treatment includes cobalamin supplementation and therapy.

Cataracts

Cataracts is a condition that causes the lens of your dog’s eyes to become cloudy, impairing vision more and more until the dog can no longer see. Cataracts can affect one or both eyes. If left untreated, the cataract can dislocate from the eye where it can lead to glaucoma. Doctors can treat cataracts with surgery, but your pet will require considerable care after the operation.

Chronic Anemia

Anemia is a condition that causes a reduction in red blood cells. Anemia can lead to shock, and it can be a symptom of many other underlying diseases. Treatment for anemia may include blood transfusions.

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Male vs Female

There is very little difference in terms of size and weight between the male and female Giant Wauzer. However, there is a slight difference in temperament. The males prefer sentry duty, and females like to stay close to people.

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Summary

The English Bull Dane can be very stubborn, and some owners may even describe them as demanding, but if you have a lot of patience and time to devote to bonding, you will find it to be a very loyal and friendly companion. Puppy schools can help you learn how to train your dog if you don’t have any experience with terrier-type dogs.

We hope you have enjoyed reading and found something interesting about this mix of Giant Schnauzer and a Westie. If we have helped you decide to purchase one of these dogs, please share this complete guide to the Giant Wauzer on Facebook and Twitter.


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