The Giant Wauzer: A Complete Guide

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The Giant Wauzer is the hybrid combination of the Giant Schnauzer and the West Highland White Terrier. The name is rather misleading, as this dog is by no means a giant.

It’s more of a medium-sized dog, but the Giant Wauzer is a rather catchy name, and it stuck. These dogs are quite social and are known for being very obedient household dogs.

Often the best way to determine how a hybrid breed will behave is by looking at the history of its parenting dogs. Let’s take a look.

The Giant Schnauzer was emerged in Germany sometime towards the end of the 17th Century and was bred specifically as a large working dog.

It is thought that the early breeders interbred the Great Dane, the German Pinscher and the Standard Schnauzer for a few generations to produce what is now known as the Giant Schnauzer.

It is currently the largest of the three types of Schnauzers.

They were originally used on the farm as both a herding dog and as a guard dog. Their large appearance, slightly aggressive attitude, and loud bark would quickly scare off any would-be thieves.

In World War II, they were used by the German military, and to this day they are still commonly trained as police dogs and are used to guard high-end properties.

They are very obedient dogs and are a favorite show dog due to their regal appearance and high agility levels.

The West Highland White Terrier often referred to as a “Westie” for short, has the courage and determination of a much larger dog, but is quite small.

They were originally used in the Scottish Highland as small farm dogs that would keep the vermin away, and as companions to families.

They made their way into the rest of Europe when King James VI of Scotland ordered a bunch of them sent to the Kingdom of France as a gift.

Since then, they have grown massively in popularity as a small, friendly family pet.

When you combine these two very different breeds into the hybrid Giant Schnauzer, then you get quite an interesting result.

These dogs are fiercely loyal and have a little bit of healthy aggression and attitude which makes them excellent for household guarding purposes.

They are fun-loving and energetic little dogs, and they get along great with large families.

Giant Wauzer Puppies – Before You Buy…

Giant Wauzer
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Although the Giant Wauzer is appealing to a great many people, they have some fairly high energy requirements and need to be socialized with their human family at an early age.

Failure to provide these dogs with the right amount of space or waiting to socialize them can result in aggressive behavior.

These dogs are great household pets, but they are quite a responsibility.

What Price are Giant Wauzer Puppies?

Buyers can expect to pay between $1,000 and $1,300 for a Giant Wauzer puppy. Although these dogs aren’t very big, they usually come from high pedigree parents.

This price is also a reflection of the high prices of parenting dogs. A Giant Schnauzer can easily cost up to $1,500, and a Westie usually goes for between $1,500 and $2,000.

How to Find Reputable Giant Wauzer Breeders?

Giant Wauzers often look like other small Terrier breeds or mutts, especially as puppies.

It isn’t uncommon to hear of dishonest breeders trying to sell buyers a dog that is not what they’re expecting.

This means that it is important to check your Giant Wauzers papers before you buy them. Ensure that both of the parents are purebred dogs without any outstanding health or behavioral problems.

You can greatly reduce the possibility of getting a bad puppy if you stick to high-end breeders who have a reputation to maintain.

3 Little-known facts about Giant Wauzer puppies

  1. Giant Wauzers need to be socialized as soon as possible. They form a protective and loving bond with their immediate human family.
  2. Giant Wauzer puppies tend to chase around other small animals. This means that they may not be the best choice for you if you have any small cats, rats, or gerbils running around the house.
  3. These puppies enjoy human company, but are relatively independent and don’t mind being left alone for a few hours at a time.
A Giant Wauzer lying down looking at you
The Giant Wauzers are not too small nor too big.

Physical Traits of the Giant Wauzer

Despite their name, Giant Wauzers are actually medium-sized dogs. They tend to have long legs and a long, narrow torso that they inherit from their Giant Schnauzer ancestry.

This makes them very agile dogs, and they are great at performing advanced maneuvers and can easily be trained to compete in agility contests.

Their hair is usually thick and wavy, which is a characteristic that both of the parenting breeds share. Most often they are black or a combination of white and black (known as salt and pepper).

The Giant Wauzer’s coat is silky smooth and very easy to groom. Some owners choose to take their dog to a groomer and keep their coat cut short if they live in a warmer environment.

This will prevent the dog from excessively shedding or overheating and suffering a heat stroke.

One of the most prominent features of the Giant Wauzer is its tall, pointed ears.

They usually stick straight up in the air like some type of obelisks and give the breed the appearance of being constantly alert.

They have a very good sense of hearing which makes them decent as small household guard dogs.

How Big is a Full-Grown Giant Wauzer?

If they inherit more from the Giant Schnauzer, then you can expect them to be on the heavier side, and they may grow as large as 75 pounds.

However, this isn’t very common, and it’s usually expected that your Giant Wauzer will weigh around 60 – 65 pounds.

In general, the males tend to be a few pounds heavier than the females, as they can pack on a decent amount of muscle mass if they get lots of exercise.

Looking at their height, they usually stand 24 – 26 inches tall. Even though they are smaller dogs, their long legs account for their extra height.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Giant Wauzer?

The Giant Wauzer is a very hardy dog, and you can expect them to live to be between 12 and 15 years old. This is about average for a medium-sized dog such as this.

They are known for their high energy levels, and even in their old age, they will still be able to outperform many younger dogs.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Giant Wauzer

A Giant Wauzer waving
The Giant Wauzer is a great companion if you train it well.

These dogs are very intelligent and are praised for their ability to learn new tricks even after they are full grown.

It’s not uncommon for people to purchase a Giant Wauzer exclusively as a performance dog.

They are very obedient and are eager to please their owners and trainers. Giant Schnauzers can have a bit of a fiery temperament, but this is only to be expected.

The Giant Schnauzer is traditionally a guard dog, and the Westie is a Terrier breed that is known for being particularly feisty.

However, these dogs are never overly aggressive providing that they are properly trained in their puppyhood. They can more accurately be described as confident, and lively.

They have a fun-loving personality, and they can spend all day running around outside and playing fetch with a ball or just chasing you around.

These dogs are known for treating almost everything as a game and will find a way to entertain themselves with almost anything at their disposal.

The Giant Wauzer’s Diet

Giant Wauzers are a medium-sized dog, and depending on their weight, they will rarely need more than 3 cups of food a day.

If they are on the smaller size and weight closer to 50 or 60 pounds, then you can decrease this to around 2 to 2.5 cups per day.

They have relatively fast metabolisms and are happiest when fed three times a day.

How Much Exercise Does the Giant Wauzer Need?

These dogs are very energetic, and you need to make sure that they can get enough exercise.

If they are kept cooped up in a small house for too long, then they can easily become agitated and unhappy.

They will take out this negative energy on the inside of your house and start chewing on the furniture and barking out of turn.

If you own a Giant Wauzer, then you need to make sure that they are getting at least 30 to 45 minutes a day of outdoor playtime and activity.

They are generally very social dogs and love going to the dog park and running around with other dogs.

Giant Wauzer Health and Conditions

Giant Wauzers are usually quite healthy and aren’t prone to many of the sicknesses that plague other hybrids. However, they have been known to develop skin conditions.

This means that it’s very important to ensure that they are properly groomed and that their coat is kept clean.

Even with careful attention, they can still be affected by conditions such as eczema. Usually, this can be easily treated with topical medications.

Final Thoughts on the Giant WauzerA Giant Wauzer sitting up

The Giant Wauzer is a great family pet if you are willing to spend a little bit of time upfront training them.

They are very social and will be fun for your entire family.

They also have a relatively independent personality which makes them a great choice for people who have responsibilities such as work and school on a daily basis.

Just be sure to give the exercise and outside time that they need when you get back home!

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