Canis lupus

Last updated: October 12, 2022
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Mauzers tend to bond with a specific person in the home and will follow them like a shadow.


Mauzer Scientific Classification

Scientific Name
Canis lupus

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Mauzer Conservation Status

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Mauzer Facts

Name Of Young
Group Behavior
  • Solitary
Fun Fact
Mauzers tend to bond with a specific person in the home and will follow them like a shadow.
Gestation Period
58 to 68 days
Litter Size
8 to 10 puppies
  • Diurnal
Common Name

Mauzer Physical Characteristics

  • Brown
  • Grey
  • Black
  • White
Skin Type
10 to 14 inches
Age of Sexual Maturity
6 to 9 months
Age of Weaning
3 to 6 weeks

Mauzer as a Pet:

General Health
Energy Level
Tendency to Chew
Family and kid friendliness
Yappiness / Barking
Separation Anxiety
Preferred Temperature
Average climate
Exercise Needs
Friendly With Other Dogs
Pure bred cost to own
$250 to $750
Dog group
Male weight
18-20 lbs
Female weight
17-20 lbs

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The Mauzer is a mix between a  Maltese and a Schnauzer, making the cutest, energetic, and happy dog. This breed is low-maintenance and loyal; they make fantastic companions for seniors, couples, families with older kids, or singles.

However, they can be stubborn and might nip if provoked, which is why training them from a young age is really beneficial.

Training requires a lot of patience, and they are not suitable dogs for families with young children. Mauzers tend to bond with a specific person in the home and will follow them like a shadow. So, being left alone causes them stress and anxiety, and they can become destructive when acting out.

Four Different Types of Maltese and Schnauzer Mixes

Because this breed is a hybrid, there is only one type. However, its parents, the Maltese and Schnauzer, have several designer mixes, including:

Papitese (Maltese Papillon Mix)

The Papitese is a mix between a Papillion and a Maltese. This breed is calm, curious, feisty, and adventurous. Papitese might be small, but they have big personalities. These pups will act as your shadow and never leave your side, which causes separation anxiety if left alone for long periods.

Malteagle (Beagle x Maltese Mix)

Malteagles are a cross between a Beagle and Maltese. They are a great breed to have around children because of their gentle and affectionate nature. However, they are challenging t train because of their classic Beagle stubbornness.

Schnauzer Lab (Labrador Retriever x Schnauzer Mix)

The Schnauzer Lab is a combination of a Labrador Retriever and a Schnauzer. This is a very social breed; they are fantastic with children and other pets.

These dogs are an excellent choice for active families that like being outdoors on hikes, swimming, and jogging. Unfortunately, if Schnauzer Labs are denied exercise, they can act out in mischievous ways.

Schpit (Pit Bull x Schnauzer Mix)

Schpits are a result of crossbreeding Pitbulls with Schnauzers. They are stocky dogs but inherit the wiry hair from the Schnauzer. Schpits are active and love attention from their human family. In fact, they don’t like being left alone and will need lots of exercise and toys to keep them distracted.

Three Pros and Cons of Owning a Mauzer

Knowing what you are getting into before buying or adopting a puppy is always good. So, here are Mauzer’s pros and cons.


  • Requires minimal grooming
  • Hardly sheds
  • Mauzers are very obedient


  • Can bark a lot
  • Not suited for families with young children
  • They can nip if provoked or over excited

The Best Dog Food for a Mauzer

Making sure the Mauzer sticks to a healthy and balanced diet is essential for their health as they are prone to obesity. That’s why free-feeding is not an option with this breed. Instead, they need to be fed 2 to 3 small meals throughout the day.

In addition, you need to make sure your pup is getting the correct food for its various life stages. For example, while feeding them high-quality kibble formulated for small breeds is good, you need to be sure that they are eating the right food for their puppy, adult, and senior stages as well.

Mauzer Size and Weight

Mauzers are a small breed of dog, and males are typically bigger than females, weighing 18 to 20 pounds and measuring 13 to 14 inches tall. The females weigh 17 to 20 pounds and measure 10 to 12 inches tall.

Mauzer Common Health Issues

Unfortunately, Mauzeres are prone to the same health issues as their parents. However, hybrids are usually healthier than their parent breeds and can live longer, and there is no guarantee they will inherit any health issues from the Maltese or Schnauzer.

But, it is possible, and they are susceptible to:

But despite all these potential health issues, Mauzers have a long lifespan of 12 to 15 years.

Mauzer Temperament

Mauzers might take a while to adapt to a new home as they tend to bond with one person, but once they are comfortable, they are affectionate and need plenty of attention. This breed is fun-loving and will keep you company all the time.

However, they tend to bark a lot, like when they hear or see anything strange, and also like to yap when they hear other dogs barking.

Mauzers are protective and alert; however, they like to be dominant, may exhibit bold behavior, and are known to nip when provoked.

This behavior can be curbed by socializing and training them from puppies, but Mauzers are not the ideal dog for families with young kids as they may become jealous of the attention that the children receive.

However, overall, this breed is friendly, feisty, playful, and happy, and when they are not protecting you from the dangers of the world, they are delighted to spend time on your lap cuddling with you.

How to Take Care of a Mauzer

Their grooming will depend on the type of coat they inherit, but it is typically medium-length, soft, fluffy fur that requires a good brush twice a week.


Caring for a Mauzer can differ depending on which parent it takes after, but they are usually low maintenance compared to other small breeds.


Their grooming will depend on the type of coat they inherit, but it is typically medium-length, soft, fluffy fur that requires a good brush twice a week. However, if they take after the Schnauzer, they will have thick and wiry coats and will need vigorous brushing at least 3 times a week.

Mauzers don’t need to bathe often. They have natural oils that keep their skin hydrated and healthy, so only wash them when necessary. However, when they bathe, they will require shampoo formulated for sensitive skin because they are prone to dry skin.

Keep the hair around their face trimmed at all times, and their ears need cleaning once a month because they are short and floppy and can accumulate a lot of gunk.

Their nails should be trimmed every 3 months or when their claws start to touch the floor. In addition, Mauzers need their teeth brushed 3 times a week minimum, but every day is ideal.


Mauzers are tough to train. While intelligent, they are stubborn and tend to nip when challenged. But, if trained from a young age, you can curb this behavior; the same applies to socialization.  

This breed needs a firm and consistent hand when training and they respond best to praise and treats or rewards.


Exercise is vital for the Mauzers’ mental and physical health. They are very energetic dogs and need several short walks or one long walk per day. In addition, these dogs will really benefit from socializing in dog parks or interactive play to keep their minds and body happy.

But, if they don’t receive enough stimulation, this breed can display negative behaviors. They also suffer from separation anxiety and shouldn’t be left alone for long periods.


Female Mauzers give birth to litters of 8 to 10 puppies. Because this breed is so small, their pups are tiny and fragile, so they must always be handled with extreme caution to prevent injury.

Mauzers are one of the rarer designer crossbreeds, so potential buyers can expect to pay anywhere from $250 to $750 per puppy.

Mauzers and Children

Mauzers are fantastic pets for families with older children because they are prone to nipping. But this does not mean they can’t be around younger kids. With the proper training and socialization skills, they get along well with small children who have been taught how to interact correctly. In addition, they thrive in single-parent homes and do well with seniors as well.

If socialized from an early age, the Mauzer gets along great with other pets, but because they like to be the boss and have a tendency to nip, they need to be introduced as puppies.

Naming your pup is special, so why not pick from these meaningful and popular names for Mauzers:

  • Molly
  • Sophie
  • Daisy
  • Lola
  • Maggie
  • Zoey
  • Eddie
  • Ludwig
  • Otto
  • Pippo
  • Pongo

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Do mauzer dogs shed?

Yes, Mauzers are hypoallergenic.

How long do mauzer dogs live?

Mauzers have a long lifespan of 12 to 15 years.

What kind of dog is a Snorkie?

A Snorkie is a Schnauzer crossbred with a Yorkshire terrier.

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