Guard Ability:
Life Span:
Learning rate:
Watch Ability:
Activity level:
8-14 inches
Very High
9-15 Years
Silky and long or harsh and wirey
Maltese: Italy, Schnauzer: Germany
Black, white or salt & pepper
Moderate - High
Lively, friendly and affectionate
4-15 pounds

Maltzers have a beautiful mantel of long, silky, hair. They may sometimes have a hint of
lemon or tan on their ears. They are short, petite sized dogs and have short triangular
drop ears. Colors can be pure black, black and silver or or pepper and salt. They
sometimes have markings on the end of their muzzle, eyebrows, and on the fronts of
the legs.


Maltzers are comforters, fastidious and loyal. They are wary of strangers, but friendly.
They are trusting and fearless as well. They can be prone to anxiety if left alone for long
periods of time, but are otherwise playful and fun. They are very intelligent, alert and
react to quick movements, making them excellent watchdogs. They are loyal to family
and eager to please.


The Maltese origins come from the island of Malta dating back to about 1500 B.C. They
are thought to have been brought to the island by Phoenician traders, and may have
had their origins elsewhere. The Miniature Schnauzer was developed by breeding the
Standard with other small dogs, possibly with Poodles and Affenpinschers. They were
primarily used for droving, stock tender, hunting vermin, pulling carts, guarding flocks
and children, as well as serving the duty of a watchdog.
A Maltzer is a cross-breed of a Maltese and a
Miniature Schnauzer and may demonstrate any
combination of traits from those two breeds.