The Mauzer is a mixed breed, so they don’t have history as their own breed. With that being said, both parent breeds are well established and loved for many reasons.
The Miniature Schnauzer consistently ranks in the top 10 dog breeds for the U.S., Germany, and England, and for good reason. First developed as a ratter, the breed does look just like a smaller version of the Standard and Giant Schnauzers, but they are a distinct breed of their own. The earliest record of a Miniature Schnauzer was a black female named Findel, born in October 1888. In 1895, the first breed club was formed in Cologne, Germany, although it accepted several types of dogs, not solely Miniature Schnauzers. World Wars I and II were hard on dog breeding, particularly in Europe, where some breeds were nearly lost entirely. But interest in Miniature Schnauzers boomed back post-WWII, and the dog’s popularity has never waned since.
The Maltese dog is one of the most ancient of the toy breeds, with a history that can be traced back at least two millennia. Many believe the breed was developed in the Isle of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea from Spitz- or Spaniel-type dogs. The small pup was even referenced by Aristotle. The Egyptians and, centuries later, many Europeans, thought that the Maltese had the ability to cure people of disease and would place dogs of this breed on the pillow of an ill person. The dog is now known as « the Comforter » by some for these reasons. English breeders were responsible for the development of the breed as we know it today. Even now, most Maltese in the U.S. trace their heritage back to English imports. The number of Maltese dogs registered with the AKC grew very slowly until the 1950s. Since then, the breed has become quite popular.