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11225 Big Plain Circleville Rd.
London, Oh 43140
Miniature Schnauzer puppies have gone to several different states:
Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Indiana,
Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi,
Montana, Nevada, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North
Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D. C., West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Why we breed and raise purebred Miniature
Hi, I am
a housewife and my husband is a retired fireman (Medic) and we are old and retired
now. In 1999, knowing that life was far from over (we hoped
anyway) we decided to buy a dog. I guess, at the time, we were feeling a
little lonely. We raised six kids, who are married or out on their own,
and we found ourselves with no one to boss around.
first, we didn't know what kind of dog we wanted. I wanted a housedog, one
that was good with kids, didn't smell, shed or yap. I have always baby-sat
our grandchildren and we had to consider; kid friendly.... non-allergenic
dogs. So, we started going to dog pounds and looking up dogs on the
Internet to get an idea of what was right for us. We had never had a
housedog before and we weren't even sure if we would like a dog in the
house. After a lot of searching, we found the Miniature Schnauzer to be
the most perfect breed to accommodate my needs, anyway. My husband,
on the other hand, wanted a big outside dog for himself.......a manly
thing, I'm sure. (We live in the country.) Soon after, we happened
to come across an ad in the local newspaper for Miniature Schnauzer
puppies. One look was all it took for me. I couldn't resist buying the
smallest female in the litter. The puppies where raised by a responsible
breeder and were in excellent health, vet checked and from a good
pedigree. It didn't take long for that little puppy to wind her way around
both our hearts.
we picked a Miniature Schnauzer when we got our first housedog........we
have never been sorry.
gets mentioned and we still haven't gotten that big manly dog my husband
said he wanted but guess who spoils our Schnauzers rotten!
Does this look like a man who only wanted big outdoor dogs?
History of The Miniature Schnauzer:
Most everybody knows that a
Schnauzer's origin comes from Germany. The Miniature Schnauzer is derived
from the Standard Schnauzer and is a dog classified in the terrier group.
The word terrier means "go to the ground" to attack vermin.
Schnauzers are smart, agile, naturally happy, fond of children and
non-allergenic. Because they don't shed, schnauzers require grooming but
don't have a doggy smell. Besides being a great housedog, Schnauzers are
fast and make great ratters.
A schnauzer is characterized by its stocky build, wiry coat, beard and leg
furnishings. The most common color is Salt and Pepper, which is a result
of dark banding of each hair strand.
A great thing about Schnauzers is: they adapt easily to small places but
will thrive just as well in the country.
Diseases Miniature Schnauzers are prone to:
Progressive Retinal Atrophy - P.R.A.
This causes the retina of the eye to deteriorate slowly. Symptoms
may not show until the dog is three to seven years old, beginning
with night blindness. P.R.A. eventually blinds the dog. It is
incurable. An Electroretinograph can be used for early detection,
but this tool is not available to most breeders. Annual eye
certification of breeding stock is a must if breeders are to reduce
Urinary Tract Infections - Urolithiasis
This seems to occur at a higher rate in Miniature Schnauzers than
other breeds. Clinical signs include frequent urination and blood
may be present in the urine. Untreated, they can lead to bladder
stones. If severe enough this may cause urinary blockage, which is a
medical emergency. This problem can occur in dogs for reasons
unrelated to heredity. Treatment involves prescription diets,
antibiotics and/or surgery.
This occurs with increasing frequency in Miniature Schnauzers. The
exact mechanism is poorly understood, but appears to be associated
with the fact that many Miniature Schnauzers have high blood serum
lipids (fats). Clinical signs generally include vomiting and
diarrhea, abdominal pain, lethargy and depression. It is an
emergency situation which warrants immediate veterinary care.
Treatment includes intravenous fluids, antibiotics and dietary
control. The dog will probably have to be on a low fat diet for the
rest of his/her life.
Cushings is also encountered with some frequency. Females are more
affected than males and often fall within the six to eight year age
group. Initial clinical signs are increased thirst and urination and
an increase in body weight. Later observable is a change in body
type, a pot bellied appearance, thinning of the dog's coat and other
changes involving the skin. Sudden blindness is also associated with
this (SARD). All of this is related to over production of adrenal
cortex hormones. Various medications are available to counteract
this over production.
These bumps are blackheads or pimples on their back. This can be
related to allergies, metabolic disorders, or genetics. This is not
a real serious problem (not at all life-treatening). Some Schnauzers
will develop one or two of these during a lifetime, others get them
much more frequently.
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I would love to hear from you. Please let me know what you think of our
schnauzers and kennel.
Finding a responsible breeder:
BREEDER PROVIDES A
HEALTH GUARANTEE, A CONTRACT AND OFFICIAL PAPERS
A trustworthy, legitimate breeder should always provide you with a
written contract and health guarantee before you purchase the dog.
Lastly, they should provide you with your new puppyís official papers
and health records.
THEY ARE RECOGNIZED AS AN OFFICIAL BREEDER BY A TRUSTED SOURCE
When looking for a reputable dog breeder, start by checking with trusted
sources like your veterinarian or national breed clubs. For example, if
you are looking for a French Bulldog, the official French Bulldog Club
of America keeps a directory of breeder members who have signed a code
of ethics and have met a number of requirements, such as a health
guarantee and a return policy. Additionally, the AKCís web site provides
a search engine for AKC breeders of merit.
THE DOGS HAVE A LARGE, COMFORTABLE AND CLEAN SPACE
If possible, try and visit the breederís home before agreeing to buy one
of their puppies. The best kinds of breeders offer ample, comfortable
living spaces for their dogs. Itís also important to note that their
puppies are not being confined in cages or small spaces constantly, and
that they get proper exercise and care. Dirty and overcrowded breeding
spaces should be a red flag.
THE BREEDER MAKES SURE YOU'RE READY FOR A PUPPY
It may not seem necessary, but itís a good sign when breeders question
potential dog parents about their intentions for welcoming a puppy into
the family. Itís almost like a human adoption process. They want to be
very sure that you are ready for this big life change, and are qualified
to raise and care for the dog. If you are purchasing a larger, active
dog from an expert breeder, they will ask questions about how big your
living space is and if you have a yard or are near a park. Questions
that prove they care about their puppies show that they are responsible
PUPPIES ARE NOT ALWAYS AVAILABLE
Responsible breeders do not always have litters of puppies available for
purchase. Typically, breeders only have one or two litters per year. If
you are speaking with a breeder that has multiple puppies available,
this might indicate that you are dealing with a puppy mill.
are some general questions you may want to ask or know about my breeding:
Why do you breed
your dogs? What is your motivation or philosophy as a breeder?
Miniature Schnauzers and my main goal is to breed healthy puppies not
heartaches. We do this on a small scale out of our home. We donít line
breed or in-breed and would never abuse or over breed our dogs. We acquired
some of our first dogs for breeding from vets. Sometimes we breed our
females out to studs owned by show breeders who are careful about testing to
weed out genetic health problems. With champion lines, we not only have
healthy puppies but puppies who have sweet temperaments and of course, great
How long have you
been in this breed? Do you now, or have you in the past, bred other breeds?
have been breeding Miniature Schnauzers since 1999. No, we have never bred
any other breed. I donít have the time to do right by another
characteristics are important to you in choosing to breed an adult?
we donít breed dogs that have health problems or health issues in their
pedigrees. We only breed females that are mature, ones that have sweet
temperaments, good bites, healthy coats, and nice conformations.
How many adult dogs
do you have, and how did you select them?
have nine dogs, three are males. The number changes from year to year. We
retire them at age 5. This way they are young enough to live a full life and
enjoy being someone's spoiled pet. (grin)
Where do your adult
dogs live? Describe their environment. (if you can't go visit, then ask for
dogs live in the house with us. We have whelping pens in the basement for
the mommies. We also have a heated attached garage for the boys when we
need to separate doggies at breeding time. We have six grown children and
seven grand children who socialize with our dogs and puppies.
How many litters
did you have last year?
have three maybe four litters a year.
What are some of
the health issues, such as common genetic defects, present in the breed?
Bladder stones, cataracts, pancreatitis. Not one of our dogs, used for
breeding, has ever turned up with a genetic problem.....not even Schnauzer bumps!
(grin) I attribute this to healthy blood lines,
good veterinary care, exercise and feeding them the right food and vitamins.
What health tests
do you do on your adults before choosing to breed them?
our stud screened for cataracts.
What registry do
you use? Why did you choose that registry?
and Iíve used the CKC before.
What breed clubs
are you active in?
would love to be active in Breed clubs but have not had the time.
Do you exhibit/show
your dogs or compete in trials of any sort?
this time but plan to in the near future.
Do you have
pictures of pups from previous litters, now all grown up?
lots of them. I stay in touch with most of the people that have bought my
puppies. I invest a big part of my heart in each one of our puppies.
Can you provide me
with a list of references... people who have pups from you? (CALL THEM!)
provide all the references that you want.
Can you provide at
least one veterinary reference... the vet you currently use? (CALL HIM/HER!)
have different vets for Cropping ears but for health we use Sheffieldís
located in London, OH 43140 740-852-9151.
Tell me about the
sire and dam, both the positives and negatives.
give you details about each and every one of our dogs. And I can guarantee
you that the parents are sweet, great with kids and would never snap or
Are they both on
site where I can see them (if visiting is an option)?
we have both parents unless we breed our female out. You are more than
welcome to visit. We are proud of our breeding and the conditions.
Where were the
puppies born? Where are they being raised?
puppies are born and raised in whelping pens located in our basement. We
keep them warm with our wood burning stove. The pens are cleaned daily.
How do you evaluate
the temperaments of the puppies?
puppies all play and eat together. They wrestle, interact and play with
toys that we provide. I handle them myself and never leave a puppy by
worming, etc. will the puppies have before they leave?
puppies see the vet for the first time three days after birth to have their
tails docked and dew claws removed. At six weeks of age the puppies
are wormed again by the vet and given a thorough health check. No puppy
leaves here unless found to be in perfect health. A veterinary health
record comes with each puppy.
At what age do you
let your puppies leave?
puppies leave here between 7-8 weeks of age. But some may leave earlier if
it is more convenient for the new parents. And of course, if our vet agrees to let
the puppy go.
What will you
supply with your puppies?
puppies come with AKC registration papers, unless otherwise specified,
starter food, starter vitamins, Mini Tips on how to care for your new puppy,
veterinary health record and soft pad for the puppyís crate.
a few questions we believe to be CRITICAL, but are often forgotten, that
we've saved for last...
guarantee does this puppy have? Please provide me with a copy.
We offer an initial three day health guarantee. We also
offer a two year health guarantee with our puppies. First, we asked that
you carefully read our guarantee before signing it. This guarantee will be
null and void upon any abuse or neglect or if the contract is not followed.
Read our extended
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I know everyone needs a hair cut....... but
right now it's soooo darn cold outside.
Where's my sweater? I'm going out and play
in the snow!
I give up.............they won't pose for this
This is the best picture of us yet! (grin)
All they want to do is wrestle!
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