We strongly encourage anyone interested in purchasing a Miniature Schnauzer Puppy from us to read the Education Booklet published by the Miniature Schnauzer Club of Canada
Because our dogs truly live as family pets, we only have space at home for a few dogs at a time. This means that we only ever breed when we are looking for our next show prospect. Puppies and adult dogs are available occasionally
I realize that when you are looking for a puppy, it is hard to take your time, it is easy to get sucked into buying the first puppy that becomes available. But just remember, this is a long-term commitment. You are committing to take care of this dog for the rest of its life. So find a breeder that you feel comfortable with, that is knowledgeable about breed specific health issues, that will be available to answer your questions.
Looking for a Reputable Breeder?
- All dogs, both pure bred and mixed breeds, carry genes for at least 7% of genetic disease. Reputable breeders are knowledgeable about breed specific health issues and offer a lifetime warranty on genetic health problems.
- If a breeder is having +40 puppies a year, without the facilities and staff to properly raise these puppies, they are probably not breeding for the right reasons. Remember that well rounded puppies require more than just food, water and the first set of shots, they require individual attention, exposure to different experiences and different environments.
- Minis only come in three colours, Salt & Pepper, Black & Silver and Black. The height standard for a mini is 12 - 14 inches. If someone is trying to sell you a "rare colour" or a "teacup mini", it is not a Miniature Schnauzer.
Some excerpts from: The Miniature Schnauzer Club of Canada Code of Ethics
- A responsible breeder should be willing to take back, rehabilitate (if possible) and re-place in a suitable home any dog he/she has bred and sold when the original purchaser is unable to keep the dog at any time during the dog's lifetime.
- All puppies receive a preliminary screening by a Veterinary Opthamologist prior to sale.
- Bitches should not be bred at their first season, preferably not before 18 months of age. Ideally, bitches should also be bred no more than once per year, and certainly, never more than twice in succession.
- It is strongly advised that all puppies graded as "pets" be sold on spay/neuter contracts with a CKC "Non-Breeding Registration".
Some helpful links:
- Miniature Schnauzer Health & Genetics
- Miniature Schnauzer Club of Canada Code of Ethics
- Education Booklet