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Old October 7th, 2005, 01:59 PM
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Miniature Schnauzer puppy

Hi, I am new here, and hopefully you can help me with a wealth of knowledge and tips.

I have my heart set on getting a puppy for our family. I am looking for a miniature schnauzer puppy, as this breed seems most compatible. We are a family of 4 with no pets (although I have owned dogs and a cat before)

I have emailed and called a few breedeers, but none have litters right now. Does anyone know of someone with a litter in the GTA area? Willing to travel further if price is good. I guess I am also looking for puppies that are not over the $900 mark.

Anyone with info?

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Old October 7th, 2005, 02:04 PM
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I don't know about breeders, but if you'd consider adopting, there are 581 schnauzers (some miniature) on petfinder:
http://www.petfinder.com/pet.cgi?act...oung&preview=1
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Old October 7th, 2005, 02:12 PM
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Sounds like you want you pup right away. It may seem hard, but sometimes you just have to wait for the puppies. Make sure you buy from a reputable breeder, and I am sure even if you have to wait awhile it will be worth it in the end.
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Old October 7th, 2005, 02:18 PM
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I have looked there, but I think none are near where I live, unleass I am mistaken. A puppy would be ideal, though.
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Old October 7th, 2005, 02:20 PM
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If your heart is set on a miniature schnauzer, then you would be best off waiting for a REPUTABLE breeder to have a good litter for you to get a pup from. I have known several schnauzers and none of them were especially good with children.
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Old October 7th, 2005, 02:23 PM
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I am in the same boat as LR, I too have not seen any great with kids, although there might be a few out there. You can always see if there is an adult through pet finder that has been raised with kids, at least you will know.
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Old October 7th, 2005, 02:24 PM
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Not good with children? I have been a bit of research on the web, and have narrowed it down to a schnauzer because the breeders say they are good with young children.
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Old October 7th, 2005, 02:32 PM
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The breed profile on this website say they should be good with children. My cousin has a Minature Shnauzer, and it is great with her children who are 4 and 7. The dog was around since before the children where even born. Maybe it really does depend on how much exposure to children the dog will get as a pup.

I own a JRT, and they don't have the greatest reputation for being around kids. I made sure I socialized Roxy around children from day one. She is now very good. If they bug her, she know she is supposed to walk away. Obviously I would never let a child mistreat my dog, and I keep a close eye when my neice Trin wants to play with the doggie.
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Old October 7th, 2005, 02:44 PM
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Not good with children? I have been a bit of research on the web, and have narrowed it down to a schnauzer because the breeders say they are good with young children.
This is a very important reason to make sure that you get a pup from a REPUTABLE breeder. Besides the beauty contests, the parents need to have all tests for genetic issues run and temperment testing done on the parents. And be ready to wait for the right pup.

DH and I had a schnauzer some 8 years ago. We rehomed it before our son was born because she would not let anyone touch DH without biting them. This included my daughters. It was not a risk I was willing to take with an infant in the house.
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I would Google until I found a pet forum specific to mini schnauzers. I have found that when looking at breed profiles, they so often do not provide the really important bits of information that you really need to know. There is a board specific to my type of dog and many of the posters found that the breed profiles provided on general multi-dog forums missed some doozies. Even better if the site has a "is this breed right for you" on the breed specific forum. Since I also live in Toronto I found when researching breeders that many are located in Southwestern Ontario.
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Old October 7th, 2005, 03:35 PM
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If you need a good test to help match what breed is suitable this is a good one:

http://www.ckc.ca/Default.aspx?tabid=228
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Old October 7th, 2005, 03:58 PM
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I did the test. It says 97% for min. schnauzer. Is this good enough? I will check on petfinder about the adult ones, and see if they get on with children. Good tip.
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Old October 7th, 2005, 04:03 PM
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Hmmmmm, I took the test and the number one pick was an American Staffordshire Terrier!
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Old October 7th, 2005, 04:48 PM
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I too have met many Mini schnauzer's with some serious attitude problems due to poor genetic mixes. To this day my dad still won't go near one because he was attacked by a pair when he was 8. (I won't say how old he is now, but it was many years ago )
Looking for a litter available now is probably not your best choice. Find a reputable breeder who will let you know when they are going to breed, so that you can get a future litter.
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I got the Staffy Bull Terrier! I hope someday that can happen!
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Old October 7th, 2005, 06:06 PM
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I know many mini schnauzers that are wonderful with kids and a few who are not(hadn't been socialized with kids).
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Old October 7th, 2005, 07:43 PM
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Have you checked out this site: http://www.mscc.ca Might help? Has a list of breeders on there too! Hope it helps!
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Old October 7th, 2005, 07:56 PM
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Oh no I have the wrong dog. It says I should have a Finnish Spitz.
I'll have to change my answers a bit so Joey can stay.
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Old October 7th, 2005, 08:21 PM
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I did the test. It says 97% for min. schnauzer. Is this good enough? I will check on petfinder about the adult ones, and see if they get on with children. Good tip.
I would take those results with a grain of salt. For example, I put in that I wanted a dog that would "take over my chair" and rquires "an extensive exercise program suitable for an athlete" living in a big house with large gated yard. My top two matches were the papillon and the basset hound. Excuse me??? The only way a bassett hound could "take over my chair" would be for him to be grossly obese, and I have yet to meet a dog from either of these breeds who could run 12 km with me daily. Although... if I carried the papillon for the entire run, then it would be really good training
But yes, my point is, don't base your breed decisions off of a little quiz.
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Old October 8th, 2005, 07:43 AM
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It seems, like any breed, if the dog doesn't grow up with children, it will never get used to being around them, or if the children mistreat the dog, then the dog is fearful and nippy.

So it is not the breed, but the raising.
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Old October 8th, 2005, 09:18 AM
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gerdys has a mini schnozer gerdyrescue.org or cell nu514-203-9180 hope this helps
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Old October 8th, 2005, 09:26 AM
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:rivers minis are great
http://dogster.com/pet_page.php?i=128571&j=t

he's still a baby but we can trust him with our 2 year old neice he is more gentil with her then us , i think he knows, he wont pull when she walks him and will let her take his toys from his mouth easier then he lets us...

we even had a 5 month old baby left on the floor to play, and we left the 2 together no probs, the only reason to seperate them might of been to let the baby breathe (coopers a bit of a kissy monster)

and we have no children at home using the niece and nephew as ginny pigs..

my mom's mini is fine with children as well.

and it depends how far you want to travel coops went for a hair cut monday and there were ready to go pups there.

it would be a 5 hour drive if you are in T.O. her pups are 550. 650 ears cropped i think...

but do the phone interview before you travel she wont sell to just any one..
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Certainly the Breed Profile on this web site reads that mini schnauzers are good with children. However, I must call your attention to the breed profile for Mini Dachshunds - health, in particular. It reads that they can be sickly due to in-breeding. It does not mention the horrific Dachshund disc disease -which of course would be a prime consideration. I then moved on to the American Eskimo - off as well when it comes to the aggressiveness of the breed. This is why I still strongly suggest a breed specific forum. Often people on such forums can refer you to very reputable breeders. Some forum members will be breeders but will not solicit business on these forums but will refer you to other good breeders. I really do expect though that you will have to travel to Southern Ontario - or to Quebec - as per the poster who referred you to a pup 5 hours away. There is a pup out there (or 2)somewhere for you I am sure.
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Old October 8th, 2005, 12:15 PM
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Angie79, your Cooper is too cute! Just what I need. My heart-strings are so sad that I can't find an available puppy close by.

gerdys is in Quebec, a wee bit too far!

I can imagine the pup in my house already and all the wonderful times ahead.

I have another question, is their seasonal breeding? Do breeders plan the litters for the spring/summer? Is this why I find all the puppies are sold, and no more future litters until next year?

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Old October 8th, 2005, 12:22 PM
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Have you been to the MSCC website yet? They have an extensvive list of breeders:
http://www.mscc.ca/breeders.html

One of them that seems to have a lot of useful info is:
http://www.kismah.com/info.htm
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Old October 8th, 2005, 12:37 PM
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If you pay 3-400 you are buying from a BYB. The puppies will come depending on when the breeders dogs go into heat and which cycle they choose to breed from.
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Old October 10th, 2005, 08:51 PM
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I am STILL searching and searching for a S&P schnauzer puppy! I know it has only been a week, but it feels like a month already. Anyone heard of a litter available or seen puppies somewhere in the GTA area?

All the ads and breeders I have called have just sold their last puppy, Nothing until next year again. boohoo. I guess if I persist in looking, I will find one.
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There is a lady in ottawa that breeds white ones. They can't be registered here or the states but they are registerable overseas.
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Old October 10th, 2005, 09:35 PM
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They can't be registered here or the states but they are registerable overseas.
Don't mean to hijack, but I'm really curious as to why that would be.
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The registries just don't acknowledge the colour yet I guess.
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