Frequently Asked Questions About Our Miniature Schnauzer Puppies
Are your Miniature Schnauzers AKC Registered? Yes
When was your last AKC Inspection? Our last date of inspection was November 12, 2010 and we were found in compliance with AKC rules & regulations.
Are your dogs DNA tested? Yes.
American Kennel Club DNA certification allows breeders to uniquely identify their dogs, ending all questions about identity and parentage. Each dog tested is assigned a "DNA profile number" specific to that AKC registered dog.
In the AKC's DNA Certification Program, breeders get a "Certificate of DNA Analysis" for their records. Listed on each certificate is the dog's unique genotype, representing the 10 pairs of genes. When a breeder has genotypes on file for the sire and dam of a litter, the resulting puppy genotypes are unique and consistent only with that sire and dam which is why DNA certification guarantees parentage. By DNA registering our AKC Miniature Schnauzers, we are helping to reduce the number of irresponsible breeders and puppy mills.
Do you give Full or Limited AKC Registration?
We sell our dogs with limited registration as our puppies are sold for the purpose of companionship. We reserve the right to limit full registration only to established and qualified breeders. For details and pricing, inquire. If you intend to breed mini schnauzers, we should be approached for a breeding quality dog as this would require different stipulations.
Do you breed toys? No
There are only 3 sizes of Schnauzers, Miniature, Standard and Giant. We do not participate in perimeter breeding, such as toys or parti colors, due to the medical issues this type of breeding produces; we only breed the Miniature Schnauzer. There is no such thing as a Toy, Midsize, Teacup or any other adjective describing the name Miniature Schnauzer except “Miniature". Breeding to obtain any other size is unacceptable to responsible persons who breed, by the standard written by the American Miniature Schnauzer Club.
There are many Schnauzer breeders, kennels, and dog breeder sites selling puppies who do not even resemble a Schnauzer. All are cute as puppies, but what will they look like as adults? Will they look and act like the result of a very poor backyard breeding, or will they look like a Miniature Schnauzer bred by an experienced, reputable Miniature Schnauzer Breeder
Is there a Guarantee? Yes
We provide you with a 1 year written guarantee against genetic problems. We guarantee our puppies to be happy and healthy at the time of leaving our home. We offer a 72 hour Vet check guarantee as well. You have three (3) days to have your new puppy checked by a Veterinarian of your choice which should include a fecal examination. Failure to do so will void our guarantee. If your vet finds anything wrong with the puppy that you are uncomfortable with, we will gladly take the puppy back and either replace the puppy or provide a full refund. Please note we will not be responsible for any vet bills.
Will you ship?
I will be glad to ship your puppy within the United States & Canada. Shipping will add an additional cost of $350.00 on the price of the puppy. This includes the required health certificate, shipping crate, airline fees, and handling fees. Being that airline costs vary from time to time (which we cannot control), our shipping cost is subject to change. Please contact us for more details.
Puppy Mill FAQ's
One of the biggest concerns in selecting a credible caring breeder is ruling out dealing with a "puppy mill".
We attempt through site, text, visuals and testimonials to establish creditability and refute what all good breeders contend with ~ the notion we may be a puppy mill.
Unfortunately, pups coming from a high volume, fast track, can't be exposed to the necessary handling and individual care to establish a social puppy.
On January 1, 2010 a new breeder law was enacted in Tennessee that mimics the Federal USDA breeder law. One requirement was ample exercise for the adults. We have had this all along.
We have four exercise areas, strictly built and maintained to accomodate pups. We also have seven large exercise areas with accompanying temperature controlled houses for our adults.
Some facilities use "stacking". We do not. Stacking is where crates are actually stacked on top of each other, for the sake of space and expediency in feeding and cleaning. The new regulations do not prohibit this, but we feel it is not good practice.
Make no mistake ~ the future behavior and temperament of the adult dog begins on day one with the puppy.
All our pups are handled three to four times daily by myself, my wife Lynne or our assistant Julie (who is a retired vet tech), resulting in very social, easily trained puppies.
The Department of Animal Welfare staff have been to our facility and found are conditions are in compliance.
Other sources that can legitimize our process are the Better Business Bureau in Nashville, Tennessee, Crocker Animal Hospital in Franklin Kentucky, or AKC Raleigh, North Carolina Breeder Relations.
Any other questions or clarifications please call 615-654-8700 or email.
Do you require a deposit on a puppy? Yes
We require a non-refundable deposit for each puppy you are purchasing.
Male vs. Female, which should I choose? A little food for thought....Please consider the following information before deciding on the sex of your new puppy
FEMALES: In the dog pack, females usually rule the roost, determine pecking order, and compete to maintain and/or alter that order. The females are, as a result, more independent, stubborn, and territorial than their male counterparts. Females are much more intent upon exercising their dominance by participating in alpha behaviors such as 'humping'. Humping? Yes, humping.....which in the dog world, is a dominance behavior. Most fights will usually break out between 2 females because of the dominance struggle. Keep this in mind if you already have a female at home & are thinking of bringing another female into the picture.
Females are usually less distracted during training, and are more eager to get it over with, and get back to her comfy spot on the couch. They are less likely to wage a dominance battle with YOU, but she can be cunning and resourceful in getting her own way.
They are much more prone to mood swings. Upon their terms, she will come to you for attention when they want it, when she's had enough, she will move away. One day she may be sweet and affectionate-the next day reserved and withdrawn or even grumpy. The female also has periods of being 'in heat' unless she is spayed. Seasonal heats can be a nightmare-not just for the female, but you and every male dog in the neighborhood. If you are not breeding, you'd be best off to have her spayed, since during this time she can leave a bloody discharge on carpets, couches, or anywhere she goes. She will be particularly moody and emotional during this time. A walk outside during this period can become hazardous if male dogs are in the vicinity, and she will leave a 'scent' for wandering intact males to follow right to your yard, where they will hang out, and 'wait' for days.
MALES: Males are usually more affectionate, exuberant, attentive, and more demanding of attention. They are very attached to their humans and are always waiting for your attention....and near at hand. They also tend to be more steadfast, reliable, and less moody.
They are more outgoing, more accepting of other pets, and bond quicker to children. Most males are easily motivated by food and praise, and so eager to please that training is much easier. However, males can be more easily distracted during training, as males like to play so often.
No matter what age, males are more likely to act silly and more puppy-like, always wanting to play games. Neutered males can exhibit secondary sexual behavior such as 'humping', or 'marking' and lifting of legs. However, once the testosterone levels recede after neutering, most of these behaviors will disappear. Males who are neutered early (by 6 months of age) usually don't ever raise their leg to urinate. Before deciding on male or female, give consideration to any other dogs that may be in or around your home.
What will I get when I adopt my new Miniature Schnauzer puppy?
You will be given health/shot records, general care instructions, and registration papers.
We recommend optional vitamin supplements.
And, for those who want to have the best dressed puppy dog on the block, you can purchase one of Lynne's Pearls for Pets Collar.
Questions we will ask of our potential customer?
The adoption process is very important to not only the adopting family but the puppy as well. We do not produce a commercial product, we are providing an addition to your family. We have spent time with each puppy & have had the opportunity to observe their individual temperaments. Some puppies tend to be more outgoing and/or boisterous and some are calmer. We will ask you questions to determine what type of temperament you are looking for.
We care about our puppies and want to make sure that the puppy is going to the best home and that the owners will receive a puppy that is best suited for them. You might be asked questions about yourself and your family, the type of home you live in (apartment, townhouse, house, etc.), your life style, if the yard is fenced, the ages of your children (if applicable), and previous dogs you have owned among other things. This may seem personal but we have a genuine interest in placing our puppies in the best home possible. We consider this an adoption process, not the selling of a product.
Many times an adult dog is a good choice if you don’t have the time or inclination to train & housebreak a puppy. When we retire a dog within our breeding program we will look for a wonderful home for him/her. This would be a great opportunity for someone looking for an adult Miniature Schnauzer. All of our Sires and Dams are carefully chosen for correct conformation, color, and disposition. When we bring a Sire or Dam into our breeding program, you know you are getting one of our best Miniature Schnauzers available.
Is the Miniature Schnauzer good with children?
Miniature Schnauzers are generally good with children if raised with them from a young age. Each dog is an individual with an individual temperament and socialization experience. Young children need to be introduced carefully to dogs and no young child should be left unsupervised with a dog of any breed. Miniature Schnauzers are very good with older children and teenagers, joining in all sorts of games.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC) ~ "Children who learn to treat all dogs with care, consideration, and respect and who learn how to steer clear of potentially dangerous situations will be safer around dogs."
Note: TLC Schnauzers is very careful in our adoption process. We strongly advise potential customers with children to teach their children ways to properly pet and play with the dog; never showing assertiveness by yelling, hitting, or aggressive behavior as it teaches your pet negative behavior. This is true with any dog. If we feel that our dogs will be in danger of abuse from a potential customer, then we will reserve the right to deny adoption.
Please take the time to read the full text of the AKC Canine Safety Tips for Kids before bringing home your new puppy.
You'll be glad you did!
Does the Miniature Schnauzer require a lot of grooming?
Miniature Schnauzers should be groomed every five to eight weeks to look their best. This is something most people choose to let a professional do, but some choose to learn to do it themselves.
See the American Miniature Schnauzer Club's pet grooming section for specific information. The equipment needed - clippers and scissors - will pay for itself after just a few groomings. The beard and leg furnishings should be brushed weekly and may be bathed as often. Most people choose to machine clip pets as this is the most convenient way to keep them looking sharp.
The breed has a double-coat: wiry topcoat and soft undercoat. To achieve this look the dog needs to be plucked or hand stripped. A usual pattern can be found in the AMSC's award winning grooming chart. Most pet groomers are not knowledgeable of the stripping process or, if knowledgeable, might be reluctant to take the time to properly complete the task. Refer to the American Miniature Schnauzer Club website for additional information on Miniature Schnauzers.
Should the ears be cropped on my Miniature Schnauzer Puppy?
The breed standard allows for both cropped and uncropped ears and has a very good description of each. Ear cropping is not a necessity and not recommended until around 12 to 13 weeks of age. Please note, that you must consult an experienced Veterinarian before having this done. Only an experienced Veterinarian knows how to do a proper crop and how to care for the puppy afterwards. Show breeders and their vets are the best at this and are able to do an artistic crop with almost no discomfort for the puppy. Most vets have little experience doing ear crops and many won’t do the surgery as it is seen as purely cosmetic and thus unwarranted.
Should the tail be docked on my Miniature Schnauzer Puppy?
We do dock the tails of our Miniature Schnauzer pups. Tail docking is done at about three days of age, prior to the nerves fully developing in the tail.
Are Miniature Schnauzers hypoallergenic?
Yes! See this section for more information.
How long should we wait before getting a new puppy?
Losing, or being confronted with the loss of our pets, can be as bad or worse than losing our very best friend and can almost be like losing ourselves. We have every reason to be devastated when our pets die.
Our pets provide us with reciprocal, unqualified love, whether we are rich or poor, short or tall, happy or sad. The wag of the tail, the purr, the chirp, the neigh is always there for us, regardless of the sort of day, (or life), we have had. We can truly BE OURSELVES with our pets. We benefit enormously emotionally and physiologically. We can gain a sense of purpose in life from our pets. People recover more quickly from illness when they have a pet, our blood pressure is lower. They provide us with constant companionship in times of trouble, so that we are never alone.
We would like to share a letter we received from a customer who suffered a great loss but gained a great love....
Our little Tracy significantly eases the pain: It may sound strange to say that the day I put Max on the table at the clinic to have him put to sleep was the worst day of my life, but I had never before experienced that much emotional pain. Max, our fifteen year old schnauzer, and I had formed a very close bond because we had walked two to three miles every morning and every afternoon in our neighborhood park for fourteen years.
When I left the clinic on that last day, I was sobbing uncontrollably; and I am not sure how I drove home.
In the months and weeks prior to losing Max, I had developed a long list of reasons why we should not get another dog. However, our home was so sad and so lonely, that my wife and I decided we would drive up to TLC Schnauzers and “just look” at the puppies. Naturally, we were hooked immediately, and we selected an eight-week old male, black and silver Miniature Schnauzer puppy to take home.
When Ted handed me that little bundle of fur, and the puppy went to sleep in my arms in the car, about eighty percent of the grief flooded out of my heart.
We will always miss our buddy, Max, but our new little Tracy significantly eases the pain. Don ~ Brentwood, TN ~