Choosing a miniature schnauzer puppy breeder

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Finding the right breeder of Miniature Schnauzer puppies is as important as finding the right puppy. There are questions to ask and diseases to be aware of before picking out and bringing home your new family member.

When getting a new Miniature Schnauzer puppy,

there are many decisions that need to be made.  Before actually picking out the puppy to bring home, you must answer lots of questions.  Some of these questions will be for your own personal interest, some will be for the breeders information, but all of the questions that need to be answered will be in the best interest of your soon to be new family member.  

 What is my families’ lifestyle?
 How do we expect a full-grown dog to fit in?

 How active are we?
 How much room, both inside and out do we have to offer an adult dog?
 Can we afford proper medical care?
 Do we want to have the dog altered (some breeders may require this)?
 Can we commit to the dog for its entire life (a minimum of 10 years for most breeds)?

While reading this list of questions it is very important to answer them honestly, for your family and for your new Miniature Schnauzer puppy.  When these questions have been answered completely and truthfully, it is time to decide if a Miniature Schnauzer puppy is truly the correct choice of breed for your families’ lifestyle.  If it is that is wonderful, however there is an important step left to complete before going out to get your new puppy to bring home.

The next step to Miniature Schnauzer puppy ownership is to locate the right breeder.  This is perhaps the most important step to acquiring your new puppy.  Where and how a puppy is bred is almost more important than the breed you choose.  If you choose the right puppy from the wrong breeder it could lead your family and your dog down a path of heartbreak.

The choice of breeders will help protect your family from falling in love with a puppy that has a potential for lots of problems.  These problems can be health or mental conditions that can be expensive to fix, or may not be able to be fixed at all.  Taking the time in the beginning to find a caring Miniature Schnauzer breeder now can help avoid these problems later.  While doing research for your Miniature Schnauzer breeder, take your time.  Have a list of questions available when you speak with prospective breeders.

 Are the parents’ onsite?  Can I see them?
 Have the parents been checked for breed specific heath problems?
 Are the puppies and parents vaccinated?
 Are the puppies socialized, do they live in the house?
 Do you have references I can call?
 What is the name of your veterinarian?  Can I call?

It may seem strange at first to ask all of these questions before even looking at the puppies, however please do not skip this step.  A breeder of quality puppies will be glad to answer any of your questions and will be glad to know that the puppy will be going to a home with people who really care.   A good Miniature Schnauzer breeder is in the business for the love of the breed, that is their motivation, money should be secondary to them.  

These questions allow you as a potential owner to weed out breeders who breed solely for the money they receive on the sale of the pups.  These breeders may not give their animals the proper medical care that is needed and may be a potential source of inbreeding.  A quality breeder may even have questions for you to answer to their satisfaction before releasing a puppy to you.  Some questions they may want answered are:
 Where will the dog be spending most of its time?  Inside or outside?
 Do you plan on breeding the dog?
 Who is your current vet?
 How many hours per day will you spend with your dog?

There are health problems that need to be addressed when speaking to your breeder about Miniature Schnauzers.  The breed has some issues with eye health and although they have been mostly eliminated by good health care and breeding programs they are still of some concern.  Be sure to ask your chosen breeder for proof that the proper steps are taken to ensure your puppy doesn’t have these problems.

Congenital Juvenile Cataracts (CJC)- is an eye problem that is present at birth.  It may be able to be corrected by surgery, but that is expensive and may not completely fix the problem.  Contentious breeders have mostly erased CJC as an issue, but puppy mill breeders did not make this same effort.  Be aware of this problem if you don’t know the puppy’s parentage.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)- is a slow deterioration of the eye.  It often begins around three years of age with night blindness and progresses into complete blindness as the dog ages.  There is no cure for this disease.  Breeding stock should be tested on a yearly basis to avoid passing it on to offspring.

When choosing a Miniature Schnauzer puppy, to add to your family, it is important to do the necessary research to help avoid emotional and economical hardships later.  It does take longer to acquire a puppy when doing this extensive questioning, however, when you find the right Miniature Schnauzer for you, there are no regrets.