On this page; information about my puppy package, deposit, total price and travel options. Please read through this page carefully and don't forget to fill out a Puppy Application if you are interested in getting a puppy. UPDATED 03/13/2018
Price, Deposit, Puppy Welcome Package and Puppy Delivery Options Below
Every puppy is sent home with the Puppy Welcome Package detailed below. The puppy colors I raise are Black, Salt/Pepper, and Black/Silver ONLY. All my puppies go to their new homes at eight/nine weeks old with the Puppy Welcome Package detailed below. All of my parents are OFA health tested and certified for their Heart and Patellas. I am also a Club Member of the AKC Bred with H.E.A.R.T Program which includes continuing breeder education. I am also adding Embark Genetic Health Testing for all my adults starting the summer of 2018.
My mission as a Miniature Schnauzer Breeder is excellent health, friendly temperaments and beautiful coat and coloring. Raising Miniature Schnauzers is a serious commitment and my families future happiness with their Miniature Schnauzer means a great deal to me. To reflect my commitment and dedication I have a five-year health guarantee against genetic diseases that are life threatening (i.e. heart valve defect and OFA certification regarding this defect with all my parents). Please keep accountability in mind when searching for a responsible breeder.All of my Schnauzers and puppies receive routine veterinarian care at the Bluffton Animal Clinic in Bluffton Indiana. My puppies also get PUPPY ENRICHMENT TRAINING which is also used to train guide dogs. You are welcome to give my veterinarian clinic a call as they have known me for decades. I spare no expense with the care of my adults and puppies. For the families who are able to come here, I introduce you to ALL my Schnauzers and not just the parents of your puppy. You get a full tour "meet and greet" of my program the day you pick your puppy up or at the six week visit. FYI: I reserve the right to first pick of any litter, it is not likely that I would take first pick but I reserve that right.
DEPOSIT POLICY: I require a deposit along with the puppy application to hold a future puppy. The deposit is nonrefundable unless I do not have the color or gender you placed the deposit for. If you cannot get the puppy as planned then your deposit can be moved to a future litter. Please do not send a deposit unless you are 100% certain you want a puppy and are committed to the Miniature Schnauzer for life. PUPPY APPLICATION
REMAINING BALANCE DUE DATE: the remaining balance is due before the puppy turns four weeks old if you placed a deposit prior to the birth of the puppy. If you place the deposit AFTER the puppy is born the balance is due at SIX WEEKS old. I do not keep puppies past the eight week pick up date, unless absolutely necessary. Boarding fee is $10 a day. Please plan your schedule around the pick-up date, thank you in advance. Payment options are a personal check, cash, paypal, or credit card online.
THE TOTAL PRICE regardless of gender or color is $1900.00 which includes the Puppy Welcome Package detailed below (the deposit is $400.00 which leaves a remaining balance of $1500.00). If you would like to get two puppies the price for the second puppy is $1800 ($400 deposit with a remaining balance of $1400). Puppy Application and serious applicants only please. Payment Options: You can pay by personal check, money order, paypal or a credit card.
PUPPY WELCOME PACKAGE DETAILS HERE
* Every puppy is sent to their new home with THREE TYPES of TOYS, A PLUSH/WASHABLE BLANKET, TEETHING CHEW, BALL, PUPPY TRAINING TREATS, PUPPY FOOD and a SLICKER BRUSH.
* FOLDER WITH RECORDS: All puppies receive a vaccination record from my vet which will be in a folder along with other papers. The folder will also contain the health contract, spay/neuter contract, AKC reg papers, microchip information and my FYI information. I also send EIGHT puppy training emails prior to the puppy going home.
* TAIL DOCKING: The tails are docked & dew claws are removed by my vet. If you want the tail undocked you will need to be first pick on a litter for your specified gender. The puppies will not have their ears-cropped, I do not ear-crop and my vet does not either. If you want the ears cropped you will need to arrange the procedure with your vet.
* TWO VETERINARIAN EXAMS & 1st VACCINATIONS: The puppies get TWO veterinarian check-ups, are vaccinated with the first puppy booster and are microchipped by eight weeks old. My vet also performs a physical exam before the puppies go home which includes checking for no heart murmur, lungs are free of abnormalities, no ear or eye infections, glands are normal, teeth and gums are in perfect condition for the age and no parasites such as fleas, ticks, intestinal worms or mites (if for some reason the puppy were to test positive for a parasite after they leave here, let me know ASAP). Your puppy will go home at a healthy weight, proper nutrition and well-hydrated.
* INTESTINAL PARASITE PREVENTION: I give my puppies Strongid-T at 3 weeks old and Panacur at 5 and 7 weeks old. I take in a stool sample to my vet prior to the puppies going home (the goal is for the result to be negative for worms, coccidia and giardia). The parasite brand Panacur treats for roundworm, whipworm, tapeworms and hookworm--giardia too. All dogs should be treated regularly for parasites as the eggs live in the soil for weeks to years and you never know what areas are infected. Tapeworm comes from fleas. Not all wormers treat for all four worms but Panacur and Drontal Plus cover all four. To my Puppy Families:Please let me know ASAP if your vet gets a positive stool sample result. This is unlikely with the worming precautions that I take but it’s still slightly possible to get a positive stool result at a later date.
*FLEA AND HEART WORM PREVENTATIVE: The puppies are treated with K9 Advantix II and Heartgard to protect against fleas and heart worm before leaving my home. I have had 100% NO fleas to date. This treatment is good for 30 to 60 days depending on your area and the flea and mosquito population.
* MINI-PUPPY GROOM (potty patch, trim corner of eyes, feet pads and nails) AND EXCELLENT HYGIENE: All puppies are bathed, puppy groomed and have a nail trim before leaving to their new homes. They also have clean ears that are free of infection. They are freshly bathed just a few hours before they go to their new home.
*AKC REGISTRATION PAPERS. I do require a spay and neuter contract stating you will provide me proof of spay/neuter which is done between 7 and 18 months of age. Send me the proof via email which is a receipt from your vet. Your puppy will be fully registered through the AKC but no offspring can be registered. I breed loving Miniature Schnauzer puppies for pet homes only. I do not want my breeding program to result in any of my bloodlines ending up in a rescue or shelter. I want to breed with accountability and thought for this breed
* COPY OF THE OFFICIAL AKC LITTER CERTIFICATE:The Official AKC Litter Certificate contains basic litter information (AKC Registered Name, AKC Registration Number) for three generations of your litter's lineage.
* SOCIALIZED: Puppies are socialized with other pets and in a family environment -- they are home raised and well-adjusted when you take them home (the first 24 to 48 hours in a new home they may go through a small adjustment period). I spend a lot of quality time playing with the puppies and making sure that their transition from my home to yours goes smoothly. Please review my PUPPY ENRICHMENT TRAINING. Between my parent's nice temperaments and how I work with the puppies before they leave, they have a solid foundation to be wonderful adult dogs. However, it is up to you to continue training and nurturing a well-balanced puppy/dog or you can turn them into a monster--your choice. What you do regarding positive socialization outside the home and training has the biggest impact on them as they grow into adulthood.
* FIVE YEAR HEALTH CONTRACT: All puppies are covered under a Five-Year Miniature Schnauzer Health Guarantee and Contract, which covers genetic diseases that are life threatening (such as heart valve defects). This does not cover accidents, non-life-threatening issues or neglect by owner.
* FROMM HOLISTIC PUPPY FOOD from gofromm.com: I send home 7 days worth of the puppy kibble Fromm Gold Holistic Puppy Food. If you decide to use a different brand then mix it half and half until the Fromm is gone. Fromm is a 4.5 star puppy food. FEEDING: Start out with 1/4 cup twice a day and increase the amount as they grow to 1/3 twice daily and then 1/2 cup twice daily and puppies need twice as much as an adult so read the label for both adult and puppy food. Spayed and neutered adults may need less than the bag label because the hormone loss causes a lower metabolism. My ADULT Dogs eat Fromm too. I also recommend a PROBIOTIC. For puppies I suggest The Missing Link Puppy Health & for adult dogs Nusentia Probiotic Miracle Premium Blend * BREEDER SUPPORT... when you have questions for me or need helpful advice, I will be available 24/7 and 365 days a year--within reason. This is a very important part of breeding. New families often need advice and information as they adjust with a new puppy. I do hold you accountable for training failures and/or confusion though.
** POTTY TRAINING INTRODUCTION: Before your puppy goes home I work on paper training. In the warmer months I work on potty training outside too. This helps make it easier on you and the puppy. HOWEVER, potty training is called TRAINING because it takes more than a few weeks. Full potty training takes several months. Potty training can be done in any season as young puppies are more tolerant of training in colder or rainy weather than adult dogs who become picky about the weather outside.
*** I also send EIGHT TRAINING EMAILS before the puppy goes home which covers potty training, nap time in the crate, barking and whining correction, correcting for nipping and sassiness, socialization with everything strange (strange people, other dogs, life outside of your home), feeding and not overfeeding, training for sit, etc, and to coming when called, as well as vet appointments you need to make them within THREE BUSINESS DAYS.
Do you live far away? I have a few options below for travel and puppy delivery.
DRIVING: We can meet half way or I can deliver the puppy to your home. This is up to a maximum of a 800 miles round-trip (400 miles one-way). The fee is .35 cents per mile. Example a 100 miles is $35. Maximum 800 mile trip is $280. Flying may be a better option.
FLYING: I can personally fly with your puppy and meet you at the airport OR YOU CAN ALSO FLY HERE. The families who have selected this option have been very happy. I have personally flown with puppies to Texas, Florida, Philadelphia, California, Maine, New York, Colorado, Puerto Rico, Nevada and more. The puppy or puppies travel with me in the cabin of the plane in a soft carrier (I have videos on my facebook fan page). You and I meet in person at the airport. This is a wonderful option if you live far away. This fee is $500/800 depending on the price of the flight for the lower 48 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. However if you live outside of the lower 48 the price might be more--we can verify the fee in advance.
The standard fee of $500/$800 covers the flight which ranges from ($250 to $600 on average), the fee for the puppy to fly ($125), 1/2 the hotel fee ($150) and other airport/travel expenses such as airport parking ($38), gas for 218 mile round-trip drive to and from the airport ($50). I take the cheapest flights and I often book the red-eye flight home to help keep the flight fee as low as possible. HERE IS A VIDEO OF A PUPPY WITH ME ON THE PLANE AS WE LANDED IN LAS VEGAS. You can see that he is quite content and happy while we fly. You do not need a facebook account to view this video which is LINKED TO MY FACEBOOK.
Wit and I flying TOGETHER to meet his new family.
I do NOT Ship puppies and here is why...SHIPPING PUPPIES is not the same as flying with the puppy in the cabin which is how I travel with puppies/dogs. Breeders who SHIP puppies are sending them in the cargo hold with the luggage and they charge anywhere from $350 to $500. The puppy is shipped in the cargo hold with no caretaker available and no one to be accountable for any issues once you pick up your puppy at the airport. How does shipping a puppy work? Puppies are checked in at the airport luggage drop and they are then treated as luggage and travel with the luggage--not with people. They sit outside on the loud tarmac waiting to be loaded before the flight with the luggage. During the flight the puppy is literally in the bowels of the plane and these flights can be anywhere from 6 to 18 hours (direct flights are dangerous enough however connecting flights hold even more risk). The plane is only temperature controlled while in flight. It gets very hot and can be very cold between flights and while waiting for the plane to take off. The sound of the plane is deafening/frightening in the cargo hold, sitting on the tarmac waiting to be loaded is also dangerous and if there is a delayed flight or mechanical issue the puppy has no one there as they wait in the bowel of the plane or on the tarmac not to mention temperature fluctuation risks. The breeder is also not at the airport to meet you in order to be accountable if there is an issue once the puppy arrives or if the puppy fails to arrive at all or if it is the wrong puppy. Lastly, I want to meet ALL of the families in person. I personally fly with the puppy in my constant care and they remain in my care the entire trip. As soon as I book the flight I forward that information to the family in an email. I hand deliver the puppy directly to you at the airport and we sign the paperwork in person and go over the puppy welcome package together.
I have a better option which is personal delivery safely from my care directly to yours. You pay the $500/$800 fee once the pregnancy is confirmed or within the first week after birth. I can provide receipts as well. I do NOT overcharge for this service. Puppies are at least 9/10 weeks old when they fly out with me. You may also contact families that have had me hand deliver a Schnauzer to them at the airport. I know you will be very happy with this option if you live to far away to drive here. Meeting halfway is not always convenient either, so flying is a wonderful option.
WHY REPUTABLE BREEDERS CHARGE MORE FOR THEIR PUPPIES
I think it's safe to say that most of us are not rich, and we all appreciate a good deal. Why not? Blowing money unnecessarily is just a waste, and most of us enjoy finding a bargain even if we can afford to spend more. When shopping for cars, electronics or furniture; frugal living is the way of the wise these days. So, why the big deal about shopping around when looking for a puppy? The price that you pay for a healthy well-bred puppy is minimal compared to the cost of raising, owning and the veterinarian costs for the life of a dog that's ill-bred and sickly.
Ever heard the saying, "You get what you pay for"? Yeah, well, the pet dog industry is one place you won't find a better example of the prudence of that advice. Quality in the breeding world can range anywhere from absolute crap to jaw-dropping fantastic and everywhere in between. And although it may not always be this way, in most cases you're going to get exactly what you pay for.
What expenses are involved in responsibly breeding?
Quality has never been cheap and buying a quality puppy definitely is not! You are going to have to expect to pay more than just a few hundred dollars to buy from a responsible breeder. It is important to remember though that just because you are paying a large price for a puppy it does not mean it is quality (testimonies from happy families is very important). There are several factors that go into the price of buying a puppy from a good breeder and make sure the breeder is doing all of these things or more.
The ever increasing price of top notch veterinary care is one of the main reasons (all my adults and puppies receive regular vet care). Breeders like myself pay state and local taxes even though I am classified as a Hobby Breeder. I invest in quality Schnauzer puppies to bring into my program (and I pay for full-registration and I often travel up to 14 hours one-way), high quality diets, pre-natal exams, pregnancy x-rays if needed, supplements, emergency veterinary care, c-sections, assisted whelpings when complications arise, vaccinations for adults and the puppies, health testing, routine blood-work, dental cleanings, veterinary exams/health checks for each puppy at least twice, food, heartworm, flea meds, worm meds, puppy food, dog food, toys for my adults, cleaning supplies, bedding, dishes, crates, grooming supplies, my welcome puppy package, AKC registration of my adults and puppies and more! If you can imagine this is just the short list of my costs but it gives you the idea! My time... do not forget the time invested in working with families, caring for puppies and adults, cleaning, etc.
Well bred dogs are expensive to breed. Even poorly bred dogs are not cheap to breed. The dam may need a c-section for the birth that can cost $1,000 or more. Plus there is care for the dam during pregnancy and after birth. If they do it right there is health/genetic testing before breeding. The average litter can cost $2,500+ or so to breed by the time all is said and done. If there is only 1 or 2 pups in the litter even at $1,200 the breeder is often taking a big loss. Any purebred dog is going to be expensive if the breeder is investing in their program. When you purchase a dog through a reputable breeder, you have to remember that the breeder has already spent a good amount of money on veterinary care for the mother and the pups and that is reflected in the price of the puppy. Pre-breeding health checks for both parents, stud fees, prenatal care, initial vet visits, shots, wormings, food, and all the other things that the breeder takes care of long before you ever get to bring your puppy home--these things cost a lot of money.
I personally spare no expense for my Miniature Schnauzers! Add to that that a responsible breeder rarely breeds a female more than once a year. Now divide all those expenses by the number of puppies and even at $1,200 most Responsible breeders are lucky if they break even. It has been said that exceptional quality is not expensive, It's PRICELESS!
So What is a breeder's time worth?
It is estimated that the average breeder spends 180 hours or more per month caring for their dogs and pups. This 180 hours cannot be scheduled around other obligations; other obligations must be scheduled around your puppies and adults. Have you considered what a breeder needs to do to go away for the weekend, a vacation, or even the day--I have to have reliable people stay at my home 24/7. So, having a litter of puppies for any breeder pretty much takes a considerable chunk of time and independence from your life. A good breeder will carefully screen and interview all potential buyers to ensure that their puppies get placed in only the best homes. They will also offer support to the puppy's new family to make sure that they are properly prepared to care for the puppy and they will stay available to help out any family in need, even if it means accepting the puppy back into their home if problems arise. Look at your well bred Schnauzer as an investment in your emotional health, you couldn't get any mental health professional to treat you daily for the next 12 to 15 years for $1800.
My hope is that people who are willing to pay for one of my puppies will provide a very good home. That they have thought long and hard, researched and read about Miniature Schnauzers and other dogs before deciding on a Miniature Schnauzer and the puppy they purchase will be worth every single penny. Not just anyone can walk up, pick up a puppy and take it home.
Good puppies start long before their parents are bred. Both the sire and dam need constant care and conditioning to produce the best offspring. This means regular veterinary care, screening for genetic problems, pre-breeding health tests, regular exercise, family environment and good nutrition.
It also means maintaining your dog's mental health. Stressed animals can experience fertility problems. Many breeders swear by the belief that the dam's temperament affects the puppies - good puppies come from good mothers. Consequently, they avoid breeding shy or unstable dogs.
I personally feel NO BREEDER SHOULD EVER have to explain or justify their prices. Quality dogs are expensive to buy, expensive to maintain, and expensive to breed. Much goes into breeding of dogs and the price a breeder is asking for their puppies is up to their discretion. Whether it's $500 or $2500 every breeder knows what they've invested into their dogs, how much they've paid, and the quality they are producing, registration, and their actual litter expenses. When looking at purchasing a puppy you can't just consider the cost of the puppy but a breeders overall expenses to just obtain that litter.
Exceptional Quality Is Not Expensive, It's Priceless!
"There is only one Happiness in Life, To Love and Be Loved. " A TRUE BREEDER is not in it for financial gain, puts their WHOLE HEART into and risking it being hurt....but at the same time...could not see their life without it all, the good, the bad, and the beautiful... IT IS WORTH EVERY MINUTE OF IT! A Breeder will be challenged... A TRUE BREEDER will overcome... “The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief. But the pain of grief is only a shadow when compared the pain of never risking love.”
Written by T. Breton but modified by Daphne Riggs to fit my program.