Stache (Black and Silver). I flew this puppy (with me) to meet his family in Vegas.
Winston (Black/Silver) lives in Kentucky.
Kipper (Salt and Pepper)
I wanted to send you a few photos of Kipper now that he's basically all grown up. Of course, we wish the puppy time could have lasted longer now that we're looking back at it (during that time though, we couldn't wait for the puppy craziness to stop) because he was such an adorable puppy. But, he's turned into such a handsome teenager! He makes us laugh everyday with his laid back attitude. He just floats through life and doesn't let anything faze him. It seems like that's how Winchester and Ginger are too so it seems like it comes to him naturally. He loves everyone and wags his entire backside whenever he sees anyone. He is the best addition to our family!
Oliver is not only a past puppy but he was with me for two years and did sire two litters before he retired. He retired with Nancy in CA and is now doing Therapy Dog Training. Oliver lives in California.
I am adding TWO video links below. OLIVER is one of my past puppies that also sired two litters before he went to join his new mom Nancy in CA. He joined her in March of 2015 at the age of two. Oliver does awesome with other dogs and all people—he loves to please. So Nancy is having him trained to be able to go into Children Hospital's. Elite Canine Services is featured in the video with the Trainer/Owner Trina. Trina does this training in three weeks! These videos are of Oliver after ONLY one week of training. He has two more to go. I could not be more proud of Oliver and thrilled that Nancy has such a loving heart she took these steps to have Oliver “fine-tuned” so he can be a joy to Children in hospitals. Oliver is the small dog in both videos. In one video he is on the leash walking and the other he is in the stay position. Click on the video links and the videos play without being signed into facebook and you do not need a facebook account to watch the videos either. The videos open in a new tab.
Hi Daphne, I thought I would shoot you an update on Brody. I cannot tell you how happy I am with him. I am so glad that I found you!! We started puppy kindergarten last Sunday. The trainer spent so me time with each of us to kind of evaluate where each puppy is at. I was told that if I wanted I could move straight to the obedience 1. She was so impressed with how smart he is! And how much he already knows... even with the new distractions. I opted to stay in the puppy class. I didn't want to overwhelm him with to much. He does great on paying attention to me when I say his name, come, sit, laydown, off, sit up, kennel, we are working on shake, wait, leave it, and stand. He is doing good walking on a leash also. My big problem is going down stairs. Hope you are doing great:) Once again I cannot thank you enough! I would love to get another from you when we are ready:) Have a wonderful day! Kelly from Virgina
We are so sorry for the delay in updating you on our wonderful puppy. Merlin was born to Riley. He is wonderful and we absolutely love him! After losing our first dog a couple of years ago, a female Pembroke Welsh Corgi, we did a lot of research before settling on the miniature schnauzer, but we know we definitely made the right choice! Your website and your willingness to communicate sealed the deal. We felt comfortable during the whole process and are so pleased with the result.
We have included some pictures. The picture of Merlin and our daughter and the family picture were both taken the weekend after we brought him home. The picture with the bow was taking right after a grooming appointment before Christmas. The next one is a picture of him lying in his personalized custom made dog bed that we got him for Christmas. He is definitely living the good life!
Merlin has slept overnight in his crate from day one with minimal whining. I had visions of standing in the backyard at 2am in my pajamas, but we have never had to do that. He has never had an accident in his crate and the accidents in the house have been minimal. We have been training him to a bell on the door to alert us if he has to go out. I don’t think he quite has it yet, but we are definitely making nice progress.
Merlin is a lap dog who likes to cuddle, but he has a crazy, playful side as well. Our biggest problem has been that he thinks our 13 year old daughter is his personal chew toy. When he gets really excited all he wants to do is bite and nip at her. Every shirt she owns has a hole in it from a sharp puppy tooth. We have already been through a puppy class so we are working on techniques to curb his nipping and biting. I think most of it is just a puppy thing that he will eventually grow out of. We have also determined that it is just as much about training the kid as the puppy. We are currently working on both!
Thank you so much for providing us with such a wonderful family member. He is everything we anticipated and more. We love the fact that he doesn’t shed so you can pick him up and cuddle him at any time without having to run for a lint roller! We take him out on car trips as much as possible too and he seems to really like it. He has also spent some time at doggy day care to make sure he is well-socialized with other dogs, which he really seems to enjoy. He gets excited every time we take him back.
We have attached the receipt from the veterinarian showing that he has been neutered. His surgery went relatively well. He chewed at the incision site some, necessitating a second trip to the vet, but he is all healed up now and doing great!
We took him to the vet to be groomed today and he weighed in at 11.4 pounds. Just perfect! Not to big, not to small. Just what we were looking for.
PAST PUPPY UPDATE: OLIVER THE LIVER/PEPPER (not to be confused with my Oliver the Liver/Tan) Hi. Just thought I'd send an update. We love our Oliver!!! He is such a sweetheart. He loves playing in the snow. This is good because we moved back to our house in Upper Michigan just before Christmas, and we've had over 170 inches of snow up here so far this year.
Now that he's a bit bigger we let him hang with our big dogs now and then (a black lab and a yellow lab). The yellow lab is 105 pounds, which is why we waited until he was a bit bigger, and it's hilarious watching the 2 of them play. The lab basically stands there and pretends he's going to move and Oliver runs circles around him. Then the big lab takes off into the deep snow across the backyard and you see Oliver hopping over it trying to keep up.
He gets into trouble now and then for chewing on one of my rugs or taking off with someone's sock like it's a prize, but he's a good dog and usually keeps the playing to his own toys. He still loves to sleep on his back. And since we got him, if I rest he rests. This is good because I had another back surgery in November, and he was just awesome. When he's not playing, he's usually snuggled next to me or on the floor by my feet. Occasionally he'll lay in his dog bed. He still gets kenneled at night, but that's so he's not hogging our bed.
Our house up here is much, much larger than the rental was in Grand Rapids. He'll pick up a toy here and run from end to end five or six times as fast as he can. I think that means he loves the extra space. Lately he runs to the back room and (it seems purposely) jumps on the carpet and slides. My carpet is always in a heap back there. LOL We trained him to press a paw (that activates a doggy doorbell) to let us know when he has to go out, and it's handy here because we wouldn't know that he was waiting to go out on the other end of the house. I had it for my last schnauzer and it worked well.
Dan is taking Oliver to the vet next week to get neutered. Our vet in Grand Rapids wanted to make sure all of his baby teeth were out before he had it done and recommended we do it after the holidays. I'll miss having him around the house that day.
Cricket Black/Silver lives in Oklahoma
I have tried to think of something the rest of you have not said in your testimonials. But first I want to echo everything you have said: Daphne is the real deal, her house is just like on her website, her adult schnauzers are well mannered and quiet, the puppies are home raised, healthy, well adjusted, just everything you previous puppy people have said. I, too, had lost a beloved schnauzer to a serious health condition. I, too, like so many of you, was heartbroken more than I ever knew I could be.
I am very involved with Therapy Dog International, my past schnauzer was a therapy dog, and I wanted to find a schnauzer puppy with the outstanding temperament to continue therapy work. My husband and I flew to Indiana so I could do the Volhard Puppy Temperament Test on this past litter of Piper and Zach. These puppies were ALL so well adjusted; they all did well on the test--but Daphne was so intuitive about their temperaments, that I realized I could have saved myself the trouble; she could have picked out one for me!
Today Cricket went to meet my vet, who, like your vets have been with your puppies, just raved about her. He himself is a schnauzer person so he really knows schnauzers. He praised her conformation, her health, her beautiful shiny thick black coat, her friendly temperament, and he praised Daphne as well. He said there are so many breeders out there who are not reputable but that Cricket's breeder is very reputable and has an excellent program.
When my family and I celebrate Thanksgiving later this week, one of the many things we will be thankful for is the wonderful little puppy that has come to live with us. Cricket starts to kinderpup class in January and if all goes as we expect it to, in about a year she will become a certified therapy dog and bring joy to many many people for years to come.
I really wanted to call you today and talk with you, but I think I might get a little emotional with appreciation so I'm choosing to email you this time. I can't tell you how much we love our new puppy Sadie, She is a dream of a dog to the point that we can't get over how perfect she is in every way. Her sweet temperament and laid back behavior is exceptional, yet she has just the right amount of "spunk"! Today, my friend Lindsey came to see her...she is the friend who found you through another breeder in Michigan. Lindsey really searched for you and I am so grateful you were found! The way you breed puppies is beyond exceptional. It is so obvious that you love each and every puppy and their parents...and the clean, loving environment you provide is amazing! We have been so impressed with you and truly feel blessed to have one of your puppies. You can rest assured that we will treasure our puppy...our bond is already strong and we love her so much! Thank you for allowing us the opportunity and privilege to bring one of your puppies into our family...we are on cloud nine!
When we got home on Sunday, Sadie was tired after her 3 hour ride...she never went to sleep in my arms. That evening she went into her crate and whimpered for about five minutes and then slept until 7 a.m! I was shocked that she did so well. She has complained a little bit more on the two nights since...but for only about 10 or 15 minutes and then she settles down. We have only had a couple of minor potty accidents, but we have been faithful about getting her outside every couple of hours (or less) She loves to be held and cuddled and when we go outside she bounces all around chasing leaves! She is perfect!
Tomorrow she has her first "well" visit and I 'm looking forward to meeting our new Vet who was recommended by two other families we know...plus she has a groomer that works through her practice. I will keep you posted on Sadie's progress...we are so thankful that Zack and Eve are her parents...Wow! I think my friend Lindsey will be contacting you about a future puppy...she too was so impressed with you and how you take care of your dogs. The thing that sold me the most about you was how much your dogs love you...a true measure of a kind breeder...
Thank you again for everything...you are wonderful! Fondly, Pam and Mike
This is our sweet, adorable, affectionate Briggs (6 months old on September 6). This is my 6 th miniature schnauzer. Briggs immediately adjusted to our home and was very easy to train.....a sign of how much time and effort Daphne Riggs spent with the puppies throughout the eight weeks after they were born. Daphne was amazing to work with and did so many wonderful things for us like sending pictures and videos of Briggs and his litter mates regularly. We visited Briggs at five weeks and fell even more in love with him. Daphne's operation is truly amazing! I would highly recommend Rigg's Miniature Schnauzers if you are looking for a mini schnauzer puppy! Not only did we get a wonderful puppy that we love and spoil, I made a wonderful new friend in Daphne! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Alice and Art
Pepper lives in Dallas Texas
As a recently married couple we wanted to add a new member to our family. After months of searching for a good breeder, we finally found Daphne. Her website is full of information and has everything you need to know, but what really helped us make the decision to separate a puppy from Daphne was her breeding program. The program is pet/family oriented and her puppies are raised inside her home. We feel that this makes a huge difference in the socialization and training of a puppy. On December 2012 we put a deposit for a puppy and on March 2013, Piper and Zach gaves us our little fur ball! After the puppy was born, Daphne communicated very often with us and sent videos and photos every week. When we went out to visit her to pick a puppy, I was amazed how everything was so perfect. Daphne’s dogs are all very well behaved and her home is immaculate. Since the first time we saw Pepper we felt in love with her and we can't imagine our lives without her. She is so smart and well behaved, loves to go for walks and is very friendly with others dog and people. Also, she is easy to train and easy to housebreak. Our Vet loves her and is amazed of how black and beautiful her coat is. Everyone who sees Pepper falls in love with her instantly. Pepper is a healthy and well socialized puppy with a great personality. If you choose to be on Daphne's waiting list you will be very happy. If we ever decide to have another mini schnauzer, I can assure you that we will get it through Daphne. Karla & Luis Toledo
We want to thank you for Mabel. She is one precious little puppy and is transitioning very well to her new home. She sleeps through the night since day 3 in her crate. Yay! She rarely barks (so far) which is awesome! She is making great process in potty training as well. She has the softest fur and the vet said she looked great. Anyone that sees her is in love with her cute little furry face.
We feel blessed to have found you as our breeder. It has been wonderful working with you. You truly know how to make it a family experience with meeting the parents of the puppies, videos, pictures, and your detailed website. We truly trusted you would do your best in giving Mabel the best start and that you did. We look forward to sharing pictures of Mabel with you as she grows.
Thanks so much The Osborne Family
Last July, my wife and I lost our fourth Schnauzer to complications from diabetes after a two year courageous battle with the disease. Any of you who have lost a pet know how devastating it can be as they truly become a part of the family. After two weeks of grieving, we got on the Internet and began a search for a Miniature Schnauzer breeder. We had very specific requirements for our next puppy. It had to be a pedigree, black and silver male, from a reputable breeder. We wanted to meet one, or both of the parents, as well as the breeder. A common word used in today's conversations is transparency and after sorting through over twenty breeders, we decided to pursue purchasing a puppy from Riggs, as we liked her web site and breeding practices. After speaking with Daphne on the phone we decided to make a personal call on Daphne and her family in Montpelier, Indiana. After spending some time at Daphne’s home, and seeing her home and Miniature Schnauzers, we decided to contract for a puppy that was yet to be born. Even though this was to be our fifth Schnauzer, we were far from being experts at choosing a breeder, since we bought pets and not show dogs. Finally, on September 11, Piper gave birth to a litter of seven puppies and our little guy came out last. Six weeks later, we made the trip to Montpelier and picked up our new family member. Everything that Daphne had told us she would do, or would happen, did. We now have our little Ernie and he is a happy, healthy, loving, active and handsome Miniature Schnauzer. Thanks to Riggs Miniature Schnauzers, everything we had hoped for came to pass and the experience could not have been more positive. There may be some breeders out there as good as Riggs, but I doubt if there are any that are better. I can also say Rigg’s pricing is competitive and I’m sure it represents the true cost of raising a puppy. Signed, Tim, Carol & Ernie Pyle
Sophie has been in our home for a little over a year, and she completely owns the place. From the beginning she was a delight. Easy to train, easy to housebreak, and easy to love. Both our Vet and our Groomer/boarder love her and have told us on more than one occasion that she is a wonderful example of a Miniature Schnauzer. They tell us she is beautiful every visit. Our friends all comment on how beautiful she is, as do people we pass on walks in the neighborhood. On more than one occasion, Sophie herself has mentioned that she is quite beautiful! It must be true.
Sophie has a great temperament, quiet around the house, but an alert watch dog, quick to let us know of a potential threat(or an evil chipmunk). We fenced in our back yard, and she loves the freedom that it affords her to run at top speed, chase her tennis ball, or hunt endlessly. Sophie loves to go for walks, but still has work to do on that front. If we are ever stuck in the snow, I have no doubt Sophie could pull us out.
As I said, Sophie is easy to train, and will do almost anything for a Fruit Loop. It is obvious that Sophie is quite smart, and has made herself very comfortable expanding her privilege's in the home. We will spend some time each week looking for her newest spot that she has claimed as hers. Did I mention we are quite easy to train?
Sophie has fifty dog toys, and based on the number that get picked up ten times a day, she has no clear cut favorite. Well, with the exception of an empty plastic water/pop bottle! Must be the noise. She is highly skilled at removing the plastic tips from shoe laces, as well as finding and destroying dryer sheets from a load of freshly dried laundry. We are all-in with this dog called Sophie.
We are very pleased with Daphne, and her breeder services. It is a very easy business to connect with, and all the puppies seem to be very important Riggs' family members. Daphne makes it easy to stay connected. Our Sophie is healthy, happy, has a great personality, was well socialized, and well on her way to being trained when we got her. Our groomer has been very impressed, as Sophie has been very comfortable being groomed from the beginning. If we ever got a second, Riggs Schnauzers would be the place to start looking.
Thanks, Daphne for this beautiful little girl
Dennis (and Gayle) Corbin
In 2012 I found Riggs Miniature Schnauzers while looking up mini schnauzers on line. I found her web site to be so helpful, and full of advise and valuable schnauzer information. I went to Daphne's home which was spotless, and was met by all of her amazing schnauzers. I was interested in a Piper puppy, and was able to meet Lady BB, only a few weeks old. I listened as Daphne explained to me about Lady BB's condition and the dedication in her voice and passion that she had for not only this little puppy but for all of her animals. I knew then that Daphne was the breeder for me. I placed a deposit on my Spring 2013 Piper puppy, as a graduation present for myself. As the year pasted I laughed as I would see puppies playing, and hear stories of the "naughty puppies" from Daphne's updates. I cried as she had to say good bye to Scout, and was so touched again by her love for her animals. May 23, 2013 I was happy to hear that my lil fur baby was born. At 5 weeks I went to visit, my new puppy Jaxon, again I was met by the door by the whole gang. Jaxon came home at 8 weeks, and my life will never be the same. Jaxon was met by myself, my husband, 3 children ( ages 6,5, and 2) our American bulldog, and a 16 acre farm filled with animals. Jaxon now is 5 months old, he is so very smart, and knows about 10 voice commands and about 3 hand signal commands. Everyday he wants to do and learn more. Jaxon is 100% potty trained, and has had no accidents in about 1 month. He is still a little shy around strangers, and has a "schnauzer-tude". Jaxon comes with my family when we visit my grandfather on hospice, and Jaxon just seems to knows to sit on my grandfathers lap and let him put him. My grandfather can not speak, so Jaxon watches for the hand commands. The spark between these two is palpable. Jaxon just has a way with everyone he meets. Soon Jaxon will begin to be trained to be a certified therapy dog, where he will be able to share his gift with others. Daphne I can not thank you enough for the joy you have brought to me and my family's life. Jaxon is a true blessing, and I could not have dreamed of a better companion for my family. Blessings, The Yarger'sCurt, Melanie, Hannah, Nicholas, NatalieJaxon & Rex
2012 got off to a bad start when our 10 year old miniature Schnauzer suddenly became very ill and we had to put her to sleep Jan. 4 2012 as she could no longer stand, eat, or even drink and was suffering greatly. She was a wonderful and smart dog, but she had a heart defect and trouble with bladder stones and thus was on a special diet and daily pills.
Stricken with grief the days without her seemed empty. My husband said I could look for a puppy. I wanted to make sure the next dog we found didn’t have medical issues or have to take pills all the time.
I searched high and low, calling different breeders and visited some too. I wanted to be sure we would have a happy and healthy puppy.
I came across Daphne’s website and was impressed how all the info I needed was in one place. I called her and skyped her and asked lots of questions. My vet looked at her website and was very impressed and amazed. I then decided to go on a waiting list for a puppy. There weren’t enough pups in that litter so she put me on the next list. This time the wait paid off.
She emailed me every week with new pictures and stories about the pups but advised us not to pick until 6 weeks when their personalities would be more distinctive. She was so right! With her help, we found the perfect pup for our family. When we went out to visit her and pick a puppy I was amazed how everything was so perfect.
Daphne’s dogs are all very well behaved. Her home is so beautiful and immaculate, no animal smells at all. I have talked emailed with Daphne and I think she is truly a remarkable Christian, who raises these dogs with love and compassion. It is easy to see that she always puts 100% into everything she does. She provides all the information for your puppy in a well organized packet, including details of their shots and vet visit.
If you choose to be put on her waiting list for her pups you will be happy you did. I know our prayers were answered. ~Sale Family~
Ava Weiss (Chocolate aka Liver)
Daphne, This is a copy of what I sent. We appreciate your efforts and are glad to help out as a reference. Lana is busy making an outfit for Ava to wear to the annual St.Louis Mardi Gras pet parade next week Sunday. We have Ava scheduled to be spayed on the last Thursday of this month. From: Robert Weiss Date: February 4, 2012 1:58:41 PM CST To: J. Sale Subject:Reference for a puppy
My name is Robert Weiss. Daphne asked us to contact you regarding her breeding mini schnauzers. My wife Lana is very picky about making sure she buys with only reputable breeders. She will not deal with puppy mills.
To make sure Daphne was truthful on her website, Lana and I drove from our home near St. Louis, MO to Daphne's house about an hour's drive north of Indianapolis, IN. The house is as pictured. She and her family welcomed us into their home and offered us ice tea to drink as we visited in Sep 11. Their home is very clean, the whole family was very nice and the pets were all clean, happy and welcomed our older mini schnauzer. We picked Ava out of the batch not yet spoken for and have loved her ever since. We were anxious to get her after our visit. (Ava is a Chocolate aka Liver)
We were very impressed and Daphne delivered everything she promised. We took our little girl Ava to our vet to begin her vaccinations and the vet said our puppy was very healthy and well adjusted and even stated that the breeder must be a very good one as he was impressed with the puppy.
I am not easily impressed, but can tell you that Daphne kept us informed every week after birth by e-mailing us pictures and a movie of the litter, she got her micro chipped and a set of shots, she groomed her and even delivered her within an hour's drive of our house as they we making a trip to Arkansas.
If we ever need another pup, I can assure you that we will get it through Daphne. Please feel free to call us at *********
Robert & Lana Weiss
*If you would like to email or call them -- let me know. (Daphne Riggs)
This is a reference from a wonderful family from BC Canada (Otto Family)
Piper & Zach Pup (White on feet went away)
Feb. 7, 2012 To Whom it May Concern,
Schnauzers have been a part of our family for 16 years and my husband's family has had mini schnauzers for most of his life. We love this breed for their energy, their willingness to please, and their gentleness with children. Physically, they are the perfect size to travel with and can still keep up to us on a 5km run. I have asthma and so it is imperative that we have dogs that do not shed.
We have an 8 year old schnauzer and decided to add another mini to our family. We searched and researched for over 6 months before we found Daphne. The most important thing to us was to know that we were dealing with a breeder who was breeding for the best qualities possible for mini schnauzers. As a family that has considerable experience and knowledge of the breed, we were very picky with the breeders we interviewed. Daphne met all of our requirements! Her breeding program is pet/family based and her puppies are raised inside her home. This makes a huge difference in the socialization and training of a new puppy!
Our puppy adapted easily to our home. She did not exhibit any signs of fear or insecurity whatsoever. I don't know how Daphne did it, but our puppy was basically potty trained and that made our job extremely easy....even in the middle of the Canadian winter! Our family lives on the West Coast of Canada. Daphne was willing to have skype visits with us so that we could see our puppy and the adult dogs. Even though we were in love with the little puppy, we wanted to have no doubt in our minds about where she was coming from. Years ago we had a schnauzer who developed serious physical and dental problems; and we knew we should have paid closer attention to the warning signs with that breeder's program. Daphne provides an excellent health guarantee and we wanted to see her schnauzers for ourselves. I flew from my home in Canada to the Riggs' home in Indiana. I was fully prepared to come back to Canada without a puppy if I wasn't completely secure in Daphne's program. We were not going to go through the emotional and financial struggles that we had encountered years ago with our schnauzer! Daphne had all of the extra paperwork ready for me, talked with me about maintaining the health of her schnauzers, and was obviously very diligent in sustaining her breeding standards. At the same time, I was very impressed with the warmth she showed towards all of her dogs.
She obviously breeds because she loves mini schnauzers. I was also impressed with how obedient all of her adult schnauzers were. We didn't want a puppy that was used to obeying because they were being yelled at, and Daphne did not raise her voice even once to her dogs. Indiana is a long way from Vancouver, but we would definitely choose Daphne again. After all of our searching, she is the only breeder that we recommend without any reservations whatsoever. We are so thankful for a well bred, well raised mini schnauzer that will be a deeply loved member of our family for many years to come.