American Kennel Club Information
Important Note for AKC Registration of Rare Colors!!!
When registering your puppy with AKC it is necessary to include two photos along with your puppy's AKC registration paper work. The photos must be a full front view as well as a side view of the puppy. All variations of the Liver color (Liver,Liver Tan, Liver Pepper), all Parti colors as well as White and Wheaton must include photos with the AKC paper work.
You should address the envelope to AKC and mark it with: "ATTN: Karla Deithorn- Special Services" in order for your paper work to be processed more quickly.
DNA Certified Dogs - You may ask why I go to the expense to DNA certify my dogs. DNA certification is still relatively
new to the AKC. In the past, honesty was used for most parentage and for pedigree information. Now with DNA tests
and the requirement when a sire is used frequently that a breeder must DNA the male, things are getting more accurate.
However, the AKC DOES NOT REQUIRE that females be DNA tested. If Pedigree is important to you insist on both parents having
DNA certification. In addition, just because both parents are DNA profiled it does not mean YOUR puppy is DNA profiled. We proudly can state
Mrs B's have never been involved in an AKC initiated Parentage evaluation. We feel strongly and proud about this because we have been on the
receiving end in 2 situations where pups we purchased, the DNA'd parents were WRONG!!! We're proud to be a leader and maybe an indirect
contributor to encourage female DNA certification! If the female is not DNA'd get a parentage guarantee.
Eye Exams - Dogs are just like people, except they can't read the line 1, line 2, line 3 at the eye doctor. Most folks
do not get their dogs in to see an eye specialist. At Mrs B's we try to have all our dogs seen by one of San
Antonio's best dog eye specialist. This way we know that we have parents whose eyes meet our standard, CERF level
Pricing - I agree there are some that would swear their dogs are the best and have outrageous pricing. Some just may if you want to spend thousands. Some people balk at my pricing when I have a pup. When you properly take care of your dogs, I can testify you are not going to get rich and most often not even break even if you have a few puppies. Especially for those who do it for love and the enjoyment of breed and sometime provide limited pups, to be loved and treasured. If you pay thousands for show dog champion pricing, your dog should have a PRA, NCL, OFA, Dental Exam, Opthamologist Exam, and
DNA certification of self and both parents.
Coats - There are several types of schnauzer coats out there. Wire haired or what I call German coats or show coats, American soft coats, and
supercoats, and what I call polar bear coats. I like them all and have had them all before. I love the high maintenance supercoats. The problem
with them though, be prepared to brush out grass, etc. when they go out to potty. We have tried to get the coarse haired supercoats that do not
easily matt. However the cottony soft coat will matt without brushing no matter what anyone will tell you. You will see people with puppies whose
coats are not cut. All puppies coats look thicker before being shaved. Most schnauzer owners will keep the coat trimmed of all textures.
These coats as with any thick coated dog, do need brushed regulary. Buy a dog that makes sense for your family. How much time do you have to
spend on the coat is something to consider. Nothing looks worse than a schnauzer with a frazzled and un-manicured coat. If you buy a thick coated dog to shave it down, then why not get another of the coats that is easy to manage. The nice soft coats are wonderful for a quick run of the brush every once and a while and done. The wirey coat to me is the least maintenance. Want to help your dogs coat and skin, add some human grade kelp powder to their food! Also put 1 part conditioner 3 part water in a spray bottle, generous mist nightly. They will smell great and it is wonderful for coat and skin.
Ears - Nobody can guarantee ears. I've had some puppies in the same litter, one pup's ears stayed floppy, the others stood straight up. I can do
a best guess based off of past puppies, but you need to consider what you prefer. I believe ear cropping is a personal choice. People do everything in this
country and call it freedom of choice, so that's what I say about cropping. Some ears can start to stand on schnauzers 5 to 6 months old, in some cases one up and one down. There is nothing more classy than a schnauzer with show cropped ears. Simply elegant!!!! On the other hand a floppy eared schnauzer looks like a puppy their whole life.
Size - The size of the litter does impact the weight of the newborn puppy. I see many litters of 4-6 puppies "on target" to be teacups all the time.
Obviously all breeders know that if a dog has one puppy, it will be a whopper at birth, but it could still be a teacup. Visa Versa, you could have a
large litter of 5 & 6 and on a chart they could seem to be teacups, however they will fill out much faster. I hear all the time from people who have
purchased that 14lb teacup... Ask to see the parents and if they look too big to be true ask that the scale be pulled out in front of
you! To be fair this is unpredictable and unguaranteeable, but find a breeder who has consistently had smaller pups or larger, which ever is your
preference. I can tell you from my own experience though, the VERY SAME litter could have puppies, one turn out 4.5lb and another pup 9lb.
Don't dissapoint yourself, if you must have a teacup, I suggest you look for a grown pup or a pup that is 16 wks old. I have teacups, but at least
2 of them I know was the same size as the litter mate at week 9 and one slowed growing and the other continued. Visa Versa, it is hard to
guarantee the dog will get 9-13lbs too from 8lb parents! I use several methods, but in the end they are all guestimates. You should not however
be purchasing a teacup that ends up 14lbs if it is teacup range at 8 wks. It could have been underfed to keep it small, but not here sorry we love fat
AKC, What do you think it means? Read what it means at www.akc.org. The AKC does its best to check kennels and ensure accurate
parentage, but does it guarantee quality of your purchase? Can it guarantee a breeder is ethical? I can tell you from personal experience one of my
prized pets, which our married daughter had after 3 surgical procedures, was a teacup dog from a breeder whose line had 50 awards and
champions. I've never seen so many. When we got the dog it had so many problems our vet told us he hoped we had not paid for it. He turned
out to be a wonderful pet, but one of our costliest dogs. The cost to heal, as best we could, was high! The breeder would not return a call or
answer written communication from me. The cost to sue and win, especially out of state is high. Buyer beware!
Buying over the Internet: I know buying over the internet is very stressful and these dogs are expensive. Here are some things to help you
when looking for that perfect pet:
Do your homework and don't let a pretty website fool you. Don't be afraid to ask!
-See if they DNA certify or will DNA guarantee their dogs (females too and ask if they have been in an AKC initiated inquiry!)
-Do they microchip them for the pups safety?
-Is this how they support themselves or supplement their income?
-Do they have exactly the dog you want everytime you call???
-Do they have a litter almost every month?
-Do they have so many dogs, the name Mother Hubbard is most appropriate?
-Do they have wonderful "out buildings" with the comforts for dogs - that means comfort away from the breeder
-Does your web browser crash because there is page, after page of dogs?
-Do they not allow you to see where the dogs are bred for the "dogs" health. Hmmmmm....
-Do they not stick their nose in YOUR business. That's right, did you think that they are the only ones that need some checking? These are little
lives and they trust us to ensure they are going to a good home.
SORRY WE HAVE TO MEET ANYONE WHO GETS ONE OF OUR FEW PUPS
If your looking for that small concerned schnauzer lover that is trying to enhance the liver lines and has an occasional litter, that's the balance we provide.
Everyone has their right to their opinion, Thank God for America, although special interest groups think they shouldn't, so I'm not criticizing the person when I
say this. We don't support Mr & Mrs think I'll make a buck breeders. We also don't support the marketing guru make big bucks of lots of dogs breeders
either! You don't if you care for your pups like you should! We also feel that there is a point of return when raising dogs, where shear numbers
make it impossible to give that personal attention. I also realize for every show dog winner, that breeder had how many puppies that didn't
win??? Do your homework! Puppies are as demanding as kids. How many could you raise at once ;) If you want socialized, freindly, healthy
and just plain happy dogs, find a family raised pup! We have limited quantity, but strive for quality. They are kissed daily, held, and given the
upmost attention. That will go with them for the rest of their lives! And, I can tell you with just a few, with puppies, like babies, they eat and
poop. Just one litter at a time is WORK, WORK, WORK to keep the poop cleaned, when mom turns that task over to you! Make sure your not
supporting the practice of making a little dog's life miserable and unloved, for someone to say their 20+ puppies are socialized by their
grandchildren. Think of the little mommie and dads out there as well. Do they too get to have a quality life. Sorry, that should be important!
Breeders - O.K. this is going to cause me hate mail!!!! I've seen some breeders who claim to be improving the breed, only to see them selling
"lots" of dogs for dirt cheap for the buyer to "start" a breeding business on a agricultural site!!! Very depressing those poor dogs lived in a
kennel only to more than likely be sold to an even less caring puppy mill! Enhancing the breed should not come at a cost to a little dogs happy
life!!!! I know there is a lot of validity why breeders have a bad reputation. I've had my experiences too, so I know your concern is valid. I also wish that pet owners who allow their dogs to get pregnant and produce the thriving "adoption" industry would get under control. Most purebred dogs that end up in a shelter are already spayed/neutered or there family had life changes, like death of owners, aged owners, lost, etc. I recall looking for a purebred pet once and I was told the list was long. So we are selective as well. You may ask, well isn't it prestigious to get your name out there on the pedigrees? Not really to us. Our goal is to share the love of the breed in the lost colors. We want to treat you the way we wanted to be treated when we had breeder issues! We really want our puppies to be treated like their mom & dad was, in a nice warm home full of love! We most certainly are not going to be trashing other breeders or all the people promoting the mixed breed "adoption" industry. Do you really think those millions made are spent on dogs???? I can proudly say I've never surfed the net or puppy sites to lecture or criticize someone else's dogs, breeding style, or other efforts. I hear too much, not standard colors, not standard sizes,.... often to see these same traits being criticized pop up on a website later. I've often wondered, can a mean spiritied person have sweet dogs??? I wouldn't risk it! I'm sweet but don't have alot of tolerance for this type of unethical breeder behavior. There is so much wrong doing in the world today, find something else to do! One of our wonderful young men or women died for freedom probably while you were reading this. What type of person has time to criticize someone else because they don't like something about their dogs. It won't be me doing it! Again, "mean spirit, nice dogs???" I'll pass on them!
Male vs. Female - "Oh no I would never own a male, they spray and females don't" This is not fact. Females dogs may also mark. Marking
increases when you pet is not spayed or neutered. If you neuter your male very young, he will have a lower potential to mark. Females may mark
where there is another dog that has urinated. Also dogs may mark to compete with each other on dominance. Tiny dogs have a higher tendency to
mark than larger dogs according to some. Now as far as agressiveness and attitude, look at the wolf pack. Who is the dominant one? Also look
at marriages, who usually runs the roost ;) Same goes in the dog world. To me it is better to have 2 neutered males, or a male and female, than
trying to introduce another female into a female dominated home. It can work, but may take work. Females are also very loving but want their
independence too. A little male, wrap him around your heart and he wants your every whim and second. Folks are shocked when they take home
that little guy. You'd be shocked how many times they want another male!!!
Testing - I don't think anyone can disagree we have been one of the first to start testing the toy size for PRA A. We also started DNA testing most
of our females as well due to parentage concerns that we encountered. I have seen an increase of testing, which is a good thing. However, it
should be noted I'm definitely seeing an increase in pricing. This can be misleading. I do believe you should pay more for a puppy who has had
parents or itself been tested. On the other hand I am seeing dogs priced hundreds more and being listed as "free to you." Not so sure this is quite
being up front, it is more included in the price. Anyone who has had puppies long enough and tells you 100% of their puppies have been problem
free are just not honest. However, you do pay for what you get, either up front or big time at the vets. Puppies are living beings and could have
some type of problem during it's life. That does not make it a bad breeder. 100% of our being comes from genetics, but that does not make it a
congenial defect if you get bad eyes, cancer, etc. Dogs are like humans, they're alive. Looking for the bionic dog, they don't exist.
T-cups - Some breeders note that they don't breed teacups because they are their vets worst nightmare. Well most likely their dogs are their vets
worst nightmare. Our vets have told us "It's nice to see such nice puppies" and "you have some of the nicest schnauzer puppies around." Over
the past years like the pomeranian, the poodle, the yorkie, and other breeds, the schanuzer has selectively and purposely been bred down for those
of us who love toy and teacup size dogs. Our last teacup dog was raised with my kids and even around to see our eldest get married. She is now
gone, but we think of her often, our beloved Miss Victoria. A good breeder that has solid teacups and toys generally has excellent dogs. We don't
recommend teacups to those with small children. For their safety and so you don't have a broken heart. Children dropping puppies is a leading
cause of puppy deaths! You need to also remember, just because a sire or dam is a teacup, that does not guarantee their puppies won't be large! I
heard of one teacup that has 12lb pups! Same for larger dogs, they may consistently throw teacups, but they could throw you a 16lber too going
back into the gene pool. If size as an exact science is your need, I highly recommend buying a 6 month old pup. Anyone who tells you they can
accurately predict using the various methods, including what we use, just is wrong. If not, ask them to put it in writing and guarantee it. It is also
no secret smaller dogs have more problems with bites, hypoglycemia, and luxating patella. If you decide you want a tiny version of the breed, you
should be aware that you could have to deal with those issues during the puppies life. We also don't support, and breeders generally won't tell you
this, those that breed tiny dogs often have dogs with a life of c-sections. That is really wrong. It does happen from time to time, but I've heard of
breeders who c-section a majority of their dogs to keep the pup sizes down. You won't see that on the brag page! There are a few decent
breeders that breed micro-teacups and guarantee them, but don't expect to get that type of guarantee for a discount price! That is a premium
and those breeders spend thousands to produce a few puppies because they love it!
Colors - There are alot of talk on Schnauzer colors out there. Such as whites came from Wheaton Terriers or Parti's came for other breeds, etc.
ANYTHING can be put on the internet FACT or FICTION. It is a fact that in 1907 when the color standard was set that only 3 colors were
allowed. Other colors like white, ticking, brindle, etc. were disqualified. Breeders used to destroy non-conformance puppies. Do you really think
even today that a show breeder would tell anyone they had a puppy that was a non-conformance color in their line??? NO!!!! Without the modern
DNA testing there just is no accurate data that can 100% prove these colors were eradicated. As many US breeders worried less about AKC
conformance and more about smaller size and any color, these rare genes surfaced, and if you trace many today back they can go back to the
same few dogs that surfaced with the old colors. If you only believe what you read on a breeder website, or at the other end of the dog spectrum
your in trouble. That's the problem with the internet. Anyone can say anything unchecked.
Shot Knots - Occasionally a puppy will develop a shot knot from a vaccine or microchip. This is not a defect and not uncommon. The body is
made to react to insertion of foreign objects. If you've ever had a child maybe you remember that knot on the arm after a vaccine. You would
eever allow a physician to biopsy your child (or I hope not!) after a vacinne. I do not support doing this to a small pup either. I have never had a
a pup whose knot didn't go down after a few months. There is the exception, I had a little gal who got one from the vet's rabies shot. It never
totally went away. She never got another on subsequent rabies though. Don't ever put a puppy through a painful biopsy, unless the knot last for
over 3 months only to be told it is benign. You've wasted money and also tramautized your new puppy. If you prefer not to risk a shot knot,
we will not sell un-microchipped or un-vaccinated pups, please work with someone that will allow you to bypass these crucial steps, we won't.
Remember challenge your vet just like you would your doctor. Good dialogue makes the best doctor/patient relationship. Did you know that
America has some of the most over vaccinated dogs in the world? What was the difference in the 1 or 3 year rabies shot? Nothing, except you
gave your pet the same shot 3 times over the course of 3 years. Also it should be noted that in some rare cases the hair may fall out due to mild
allergic reactions where the shot was given. This may or may not grow back.
Diet and Treats - We Americans love our treats. We have treated ourselves to literal death. I recall taking our male schnauzer to training and
using the cookie method. The diarreah we had for a week!!! His little stomach could not handle all the change. Schnauzers can have
sensitive stomachs so it is important that you don't over treat. One or two small treats a day are enough. We break our tiny treats into small
bites to last through the day. Also break your NuVet supplement into tiny bites as a treat. That tiny little gourmet steak doggy dinner you
decide to give your dog as a treat could bring on a bout of pancreatitis. Remember that dinner only looked good to you over their "boring"
kibble ;) Consistency is the best diet for your little dog! A matter of fact, some of the very rich dogs foods out there can also cause puppies to
keep loose stools. We believe in the balanced approach, a good food, with some holistic treats, creates a financial and practical balance for
families. Now if your lucky enough that money and time is not an object for you, I applaud you personally bying the highest quality meat and
preparing 100% holistic kibble. One caveat, you should also do that for you and your human family too! ;)
Merle and Blue Eyes - The Merle gene is a submissive gene that in it's own is not harmful. However there are breeders out there in breeds that want to test the waters by breeding two merles and producing puppies with two of these genes and they knowingly do this to get rarer mutations of color knowing the risk of having some puppies in the litter or whole litter with birth defects. Now there is a battle out there of people who are totally against the Merle. This is also true of hard core breeders that think there should only be 3 colors of schnauzers, the German established colors. I have seen websites talking about schnauzers with pictures of deformed puppies that are not schnauzers but puppies from other sites showing the risks of breeding two Merles. So hard core schnauzer of all color breeders are against Merles, just like those who think there should only be 3 colors. It's your pet, you decide. Now comes the Blue Eyed Schnauzers. There are all kinds of accusations on the internet and again, these schnauzers are registered by the AKC. Unless you have DNA of every parent in the lineage, there is absolutely no way to tell if there was another breed entered in that lineage. Before DNA it was the honesty system and if you look at man kind's history let's say that is a major flaw even today. So again, it's your pet, you decide what you want. I personally love them all!
Fads - Yep even in the schnauzer world there are the "hottest" thing and yes that means you will pay more money as the demand gets higher. Again,
that is up to you, it's your pet.
Now when it comes to dogs there are a lot of things to cover. Please feel free to ask me any questions. If I don't know I'll be glad to
research with you! I personally don't like to put comments on behavior traits, because every dog, even in the same breed is different, but just ask
we can help you find an answer or at least try! If you've been around shelters you've seen just about every flavor of first, just not registered at
some point. So I'll let the "first" to have this and that duke it out amongst themselves. I'm not going to tell you breeders are making stuff up
for $$, because it is America and I don't own how people want to describe their dogs and it is none of my business. I can't or won't even validate
what people's motives are for selling dogs, helping dogs, or making money saying they help dogs, especially large quantities of them, thats none of my business. I'm not going to tell you what color your dog should be either and if you want to call light liver Champagne go for it!!! This is your new family member and it's your choice. I will tell you how to care, love, and cherish one of our beloved pups! That is my responsibility to them.