Choosing Your MySchnauzerBabies Puppy

There are many important things to consider when choosing a puppy.

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You have or are going to select the very best breed ever. When making a decision in choosing a puppy, never make an impulse decision. Before you get your puppy you will need to know everything about the specific breed and how to keep it happy and healthy for its entire life! Investigate the breed-specific qualities and problems, and then research the best way to raise and train your pup. Sadly, the majority of puppies fail to live long enough to enjoy their second birthday. Remember, you are selecting a puppy to live with you for a good long time. Choosing a puppy to share your life is a very personal choice. You will save yourself a lot of unnecessary problems and heartbreak if your choice is an informed and educated one.

I am really surprised at how many people call me looking for a Miniature Schnauzer puppy, based on coat color, conformation, and cuteness. There are many more important things then just coat color, conformation, and cuteness. Regardless of your personal preference for attractiveness, attentiveness, and activity, there are many more important things than just coat color, conformation, and cuteness. You should also general health and life expectancy. Color shouldn’t be that important, as long as you stay within the breed standard colors of Salt & Pepper, Black, or Black & Silver. Many people just want a pet and don’t understand why breeding correctly to the AKC standards and to the American Miniature Schnauzers Club is important. MyShnauzerBabies Miniature Schnauzers takes great pride in our breeding program and we take it very seriously. It takes a lot of time, hard work, and money to breed dogs correctly.

A lot of times, an interested buyer says that they just want “just a pet”, so he or she doesn’t want to pay a lot of money for a puppy. Most puppy buyers know that most reputable breeders do health checks, breeds for good temperament, and backs up his/her puppies with a contract and a health guarantee. Reputable breeders and show breeders can’t afford to have anything other than a healthy, reputable breeding program. Most of my puppies are sold through word-of-mouth from satisfied customers, groomers, veterinarians and other dog people. As much as dog lovers want a cute, cuddly puppy, when it comes time to actually buy a dog, price is a very sensitive issue. Puppy prices can start around $500 for a dog from a backyard breeder or a pet store to upwards of $3,000 for a show-quality pup from a top breeder.

When it comes to the initial purchase price of a dog, this is nothing compared to the other expenses of dog ownership. Quality breeders do many important things. They have the parents checked for heart problems, eye problems, and other health issues and if the dogs don’t get these clearances, they’re not bred. They also breed for temperament. Honestly, if your looking for a $500 puppy mill dog, you are asking for many problems. What happens if that puppy mill dog ends up with eye or a heart condition or another health condition. Most $500 puppy mill dogs don’t come with health warranties of any kind. By the time your done with the vet bills, you could easily be paying what you could have from a reputable breeder.

While quality reputable breeders offer health warranties and most will offer a refund if your puppy has a serious health problem, the far better alternative is not having to use that guarantee. Good reputable breeders aren’t cheap or easy to find, but will save you money in the long run. In the end… the choice is yours!


Here are some tips on how to find a responsible breeder before choosing a puppy. These tips are a guideline to help you make sure your dog comes from a responsible breeder and not a puppy mill:

  • A responsible breeder allows you to visit and shows you all areas where puppies and breeding dogs spend their time. These areas should be very clean, spacious, and well-maintained.
  • A responsible breeder will offer information for the care and training of your puppy and is available for your questions, even after the puppy goes home.
  • A responsible breeder never sells to pet stores… only to people he/she has met in person.
  • A responsible breeder will encourage multiple visits and wants your entire family to meet the puppy.
  • A responsible breeder will provide you with a written contract and health guarantee. They will also allow plenty of time for you to read it thoroughly.
  • A responsible breeder doesn’t require that you use a specific veterinarian. They should be confident in the dogs and puppies.
  • A responsible breeder has dogs who appear lively, clean, and healthy, and don’t shy away from visitors and shows confidence.
  • A responsible breeder only breeds one or a few types of dogs and is very educated about the breed standards and their special requirements.
  • A responsible breeder doesn’t always have puppies available, but may keep a waiting list of interested people for the next available.
  • A responsible breeder has a strong relationship with one or more veterinarians and shows you the health certificate for your individual puppy.


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Waiting List

Complete our Puppy Questionnaire to add yourself to our waiting list. Our litters will go fast!

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Dunnellon, FL

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