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Jeff and Chris Draper
Just wanted to say "HI!". There are 9 Miniature Schnauzers in our family history! Sadly we have lost 3 now (Emma 3yrs old to a family separation, Misty the matriarch who had a long and good life of 16 years, and Nikki our loving baby just 6 years old to cancer.God needed her home with him). Still together are Sarah 11, Tasha 5, Kali 4, Paige 3, Sugar 3, and Makenzie 2. Three generations of humans are owned by these pups!!!
We truly love all our "nauzers".

May God bless you in your efforts to make the world a better Schnauzer place!!
February 24, 2008 12:35:26 PM - Cambridge, Illinois


Amanda Taylor & Isabel
:P What a great website for Schnauzer lovers! We are owned by Isabel, an 18 month old Mini and a 4 1/2 year old Westie boy Alfred.
This site is a mine of information and I will definately be back to swot up on my grooming techniques.
Im so glad you support the ban on ear, dew claw and tail docking. Isabel had her dew claws done and it appears an unsuccessful attempt at tail docking which has left her with a crooked tail.never mind, shes still adorable!
I was looking for colour comparisons as we were told Isabel was a Pepper and Salt but she looks more Black and Silver to us. Any tips on how to tell please Diane and Barry?
February 23, 2008 8:12:03 PM - Wales, UK


Portia Thompson
Thank-you for a very informative page. Your love of the breed is comendable. I was looking for info on the life expectency of the mini-schnauzer and boy did I hit the mother load on info for schnauzers. Thank-you.
February 23, 2008 3:23:14 AM - Texas, USA


sara pankuch and brooklyn
i have Mini Schnauzer and his is my love
February 22, 2008 3:17:18 PM - ohio


Diane Moceri
What a lovely site. Your dogs are amazing.Congratulations on your decisions to not dock tails nor "do" the ears.I was led to your site by a dear cyber friend and am so happy to see puppies being raised in such a warm and healthy environment. :cool:
February 21, 2008 5:56:22 PM - Honolulu Hawaii


Anne Lanham
I have had my Schnauzer,Alister for 6 years and he is the best pet I have ever had. May have interest in the future to purchase another.
February 19, 2008 3:40:38 PM - Nappanee, Indiana


Trudy Stocks
What a fantastic site. Really beautiful dogs! I have a mini and a Giant Schnauzer and they are just the best breed ever. :thumb
February 19, 2008 2:31:32 PM - lincolnshire Great Britain


Lynne Mahan
Hi!

I am on my third mini schnauzer! His name is jasper and he is black and silver. He is three years old. Of course there are four others owned by other members of my family.none of who live locally. But we all recently attended my middle daughter's wedding.where you may guess.our dogs put on ties and were in the wedding photos! Thanks for leaving the tails on.I love the tails!
February 18, 2008 1:04:06 AM - Eugene, Oregon 97405


Carlos
Just saying hello. I recently purchased a Mini and love her! I visit this site for tips and such. Thanks for making it!
February 17, 2008 10:56:48 AM - Bakersfield, CA


Linda Calloway
My Murphy Bear Dog Calloway is my best friend. He is funny and caring. Everyday is an adventure. I love him so much and I am sure he loves me.

Linda
February 09, 2008 1:25:14 PM - Troy, Montana


Carol Berry
I agree totally with your ethics in regard to ear and tail docking. After seeing the pictures of your dogs with intact tails, I wish mine hadn't been docked.
February 08, 2008 7:12:06 PM - Nanaimo, BC


Victoria Grant
I was looking for information on grooming and was so glad I found your site. My mini schnauzer Muffin is the best companion in the world. Your informatiin is wonderful and now I will be confident enough to groom her lovingly.
February 02, 2008 11:21:34 PM - Ft. Lauderdale Florida


Sarah Atkinson
Thank you for the valuable information. I have a new black (with white on her chest) mini who is now 11 weeks old. I found your site while searching for grooming suggestions/guidelines. but was pleased to find so much else that was helpful. We are enjoying our playful, affectionate little one. We also have a Weimeraner and a Lab/Chow in our home, but, she, Inca, is our first small dog, and we love her already. Thanks again.
January 24, 2008 6:58:54 PM - near Raleigh, North Carolina


Bill Malarkey
Great tips for grooming and I was particularly interested in the "water only" baths! Wow, maybe that might explain some of Gertrude's (my bitch) skin problems. Also liked the pictures of nail clipping
January 10, 2008 12:52:48 PM - Westtown, Pennsylvania


melissa fleck
love schnauzers (I own one) & just wanted to see your gang!
January 05, 2008 10:41:15 PM - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin


Jenni Leiker
Beautiful Schnauzies! I have three and my daughter has three. They are the smartest little ladies in the world and so very loveable. I would like to correspond with someone about an eye problem one of my pups has - would love to hear from our neighbors in Canada.
January 05, 2008 9:22:04 PM - Conroe, TX


June Metta
Hi.I was searching for grooming tips and found your wonderful website, great info and beatiful pics. Want to adopt puppy in the spring. Could you please email me back w/info.
Thanks, June
December 30, 2007 10:13:52 PM - Sandwich Ma (Cape Cod)


Jack and nicky
I just got my beautiful white schnauzer he 9 weaks old and i have to say he is simply an awesome dog. Ace my puppie just adores my 4 month old. They are great dogs
December 26, 2007 1:05:37 AM - Wyoming


Nickayla
I just got a miniature schnauzer all white puppie and he is the best dog ive had.
December 26, 2007 12:42:03 AM - Wyoming


Jenny
I was so sad to see two dogs that died. You must have been really sad. :sad: But, when I saw the pups of that one dog with Kasper and Rosie Lea I was like aww. So cute!!! Well, hope you all have a Merry Christmas!!! :)
December 22, 2007 9:34:11 PM - Kentucky


carol newman
thay are the most adorable dogs I have a male one
December 16, 2007 5:57:45 PM - bristol


Ken (the human) and Kaiser (th
Wonderful site! You have some very beautiful Schnauzers.
November 30, 2007 3:05:13 AM - Calgary, AB


Gisele Gervais
Thank you so much for your decision to not dock the puppies tails. I live in Ottawa, Ontario and because I can not find a breeder here that will not do it, I might just be planning a road trip your way! Thanks again.I will be in touch.
November 28, 2007 11:31:17 AM - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


william john trimble
:) We are the proud owners of our first miniature schnauzer puppy-Suki "Ruffles" Trimble. She has been a delightful companion who needs to be groomed. We don't have the money to have her done profesionally- so we are trying to do it ourselves. Your website is a God send. Thank you so much!!! :) :) :)
November 25, 2007 12:50:06 PM - woodbury new jersey


Trudy Tuhkanen
We are interested in bringing into our family, two mini shnauzers, so I am doing as much research on them as possible. We have had the discussion regarding the ears and tails, and I have always been uncomfortable with that aspect, so I am impressed by your decision to not dock or clip.

We live in Manitoba and are trying to find a breeder closer to home, where we can visit and see the environment and puppies. Do you know of any?
November 22, 2007 10:54:39 AM - Winnipeg, Manitoba


Carol Finley
I just acquired a miniature Schnauzer and was looking for some good info. I'm so glad I found your website.
November 09, 2007 9:22:38 PM - Texarkana, Texas


Richard
Hi

I found your site searching for Minis with their ears and tails un-clipped. You guys seem wonderful.

My wife and I are starting to think of a little brother or sister for my best friend, Wolfgang, a mini schau'.

I think you are exactly right in leaving the ears and tails as nature intended. It's such an important message to send to other breeders. Thanks a million!

The pic's of your puppies brought a tear to my eye thinking of my old guy when he was young.

Thanks, Richard
November 06, 2007 2:35:49 PM - Sonoma County, Californina


Stephanie
Thank you so much for the wonderful information on your site about housebreaking and training methods. I am the proud new owner of a mini schnauzer named Fritz and both he and I are new at this. Your information was very helpful with new suggestions and made me feel much more at ease. Thank you!
October 27, 2007 5:40:39 PM - Red Deer, Alberta


Pam
I find your instructions on grooming the mini schnauzer very educational and informative. Thanks! Its so exciting to see a schnauzer with beautiful furnishings (and TAILs :) )with a little bit of work and a little quality time spent they are so simple and fun to keep up! I work at a doggie day care and so many of our fur babies are shaved down(eyebrows and all :sad: ) For two years now i have been owned by a beautiful, vibrant personalitied mini girl that i keep in a show cut though not stripped i think she looks the part wink I currently hold an active cosmetology liscense but my head is turning in the direction of my favortite past time and second career of working with fuzzier clients-dogs! Thank you for the information I'm always looking for tips-and I must add that your schnauzer babies are darling!
October 27, 2007 1:06:05 AM - VA originally but i now reside with my fuzzy babie


Linda Jones
I've been "stying" my miniature schnauzer for a while and really needed some good tips to make him look as good as he can (he's quite gorgeous) ha ha. Your page, tips and advice are perfect and exactly what I was looking for. Mr. Bean will be quite stunning after I perfect your tips! Thank you.
October 06, 2007 11:41:48 AM - Oxford, Mississippi, USA


Lois Reborne
What a great website! Someone dumped a pup on my road a month ago and I have so fallen in love with her. I was searching puppy pictures and it's clear she has lots of mini schnauzer. We've had a wonderful time this evening looking at all your pictures and reading all the info. I'm resolvednow to work more with Cadi on grooming. And I'm so glad no one had docked her tail or fixed her ears!
September 30, 2007 12:45:18 AM - West Plains MO USA


Marjorie
Thank you so much. We are trying to decide on weather or not to purchase a mini. Your website and pictures have helped us a great deal.
September 16, 2007 9:18:35 PM - Fredericton,NB


Ginny Roberts
Thank you so much for your website. I work full-time and am working on an MBA full-time; thus I don't have time at home right now to have a puppy and give him the attention he deserves. But, my graduation present to myself next year is a mini-Schnauzer. Thank you so much for your website - it makes my heart smile.
August 16, 2007 5:16:45 PM - Florence, Mississippi


Jan Lock
hello - I have just bought home my first mini schnauzer and looked up your site for grooming tips - thankyou its of great help

Webmaster Comments:
Hello Jan,

Thanks for the compliments about the grooming, we did work hard on all our info :-) As for your puppy inquiry looking for a male puppy to bred to the female you just got, my advice first and foremost is to let your bitch grow up and see if she is fit to breed or not, she must have proper breed type and a solid genetically healthy pedigree, decent conformation (structure and movement) and a superb temperament, and if you are a novice with no knowledge or experience with this breed as it appears, then you need to get out in the world and prove her worth by doing stuff with her, show, obedience, agility or something. Then IF she is worthy, then once she is mature you can see what flaws she has that need to be improved upon (no dog is perfect) , get all her health clearances done, and search for a male that conformationally and pedigree wise suits your bitch. That will give you the two years she is growing up to learn about and study the breed and breed standard, what makes a dog fit to breed or not, buy and borrow as many books as possible to learn all you can about structure, movement, breed type, breeding and whelping and genetics. Anyone who is unwilling to do all of the above before you even consider breeding, has no right to take any life into their hands and make decisions regardings the future of that life and future lives of living breathing creatures.

Diane
Ykelenstam's Mini Schnauzers

August 12, 2007 8:07:04 PM - New Zealand


karen
just viewing different colors available
August 12, 2007 7:01:15 PM - saskatchewan


Rebecca
I live in the US (New Jersey) and diligently followed the growth of a litter of your puppies last year because it matched pretty closely the age of the puppy I was waiting to receive. I found your site to be helpful in terms of knowledge - and joyful to watch "my" puppy grow. I chose a black and silver male to "follow" as that was what my "Milo" is. The breeder that I worked with in southern New Jersey had very high standards of ethics in terms of her breeding, she just did not have a web site! Congratulations to you on the stand that you have taken with respect to ears and tails. I applaud your position and sincerely hope that more breeders follow your lead. Good luck to you and your family of beautiful schnauzers - and Tequila, too,of course!
August 06, 2007 9:30:24 PM - Princeton, New Jersey


Kelly
i love miniature schnauzer so much when i saw the photo i hope my Dalen also will be so handsome.
August 03, 2007 4:27:01 AM - Malaysia


Leslie Bryant
Your Dog(s) and the pups are beautiful! We rise minis as well and I always wonder about leaving the tail on this maybe a consideration in our future. I would be interested in a B/S female in the very near future. All of our Dogs and their pups are whelped in our house and to our dogs sleep eat in our home and our very well house train.
July 29, 2007 6:48:00 PM - Petersburg Virginia


Orval & Christy Wheeler
Your message was just what I was looking for. We too have decided not to dock the tail or clip the ears of our precious Princess Bernadette Zoie. After reading your article and seeing the beaugtiful pup was all we needed to know that we had decided correctly. Thank you!
July 27, 2007 7:59:48 PM - Charlotte NC


Ann Langdale
I am a first time visitor to your site and I want to let you know your puppies are beautiful. I am also very glad that you are not docking ears and tails. I have two mini schnauzer myself with uncropped ears also I have a giant schnauzer who we rescued a few years back. When we are walking with our "kids" we are constantly told we have a wonderful family.
July 27, 2007 3:14:15 PM - Ontario


Sandra Hetherington
Beautiful dogs/puppies. We have a male salt and pepper named "Out of Ashes" (Ash or Ashes for short) in memory of our two deceased schnauzers Toby & Lacey. Ashes is 10 months old and a going concern being both lovable and friendly to everyone he meets. We are a schnauzer family. My sister has one and also our son and nephew. My brother is a breeder in Bracebridge Ontario and has produced beautiful friendly and well proportioned dogs. Love checking out websites to gain additional information on breeding practices, grooming tips and problems that are encountered over the years. Nice to see that tail cropping is hopefully on its way out. Keep up the good work! Wonderful website!

Sincerely, Jim & Sandra Hetherington
July 24, 2007 12:26:40 PM - Waterloo Ontario


K. Andreya Austin
I absolutely love schnauzer dogs! My family had a schnauzerpoo for 17 yrs before she passed and I've missed her ever since! I'm looking to get a dog within the next year or so and was doing some research on what type of dog I want and right now, I'm torn between a schnauzer, a terrier, a cocker spaniel or a labrodor as a large dog. I came to this site see if a schnauzer is compatible w/ my lifestyle as I am out of the home most of the day.
July 21, 2007 12:23:12 AM - Atlanta, GA


O'Bera Ortiz
:( I have a new 7 wk old mimi schnauzeer male, Elvis Ty. I wanted to learn about his special care and socialization. :blink: :( :question:
July 14, 2007 9:04:02 PM - Austin, TX


Vera Lynn Melong
I've been thinking about getting a doggie and have been looking up and reading about different breeds. The shanauzer is one of the ones I think I'd like although there are so many out there I'd probably like. It's hard to choose. I definitely like that their tail and ears are not cropped. How awful for those babies to have to go through that. Cruelty to animals is a definite NO, NO in my life. congratulations on your wisdom in not doing this. God bless you!
July 12, 2007 2:25:41 PM - Monastery, Nova Scotia


Linda Wisson
You have beautiful dogs. I would love to see a white schnauzer as I currently have a 13 year old black one.
July 12, 2007 10:09:11 AM - Brampton, Ontario


Donna
I want to say that I have enjoyed reading your info on this site. I also am :) a breed mini schnauzers and they also are part of our family and live by our side. They are like our children and we love and care for them and there puppies the same way. We love to share info with other breeders and share loving stories of our experiences. Best wishes to you and all your puppy family. :)
July 11, 2007 12:21:36 PM - Nova Scotia


Shauna G.
This site has been very helpful!
July 08, 2007 7:06:18 PM - West Texas


gagliardi
Hi there
You have a fantastic website I find quite comforting to look at and I celebrate your 2007 goal of not cropping tails.
We put our sweet Sparky (Mister Sparky of Opalmis, black and silver) to sleep June 22 after a 2 month illness; he was born in 1993.
I wonder how long most schnauzers live.
We miss him dreadfully.
Thanks for your picture filled site.
All the best
July 07, 2007 7:10:48 PM - Ancaster Ontario


MARIELA
:cool: I LOVE DOGS. WHO EVER MADE UP THIS SITE IS A GENIUS.IT INSPIRES PEOPLE TO HAVE A DOG. IT SHOWS YOU MANY KINDS OF BREEDS.I SAW THAT THERE WERE COMMENTS ABOUT MINIATURE SCHAUZERS AND I HAVE ONE. HER NAME IS KOOKIE.THANKYOU FOR THIS WONDERFUL WEBSITE,BARRY AND DIANE YOU GUYS RULE. JUST SO YOU KNOW I`M TEN(10).BYE!! ;) :thumb :question: :rolleyes: :) :P
July 04, 2007 11:07:34 AM - FLORIDA


Barb Horsman
I have a pure black mini and I absolutely love him. His name is Casey and he is 2 1/2. I always wondered what their tails looked like. I think that they look great. It suits them. Casey's tail was done but not his ears. If I were to get another I would look for one that has the tail left natural. Good for you for taking that stand.
June 29, 2007 12:23:41 PM - Lake Cowichan, British Columbia

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