Island Miniature Schnauzers
We are located on Vancouver Island, just outside of the town of Sooke – 50 kms. from Victoria, BC. Upon arriving at our farm, you will find yourself amidst a group of brightly coloured, lush coated Miniature Schnauzers, fondly known as the “Doggang”.
The Doggang share their own living quarters which includes group doggie beds and a large activity centre. Couches, chairs, cushions and slides are the furnishings of their large pen.
We enjoy regular off leash outings every second day up in our mountain terrain. The Doggang enjoys an hour of total romping freedom up in our bush. Our Alpha female, Southern Belle, assists us in the orderly off-leash exercise session whereas our “0” tolerance training techniques are enforced through our presence and through the leadership skills of Southern Belle.
Our love for our Doggang and their puppies is always paramount.
All our dogs and their subsequent puppies are trained to show affection by providing kisses and hugs. We breed for temperament first resulting in loving puppies. We have fourth generation breeding females who have learned this loving behaviour which is programmed into their puppies’ DNA.
At Island Miniature Schnauzers we do not line breed nor do we incest breed.
At Island Miniature Schnauzers we are honoured to share the miracle of puppy birth with each of our females. After the birth of each puppy, we ensure that it receives its first sip of warm colostrum milk, and tuck it away into a warm blanket while their Mother prepares for another birthing.
Our new born puppies and their Mothers stay inside our home for the first 3 weeks. This duration of time is used to ensure that the Mothers have completely bonded with their puppies and that each puppy is milking and growing at a strong rate.
At three weeks of age, the Mothers and their puppies are moved to our Nursery where each litter has their own play pen. These play pens encourage the puppies to commence their exploration of life.
At 5 weeks of age the Mother and litter is moved to our Doggang room while still enjoying their own play pen. This exposure allows the Doggang to be formally introduced to their new pack members.
Six weeks of age and onwards the puppies, under strict supervision, are allowed to freely mingle with the Doggang. Once all introductions are complete and there are no personality issues, the puppies are allowed to play and learn social valuable lessons independently with the members of the Doggang. The puppies are placed back into their play pen at night time.
At 8 weeks of age and onwards our puppies are ready to be introduced to their new family. We encourage you to leave your newly purchased puppy with us until they are 10 weeks of age, as they have so many lessons to be learned from their Mothers and from the members of the Doggang.
Upon homeward-bound time, your new little puppy is well on its way of being inside and outside potty trained; familiar with grooming and clipping; understand the elements of “0-tolerance” behavior training, resulting in a well-balanced human and canine socialized Miniature Schnauzer.
At Island Miniature Schnauzers you will be welcomed by Teacup, Toy, Petite and Miniature sizes of puppies. We will guide you through various puppy personalities, energy levels and maturity sizes resulting in the optimum puppy choice for your lifestyle. Should you be not available for a farm visit, we will assist you with your puppy choice via the telephone, Skype and digital photography.
Our mainland coastal customers can receive their new puppy via Harbour Air. We find Harbour Air respectful and careful with the shipment of our puppies. The flight only takes 20 minutes. For our Washington State customers, we now offer puppies who have received their Rabies vaccination enabling the puppy to enter the US.
We welcome your qualified farm visit to experience the joy and magic that our Doggang provide to us on a daily basis. We can be contacted via telephone or email. All our puppies are sold with a Non Breeding Contract. Taxes are extra.