At Island Miniature Schnauzers our Breeding Portfolio reflects our current lineup of our Doggang. This database continuously changes as we positively alter our ever evolving multi-lineaged platform.
Please find below an overview of our breeding practices. We have written this article in an adhoc style, allowing us to provide you with a glimpse of our passion and intimate daily involvement with our Doggang.
Wolfgang is the Alpha leader of our Doggang.
At our farm we currently have five distinct packs – each pack has its own male leader (with the exception of the nursery pack where our young puppies and their Moms reside). We interchange females from one residence to another for our breeding purposes.
Each Doggang pack is separately romped up into our forest – allowing them to enjoy their freedom at their own pace. It is quite a sight to watch each Doggang member race up our steep hill, challenging each other with speed and agility.
These packs and their living quarters are described below. It should be noted here that each residence’s floor is cleaned and disinfected with bleach twice daily. Disinfection is an absolute must to ensure cleanliness and health of all members of our Doggang – especially the puppies.
This is our brand new stand-alone residence, completed in 2016. The dogs in this building enjoy a breath taking view of our valley. They have their own exercise enclosure with their own chairs and couches. Inside this new residence are the pack living quarters consisting of group pillow beds; puppy pens and feeding stations.
Our handsome stud, Young Brujo Daddy, is the leader of this pack.
This group is off-leashed twice a day where they race up a steep hill to join up with each other on our forest trails.
This residence is separate from our house, where the dogs share group beds and are fed their breakfast and supper in a communal fashion with the exception of dogs that are known to eat more than their share. Overfeeding is a gateway to poor health and a preamble to mental problems.
Young Silverton Daddy, who we purchased from Florida (we flew down to pick him up and flew back with him as our carry-on) is the leader of this pack. Silverton is also a young stub. He enjoys daily romps around our farm with his pack. He is of the nature that we allow older pup-pups (5 months and older) to join his pack. He is a great teacher of youth whereas he is fair yet realistic with his overall pack control. We interchange females in his pack to produce a litter of our choice, with the strict rule of no incest breeding. We at Island Miniature Schnauzers do not believe in such unhealthy and lineage-destroying breeding practices.
This pack also enjoys off-leashing up into our forest, but under supervision, as the puppies are of a vulnerable age – the Eagles keep a keen eye on these pups.
The dogs/pups have daily access to a large activity pen (couches, chairs, ramps, wading pool) and are housed at 8:30 pm for the evening.
This residence is housed in our home, located in the lower level, just down the hall from our Grooming Studio. (We provide pick-up and delivery grooming service for our customers).
This Doggang is ruled by our Young Wolfgang Daddy. Chosen females are placed here, as well as, pre-seasonal females. They too share group beds but are fed separately as young dogs tend to eat very fast and therefore require nourishment intake control.
This group is off-leashed twice a day where they assist with the feeding of our horses, as well as, they enjoy their forest trails.
The “regulars” of this living arrangement are Young Cash Daddy, Young Texan Daddy, our Boarders (we offer pick-up and delivery boarding service for our customers), very pregnant females and the “rotators” (dogs who have just received their regular groom and bath)…who enjoy sleeping with us … we routinely sleep with approximately 5-8 dogs on a nightly basis.
The inside dogs have specific areas for feeding and have the run of allocated areas in the upstairs of our home. They are put outside on a regular basis and they too enjoy free-for-all forest romps.
This is where the new litters and their Moms live. The Mothers are allowed to free romp anywhere they choose, but primarily they go for their potty chores and come racing back inside to be with their puppies.
These puppies learn how to migrate up and down stairs and how to play fight with their litter mates and with puppies from other litters. The puppies do not leave their outside playpen as they are too young and too small.
So, now that you understand our Doggang living arrangements, we can explain our breeding methodology.
Our females naturally go into season twice a year, although some only season once. We choose the pairing of each sire and dam. Our decision criteria depends on the following three factors: lineage, size and temperament. The gestation period is 63 days, although the Moms are safe to deliver at the 60 day mark.
The pregnant females are brought into our home when they are 40 days into their pregnancy. Their last 3 days of their pregnancy they sleep in our bedroom where we can smell and hear the commencement of the birthing. Some very pregnant females insist on sleeping with us. One time I had a new born puppy “chirp” in my ear announcing his arrival!
Typically the Mom commences labour in the wee hours of the morning. The first puppy’s water sac breaks anywhere from half an hour to two hours after. Of course there are various birthing scenarios which are usually very difficult. The most extreme case is that we need to rush the Mom into the twenty-four hour clinic in Victoria where a C-section is performed. If a female is required to have a second C-section then we ask the Vet to spay her at the same time. These females are carefully placed in a new home after she has enjoyed her puppies for at least ten weeks.
It should also be noted that no dog is quickly placed and many times the spayed female stays with us for months until her new owners are found. These dogs are advertised under our “Adult Dogs for Sale” tab.
Puppy Management Methodology
Puppies are born blind and deaf. At two weeks of age their eyes and ears start to open and at three weeks of age they have all their senses available to them.
The new Moms and their puppies live in our bedroom for three weeks. Each litter has their own whelping box. In this fashion we can carefully monitor each puppy to ensure that its development is on track.
This is where the first Puppyland videos are filmed. Each video is labelled by the DOB of the puppies and their parents. In this fashion, you can access the videos that are specific to the puppy that you have purchased. These videos are found under the Puppyland Video Tab (coming in 2017) .
We individually handle each puppy on a daily basis – this is the commencement of our “0 Tolerance Alpha Training Technique”. So, if a puppy cries when we are cuddling it, we breathe on its neck which immediately has a calming effect on it (our warm breath simulates the Mom’s warm, calming nudge) and only put the puppy down when it stops crying. By doing so, we have just taught the puppy that it does not get its own way with their human pack leader when it cries).
As mentioned, they have their own whelping box with a soft bed in each box. Their bed’s towel is replaced on a daily basis.
Each Mother is different when it comes down to keeping a clean bed. Some Mothers lick their puppies and their bed covering on a continual basis, whereas others do a very basic clean-up. In these cases, we daily change their bedding and ensure that each puppy has a clean bum!
The Mothers are fed three times daily with warm softened puppy chow along with a bowl of goat’s milk.
After the first four weeks, the litters are moved into the Nursery where each litter and their Mom live in a large puppy pen. This pen is furnished with a high sided dish of water (the high sides are necessary so that a puppy cannot fall into the bowl), their bed, tiny play toys and a potty towel.
These pens are large enough to allow the puppies to learn how to crawl, walk, run and play. They learn how to lick from their water bowl, how to climb in and out of their bed and commence to learn how to interact with each other. It is the cutest thing to watch puppies learning how to play with each other – roughing each other up with a toothless rumble style!
The puppies and their Moms live in these puppy play pens together for six weeks. The Moms of course are allowed to go outside for their potty chores but do not have any interest to romp up into our forest. It is best to mention here that we commence grooming education at 6 weeks of age.
The puppies are introduced to warm and softened puppy chow at four weeks of age. It is humorous to watch these puppies discover how to lick their puppy chow. So many times after the pups have eaten a bit of chow, they immediately get very sleepy. Their tiny systems need to concentrate on processing a different food stock which takes more energy to do so – so they curl up and fall sleep, many times in their food bowl!
At six weeks of age, the puppies receive their first set of vaccinations: Parvovirus; Distemper; Adenovirus and Parainfluenza. At seven weeks of age they are placed outside for their feeding and subsequent potty chores. We place cushions and old beds around the stairs, as the puppies don’t know how to climb up or climb down stairs – this is a technique that must be learned and by doing so they often fall, jump and tumble down the stairs. The cushions and pillows ensure a soft landing!
We watch the puppies outside when they go for their potty chores and praise each and every one for such “a good job”. Once they understand that they get praise for doing their potty outside, they will squat and at the same time, look up at us for their habitual praise. (This is why when you get your puppy home, he/she will look at you when they are doing potty chores outside – eagerly awaiting for your praise).
At eight weeks of age, the puppies and their Moms are moved to the Doggang Residence. Initially these puppies are introduced to the other Doggang members under strict supervision, whereas we monitor the adults’ behavior towards the newly-introduced puppies. We immediately correct any aggressive movements that happen between an adult and a puppy. Where necessary we perform our Alpha Pin Down technique on the guilty Doggang member. Be assured that the other Doggang members watch our disciplinary action and are quickly reminded of the behavior that is expected towards the puppies.
At 8 weeks of age we bring down a litter to our puppy pen in our downstairs office . Here the litter stays in the playpen will we work in the office. They are put outside for potty chores every three hours.
We open up the playpen and say “Go potty” while we go to the outside door. As we open the door, we ring the bell with our foot at the same time we again say “go potty”. We watch the puppies for 10 minutes, praising each puppy as it fulfills its potty chores. Once all the puppies have gone potty, we invite them inside where they are placed back into their playpen. It is important to note here, that our praise is only applied to a puppy that has gone potty. In this fashion, the puppies that don’t go potty quickly learn that they don’t get praised. (Puppies/dogs watch our every move and listen to our every command – they quickly learn how to behave to get a positive reinforcement of us.)
At this training stage they are encouraged to be quiet on command and to respect our handling techniques which include no unnecessary barking, no mouthing and no harsh playing with each other.
With the completion of finishing school the puppies are placed back with their assigned pack until they are old enough (10 weeks) to go to our Vet for their blood testing (pre and post bile acids testing) and subsequent 2nd set of vaccinations.
Home Life Training
We offer an off-site one week training program where a puppy is further trained in the following disciplines: Setting Up Your Schnauzer For Success; Umbilical leash training; playpen and carrier proper protocol; front door greeting; back/front yard quiet behaviour; potty training; leashing (martingale and harness); off-leashing; out on the trail – the correct behaviour – no barking, no rushing, no aggressive behaviour; socialization with other pups/dogs; correct behaviour with children; urbanization training and traveling in the car.
This training is scheduled with one of our Trainers when the puppy is 11 weeks of age. The cost of Home Life training is $150.00 and is charged at the point of the sale of your puppy. Here is an overview of this training:
Our Professional Groomer/Trainer, Genevieve, participates in our puppy/dog training program whereas she takes a chosen puppy/dog to her home where it lives with her, her husband and their 4 children of the ages of 5, 5, 7 and 11. Genevieve takes her Miniature Schnauzer named Lilly and the puppy/dog out for two walks a day in a busy dog park environment, as well as, trains it to be respectful with children and to be quiet in her home. Potty chores are completed compliantly outside in her yard.
Our Professional Groomer/Trainer, Lesley Saddington, participates in our puppy/dog training program whereas she takes a chosen puppy/dog to her home where it lives with her. Lesley has a grooming shop in her home so her Trainee meets and greets other doggies and people. Lesley takes the puppy/dog out for two walks a day in a busy dog park environment, as well as, along forest trails. She teaches the puppy/dog to be respectful with children and to be quiet in her home. Potty chores are completed compliantly outside in her yard.
Robin Krause is another of our Home Life Trainers. Robin is a man of a varied professional background which allows for flexible work hours and locations, which in turn exposes the puppy/dog to different environments and situations. In addition to walking on a local beach and forest trails at least two times per day with Robin and his Miniature Schnauzer named Milo, the puppy/dog comes into Victoria to spend time with Robin’s city office for a couple of days. Here the puppy/dog is socialized with members of the staff (all dog lovers) and the public, and is exposed to traffic sounds, urban smells and general city demands. Potty chores are completed compliantly outside in his yard or green spaces close to work.
- Breed Category: Terrier
- Geographical Birthplace:Germany
- Date of Origin:18th Century
- Origin Function: Vermin Control
- Today’s Usage: Loyal Friend and Family Pet
The Schnauzer breed originated in Germany in the early 15th century. The German word Scnauze means muzzle, describing the breed’s distinguishing bushy beard. Three distinct sizes evolved from breeding programs – Giant, Standard and Miniature.
The Miniature Schnauzer is the newest of the three size categories, evolving as its own breed during the late 18th century. Several small breeds were utilized to downsize the well-established Standard Schnauzer breed to create the Miniature Schnauzer.
The crossing of smaller breeds, such as the Affenpinscher, Miniature Pinscher and Poodle created the Miniature Schnauzer. The utilization of these smaller breeds, presented a varied pallet of coat colours such as chocolate, white, and parti (patches of any size of colour on white).
Miniature Schnauzers are known for their playfulness, child-like personality, intelligence, humor, friendliness and totally family devotion. They are extremely loyal and protective to their owner/families and are excellent with children and other household pets such as dogs and cats.
Due to the original purpose of the Miniature Schnauzer, which was barnyard patrol, this breed enjoys staying close to home where its loved ones reside. They are equally happy to be jogging alongside its owner or curled up beside its owner in a chair, just as long as they are with you and your family.
Miniature Schnauzers’ coat is non shedding and hypoallergenic and is easily maintained by routine brushing and regular grooming. We have two experienced Groomers, Genevieve and Lesley, who come to the farm every week to groom our puppies and adults.
Island Miniature Schnauzers’ puppies are classified into three size categories: Teacup (3.5 -6 lbs.), Toy 7-10 lbs.) and Miniature (14–23 lbs.). We welcome your call, 778-425-2527 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Choosing Your Puppy
We will assist you in choosing your new puppy. Your lifestyle, level of activity, size of family and residence location are all factors that will be discussed. Local customers are welcome to choose their puppy early and arrange for bonding sessions with their new baby.
Our Miniature Schnauzers are easily trained, thriving on clear and routine commands.
Remember that all our dogs/pups are trained with our own training technique, “0 Tolerance Alpha Training Technique” which is utilized and clearing demonstrated in our training videos. This technique has been developed the Owner, Beverley Boyce. In May Ms. Boyce will be travelling down to CA to receive certification through Cesar Millan.
To ensure that you keep your new companion well trained, well socialized, well-mannered and happy we recommend that you use our training methods. We will be offering a four-hour training day at our farm, commencing July 1st, 2018. We will be also creating new training videos to support our Cesar Millan certification methodology.
Keeping in Touch
We communicate with our customers twice a year with a newsletter and an invitation to our next Schnauzer Walk. We love to be sent pictures of your dog/pup-pup.