Breeder Referrals & Rescue Links
Whether you are looking for a your next beloved companion, performance or show dog, we may be able to help you in your search.
Because CSMSC members only have one or two litters in a year, we take great care in the dogs we breed. Every breeding
is carefully researched. We are breeding to find our next show dog and to improve the overal health and well-being of the breed as a whole.
Each of us is committed to breeding healthy, happy and well-socialized ambassadors of the breed.
For more information about upcoming litters, please use our breeder referral contact:
Colorado & Wyoming: Nora Plomondon
Hallmarks of a responsible breeder
Takes good care of each dog in their home (breeding stock, puppies and older dogs alike), providing a foundation of affection and
training so that each dog is happy and healthy.
Provides nutritious quality dog food and clean, fresh water, and houses the dog in an appropriately heated/cooled structure for their climate
with ready access to the outdoors so the dogs can get plenty of exercise.
Regularly grooms their dogs and ensures their Miniature Schnauzers have received proper vet care, including timely vaccinations, and parasite prevention/treatment, grooming, exercise, socialization
Belongs to a national and/or local breed club and abides by the breed club's Code of Ethics.
Only breeds dogs with excellent temperaments and strives to better their breed.
Tests their dogs for any congenital diseases, conditions, and strives to eliminate genetic problems by breeding only sound dogs (shown to be free of any serious physical conditions and/or temperament problems).
Is knowledgeable about dogs in general and their breed in particular.
Screens potential owners thoroughly, and does not sell to those who are unsuitable. (A responsible breeder wants to know as much about you, your household, your schedule and your ability to properly care for a puppy (throughout its entire lifetime), as you want to know about the breeder's puppies. If you feel like you are being screened as if you were adopting a child, that's normal.)
Educates potential owners, and discloses any pertinent information about their breed. Offers new puppy owners guidance and support (for the dog's entire lifetime).
Requires you sign a spay/neuter contract, with limited registration, on any dog sold as a companion unless that dog will be shown in conformation. In the
latter case, the breeder will likely require you co-own the dog until it has finished its AKC championship.
Shows their own dogs in conformation, obedience, agility, and/or field trials.
Supports or participates in breed rescue work whenever possible.
Never breeds for money.
Will take back a puppy or dog that doesn't work out at any time in the dog's life.
Provides a health guarantee against genetic defects for a period of at least two years.
Registers their litters with the American Kennel Club (AKC) as opposed to other registration services that cannot guarantee that the dog you are buying is in fact a pure-bred Miniature Schnauzer.
Lets you spend time with the mother of the litter and, at a minimum, can show you pictures of the stud dog used as the sire.
NEVER sells puppies to puppy brokers, pet shops or puppy outlets of any kind. Important Note: Many pet stores and puppy outlets tell prospective puppy buyers that their puppies come from responsible breeders, even though the large majority of these places actually get their puppies from puppy mills and commercial breeding facilities. The bottom line is: NO responsible breeder will ever sell their puppies to a pet store or puppy outlet, and NO pet store or puppy outlet will ever admit to getting their puppies from a puppy mill.
Typical Questions a Responsible Breeder Will Ask
Why do you think a Miniature Schnauzer is the right type of dog for you?
How much time will you have to spend with a puppy?
How do you plan to housebreak the dog once it is in your home?
Where will your dog spend its time when you are away from home?
Do you have a fenced yard? If not, how do you plan to exercise the dog, protect it from other animals, keep it from escaping, etc.?
Do you have a regular vet they could contact for a referral? If so, how often do you take your dogs in for routine checkups and dental cleanings?
Do you have other animals, and if so what are their breeds, sizes and ages?
If you have young children at home or who visit, will you have time to teach them how to gently play with and handle a growing puppy?
What kinds of activities do you like doing with your dog(s)?
Helpful Links from the American Kennel Club (AKC)
Are you ready for a dog?
Responsible dog ownership
Canine good citizenship training
Miniature Schnauzer Rescue
The Centennial State Miniature Schnauzer Club supports the efforts of reputable rescue organizations in the Colorado area in their placement
of mixed and pure-breed Miniature Schnauzers.
If you have a place in your home and heart for a dog that is older, and may need some extra care, we recommend contacting one of the following
area organizations. Not all will have Miniature Schnauzers available at all times.
Vintage Dog Rescue - CSMSC's supported rescue
Colorado Correctional Facilities Canine Adoption Program
Evergreen Animal Protective League
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