This website exists for educational purposes only, not for the purpose of selling puppies/dogs. However, if you are interested in purchasing a quality dog, start your search here with AMSC Breeder Referral. Shop with your brain, not your heart!
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Britmor Schnauzers are located in Minnesota, among the oaks and pines and wetlands north of Minneapolis. Wildlife abounds, to the great enjoyment of all the dogs, who spend much of their time chasing and digging, trying to catch some of their furry and feathered neighbors.... and they often succeed! This is the home of Witch, the oldest Miniature Schnauzer to earn her Master Agility Championship title, and her son, Peter, the second Miniature Schnauzer in the country to achieve his Master Earthdog title!
We specialize in breeding quality black and silver Miniature Schnauzers, with emphasis on sound dogs with obedience, agility, and hunting aptitudes, and temperaments that are easy to live with.
Our dogs, incidentally, also prove their worth in the conformation ring on occasion. Our oldest competitor was still competing successfully in agility at the tender age of twelve!
So what's new here? Witch was the first to put her stamp of approval on the new grandson! Guess he's a keeper.... Welcome to the world, Brandon!
Witch and Peter went to the 2004 NADAC Championships! Peter finished in 3rd place overall, while Witch finished in 1st place in the double-digit (over 10 years) dogs! Ya, the huge trophy is hers....
A word about breeding and breeders.....
Thinking of buying a Miniature Schnauzer puppy?
Picking that special puppy for performance work.
Evaluating puppy size. Is it a keeper or not? by Dale Miller, Barclay Square Schnauzers.
What about breeding my dog? Things to consider, by Nadine Seals Tare.
Rehoming an older dog.
What's the deal with written contracts?
What sort of supplies should I buy for my new dog?
To crop or not to crop, that is the question.... and some answers.
Getting your Schnauzer in tip-top shape.
Want to learn how to clipper your own Schnauzer?
Here's how to handstrip your Schnauzer.
By popular demand: Here is how I roll the coats of my Schnauzers.
Going to ground with your Schnauzer.
Critical periods in your dog's life.
A New Look at Socialization, By Jean D. Petersen, Canine Consultants
Why does my dog lick me?
My dog growls at me...
How do I get my dog to come to me?
My dog barks too much!
Schnauzer Timeline: a history of our breed around the world.
Here is some reading material that I recommend.
Photography is a favorite hobby of mine.
Links to other web sites. Frequent updates! Be sure to bookmark this page before leaving; you may never find your way back!
Caution! Be aware that having a well-written and possibly appealing web site in no way guarantees the quality of the dogs a person might have for sale. There are instances of both puppy mills and unethical, unknowledgeable breeders with, in some cases, award-winning web sites on the Internet. They may even use a Christian theme to hook trusting people. Watch to see how often they are having puppies. Reputable breeders usually only have one-two litters a year, not 3-5 litters in a two-week period. (HOW COULD ANYONE MAKE A BITCH HAVE A LITTER FOR THE FIFTH TIME IN A ROW?! Or breed a *puppy* bitch that is barely six-months-old?! That isn't someone's beloved family pet; that is a puppy factory.) Unfortunately, it is up to you, the buyer, to sort through these "ads" just as you would have to if you were seeking a dog through the newspaper. Remember, AKC-registered in no way guarantees quality, and a good breeder never has to advertise his puppies because he usually has a waiting list before dogs are even bred, and sales are often the result of "word-of-mouth" advertising.
It really makes no difference *where* a breeder advertises his dogs, be it through Schnauzer Shorts, a national magazine, or the Internet, as long as the potential buyers are well-screened. What is important is the dogs themselves and *how* the dogs are advertised. Are these quality dogs who have proven their worth in the breed and/or performance rings? Are they generally bred no more than once a year or are they used to crank out puppies? What sort of thought and preparations went into the breeding of those dogs? Does the breeder stand behind his/her dogs and is he/she available to answer any questions if help is needed? Are people given the sales pitch to "sign up for theirs now while there is still a chance for one" or "there is ONLY one left!"? "Get yours now before they are all gone!" is not the way a reputable breeder would advertise his dogs. And certainly any page saying, "We take Visa or PayPal!" should make a potential buyer run down the cyber highway immediately. Does the "reputable breeder" have a simple statement on his page as to what dogs were bred or does he have "ads" on every bulletin board he can find on the 'net so that he can push his puppies? Is there *original* educational material on the web site, indicating this breeder's knowledge and experience with the breed, or has it been copied from elsewhere or only have links to further information? Is there evidence that this person belongs to various breed and/or kennel clubs, indicating his interest in the advancement of the breed? And after all of this, ask for references.... not from the breeder on the web site, but from other well-known breeders on the 'net or other breeders in that person's area.
Anyone looking to purchase a "registered" dog should be aware that the only legitimate registry in the U.S. (recognized by foreign registries) is the American Kennel Club. Most of the puppymillers are now registering their puppies with the Continental Kennel Club or the American Purebred Registry to get around AKC's DNA requirement for frequently used (breeding) dogs. If one goes to purchase a puppy, ASK what registry it is registered with. If the response is CKC, APR, APRI, or one of the other pseudo registries, RUN the other way! (unless one lives in Canada... the Canadian Kennel Club is a most respectable registry). If one buys one of these pseudo-registered dogs, it is NOT a breed-worthy dog; it should be spayed/neutered ASAP. And be aware that the roots of this dog go back to a PUPPYMILL!
Please exercise extreme care as you travel the rocky road of the Internet Cyber Highway!
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