Saturday, May 06, 2017

~~Welcome to Schnauzers Of Taylor~~


I'm very happy that you have found the homepage.  Maybe you are interested in the breed or maybe you are looking for the proper puppy for you. Maybe you already have a miniature schnauzer. You might be my relative or friend or maybe someone just gave you my link. In every case, you are warmly welcome to my website!

We are a Christian family that loves schnauzers. Loves the breed and sleeps with one nightly.
I breed black miniature schnauzers and sometimes have I may have a salt/pepper or a parti.  I guarantee everyone of my babies for 5 years. If you haven't got health and a breeder you can count on, it doesn't matter how beautiful or friendly a miniature schnauzer puppy is. Schnauzers can have many genetic conditions that are often un-foreseen. My goal is to produce the best quality, not quantity. A high quality miniature schnauzer is the combination of the steadfast health, the character with right temperament and the look of a schnauzer.

One misconception about a mini schnauzer is that they should be small. Breeders are selling these undersized schnauzers as teacups. This is not right. A undersized mini schnauzer is NOT a desirable characteristic that should NOT be passed on to offspring.
A breeder should compliment the breed standard and they should look like a schnauzer.

The Mini Schnauzer was originally bred in Germany as a working dog, the miniature schnauzer is a breed known for its fearlessness as well as its fitness. Facing tasks in both sport and as a watch dog, the schnauzer is versatile breed that responds no matter what the calling may be. Today in the U.S., most schnauzers have taken on the role of companion, and just like their ancestors, they excel in their purpose. They are a very tough and sturdy dog which makes them wonderful for children.

Because the miniature schnauzer was originally used as a working dog, its appearance should be strong and stocky, but not overweight.

The miniature schnauzer was bred to work at many types of jobs. Many of the characteristics that were highly desirable for work still remain today. They are fearless guard dogs with a keen sense of alertness and superior level of fitness.
Although no longer employed solely as working dogs, miniature schnauzers are a unique breed that has taken the role of a wonderful family companion.

Here you have a good chance to get to know my breeding principles, my health testing, beloved dogs and other activity. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to e-mail me for quickest response at

****Please note that Schnauzers Of Taylor reserves the right to first pick in any litter regardless of deposits.

******Close To Perfect, Far From Ordinary****

Friday, May 05, 2017

*~*~*~*Litters 2017 *~*~*~*~

Being that we are such a small home hobby breeder, we just do not produce great quantities of babies. We do however strive for quality so you may have to wait for your perfect baby. We hope we can help you find your new family member.

We do have a waitlist for our babies but don't let this scare you. Depending on what is born we could possibly fulfill it quicker than planned. Wait time is approx. 2 months.


Litters expected Sept/Oct  2017 and ready for home in Nov/Dec 2017

Blue - Expecting Blue eyes
Holly- Expecting Blacks and possibly salt/pepper
Libby- Blacks
Lady -Expecting Blacks and Black/White Parti

Click Here for your questionnaire

Thank you,


Thursday, May 04, 2017

Price/Waitlist/Deposits/Visiting Us

Blacks/Black & Silver/Chocolate Liver Price/Parti $1250

Blue Eyes Any Color $1500

Salt/Pepper $1150

Included with your new puppy:

1. A well adjusted, socialized, genetically sound, veterinarian checked and certified healthy Mini Schnauzer puppy
2. Age appropriate vaccinations and de-wormings at 2,4,6 and 8  weeks of age
3. Detailed shot record with dates of de-worming and High Neo-par vaccinations
4. Dew claw removal and tail docking
5. Fresh frozen plasma at birth.
6. FIVE year genetic health warranty. (see our Health Guarantee section)
7. Your puppy will of been through our Early Neuro Stimulation program(same as used by our military for produce a better adjusted dog) 
8. A Blanket that smells like your puppy's Mom
9. A collar
10. A Puppy toy that has your puppy's litter mates scent on it
11. A 30 Day trail Pet Insurance from Trupanion note: must be activated within 24 hours of adopting your pooch
12. A Puppy folder with all the information about your puppy
 as well as some training information
13. Lifetime support from Schnauzers Of Taylor
14. Lifetime re-home if needed
15. A litterbox trained puppy
16. Happiness Guarantee*

We do not base pricing on gender, Bitch purchase and stud expense. We do have to calculate though into our puppy pricing the following:

Organic and raw feeding for moms
Health Testing
Stud fees
Ai procedures
Progesterone testing
Brucellosis test
CERF eye certifications
DNA testing
Supplements for bitch
Increased food for bitch
Whelping supplies
Fresh Frozen Plasma for puppy's
Tail docking/removal, Food and vitamins for babies
Items for puppies
Litter Registrations, Puppy packet
Hi Neo-par vaccinations
Wellness exams x 3
Unpaid time off from work
Increased utilities
Transportation and gas.


By being placed on our waitlist you are agreeing to wait for one of our special babies in any future litter. In order to be on our waitlist, we require a $100 deposit per puppy after a approved application. If we do not have what you are looking for, you may apply it to another litter. Only after all litters are exhausted or 6 months will I refund you a waitlist deposit.  If you change your mind though that you do not want a puppy, you may only transfer it to another litter. Otherwise your $100 is non-refundable.
All paypal fees are the responsibility of the buyer.
Once the babies are born and we confirm that we have a baby for you, you will need to pay the deposit balance of $400 for a total of $500 deposit. Please understand that if I contact you that we have a available baby and you do not respond within 48 hours that I will move to the next person on the waitlist. You will then fall into the next litter. This is not fair to parents anxious for a baby.

If you have not been on our waitlist, this is for you. You are buying a puppy after birth then a $500 deposit is required. You must also be approved with a vet reference before a deposit request will be sent.
Once approved and after placing a deposit on a puppy after birth, we will set up visits when we feel babies are ready at 6 weeks of age after our first set of shots. (see our visiting section). Pups are usually picked by their new families based on our waitlist order and the order of deposits received and what I have available. We also make recommendations as to which puppy would be the best fit based on our observation
Because we are so confident in the way we hand raise our puppies that we stand behind them 100% and know you will be just thrilled with your baby.

***Deposits/payments are non-refundable. Once you place a deposit, I stop advertising for that puppy. It takes me a lot of time to relist and resale a older puppy. Some things happen that are unforeseen and beyond our control. If you have placed a deposit on a puppy and the puppy dies, you may choose another puppy if available or I will refund your deposit.....these are things of nature that happen beyond our control.

Finial balance is due at pickup OR if staying longer by 8 weeks. You should expect to pay cash. Pickup date will be set by me when I feel that puppies are ready to leave. If a puppy stays with me longer due to you not being able to pickup a $15.00 fee per day will be added and must be paid upon pick up (this will be enforced). Also you are responsible for any vet visits that occur after 8 weeks of age. If you fail to pick up your puppy any money paid will not be refunded.
I will not hold a puppy without a deposit. I will not hold a puppy for you to decide to purchase without a deposit. Pups are sold to approved homes on a first come first serve basis. Thank you for understanding our rules. Because our waitlist are long please make sure you are prepared for a puppy before contacting me and placing a deposit.

Visiting Us
What is your visitor's policy? The health of our dogs and puppies is important to us so we take every precaution to protect them. We do not allow home visits without a completed questionnaire and vet reference check.
Unfortunately young puppies don’t have fully developed immune systems and are susceptible to life threatening illnesses, including Parvo. When diseases like Parvo strike, they can kill a whole litter in a matter of hours. Disease germs can be carried on people’s clothing and shoes and even your car tires.
For this reason, we ask that you “visit” us first online rather than in person, so that you may safely see our dogs and watch our puppies grow. We photograph our puppies regularly, and post the photos on Facebook or send them by email.  Pictures are taken at birth, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks and 8 weeks to the people on our reserve list with little updates on how puppies are doing. Sometimes we share a sweet story or two about them.
If you have paid a deposit for one of our puppies, you will be invited to come meet and if possible, select your puppy when he/she is 6 weeks of age. When you come to meet then later pick up your puppy we ask that you do not visit other litters on the same day, or go places where there may have been dogs who you don’t know (pet stores, parks, rest areas, vet clinics, etc). We also ask that you remove your shoes before entering our home and wear clean clothing. We will ask that you use hand sanitizer and keep your visit short.

The positive side is that you can be assured that when YOUR puppy is born here, we will do everything possible to minimize his/her exposure to deadly diseases. All sales transactions are done face to face; puppies are no longer allowed to be shipped. Please note that the support never stops here. We are more than willing to answer any questions at any time regarding your dog. Please never hesitate to call or email. And we would love to get updates and pictures of your puppy with their new family! Thank you for helping us protect the health of our puppies.


Happiness Guarantee: If you are not completely satisfied with your new puppy after you get home you may gladly return your puppy anytime during the first week. I will replace puppy or I will gladly refund you your money. It is our goal that you are completely satisfied with your new family member. If after two weeks you decide it just will not work out then I will gladly relist your puppy and resale and return money minus $500 to you.

Schnauzers Of Taylor Reserves the right to have first pick on any litters.


Saturday, April 01, 2017

About Us

Purchasing a puppy is a long term commitment. Schnauzers of Taylor knows that you may have a lot of questions that need answering. This list is by no means meant to be complete, but maybe will give you ideas for your own questions or maybe answers to ones you already have.
About Us:
It’s not the income or is it financially lucrative to raise pups, it’s actually very expensive to raise a litter properly. We breed a few litters every year with a holistic approuch. We usually operate in the red; it’s just a great big hobby. I have many times wanted to stop, as it can also be heart breaking. Puppies get sick, and despite vaccinations and all the best veterinarian care, they can die. Moms may have problems whelping, low calcium and caesarians are necessary, all kinds of things can go wrong when you take care of live animals. But there are so many wonderful people who love their dogs, more than anything in their lives. These dogs provide companionship to sick children, the elderly, the lonely. They give joy and excitement to young people and adults who enter them in dog shows, trials and train them. Many of our pups are trained and are used with children and sick people in hospitals and retirement centers. There is no end to how much love, pleasure, excitement and plain old companionship these dogs can offer. So, as long as I can help to provide joy to any family, I will continue to breed the best pet possible and educate the puppy buyer how to feed, raise and train his new pup.

About our Lines:
My lines were picked for temperament and health. We specialize in companion pets only. What I want is for anyone to be able to own a beautiful, healthy Mini schnauzer as a pet (homes must be approved). Our Mini schnauzers are in the AKC standard of a Mini. Mini's are 12x12 to 14x14 (measured from shoulder to start of tail). We can not guarantee size and color but know that our pups will be healthy and lovable. We will have classic colors with our newest parti for some variation. Our schnauzers are not hyperactive but can be protective. They do not bite but do bark when appropriate. The lines are clean from knee or eye problems (CERF certified. Yes, my lines do have grand champions in them but that does guarantee a good pet. When I researched my parents I wanted good, long, and sound lines without health issues. We do regular blood test on our dogs, DNA testing and all pups are Vet checked at 3 days, 3 1/2 weeks, 6 weeks and 8 weeks. Our dogs are played with and walked usually every other day. The dogs live in our house, outside and are a part of our family. We do not have kennels because we do not have many dogs in our home. Mentally and physically the lines are excellent. These pups are not to be sold as show quality but are perfect enough to be trained.

About the Fur Babies:
All puppies will have been de-wormed at 1,2,4,6 and 8 weeks and raised in our in home nursery. We also use preventative at 2,4,6 and 8 weeks to prevent coccidia. Puppies are started on a "Super Dog" program on day 3 to day 16. This is a Neuro stimulation that helps build stronger puppies and smarter adults. We proudly have been using this program for over 5 years where many breeders are just beginning. Shots are given at 6 weeks and we recommend titers for next series from you vet. Tails and dewclaws are docked (we will leave tails intact but puppy must have deposit paid in full by their 3 day old birthday). Ears are always left natural. Schnauzers of Taylor does not advocate the cropping of ears. Most vets will not do puppies until 4 months of age and therefore most puppies sold with ears done are being done by the breeders themselves. They either do not stand right or fall early in life. The puppies are raised in our puppy nursery just located off our living room that is temp controlled. They are played with, cuddled, dressed up in doll clothes and occasionally are slept with. Sorry, but we can not be responsible for spoiling your new fur baby. A 5 yr year health guarantee is available for such health problems that can be unseen and would prevent a long healthy life with you (genetic defects).  All puppies will receive a new puppy packet. We also can include lots of bonus material, blankie, special toy and litter box training and me......a breeder who cares about my puppies for a lifetime.
Pups are raised on fresh fruits, meat and vegis upon weaning and a high quality kibble.

Schnauzers of Taylor also request that our dogs never be placed in a dog pound or shelter. If for some reason you can not keep them, we need to know. We will assist in placement or help with approval of new home. Our babies are an important part of our family and place them with them becoming the same with yours.We have a be-back open door policy and they are always welcome back to our home.

We will do everything we can to try and reduce any risk that could cause un-forseen health issues in your new puppy. Just as with children, there are no guarantees as to a perfect and healthy life. We can only try and predict a new puppies health based on past litters. Sadly, sometimes that doesn't always work but I will guarantee that I will be a breeder that will stand by my guarantee and help you obtain a new puppy if the time should ever arise.

My first schnauzer Pepper was such a joy and blessing for me in my teenage years. I don't think I would of survived them without him. Pepper was bought from a pet store and I remember my parents pulling every last penny they had to buy me this $300 dollar puppy. Little did we know how in love we would be with the schnauzer breed after that. Pepper lived to be 14 yrs old.

Local Pick Up ONLY:  We want to meet each of our parents face to face so we welcome visits. If you are in another state, a option is for you is to fly into Austin and return your Miniature Schnauzer puppy with you in the plane's cabin. Schnauzer puppies are small and can ride in a carrier that fits under your seat. There is a $75 service fee, which covers my expense for the trip to the airport to deliver the pup to you. We also have lots of people drive to our home to pick up their Schnauzer Puppies from other Texas cities such as Dallas, Ft. Worth, Plano and Corpus Christi, and also from surrounding states such as Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas.

Deposits and Visits:
Before birth: 
We do not just allow home visits without a approved questionnaire and vet reference. This is for our safety and our dogs safety.
At birth:
A deposit of $400 to hold your puppy at time of birth and finial payment at pick up. You are welcome to come and visit when your puppy 6 weeks old. In the event that something un-forseen happens here I will gladly refund your deposit. By placing a deposit on your puppy you and I are agreeing upon the contract and health guarantee.
If puppy is 6 weeks or older you will be required to purchase in full. If you want the puppy's tail left intact you will be required to pay the full balance for the puppy before their 3 day old birthday. This will require you to have first pick.

We hope that we can help you find that special new family member. They are ours for such a short time but yours for a lifetime......

Monday, March 27, 2017

*~*~Lottie La Ti Dot*~*~*

Beautiful Black and Silver classic mini. Beautiful lush coat and a perfect 13x13. She weighs about 13 lbs also. Expecting her first litter Sept 2017.
Lottie lives in her guardian home in Austin, Texas.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

*~*Oceans Blue*~*~*

Meet our beautiful blue eyed baby. The first at SOT.
We are very excited about her first litter.
She is a beautiful liver black girl with the most piercing blue eyes. Remind me of Grand Cayman waters.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Kora Bella

Kora was flown in from California and is from our old original lines. Her sister is Annie. 
Her grandpa holds many grand champions and her grand mother was from me.
So glad to add back in this stocky size. They will be true mini in size.
She weighs about 13 lbs.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Monday, October 05, 2015

Vani Miss Vienne " je ne sais quoi"

Beautiful Vienne was bred here at Schnauzers Of Taylor and is the daughter of our own Holly Berry. She is a very stocky girl and is a classic mini in size. She is about 15 lbs. Such a beautiful girl and has such a great personality like her momma. Vani lives in her guardian home in Austin, Texas.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Learning Program at SOT

Schnauzers Of Taylor is proud to incorporate all of these for our puppies and moms.

Prenatal Care: We take care in providing a non-stressful and loving environment for our expecting moms. Stress can be passed on to puppies. We offer a good balanced diet, holistic supplementation, exercise and attention to help ensure puppies a better start in life.

Prenatal Massage: Studies show that expectant moms who receive massage during pregnancy are more docile. Pups who come from moms that are never petted are scared and receive human attention by being scared. We also offer aromatherapy and soothing music in the nursery.

Puppy Observation:By observing pups from birth we get a better feel of their personality. I have proven right over the years by watching how pups suckled will help determine their personality.

Early Neuro Stimulation Exercises: The “Super Dog” Program. Based on years of research, the military learned that early neurological stimulation exercises could have important and lasting effects. Their studies confirmed that there are specific time periods early in life when neurological stimulation has optimum results. The first period involves a window of time that begins at the third day of life and lasts until the sixteenth day. It is believed that because this interval of time is a period of rapid neurological growth and development, and therefore is of great importance to the puppy.

There are 5 specific exercises. These exercises impact the neurological system by kicking it into action earlier than would be normally expected. The result being an increased capacity that later will help to make the difference in the dogs performance. These include: Improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate), Stronger heart beats, Stronger adrenal glands, More tolerance to stress, and Greater resistance to disease and cancer.

Touch: Babies are handled from the moment they are born until the moment I hand them to you. We believe that the more human touch the more your puppy will want it from you. Their eyes and ears are closed until about day 10. We use this time to stimulation them with our exercises and touch.

Sounds/Smells/Textures: We introduce your puppy to different sights, sounds and smells. Getting them used to them early helps them not be frightful as a adult. The vacuum cleaner is a big one for dogs. The hair dryer  and the cooking smells of food. These are things that they should be introduced early to desensitize.

Field Trips: Pups have the opportunity to visit the vet several times and we use this time as a way for them to have outside socialization. The big black magic bucket can be carried into the vet office and after people sanitize their hands are asked to pet the puppies. A trip by our local feed store also offer stimulation.

Litterbox Training:No puppy wants to have to go potty in the area they are being raised. We introduce the litterbox at 3 weeks of age. They are so smart and take to it. It makes raising a litter of pups much healthier than allowing them to walk all over their feces.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

*~*~Pausha's Lady Dulcinea*~*~*

 Lovely Lady. We laugh because she is quite the opposite of her name..... She loves to get down and dirty.  Lady is a beautiful classic mini super coated black and white parti. She is extremely loving and a great outdoor girl too. She loves to spend her days outside with daddy getting dirty and helping around the farm. But she can put on the bling and be the sweet lap baby her mommy loves.
Some of her past pups have trained for agility or hunting trials. 
Lady lives in her guardian home home in Bastrop Texas.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Valrhona's "Mia" Midnight Rendezvous SOT*


Mia born 10/3/2009 and flown from California to join our breeding program and family. Mia is out of Pat Blossom's Midnight Madness and Pat Blossoms Valrhona Delight. Her grandfather is CH Orchard Hill Carbon Copy who is a gorgeous black with many champions in his lines.Coats will vary from classic to soft
Mia is pretty compact  and weighs 13 lbs and is a perfect 13x13.

Monday, November 24, 2014

**Gabriella's Holly Berry of Taylor**

Holly Berry we produced from our Gabriella and Cooper. She is a beautiful mini that weighs 18 lbs and is 13x13. We love having her in our family. Many of Holly's offspring have gone on to be therapy dogs for not only the elderly but also for children.
Holly lives in a guardian home in Stephenville, Texas

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

~~~Homemade Food/Treats~~~

Satin Balls

Satin Balls Half Recipe --
5 lbs cheap hamburger (for high fat %)
1/2 large box Total cereal (about 6 cups cereal)
1/2 large box uncooked oatmeal (about 7.5 cups oats)
5 raw eggs(shell and all)
1/2 of 15oz jar wheat germ (about 2 cups)
5 packages Knox unflavored gelatin
5/8 cup vegetable oil (this is pretty close to 2/3 cup) or Flaxseed oil
5/8 cup unsulphered molasses
pinch of salt

I roll into 1 inch balls and freeze.
The half recipe, using hamburger that is 20% fat calories, has 12,400 calories. This is great for putting on weight or for coats. Show dogs get this just before show to fatten them up and shine!

Poochie Cooked Meat Cakes

1 1/2 cups brown rice
3 cups water
2 large potatoes and or sweet potatoes, grated fine
4 large carrots, grated fine
2 large celery stalks, chopped fine
6 pounds ground beef or ground turkey, lamb, fish, rabbit, venison or any combination to = 6 lbs
8 eggs
1 dash salt
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 cups regular rolled oats and/or Total Cereal to = 1 and 1/2 cups
1 cup blueberries


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).

In a medium saucepan, combine the rice with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, uncovered, and cook 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool several minutes, then fluff with a fork and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, carrots, celery, ground beef, and eggs. Mix ingredients together using your hands or a sturdy spoon. Add salt, olive oil, rolled oats, blueberries and rice; mix well.

I pick what size measuring cup size I want to make and fill and them dump on a foil lined cookie sheet. Bake 30 minutes, or until surface feels set. Cool on a rack 10 minutes or longer.

Refrigerate or freeze in sealed plastic bags. NOTE: Do not feed to dogs while still hot.
I alternate this or mix with dry for feedings or my homemade kibble.
 If I am in a pinch for vegis I have thrown in a bag of mixed frozen vegis also. Be creative!!
Add every other day a 1 tbls of cottage cheese or yogurt, organ meats, chicken necks (older dogs).
and a multi vitamin daily.

Dog Gone Bones
3 cup flour (can use wheat)
1/2 cup non-fat dry milk
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1/3 cup beef or chicken bouillon pwd*
1 cup warm water

Combine all dry ingredients. Beat eggs and mix with bouillon pwd and warm water.
Pour into dry ingredients and mix well. Roll out to desired thickness and cut with favorite dog bone cutter.
(*Instead of bouillon you can make sweet treats by adding 1 cup peanut butter, 1 tbls. honey and 1/2 cup quick oats)
Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Turn off oven and allow to sit over night.

~~~Yummy for doggies tummy~~~


Peanut Butter Treats

3 cups oat flour**
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 large egg
water, enough to moisten

Mix ingredients together well. Form into a ball, roll out to 1/4 inch thickness with a rolling pin. Cut into desired shapes, place on cookie sheets and bake in 325 oven for 30 minutes, or until browned. Turn off oven, leaving biscuits in the oven until cooled. These biscuits may be frozen, but keep well for a couple of weeks if they are very dry and crisp.

**I make my own oat flour by mixed rolled oats in the blender until it makes a powder


Schnauzers Of Taylor Kibble
The kibble was so easy to make.
I used left over turkey :0)

My basic recipe was:

4 cups of wheat flour (or mixed flours)
2 cups rolled oats
3 cups of cooked brown rice
2 cup powderd milk
4 whole eggs
1/3 cup olive oil
3 cups of liquid (so I pureed the turkey and a can of mixed vegis and added some pumpkin and fresh rosemary with 1 can of chicken broth)
I also added some salt

Mix dry into wet ingredients. Should be stiff like bread dough. Spread between 2 greased cookies sheets.
Cooked at 350 for 1 hr. Let cool and then broke into small kibble pieces. Left in the oven over night with light on. Can be stored in freezer.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

GUARDIAN HOME*~*~Foster Program

Tannon-from past"Majic of Christmas Litter"

GUARDIAN Home Program:

Because we are a hobby breeder who lives in a regular family household without full-time kenneled dogs, we do need puppy foster homes. In order for a breeder to build up their own bloodline, it is necessary to breed several litters each year. The best prospects (puppies) are kept back to develop and train to see if they will eventually fit into the breeding program. The way the foster program works is, I place my "pick of the litter" females in foster homes. The dogs live in these homes for their entire life. The foster parents do not pay for the dog, we give the dog to them.
Anyone who owns or has been owned by a schnauzer knows that schnauzers are people dogs. Schnauzers crave human companionship. They do not do well in kennels as their need for people is so strong that a kennel atmosphere can make them destructive, yappy and withdrawn. Those characteristics do not translate into a good pet or parent.We are a family of four who loves dogs and chooses to carefully and selectively breed a few females each year. Since we have no desire to have dozens of dogs running rampant in our household, but we want to breed more than one litter a year, we developed the Foster Family Program.


We place our breeding females in selected foster homes between the ages of 8-12 weeks of age. These females are either bitches that have been purchased or they are "pick of the litter" female puppies that we select to keep back to see if they are good enough to enter our breeding program.

The foster family pays nothing for the puppy. They do agree that the dog will live as a house dog and in the family unit. Placing dogs in foster homes results in a far better life for a dog than living in a kennel. The foster family program is a good deal for the dog, a good deal for the foster family and a good deal for my breeding program. In my opinion, it is one of those "win-win" situations for everyone involved.

We are very selective in who we choose to become a foster family. The foster parents go through a detailed selection process. The ideal person is one who has just had a 10 or 11-year-old dog that has died of old age. This is a person who knows how to take care of a dog. We do not give dogs to people that want farm dogs, nor do we give people dogs that are going to keep them in an outside dog kennel. We also do not give dogs to people who have just had a dog that was accidentally killed (if it happened once it can happen again).

We try to make sure none of the dogs are placed in homes further than 2-3 hours away; however, exceptions are made.

We sign the AKC ownership of the dog and at the same time we sign a breeding contract with you. We have full breeding rights. The foster parents sign a breeding lease agreement. After the bitch is spayed the AKC papers remain with the foster parents, you have sole ownership at that point.

Should the people spay the dog or refuse to allow us to breed the dog they agree to pay for two litters of 6 pups at $1250 each puppy. If you do the math you see that there is a considerable penalty if they choose to disregard our agreement.

When we no longer wish to breed the dog the foster parents are required to spay the dog and provide a letter from their Vet confirming the spay was complete. At this point the AKC paperwork will be signed over.

In addition if the foster parents do not tell us when a bitch comes in season (even if we do not plan on breeding it) they are liable for the price of a litter.

We track the females heat cycles. By knowing every heat cycle we can anticipate which bitches are going to come in season in which month. This allows us to plan a breeding season. That is the reason we threaten to take a bitch away if the foster parent does not tell me about a heat cycle. We also feel that this rule forces people to be more aware of what is going on with their dogs. They end up noticing other problems that come up besides heat cycles. Often we will decide not to breed on a heat cycle.

As a puppy grows up we monitor their temperament. We either go to the foster home or ask that the pups be brought to us occasionally. We will give free yearly booster shots to the foster dogs if they are brought back to our home. There is no charge for this. This is incentive for the foster parents to stop by every now and then.

If it is determined that a bitch is suitable for breeding, it will get bred here. She will come here, get breed and then go home again. She then comes back to us (5 days before whelping) to have the puppies. When we wean the pups (usually at 6 weeks) it goes back to the foster home. It is important to make sure the female stays with us for 4 or 5 days after it is taken off the litter. Some bitches go through extreme separation problems and would run away from the foster home if they were allowed to go home right after they come off of the litter.

The most we breed a female is one time each year. The most we breed in a lifetime is 6 litters. We will gladly pay a stipend per litter to help cover cost of food and vet care.

When we reach a point where the qualities of puppies from a particular foster dog is not as good as the majority of the breeding stock we will drop the female from the breed list and ask the foster parents to get the dog spade and it then becomes their dog.

By constantly adding and subtracting dogs from the breed list we are continually able to improve the bloodline. Usually we will breed a bitch 2 times to 2 different stud dogs before we would drop it off the list. The decision to drop a bitch would be made on the quality of the puppies she produced. The problem is you need to wait awhile to monitor the development of a litter before deciding if the litter is "Very Good" - "Good" or "Could be Better."

• Own their own home or rent with landlord's written permission that it is okay to keep a dog
• Have their own car
• Prior experience with schnauzers is a plus but not necessarily required - but prior dog ownership is a must.
• Be prepared to have their own vet listed as a reference
• Fenced backyard - or large enough property
• Be available to drive dog to and from our home come time for whelping and/or breeding. Some cases I can meet you half way.
* Be willing to crate train and housebreak.
* Afford to spend about $50-$100 per month as is generally required for dog ownership which includes top kibble.
* Children over the age of 6 years old with no babies in the house. (This is not because of any danger, but rather that homes with babies tend not to have time to devote to a dog, in spite of good intentions.)
• Capable of moderate exercise
• Keep us updated on the puppy at least once a month, and when in heat, we must be notified so that we may keep track of the dog's cycles, with pictures every 1-2 months for us to follow the puppy's progress.
• Be willing to socialize the puppy by taking it everywhere possible and showing her life in general • Be willing to at the minimum take the puppy for obedience training
* Keep the dog groomed
*Provide dental care or necessary extra care as deemed needed.
*Provide medical attention in case of emergency.

The foster parents are required to feed a good quality food. We ask that it either be Blue Buffalo or we can recommend a good food from Tractor Supply we like, or something on that order. We do NOT want grocery store food used.

The foster parents are required to keep the dogs current on rabies, heartworm. The reason for this is that the state of Texas does not allow us to give Rabies shots or administer heartworm medication. We ask that the dogs be put on once a month heartworm pills during the mosquito season.

Foster Parents will be expected to have a dog crate of some kind in their home. Dog crates are used to housebreak dogs. We do not place dogs in homes where the dogs are allowed to run loose. That is just asking to have accidents and valuable articles chewed up. Our dogs are not meant to be kept as outside dogs.

If at any time something changes in a foster home and they are no longer able to keep a foster dog there is no problem with them returning the dog back to me. When this happens we will either place the dog in a new foster home or we will sell the dog, depending on the quality of her and her pups.

When people ask if we split the litters with foster parents, the answer is usually "NO." The only way we would ever consider splitting a litter with a foster parent is if the person puts a title on the dog. That is a rule that is cast in stone. Most foster parents find the pups cute, but they don't want more dogs. The kinds of people that take these dogs are not interested in breeding. If they are good foster parents and want another dog, we will give them a second one.

Any negative comments we have ever heard about not splitting litters have come from people that are not in the program. These people think it is not fair to let another person raise a dog and then we take all the pups from "the dog". Our position is that there are a lot of people in the world that have no interest in breeding, that make absolutely great pet owners (foster parents), that would never in their life consider paying $1,250.00 for a puppy. For many they cannot afford it, for the rest, a $1,250.00 pet is not a priority for them. These people appreciate having a quality pet live in their home and the fact that we occasionally take a litter is of no concern to them, especially when they see the quality of my operation. They know the dog is well taken care of when it comes here.

If a person is interested in breeding then this is not a program for them. They should purchase a dog and get into the business.

We also get asked by an occasional foster parent if they can whelp a litter at their home. The answer is "NO". There is too much that can go wrong during a delivery.

From a breeder's standpoint, the only negative aspect of this program is the fact that you give up the sale of a puppy at the time that you place it in a home. You also do not have the option to sell the foster dogs if and when people call and want to buy older females.

It is our opinion that more people in this country should start programs like this. If we are to improve the breed of dogs (and it does not matter what breed we are talking about) we need to improve the way we breed. This program works.

Questions and Answers?

Who qualifies for a foster dog?

We are very selective in who we choose to become foster families. We want to make sure that our dogs go to safe homes where they will be well cared for and not allowed to escape and get lost or get run over by a car. We expect the dogs to be house dogs. We look for people who have had dogs before. The ideal person is one who has had a dog die of old age. This is a person who knows how to take care of a dog and is willing to make a commitment for life to one of our dogs.

We do not give dogs to people that want a watch dog, farm dog or to someone who wants to have them as a kennel dog. We will also not place a dog in a home where a dog has been accidentally killed (if it happened once, it can happen again.)

Foster families need to fill out an application form and be willing to provide references that can be contacted during the approval process.

We require in home visits to make sure the dog is being well taken care of.

How often does a female come into heat?

Females come into season twice a year. We typically only breed a female once a year. As we have more females than we need for breeding, not all of our females are bred every year. Since I am always on the look out for the "perfect mom", if I find her, I will breed her once a year. A female will generally be retired on or before her seventh birthday. Occasionally a "perfect mom" will be bred longer. The fact is that if a female is in good health, having a litter keeps her hormones flowing and she stays in excellent condition as a result. How many litters she will have in her lifetime is determined by her overall condition, the quality of her pups, her attitude and temperament as a mother, the ease of labor and delivery for her and how quickly she recovers optimum health after a litter.

Can I be there when puppies are being born?

When a female comes to us to have her puppies, we encourage visits and involvement from the foster family. We prefer to deliver the pups alone, as it can be very demanding and time consuming. After puppies are born, foster families can stop by as often as they want to take mom for a walk or play with puppies. The interactions benefits everyone.

A family is not expected to be involved with the care of puppies, but that option is available for those who are interested in it.

What about grooming my Schnauzer?

You are responsible for grooming. However, if a bitch needs grooming before leaving me after having babies, I will groom her.

What if I already have a dog in my home?

Depending on the personality and age of the dog already in a home, a dog may or may not be placed where there already is another dog. We will never place a female in a home where there is an un-neutered male (must provide proof). We will also not place a female in a home where there is another large female. Females fight with females. We try to eliminate bad situations by limiting the environment our dogs are placed in.

How far away do you place your dogs?

I prefer not to place my foster dogs in homes that are more than a 2 hour drive. In some cases, where we have an "ideal" family, we will make an exception.

Do we ever place older dogs in foster homes?

Some people know how much work it is to raise a puppy and would prefer not to go through the house breaking and chewing stages of a puppy. An older dog is a perfect solution.

Occasionally we have a young adult (and sometimes an older female) that we would like to place in a foster home. These are dogs that have been in foster homes and find themselves back in our home due to a divorce, relocation or sudden and severe family illness. Sometime people simply decide they can't carry on with the program and the dog finds its way back to us.

What about Medical Issues and the dog?

The foster family is required to keep the female current on rabies and heartworm medication (we can provide yearly boosters). Flea prevention is at the discretion of the family however, if a female comes to us for breeding or whelping with fleas, the family will be charged for the cost of treating her. We strongly recommend treating your pet with Revolution monthly during the warmer months.

If there are any medical expenses as a result of a breeding or litters, this is taken care of by us.

What if something happens that causes the death of the dog that is beyond my control?

While we all try to make sure that everything is done to prevent harm or things by accident happening to our dogs, things can happen. We understand that. We would require a vet letter stating that the accident which resulted in a death was something that could not be prevented and that you were not at fault. If the bitch has not had a litter yet and you were negligent, you would be responsible for the purchase value of the dog as if you had purchased it. If the bitch has already had a litter, we will would not hold you responsible for repayment but would not place another puppy in your home.

How do I know when a dog should be bred?

We track a females heat cycles on our computer so we can anticipate when she will come in season next. We plan our breeding's based on the information that the foster family provides to us. This is why it is important that the information be accurate and delivered in a timely fashion.

We will be happy to go into detail with foster families regarding the signs of an impending heat and what to look for.

What if we decide that we don't want to be a part of the program anymore?

If at any time something changes in a foster home and they are no longer able to keep a foster dog, there is no problem with them returning the dog to us. When this happens, we will either place the dog in a new foster home or sell it depending on her quality and that of her pups.

Do we ever foster male dogs?

No, I do not foster out male dogs.

Under what circumstances do we take a dog out of a foster home?

There are only a few reasons that we would take a female out of a foster home:

1. If we find out they are allowing the dog to run loose without supervision.
2. If the female gets accidentally bred.
3. If the foster parents do not tell us when a female comes into season (even if we don't plan on breeding it). We will warn the foster family once and take it away if it happens again.
4. If someone is arrested for a criminal offense.
5. If someone moves without informing us that they have moved.
6. If someone allows a dog to become way, over weight and does not take steps to correct this.
7. General health and appearance of the dog is not good.
8. If the dog is neglected or abused in any way.
9. If the dog is not kept current on rabies and heartworm medication.

Also, if the bitch dies, either from careless accident or neglect on the part of the Foster Family, they must pay Schnauers Of Taylor the current worth of the bitch. This will be stipulated in the contract.

Also, it should be noted that the process of whelping is not always perfect. Things can and do go wrong, and when you are whelping a litter, this thought it always in the back of your mind. Worst case scenario, you could lose your dog in the process, though more often than not - things do go smoothly. However, it is important that you fully understand this risk prior to being a part of our foster program.


Please contact me if you feel this is a program that you qualify for. I will have the perfect babies to place in 2017