Why choose a Miniature Schnauzer?
Miniature Schnauzers became a distinctive breed in 1899 and have proven to be excellent family pets. If purchased from a reputable breeder, you can enjoy the animated personalities, the intelligence, and the beauty of these wonderful members of the terrier family. Schnauzers are devoted pets who will offer hours of quirky entertainment and then settle down in a lap for some cuddling. They do not shed (but need to be groomed). Some people believe that they are great for people with allergies. When raised around children, they make great playmates for kids. My children dressed ours up in various costumes, taught them to be "it" in freeze tag, put them in doll baby beds, pulled them around in the wagon, and the list could go on.
Our first schnauzer, Tootsie. She turned 13 on December 6th, 2013 and is still playful and healthy.
Why choose a puppy from our family?
First of all the name Lifesong comes from the Casting Crowns song with the same name. Every life has a specific purpose. Your lifesong is your story and the way you use it to praise God.
We live on ten beautiful acres in Coweta, Oklahoma where we enjoy nature and family. My husband and I have four children who range in age from 11 to 22 as we have added two younger girls to our household recently through adoption. We have been richly blessed with exceptional children and an incredible church family. Following Christ's teachings are a priority in our family. I have been a middle school teacher for twenty one years and my husband is in sales.
We raise a limited number of champion-line Miniature Schnauzer puppies each year. Our two Schnauzer parents/family pets, Winston and Jazzie, both have excellent pedigrees and possess the quality characteristics found in champion lines. It is these lines that developed the true breed that so many have come to love worldwide. Our third schnauzer, Tootsie, was our first schnauzer and is now almost thirteen-years-old and a happy, healthy girl. We want to offer an alternative to puppy mills and pet stores by working very hard to bless you with a quality family member. We have selected champion lines to help ensure the positive traits of health, beauty, and temperament. (see the pedigrees on the "Meet the Parents" page). In addition, we only raise one litter of puppies each year in our home where they are loved and cuddled several times each day. They come to you pre-loved and pre-spoiled, just the way they should be. They are socialized as they are introduced to new experiences and settings to make the transition to their new home easier.
Why are champion lines so important for people who just want a pet?
Few dogs make it to the show ring. However, dogs bred from champion lines tend to be a much better representation of the breed. The traits necessary to be a champion include not only beauty, but temperament and health. It is a priority to breed these characteristics, (health being number one) into each puppy hoping to ensure the success of the breed as a whole.
I have done a great deal of research on Miniature Schnauzers and have found that there are a lot of advantages in choosing a dog from champion lines. Those who breed dogs for the show ring obviously want to adhere to the look described in the breed standard set forth by the American Kennel Club-conformation. However, reputable breeders do not continue to breed dogs that they believe could carry on negative traits for the breed. In the case of the Miniature Schnauzer, dogs with behavior problems such as nervous, barky dogs, or dogs with aggressive behavior. And of more or equal importance, most do not want to see the continuation of health concerns in a line, like liver and pancreatic disorders. On the other hand, a breeder trying to make money with trendy colors and sizes will concentrate on these characteristics, sometimes neglecting temperament and health.
In most cases, the champions in the pedigree line can be traced on the internet and you can see pictures of them, knowing that they are still alive and healthy.
Which registry is the most reputable?
The American Kennel Club has been a dog registry for over 100 years. It is considered the most reputable of the American registries by most people. It requires a stud dog to be DNA tested if they produce seven litters in ther lifetime. In my experience, when breeders are suspended from AKC for immoral or illegal practices, they can often register their dogs with other registries who are less strict. AKC is also recognized worldwide for those who want to compete in international shows. When a dog is registered",please be careful in what you assume by that word. Registration does not always mean you are purchasing a purebred dog from a reputable breeder, even if registered with AKC. I have seen some ads that show champion-sired/champion bloodline puppies. With further investigation, many of these dogs are not AKC champion sired, but may have AKC champion bloodlines way back in their pedigrees. Some breeders advertise in this way to be purposefully misleading. There are many puppy registries and most are unknown to the average consumer.