Croix Lac Schnauzers are located just north of New Orleans (home of Mardi Gras) in Mandeville, Louisiana.
Miniature Schnauzers have been an important part of my life since 1979. They are in fact my family - my children. My goal has been to produce according to the American Miniature Schnauzer Club breed standard, while also trying diligently to better the breed. I breed for show, temperament, and genetics, which is a tough job. These values are ones that a reputable breeder will strive to do.
When I got my first Schnauzer (a birthday gift, but champion-sired and well-bred), the breeder asked me if I wanted to show her. I was not familiar with dog shows back then, but I have come a long way in learning--showing and breeding. Heidi produced my first champion, Schnapps, a wonderful boy, who totally changed my idea about male dogs. At the shows, I have met and learned from a variety of people on my journey to success.
I have been a breeder, owner, and handler of my dogs for many years, but it is not something that everyone has a mind-set to do. It is very competitive and it can be compared to a "dog eat dog" environment. Competition and breeding are a passion that requires commitment, money, and skill. My champions are for viewing in the Gallery.
Be cautious of backyard breeders, puppy mills and pet shops, who in my opinion are making a mockery of the breed with strange colors and sizes that do not support the standard. Micro-minis, teacups, whites, parties, chocolates, etc. are all NO-NO'S according to a reputable breeder standard. Health issues and temperament can be possible with these variations.
There are lots of good puppies available, but be sure to do your homework and not make an impulse buy. All puppies are cute until they grow up and that's when you see the quality, or lack thereof. This breed is too precious to wind up at the humane society or some other misfortune.
Miniature Schnauzers are high-maintenance dogs (grooming-wise), but do not shed. They are barkers which lets you know someone's approaching. Their diet should be a premium quality food preferably holistic, as fifty percent of dogs health problems are derived from what they eat. I highly recommend Canidae and I have used it for more than 8 years with no problems. Holistic foods (Canidae) are more readily available now, and Schnauzers require a good quality diet to avoid health problems.
I cannot imagine life without a Schnauzer, as I have had dogs since I was a very young child. Miniature Schnauzers are a wonderful breed-- loving and loyal-- provided you get one, again, from a reputable breeder.
My Schnauzers are the LOVES of my life and are my life--- need I SAY more.
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