Our Schnauzer Guardian Home Program is available to qualifying families that live in Perth or adjoining regions.
We started our Schnauzer Guardian Home Program to be able to give our new breeding dogs the benefit of living a normal life with a family, and to ensure the best of our puppies’ genetics are not lost from the genetic pool of the breed.
When our puppies become someone’s treasured pet and are then sterilized, their genes are lost from the Schnauzer genetic pool forever. Sadly this has been the fate of some of the very best Miniature Schnauzers we have ever bred. This attrition is a loss to the breed and over time weakens its genetic health.
In addition, the demand for our puppies is so high that – despite being a group of breeders – we are simply unable to meet it. As a result waiting times have blown out to ridiculous lengths.
There is clearly a need for us to expand. That way we can increase the puppy supply and more deserving families can have the beautiful puppies that will complete their lives.
However, we are small breeders who only like to keep a handful of dogs. This is because it is important to us that they live as part of our family and all get the individual attention they crave and deserve.
We certainly do not want to go down the road of the alternative, which is to keep more dogs here, and start housing them in kennels as the legislation requires for larger scale operations.
Schnauzers love human contact and do not do well in such an environment. And the stress this engenders in the Mums is passed on to their puppies, resulting in nervous, anxious, unfriendly puppies and unhappy owners.
The Schnauzer Guardian Home Program means all our breeding dogs get to enjoy a loving home environment and get spoilt as all Schnauzers should! And it also means there will be more friendly, smart, loving pups for other families.
If you’re interested in participating in the program, here is how it works.
With the price of puppies being so high owning one of our dogs is out of the reach for many families. The Guardian Home (GH) program provides deserving homes who otherwise may have missed out, the opportunity to own one of our beautiful dogs. The female “pick of select litters” is sold at a heavily discounted price to an approved family who are on the waiting list for or already own one of our puppies and who will provide a loving, secure and caring home. Male dogs in the program are sold at normal price but will earn their Guardian Home $700 each time they sire a litter.
The GH family must also show they are prepared to take responsibility for enabling and supporting the breeding of their dog. The dog comes to us to be bred, and if it is a girl, to mate and then have and rear her puppies. They must also be able to afford to have it insured and provide a safe environment and daily exercise.
Ownership of the dog is signed over to the Guardian family subject to the Guardian family signing a restrictive breeding contract with us.
We will monitor the dog’s health, behavior and conformation. If it is of sufficient quality for breeding this can occur once it is over 12 months old. We determine when it will be bred and the best dog(s) to breed it with. If for some reason I decide an animal is unsuitable for breeding, I will ask that it be spayed or neutered. When that is done, our breeding contract is null and void and the animal is able to enjoy the rest of it’s life with it’s family.
For girls we limit the number of litters to one per year so she is not away from her family too much. All costs associated with breeding your dog is covered by us. All costs associated with normal care of a pet dog is covered by the Guardian Family who must have pet insurance to cover this.
Girls in GHs may have up to 4 litters in her lifetime after which she will be sterilized at our expense. By this time she will be around 5 to 6 years old.
You also get free clipping!
To make it easy to keep in touch regularly, we clip your Schnauzer for you free of charge up to 3 times a year. All you need do is give them a bath prior to each session.
Undoubtedly, living in a Guardian home results in a far more enjoyable life for a dog than living in a kennel. The Guardian Home Program is a good deal for the dog, a good deal for the foster family and a good deal for our breeding program… and all those people patiently waiting for their puppies. In my opinion, it is one of those “win-win” situations for everyone involved.
Naturally it is a big responsibility, so only homes offering a high standard of care and responsibility will qualify as Guardian Homes. If you’re interested in applying please fill out the Schnauzer Guardian Home Application form here.
Feel free to introduce yourself 🙂
*Conditions subject to change and may be varied to suit individual situations