The Puppies & Our Breeding Program FAQs:
At what age do you allow your puppies to go to their new homes?
The earliest is at 8 weeks old. Most of our puppies go to their new families between 8-12 weeks. It is important for their overall health and well-being to remain with their litter-mates until 8 weeks of age or older. Many states have regulations against re-homing a pup before 8 weeks of age for this reason. Our puppies are weaned at about 4 weeks of age and begin the separation from their mother. We prepare the pups for the transition to a new home. Their new families will also be given important care guidelines.
Have the puppies been vaccinated and de-wormed? (Yes)
They are de-wormed at 2,4,6 and 8 weeks of age, have had their tails docked and dewclaws removed, been vet checked and had their first puppy vaccination at 6 weeks. All health care is kept up-to-date. When you adopt a pup, a detailed health records form will be provided.
Is there a health guarantee offered for your pups?
Yes, please see our contract if you would like more information.
Do you require spay/neuter of all puppies ? Yes
Yes, mandatory spaying or neutering, at the appropriate age, is part of the contract. We do not sell pups with breeding rights or for breeding purposes.
Do you micro-chip your pups? Yes
Pups can be micro-chipped before leaving for their new homes for an additional fee of $50 . This includes registration (currently lifetime included) . We use Petkey mini chips.
Where are the parent dogs and puppies kept?
All of our dogs and puppies are kept in our home. They are raised under foot. We spend many hours each day with our dogs and puppies. It takes a lot of time to properly care for and train new pups. Puppies should be raised in the house until they are ready to leave for their new homes. A puppy kept outside in a kennel 24 hours a day will not have had the appropriate social stimulation and interaction with people. By living in a home they are introduced to children and other people, other animals such as cats, every day household happenings such as: washing machines, vacuum cleaners , riding in the car etc. Pups and dogs are taken outside during the day to play, exercise and for potty breaks in our fenced yard or in kennel runs.
Are the puppies house broken and/or crate trained?
All our pups are crate and housetrained to an age-appropriate level. We start crate training after they are weaned and begin house-training shortly thereafter. Our goal is to adopt out puppies that are well on their way to being house-trained. When they go home, pups will be able to hold-it overnight in their crate. When you adopt a pup, you will receive information on how to continue house and crate training.
Older pups with the complete puppy package will be further along in the housetraining process and be able to hold it for longer periods.
What do you feed your dogs?
Puppies are fed 4 Health Puppy Formula which has a 5 star rating on Dog Food Advisor
Our adult dogs are fed Wholesomes Chicken, Rice & Vegetable Formula. or 4-Health Chicken & rice both have a 4.5 out 5 star rating on dog food advisor.
We also recommend: Wellness Puppy Formula, a premium dog food that contains 80% human grade, holistic ingredients and is all natural.
Blue Buffalo Small Breed Puppy Chicken & Oatmeal Recipe, it is comparable to the formula we are feeding.
Diamond Naturals Small Breed Puppy, a premium food with holistic, all natural ingredients. It contains no corn, soy or wheat.
See our Links page for more info & links to websites for these dog foods.
We choose to feed these particular foods because of their excellent nutrition and health benefits for our dogs. It has been our experience that these foods are cost effective (because dogs will eat more of foods with fillers and empty calories) and healthful--seen in the coat quality and energy of our dogs.
Do your puppies come with registration "papers"?
We do not register our pups. Schnoodles are still considered a mix-breed and cannot be registered with the AKC at this time. Any dog can be CKC registered. Neither registry is a guarantee of the quality, health or care given to the puppy. The purpose of the registry is to keep records of sires, dams etc for a fee; this is most relevant to showing and those seeking to purchase a dog for breeding/showing purposes. We offer our pups to pet homes only and have a spay-neuter clause in our contract. A registration would be superfluous and serve to add additional registration fees for those adopting.
Do schnoodles shed their coats? What are their coats like?
No, both schnauzers and poodles are considered non-shedding breeds. (It should be noted that if only one parent/breed is non-shedding, there is no guarantee of a non-shedding pup.) They do have an undercoat that must be brushed regularly and require grooming like most dogs. When puppies are young, they must grow-in an adult coat and at this time they will shed-out their puppy coat.
Most of our schnoodles have a long, loose, soft and curly coat typical of poodles. Some will have a slightly shorter medium length coat with some coarser, wiry hair. These pups require less grooming and brushing but still have a cute scruffy look and wave to their coat.
Are schnoodles hypoallergenic? I have allergies, will a schnoodle work for me? Can I come for a visit to determine if I'm allergic to your schnoodles?
Schnoodles are well tolerated by persons with allergies. My daughter is allergic to other dogs and has asthma, as do I, and we are fine with either breed. Many families with members having allergies have adopted pups from us. It is generally the dander that causes problems for those with allergies. Go to this link for more information. http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1278&aid=145
A visit may or may not be helpful. As far as any potential pet allergy is concerned, depending on symptoms or whether it has been diagnosed, the best course of action may be to consult with an allergist/immunologist. They can test and accurately diagnose any allergies, offer advice on potential treatment options and ways of coping. Immunotherapy is effective for many people; my daughter receives it for her many allergies.
Dogs can have pollen or other materials in/on their fur from outside allergens; a reaction may be caused by these or the dog's dander. Thus, it can be hard to make an accurate determination when simply interacting with a dog(s). See: http://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/allergies/Pet-Allergy.aspx
What size are your puppies; how many pounds will my dog be?
Most of our pups will grow to be miniature size: 14+- inches at the shoulder and 15-20 pounds. Our moyen size pups are: 15-16+ at the shoulder and 25-30 +-pounds. A few pups from the smaller bitches will grow to be 10-12 inches at the shoulder and 10-14+- pounds.We do not breed any dogs that will stay under 10 pounds.
The miniatures are only one or two inches taller at the shoulder,the same body length or 1-2 inches longer and 2-5 pounds heavier than a toy. They still are small enough to sit on your lap and easily take with you in the car.
The toy size we breed do not have the toy dog type of temperaments or delicate body structure. They are large toys. I do not like tiny toyish dogs that often have snotty temperaments and do not meet the breed standard. The larger size dogs have less health problems and make better pets for families with children.
The miniature & toy poodle standard for height is in a range of 5 inches so you can end up with pups that will vary in size as adults from each litter.
AKC Poodle size standard: (note the 5 inch variation between sizes )
Standard Poodles: over 15 inches tall at the shoulder
Miniature Poodles: over 10 but under 15 inches
Toy Poodles: 10 inches or under.
AKC Miniature Schnauzer size Standard:(note only 3 inch variation)
From 12 to 14 inches.
He is sturdily built, nearly square in proportion of body length to height with plenty of bone, and without any suggestion of toyishness.
Disqualifications: Dogs or bitches under 12 inches or over 14 inches.
AKC does not recognize the toy sized schnauzers, it is considered a fault. Only our CKC miniature schnauzer bitches are small toy sized.
There are always larger and smaller pups in each litter and you cannot know exactly what size they will be as adults. Adult size toy approximately toy 8-10 pounds and 8-10 inches at the shoulder. Adult size miniature 11-25+ pounds 12-16 inches at the shoulder. Most of our miniature are 12-14 at the shoulder and 15-20 pounds fully grown.
Our dogs are not sold by the pound ;)
Size is the actual space the dog occupies (the height and length) not the weight. Some dogs can be the same height and length but vary in weight by 5 pounds or more.
Size:the amount of measurable space or surface occupied by something
Weight: the standard or established amount that a thing should weigh
What are your schnoodle's temperaments like?
We strive to produce healthy, well socialized puppies with excellent temperaments suitable for families with children. We own all of our studs and bitches. Our parent dogs are AKC registered, some with champion lines. We have bred and/or raised most of our parent dogs, some for multiple generations; we are confident in their health and temperament.
What makes up the characteristics of a dog; the genetics from each parent which includes temperament and physical attributes, training, socialization and what a dog is fed. Training and socialization are equally as important as genetic factors in determining the temperament and behavior of a dog.
Our pup?s personalities will be a combination of both breeds or lean more to one breed or the other. Miniature schnauzers and poodles have breed standards which define their traits. See the pages on our website about both breeds and schnoodles.
So far, we have not had a client that was dis-satisfied with the temperament of the pup they chose. All our pups are playful, active (schnoodles are a medium activity level dog) and affectionate. Any of our puppies will make a good family pet. Many clients have trained their pups for use as therapy dogs and some for agility. Schnoodles are not a particularly dominate breed; even the most dominate pup within a litter is not very dominate compared to another breed. If you properly train and socialize your pup, a schnoodle will happily embrace you as the "pack leader". We socialize our puppies and raise them in our home around other dogs and cats.
*There is no such thing as a problem breed. However, there is no shortage of 'problem owners'...."
The most important thing that we have to provide every day is that we are the pack leader, that we set the rules, the boundaries and the limitations, and then we love. Most of the people, they go to get a dog because they need somebody to love. So they are going after what they need, not what the dog needs. And that, to me, creates instability immediately, and the dog sees the human as a soft energy. So they don?t follow the lovable leader or a spiritual leader; they follow a dominant one.?
* Cesar Millan, Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems http://www.cesarsway.com/
Location,Visiting & Delivery FAQs:
Where are you located?
We are located in Mocksville, NC 27028. Our home in Mocksville is an hour's drive from Charlotte, 45 minutes from Greensboro, 30 minutes from Winston Salem, Lexington, Highpoint and Kernersville. We are located about 10 minutes from I-40 coming from the East or West.
We are approximately 2.5 hours from Greenville and Columbia SC, 4 hours from Richmond VA and Knoxville TN, 4.5 hours from Atlanta and Savannah GA and 5 hours from Washington DC. Many families come to us from a day's driving distance to adopt a pup. Others from greater distances have flow to us or have made an extended car trip. (We have had families come from Texas, Arizona, Illinois, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania...)
If you are interested in meeting up with us to save driving time, we are now offering this service. Also, we often travel to the Hillsborough, NC (Triangle) area to visit with my daughter and will bring pups along.
Delivery to Jacksonville,FL or cities nearby is available. Our Niece lives in Jacksonville and helps us with deliveries to Florida.
New England States: Deliveries are possible on occasion. If we have more than one family that would like a pup delivered or if we are planning a trip to New England to visit family we can take pups along with us.
Do you ship puppies cargo ? No, but we can deliver a pup or you may use a puppy nanny or you may fly to NC. We can meet up to save you driving time. No puppy Nannies at this time due to covid-19
We can deliver your pup to you, or meet you!
If you live some distance away and prefer not to ship your pup, we can possibly meet you halfway, all of the way, or some of the way to lessen your drive time. Meeting is a great way to reduce the amount of time spent driving and in most cases eliminates the need for an overnight stay.
If you are interested in this option please contact us to discuss the details and for areas not listed.
Raleigh Area $75 -$100
My Daughter lives in Hillsborough NC 27278 we visit several times a month. We can meet at her home for no charge when we are there.
Greensboro $50 Airport
Charlotte $100.00 Airport weekend $200 during the work week
Greenville, SC $200.00
Columbia, SC $200.00
We may be able to personally deliver your pup to a major airport near your home or a USDA licensed puppy nanny could deliver. No puppy Nannies at this time due to covid19
Rates vary based on date and destination. Please Inquire.
You can fly to us and the puppy can travel on board the plane with you under the seat. Most airlines charge $125 one way for your pet and require a health certificate. (Health Certificate Fee $125) We can meet you at the airport in Charlotte or Greensboro.
I'm not sure if I want to adopt a pup and/or would like to come look at your puppies before I decide; do I still need to apply?
Yes. We require an application for anyone that would like to visit, deposit or adopt one of our pups. Completing an application places you under no obligation. We only adopt our puppies to approved homes. Also, you will be visiting with our dogs & puppies in our home and we want to know about anyone that will be a visitor.
Most of the time, our visits are scheduled one week in advance or more. We have limited availability and slots fill up quickly during puppy season. We are usually not able to make same-day or last minute appointments. (Our application process can easily take 48-72 hours, depending on timing of application and other factors) We schedule visits on both weekdays and weekends.
Why do you ask so many questions; why should I complete an application process?
We care about our puppies and want to make sure that they go to the best homes. Our goal is to have happy healthy puppies living with satisfied clients in their forever homes. Screening potential families is essential to this. You might be asked questions about yourself and your family, the type of home you live in (apartment, townhouse, house, etc.), if the yard is fenced, previous dogs you have owned, among other things. This may seem personal but we have a genuine interest in placing the puppy in the most suitable home. We also expect that you will have questions for us and are happy to answer them.
As a serious, ethical breeder I consider this an adoption process, not the selling of a product. See our "About Us" page for further info on choosing a breeder.
Payments,Adoption Fee FAQs:
How much are your puppies?
Adoption fees vary based on coat color, coat color & pattern, coat type, eye color, size,the amount of training received and age appropriate veterinary care completed etc.
Do you accept credit cards ? Yes
Yes, through paypal. Please note that you do not need a paypal account to make a credit card payment with paypal. We don't receive any of your financial info & it's very secure. If you haven't used your paypal account recently, it's a good idea to double-check that it's active and you will be able to make an instant (debit, credit or paypal balance) payment without a review or hold being placed. See https://www.paypal.com (opens in new window)
Do you accept personal checks?
We do not take personal checks We do accept paypal, which allows you to use your checking account for payments. It is very safe, reliable and easy to use. We have been using paypal for many years without issues.
https://www.paypal.com For more information.
Do you ever offer a discounted or reduced adoption fee?
On occasion, we do offer a small reduction on our adoption fees. It will be noted on the available puppies page. This is not a reflection of the value or quality of a particular pup or litter; it is intended as an incentive to increase the likelihood of a very deserving pup finding a new family in the near future. It is not uncommon for us to reject multiple applications on the same pup. If any of our pups are still with us, it is because we have not found a suitable home yet.
Otherwise, our adoption fees are as listed and non-negotiable. We invest a great deal of time and expense in raising our pups and it shows. They have bright eyes, healthy coats, excellent temperaments, this is not by accident. I have bred and/or raised most of our parent dogs, some for multiple generations; we are confident in their health and temperament. Our pups receive premium food, health care, socialization and training. During whelping season I forgo sleep and make sure that they are taken care of. Additionally, my experience and education gives me knowledge and expertise that enriches our pups overall well-being. (See About Us page for more details)
Merle Common Misconceptions:
It is a common misconception that a dog with a merle coat must have hearing and vision issues. The only time the merle gene causes a concern for health is when a dog is homozygous for merle, meaning "double merle." The only way to get a homozygous merle dog is to breed two merles together. This is something a responsible breeder will never do, including us.
There are many, many well written research articles on the subject explaining the genetics further and assuring the reader that only a homozygous dog is at risk and that a dog with a single merle gene has no greater risk than any other dog.
Our dogs are tested so we do not breed any merles to merles. Anyone adopting a pup from a merle parent must provide a vet reference and be approved to adopt. If a reference can not be provided in the case of a new pet owner etc. Then the pup from a merle parent is spayed or neutered before leaving. This is to prevent any possible accidental merle to merle breeding Our adoption contract does not allow for any breeding.
I want to buy a puppy as a gift for a family member, how should I apply?
We do not allow dogs to be bought as gifts. A dog is a 14+ year commitment and the new owner must be willing to accept this responsibility.
Puppies are living things and cannot be exchanged if the personalities of the dog and owner do not match. It is unfair to the dog and new pet owner.
Why do you have miniature schnauzers or miniature poodles for sale if you are North Carolina Schnoodles? When will you have more Miniature Schnauzers for sale ?
Are you an AKC approved Kennel? No, This is a mandatory program for high volume dog breeders. We do not breed that many AKC litters annually.
From AKC Website:
Current continuing protocol: Annual inspections of all breeders who register 25 or more litters