Island Miniature Schnauzers
Island Miniature Schnauzers (IMS) is located on Vancouver Island, just outside of the town of Sooke in a geographical area called Otter Point – 50 kms. from Victoria, BC. We are a registered breeding and boarding facility, established in 2006. We participated in 6 months of CRD public hearings to obtain our license. Our acreage has been rezoned to comply with our breeding and boarding license. We have a satellite office in Alberta, operated by our Senior Business Partner.
Upon arriving at our farm, you will find yourself amidst a group of brightly coloured, lush coated Miniature Schnauzer puppies. Our adult breeding dogs share their own living quarters which includes group doggie beds and a large activity centre. Couches, chairs, cushions and slides are the furnishings of their large pens.
At IMS our Breeding Portfolio (under “The Parents” tab) reflects our current lineup of our Doggang. This database continuously changes as we positively alter our ever evolving multi-lineaged platform. Our females are retired at three years of age.
Please find below an overview of our breeding practices. We have written this article in an adhoc style, allowing us to provide you with a glimpse of our passion and intimate daily involvement with our Miniature Schnauzers.
At our farm we currently have three distinct packs. We interchange females and studs from one residence to another for our breeding purposes. We interchange females to produce a litter of our choice, with the strict rule of no incest breeding. We do not believe in such unhealthy and lineage-destroying breeding practices.
Each Doggang pack is separately romped up into our forest – allowing them to enjoy their freedom at their own pace. It is quite a sight to watch each Doggang member race up our steep hill, challenging each other with speed and agility.
These packs and their living quarters are described below.
Valley View – Pack #1
This building was built in 2016. The dogs in this building enjoy a breath taking view of our valley. They have their own exercise enclosure with their own chairs and couches. Inside this residence are the pack living quarters consisting of group pillow beds and feeding stations. The dogs in this residence are outside 3 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the evening. They are outside the same time as #2 and #3. This group of dogs are romped up into our forest twice a week. Our Pack Leader, Dana, joyfully romps this pack.
Young Silverton Daddy, who we purchased from Florida (we flew down to pick him up and flew back with him as a carry-on), is the leader of this pack. Silverton is of the nature that we allow older pup-pups (5 months and older) to join his pack. He is a great teacher of youth whereas he is fair yet realistic with his overall pack control.
Doggang Residence – #2
This is our original Doggang residence. In this residence the dogs share group beds and outside they have chairs and couches. The dogs in this residence are outside 3 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the evening. They are outside the same time as #1 and #3. This group of dogs are also romped up into our forest twice a week. Our Pack Leader, Dana, joyfully romps this pack.
Pasture OverLook – #3
This is our newest Doggang Residence – Gary built this building in 2018. Just like our other residences, the dogs have group beds. They enjoy a large fenced yard. The dogs in this residence are outside 3 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the evening. They are outside the same time as #2 and #3. This group of dogs are also romped up into our forest twice a week. Our Pack Leader, Dana, joyfully romps this pack.
The “regulars” of this living arrangement are Young Cash Daddy, our Boarders (we offer pick-up and delivery boarding service for our customers), very pregnant females and the puppies in training (carrier and potty routines).
The inside dogs live upstairs with us in our home. They are put outside on a regular basis and they too enjoy free-for-all forest romps.
Office Play Pens
This is located downstairs in our home. The Mothers are kept with their puppies in play pens. The puppies are taken out of their pens twice a day for training and socializing. In the Summer they are put outside in play pens to enjoy fresh air and play time.
Our females naturally go into season twice a year, although some only season once. We choose the pairing of each sire and dam. Our decision criteria depends on the following three factors: lineage, size and temperament. We breed for health, intelligence and conformation. Colour is a gift. The gestation period is 63 days, although the Moms are safe to deliver at the 60 day mark.
The pregnant females are brought into our home when they are 40 days into their pregnancy. Their last days of their pregnancy they stay upstairs where we can smell and hear the commencement of the birthing.
Typically the Mom commences labour in the wee hours of the morning. The first puppy’s water sac breaks anywhere from half an hour to two hours after labour commences. Of course there are various birthing scenarios which are usually very difficult. The most extreme case is that we need to rush the Mom into the twenty-four hour clinic in Langford where a C-section is performed. If a female is required to have a second C-section then we ask the Vet to spay her at the same time. These females are carefully placed in a new home after she has enjoyed her puppies for at least ten weeks.
It should also be noted that no dog is quickly placed and many times the spayed female stays with us for months until her new owners are found. These dogs are advertised under our “Adult Dogs for Sale” tab.
Puppy Management Methodology
Puppies are born blind and deaf. At two weeks of age their eyes and ears start to open and at three weeks of age they have all their senses available to them.
The new Moms and their puppies live in upstairs for the first four weeks. Each litter has their own whelping box. In this fashion we can carefully monitor each puppy to ensure that its development is on track. We individually handle each puppy on a daily basis – this is the commencement of our “0 Tolerance Alpha Training Technique”. If a puppy cries when we are cuddling it, we breathe on its neck which immediately has a calming effect on it (our warm breath simulates the Mom’s warm, calming nudge) and only put the puppy down when it stops crying. By doing so, we have just instilled our Alpha position with the puppy.
Each Mother is different when it comes down to keeping a clean bed. Some Mothers lick their puppies and their bed covering on a continual basis, whereas others do a very basic clean-up. In these cases, we daily change their bedding and ensure that each puppy has a clean bum!
The Mothers are fed four times daily with warm softened puppy chow.
After the first four weeks, the litters are moved downstairs to our Office where each litter and their Mom live in a large puppy pen. This pen is furnished with a high sided dish of water (the high sides are necessary so that a puppy cannot fall into the bowl), their bed, tiny play toys and a potty towel.
These pens are large enough to allow the puppies to learn how to crawl, walk, run and play. They learn how to lick from their water bowl, how to climb in and out of their bed and commence to learn how to interact with each other. It is the cutest thing to watch puppies learning how to play with each other – roughing each other up with a toothless rumble style!
The puppies and their Moms live in these puppy play pens together for six weeks. The Moms of course are taken outside for their potty chores. It is best to mention here that we commence grooming education at 6 weeks of age.
The puppies are introduced to warm and softened puppy chow at four weeks of age. It is humorous to watch these puppies discover how to lick their puppy chow. So many times after the pups have eaten a bit of chow, they immediately get very sleepy. Their tiny systems need to concentrate on processing a different food stock which takes more energy to do so – so they curl up and fall sleep, many times in their food bowl!
At six weeks and at 10 weeks of age, the puppies receive their first set of vaccinations: Parvovirus; Distemper; Adenovirus and Parainfluenza. At nine weeks of age they are individually trained by one of our Home Life Trainers. At 10 weeks of age the puppies are taken to our Vet, Sooke Veterinary Hospital, for Pre and Post Bile Acids Testing (accomplished by fasting, performing a blood draw, feeding the puppies and then again performing another blood draw). The same day, the puppies are Vet Checked by one of the Doctors at this Hospital. Two days after their vetting, the puppies leave the Farm to commence life with their new family.
We watch the puppies outside when they go for their potty chores and praise each and every one for such “a good job”. Once they understand that they get praise for doing their potty outside, they will squat and at the same time, look up at us for their habitual praise. (This is why when you get your puppy home, he/she will look at you when they are doing potty chores outside – eagerly awaiting for your praise).
Home Life Training
Home Life Training is a one week training program where the puppy/dog goes off-site to learn potty training, kennel training, quiet behavior during separation, grooming handling, socialization with adults, children and dogs, rope leash and off-leash training.
Deb & Jim are experienced Home Life Trainers with many successful puppy graduates.
They are located on the Galloping Goose Trail, so puppies will experience neighbourhood living, with direct access to the trail, providing them lots of exposure to cars, dogs, walkers, runners, bikers, strollers & children, as well as birds, squirrels, and periodically even horses, large & small. Car rides to beaches; other trails & parks are common.
This active couple has a sweet new addition to the family, Illa, an Island Miniature Schnauzer. She is looking forward to helping teach the puppies the ropes, as well as having a playmate to hang out with in the yard or cuddle up with. She is very good with other puppies, as she interacts with puppies of all ages at the IMS farm on a regular basis.
Both Deb & Jim have flexible schedules, so there is always some one around for accompaniment and ongoing training. There will be lots of love and learning, and Deb & Jim are so fulfilled knowing these sweet, smart, adventurous little ones are heading off to their forever homes with a great foundation to their training.
Deb & Jim have great respect for Beverley, her amazing energy, as well as her love for her dogs and humans. They are grateful for the opportunity to work with these beautiful, sweet puppies. Watching them develop, learn and grow is so joyful, and they really connect with Beverley’s … Join Up, Be One & Have Fun!
Vivienne, is our “large dog expert” Home Life Trainer. Her specialty is training large dogs, so her assigned puppy gets plenty of exposure to her large dog, Kaya, a gentle, large Coyote Hybrid. Her puppy goes for car rides, plays in her forest with Kaya, learns how to ask to go outside for potty chores and inherits the well-behaved nature of Kaya.
The Williamson Doggang – Wes (retired), Rae (semi retired), Ace our senior Basenji and Harley our junior Island Miniature Schnauzer. It’s a family affair – Ace leads the pack on walks and Harley loves to play with the puppies in our large fenced yard and to help train them by showing them the ropes. Our love for dogs led us to the Farm and the invitation to join up with the Home Life Training program.
We love having the puppies in our home and seeing their personalities emerge. West Coast nature trail walks, conquering stairs, urban excursions, traffic of all sizes and shapes and trips to the beach are just a few of the activities the puppies experience over the course of their week with us. We are always sad to see the week come to an end but knowing they are going to their wonderful, forever home makes this special job so much easier.
Gail, a retired teacher and transplant to BC, moved to Sooke from Sechelt 4 years ago. Her trusty companion Pixel, a bichon/poodle, loves his new yard and his daily 2 mile walks. Gail lives in a quiet neighbourhood in Sooke proper, where there are a number of little parks, quiet streets with some street traffic, and lots of neighbors with dogs, whom she meets regularly when out walking Pixel. Gail travels to Langford, Victoria and Sidney regularly so puppies will learn how to ride in a car in a crate and be able to experience a more urban environment. Gail has had dogs most of her life, has done agility training and scent work with a few of them.
She met one of Beverley’s retired females through a friend and she had such a wonderful calm personality this led her to seek out more information about the farm, its breeder and her puppies. She also had numerous conversations with miniature schnauzer owners in Sooke, whose pups came from the farm. Again every one of the dogs she met from the farm were so calm and quiet and their owners gloated over their dogs and Island Miniature Schnauzers. Later, while viewing the IMS website, she noticed that Beverley was looking for locals to become Home Life Trainers. Knowing that she would be looking to purchase a puppy in the future she decided to apply and as they say everything else is history.
Gail’s first Home Life Training puppy, Mia, was a real charmer and a quick learner (Gail has had to relearn a lot too as it has been years since she has had a puppy in the house). With Beverley and Deb’s training and mentoring to lean on, Gail has been able to help Mia, in less than 2 days, learn how to go up and down stairs, have her paws wiped down when she comes in, the commencement of knowing what “Potty” means. On top of that she almost slept through the night on her first night there. It is a delightful journey and one that Gail is look forward to continuing. She says there is nothing like puppy kisses, hugs and adoration.
Meg, an energy worker/healer by trade, works and communicates with puppies and dogs energetically. She first learned about the farm by answering to another position in the farm. When she went for the interview with Beverley for that job, she immediately said “Your energy is great, would you like to be a Home Life Trainer? We are looking for more to add to our doggang and I was about to post it on line!” The funny thing is, Meg has wanted to be a dog trainer for a long time and even thought about going away to take some training, however her family demands didn’t allow for it at that time. Universe knows the best timing for everything!
She has 2 children aged 13 and 7, husband, 2 Chiwienees, and 2 cats in her household, so the puppy will have plenty of socialization with variety of members. Daily walks with the other dogs make the puppy a good follower in the pack. Our youngest cat has taken the role as “teacher” to show the puppies how to play with cats. Meg’s active daily routine will expose the puppies to human life and what is expected of them, and they are guided gently through their experiences. She is greatly enjoying the time with puppies and is amazed how each one of them is so sweet, clever and eager to be with. Training puppies actually trains humans, Meg discovers, and she wishes all the new families for them to have great years to come.
Rick and Judy retired to Sooke two and a half years ago with their senior yorkie named Jake. They live in a house with a huge yard, near Whiffin Spit.
Rick and Judy enjoy walking their dog and their assigned puppy on the spit and surrounding streets at least twice a day and spending time in the yard, both potty training and socializing the puppy. They have exposure to neighbours, other dogs and different sounds both inside and outside the house.
They decided to become Home Life Trainers at IMS because of their love of dogs. It enables them to continue to interact with puppies/dogs without committing to another long-term relationship at this time. They look forward to working with your new puppy to start it off with some sound and basic steps that will help make your transition as easy as possible.
- Breed Category: Terrier
- Geographical Birthplace:Germany
- Date of Origin:18th Century
- Origin Function: Vermin Control
- Today’s Usage: Loyal Friend and Family Pet
The Schnauzer breed originated in Germany in the early 15th century. The German word Scnauze means muzzle, describing the breed’s distinguishing bushy beard. Three distinct sizes evolved from breeding programs – Giant, Standard and Miniature.
The Miniature Schnauzer is the newest of the three size categories, evolving as its own breed during the late 18th century. Several small breeds were utilized to downsize the well-established Standard Schnauzer breed to create the Miniature Schnauzer.
The crossing of smaller breeds, such as the Affenpinscher, Miniature Pinscher and Poodle created the Miniature Schnauzer. The utilization of these smaller breeds, presented a varied pallet of coat colours such as chocolate, white, and parti (patches of any size of colour on white).
Miniature Schnauzers are known for their playfulness, child-like personality, intelligence, humor, friendliness and totally family devotion. They are extremely loyal and protective to their owner/families and are excellent with children and other household pets such as dogs and cats.
Due to the original purpose of the Miniature Schnauzer, which was barnyard patrol, this breed enjoys staying close to home where its loved ones reside. They are equally happy to be jogging alongside its owner or curled up beside its owner in a chair, just as long as they are with you and your family.
Miniature Schnauzers’ coat is non shedding and hypoallergenic and is easily maintained by routine brushing and regular grooming. We have two experienced Groomers, Genevieve and Lesley, who come to the farm every week to groom our puppies and adults.
Island Miniature Schnauzers’ puppies are classified into three size categories: Teacup (4 -6 lbs.), Toy (7-12 lbs.) and Miniature (14–23 lbs.). We welcome your call, 778-425-2527 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Athletic Miniature Schnauzers – Coat and Body Structure
We offer Athletic Schnauzers at Island Miniature Schnauzers. These dogs will have longer legs, longer body and shorter, wiry coats. They will have less eyebrows and a shorter beard.
Our Miniature Schnauzers are easily trained, thriving on clear and routine commands.
Remember that all our dogs/pups are trained with our own training technique, “0 Tolerance Alpha Training Technique” which is utilized and clearing demonstrated in our training videos. This technique has been developed by our Owner, Beverley Boyce. In May 2018, she spent 2 weeks down in CA at Cesar Millan’s Dog Psychology Centre learning from the Master himself.
To ensure that you keep your new companion well trained, well socialized, well-mannered and happy we recommend that you use our training methods. We offer a monthly training program which is accessible from our website. Simply click on “Educational and Training Monthly Videos”.
Keeping in Touch
We communicate with our customers twice a year with a newsletter. We love to be sent pictures of your dog/pup-pup.
Island Miniature Schnauzers in Summary
We enjoy regular off leash outings up in our mountain terrain. The Doggang enjoy regular romping by themselves, as well as, with our Trainers. They participate in hourly romping freedom up in our forest.
Our love for our Doggang and their puppies is always paramount.
All our dogs and their subsequent puppies are trained to show affection by providing kisses and hugs. We breed for temperament first, resulting in loving puppies. We have fourth generation breeding females who have learned this loving behaviour which is embedded in their puppies’ DNA.
At Island Miniature Schnauzers we do not incest breed.
At Island Miniature Schnauzers we are honoured to share the miracle of puppy birth with each of our females. After the birth of each puppy, we ensure that it receives its first sip of warm colostrum milk.
All our puppies are inside and outside potty trained and have been trained with our 0 Tolerance Alpha Training techniques which ensures that your puppy is polite, eager to learn and quiet. Your puppy is trained by one of our Home Life Trainers at nine weeks of age where they are potty trained; trained to walk correctly on a leash; ride in the car; experience children and other doggies out on the trail.
We have a Puppy Waiting List. Simply fill out our Farm Visit form, found on our website. I will contact you from this form. Thank you for your interest in our Miniature Schnauzer puppies.