✅ The Giant Schnauzer Club secretary keeps a list of breeders who are members of the Club and who abide by the clubs code of ethics for the care of their dogs and puppies. Contact the secretary for an up to date list.
✅ Kennel Club Assured Breeders have been inspected by the Kennel Club, and are continually monitored to ensure that they maintain a high level of standards. Find a Kennel Club Assured Giant Schnauzer Breeder.
✅ Anyone breeding 3 or more litters in a 12 month period will require a dog breeding license, or less than 3 litters if breeding dogs and advertising a business of selling dogs. Licensed breeders are inspected every 3 years and receive a star rating from one to five.
✅ Be prepared to be put on a waiting list – it’s worth waiting for a healthy puppy and it’s a good sign if a breeder has people waiting for their pups.
✅ The puppies sire and dam should be eye tested as unaffected for Hereditary Cataracts within the last 12 months, ask to see copies of health test certificates. The breeder should explain any other comments that may be present on the eye test certificate. Alternatively health results can be found on the Kennel Club Health Test Results Finder.
✅ It’s important to look into the health of the pup’s parents, to be aware of any potential health issues. It is recommended that both parents are hip scored around or below the current breed average, 14. There is also a recommendation that adults are DNA tested for 2 different types of progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) i.e. prcd-PRA and PRA5, in addition to dilated cardiomyopathy – DCM.
✅ Puppies should be eye tested (litter screened) before leaving the breeder, and a copy of the litter screen provided. Any comments noted on the litter screen should be discussed by the breeder.
✅ Always visit the breeder, meet their dogs and pup’s mother, which will give an idea how puppies may turn out. Ask any questions you have and see what conditions your puppy has been brought up in. The mother of the puppies and any relatives should appear happy and healthy.
✅ Ensure the environment is clean, with comfortable bedding, food and clean water, and that all the breeders dogs look healthy, clean and well.
✅ The breeder should be happy to show you any paperwork, e.g. certificates from The Kennel Club, vaccination information, health tests, screening scheme certificates, puppy vet check record.
✅ Ideally see and handle all of the puppies in the litter, they should all appear happy, healthy and inquisitive.
✅ Always trust your instincts
- Do not buy a puppy if you feel pressured to buy
- Do not buy if you have any doubts about the breeder
- Don’t rush any decisions
Once you have visited the breeder, it’s important that you don’t make a snap decision. Ensure that the breeder is happy for you to have plenty of time to make up your mind about buying the puppy. Any breeder that pressurises you into buying a puppy may be looking to make a quick profit and should be avoided.
✅ Puppies should not leave the breeder until at least 8 weeks old.
✅ Puppies should have a contract of sale provided by the breeder, and Kennel Club registration document signed and handed over at the point of sale.
✅ Puppies should have been wormed regularly, and had a vet check before leaving the breeder.