“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after low pricing is forgotten.” – Anonymous
Read through the entire website before contacting with questions. I think you will find that most of your questions will be answered here. I am happy to answer questions that have not been covered on the website.
Belle Vista is not a commercial or "high volume" breeder. "High Volume" in Ohio means someone that sells 40 or more puppies/dogs a year AND owns 6 or more breeding females. All dogs are in an addition to our home and puppies are raised with a whole lot of love and attention.
Typical wait time for a Belle Vista puppy is 6 to 12 months. Check out the Waiting List page to see our process.
Current wait time for a Belle Vista Schnauzer is 12+ months.
However, sometimes people on the list pass on an offered spot and I get to people sooner than expected. If you have to have a puppy right now and cannot wait than I am not the breeder for you. If I get through the waiting list and still have a puppy available, it will be posted on this page and on the Facebook page so you may want to like us on Facebook if you are not wanting to commit to the waiting list.
2021 planned breedings will be for Black & Salt/Pepper. We are not expecting any Black/Silver in 2021.
The American Miniature Schnauzer Club has a breeder referral page at amsc.us
2021 price $1600 + 7.25% sales tax =
(anyone on the waiting list before 10/1/2020 will get 2020 pricing of $1608. See other announcements below.
#1: Unfortunately, expenses continue to rise so prices need to increase to cover costs. I do not want to make a huge jump on people so anyone on the list before 10/1/2020 (the date I announced the 2021 price increase on the website) is locked in at the 2020 price of $1608 until January 1, 2023. Likewise, on 1/31/2021 I announced annual price increases so anyone from 10/1 - 1/31 will be locked in at 2021 prices. Going forward, while getting onto the waiting list will help insure people get offered a puppy in a reasonable timeframe, it will no longer lock in the price. So if you got onto the list after 1/31/2021 but I do not have a puppy to offer until 2022, you will pay the 2022 price and so forth. There will be an annual increase of no more than 10% (+ sales tax) on January 1st of every year for the next couple of years and then I'll re-evaluate the situation. If that is not acceptable let me know and I will return your deposit even if you have a non-refundable commitment form submitted. Sales tax I am required to collect is currently 7.25% and subject to change. Estimated future prices are:
2022: $1760 + sales tax
2023: $1920 + sales tax
2024: $2100 + sales tax
2025: $2500 + sales tax (more than 10% increase but anyone currently on the list should have a puppy way before 2025)
If you are one of the people locked into a price and still have not accepted a puppy by January 1st of 2023 pricing will go to whatever pricing is at that time. I should have offered you a puppy spot by that point, possibly several times. This also applies to those that are listed as "Planning Ahead" on the waitlist. I figure that will give me plenty of time to get everyone that went onto the list prior to these announcements taken care of and the only reason someone won't have a puppy is because they didn't want one yet. If at that time you still have not accepted a puppy and feel the new price won't work for you, I can refund your commitment fee and let you look elsewhere.
#2: If you are watching your spot on the waitlist, please note that I will not be removing people from the list until after they pick up their puppy. Recently I removed people after they confirmed their spots for the Tira X Noodle puppies but prior to pickup and then needed to change plans so then I put them back on and people below them wondered why they moved up and back down. Also keep in mind that people at the bottom of the list as "planning ahead" could move to the top if they notify me that they are ready for a puppy. They would then move up to the date listed that they sent me their deposit. I also reserve the right to offer a puppy to a breeding/show/performance/previous customer home at my discretion regardless of their spot on the list. I try not to do this often but I also like to reward loyalty when I can.
#3: Speaking of loyalty - People who already have/had at least one Belle Vista Schnauzer will receive an automatic $100 discount on their next Belle Vista Schnauzer.
#4: I'm discontinuing the $100 rebate for AKC Star Puppy/Canine Good Citizen but implementing a discount program for previous customers to encourage them to do more with their dog.
Anyone that has earned one, two, or three AKC or UKC titles of any kind on their Belle Vista Schnauzer will earn a $100 discount on their next Belle Vista Schnauzer. This does not count for anyone that has already collected the previous rebate for CGC on their current dog. Canine Good Citizen is an AKC title so that training on your new pup will still benefit you for your next puppy if you come back to Belle Vista. Not to mention how much that training will benefit your current puppy in general!
Anyone that has earned four or more AKC/UKC titles on their Belle Vista Schnauzer will earn a discount of $50/title on their next Belle Vista Schnauzer. All titles must be recorded by AKC/UKC by the time you purchase your next pup and it is the buyer's responsibility to show proof of said titles for them to count towards discounts. Only titles from one kennel club will be counted so if your dog has titles with both AKC and UKC you need to decide which one to use. Only titles from one dog can be counted so if you have multiple Belle Vista Schnauzers you need to choose which dog to count titles on and that dog can only be credited towards a discount one time. The same dog's titles cannot be counted towards multiple puppies even if they earn more titles after the first puppy.
Purchase price (not including tax): $1600 - $100 previous customer discount - No titles = $1500 + tax for your next Belle Vista Schnauzer
Purchase price (not including tax): $1600 - $100 previous customer discount - $100 for three AKC titles = $1400 + tax for your next Belle Vista Schnauzer
Purchase price (not including tax): $1600 - $100 previous customer discount - $50/title for five AKC titles ($250) = $1250 + tax for your next Belle Vista Schnauzer
All combined discounts max out at $1000 per purchase.
List of possible AKC titles: https://www.akc.org/sports/titles-and-abbreviations/
List of possible UKC titles: https://www.ukcdogs.com/titles
Other titles may be considered on a case by case basis. ESA (Emotional Support Animal) does NOT count as I've seen too many dogs/animals fraudulently registered.
I hope my explanations are clear but if you have questions, feel free to ask and I'll try to do better.
Excerpt from the FAQ page
Do you ship puppies?
I understand how difficult it can be to find a quality Miniature Schnauzer close to home. However, I have made the conscious decision to not ship my puppies. Legally in any instance where a breeder is active in "retail sales (including adoption) of dogs where the buyer, seller, and dog are not physically together in the same place so the buyer can observe the animal prior to purchase or taking custody" requires a USDA license which I do not have. While I would really like people to meet the parents and see the dogs and puppies in person and know that they are happy with where their pup is coming from, I am able to meet you or your representative at Columbus International Airport at which time you can determine that the pup is in acceptable condition before completing the purchase. Depending on your location and my schedule, delivery could be a possibility at an additional charge of $2 per "loaded" mile according to Google directions. If the meeting place requires a hotel stay an additional $125 is required. All delivery charges are non-refundable and must be paid before I make the trip.
How do I reserve a puppy?
View the "Waiting List" page for full details.
We start letting our puppies go to new homes between 9 and 10 weeks of age. Below is
everything that comes with your puppy.
Tails docked and dew claws removed at 3 days of age. No exceptions! I will not leave tail and/or dew claws by request.
Micro-chipped for identification and recovery in the event of loss. This micro-chip is automatically registered to Belle Vista listed as the breeder contact. Due to this, it is very important to make sure we always have up to date contact information for you and to let us know ASAP if your Schnauzer is ever lost. I will transfer the chip to you and you will receive an email within 48 hours from Fi Nano telling you that a chip has been assigned to you. In that email it will say "Keep your information updated" and you will click on that and be taken to a page to create a new password. Once you choose a password, it will automatically create your account. You may also register the chip for free at https://www.foundanimals.org/ Many people set me as their emergency contact which I really appreciate. It gives me piece of mind to know I can be part of the process to get your dog back to you if necessary.
De-wormed with Fenbendazole (Safeguard) at 2, 4, 6, & 8 weeks of age. Keep in mind that all the precautions in the world can't guarantee they aren't carrying something when they leave here even with a negative fecal at 9 weeks prior to leaving. Parasites are not covered in the health warranty.
Vet checked at 6 weeks and 9 weeks. This includes a physical and a litter fecal exam to check for parasites.
Have had their first and second set of core vaccines given by my veterinarian at 6 and 9 weeks. They will still need their third and fourth set of vaccinations, Bordetella vaccine if you so desire, and a Rabies vaccination by your own veterinarian. Call your Vet and make your puppy's first appointment as soon as you have a pick up date scheduled.
Eye exam by a board certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist. The breed can be prone to eye disorders. If you are researching breeders and a Veterinary Ophthalmologist exam doesn't come with the puppy, go elsewhere. It's an easy and typically inexpensive (under $200) exam and the baseline for every eye disorder that can occur later in life.
A 20 day happiness guarantee in the event that a puppy just isn't working into your family. (See our complete warranty by clicking on the big purple box at the top of this page that says "Health Warranty")
A health warranty. Please keep in mind that a health warranty is not a promise that an inherited health problem will never occur. It is a promise that spells out what I will do for you and what your options are in the event that there is a serious problem. I try my best to breed healthy Schnauzers but it is estimated that dogs carry the genes to produce just as many genetic issues as people. Just like with people, sometimes two perfectly healthy adults bred together can produce a baby that is not. I will do my best to work with you if there are any heritable issues that do not come to light until the puppy is older. To see a copy of the health warranty, click on the big purple button at the top of this page.
A 3 pound bag of the food they have been eating to get you started during the transition. They are eating Muenster Milling Perfect Balance Pork If you would like to order and are a new customer to Muenster, use coupon code robison35 to get 30% off your first order or robison55 to get 55% off your first order when you customize a bag of food.
Toys that they have been playing with that smell like their mom/siblings will be sent with them to help ease the transition to a new home.
American Kennel Club registration application for you to complete. This is strictly voluntary and many people never do it. However, if you intend to take advantage of the repeat customer discounts for titles, your dog will need to be registered with AKC in order to earn titles. Even if you want to earn UKC titles instead, you will need the AKC registration in or to process the UKC registration.
30 days of complimentary pet health insurance from Trupanion with 90% of coverage for accidents and illness. You will receive an email the day before your scheduled pick up with the information you need to sign your pup up. The offer is only good for 24 hours before/after you pick your puppy up and I recommend you do it as soon as you receive the email.
Support from me with any questions/concerns that arise throughout the lifetime of your new friend.
First haircut, freshly bathed and trimmed toenails.
All pet puppies are placed with limited AKC registration. This description of Limited Registration comes directly from the AKC website:
"Limited Registration means that the dog is registered but litters produced by that dog are ineligible for registration. In addition, a limited dog cannot compete in conformation shows. It is eligible, however, to be entered in any other licensed or member event, including Obedience, Tracking, Field Trials, Hunting Tests, Herding, Lure Coursing, Agility, Rally, Barn Hunt, and Earthdog. Limited Registration means they are NOT for breeding purposes. Buyer guarantees that the dog will never produce any puppies, whether intentional or accidental. Show/Breeding quality puppies are only available to select individuals on a co-own agreement.
New research on EARLY spay/neuter is indicating that it is best to wait until 12 months or older to alter your pet. While early spay/neuter is convenient for the owner, it removes vital hormones in a juvenile dog that can be detrimental to growth plates and other systems needed while growing. Spaying/neutering before the age of 6 months will void my health warranty unless Ovary Sparing/Tubal Ligation/Vasectomy procedures are used. The following are just a few educational links on the topic.
Not everyone wants to deal with a female in heat and it is thought that early neuter on a male dog will inhibit them from learning to lift their leg and urinate on things but I have seen mixed results. For those with a female, know that they typically come into their first heat cycle (the time that they are able to get pregnant) around the age of 6 months (occasionally earlier and sometimes up to 12 months for their first). Unlike women, dogs usually only cycle twice a year at approximately 6 month intervals. A heat cycle lasts about 21 days and a female needs to be confined, walked on a leash and always monitored when outside throughout that time. Of course, this shouldn't be any different than any other time but owners will really want to make sure she does not get with a male dog that has not been neutered. A fenced yard is not always a strong enough deterrent for a determined male dog. They can and will dig under, jump over, climb, etc. to get to a female that is at the peak of her heat cycle and sometimes a female can be just as determined. They do bleed some during the cycle but most dogs are pretty meticulous about keeping themselves clean. However, if you allow her on the furniture, your bed, etc. it is a good idea to cover it to help keep things clean or put her in some "doggy diapers". Doggy diapers are NOT enough of a deterrent to prevent a male from breeding your female. Do not rely on them for prevention! Some dogs have even been known to have a successful mating through a wire crate or fence! In a female dog with an inverted or hooded vulva, I have personally seen that the swelling that occurs during a heat cycle can help to partially or completely correct it.
If at any time after the initial happiness guarantee you can no longer properly care for your Schnauzer for any reason, you are required to re-home the dog through me or return the dog to me for placement. My goal is that none of my dogs ever end up in a shelter or rescue situation.
I greatly encourage people to teach their dog basic obedience. I offer a discount incentive on a future Belle Vista Schnauzer for any AKC or UKC titles earned. This includes Canine Good Citizen, Rally, Agility, Barn Hunt & more.
I believe that at some point each dog here deserves the chance to no longer be part of a "crowd" and live out their remaining years as a wonderful pet. It's sad to have to tell that retired show dog, who loved being in the ring, that they have to stay home and to see their face as we pack up and take others out the door and leave them behind. Or see that girl that has always been the most wonderful mother, pine after a new litter that isn't hers. If I didn't place "retired" dogs, at some point I would be a hoarder and not be able to continue to breed and properly care for my dogs.
That in no way means it's easy! In fact, it's usually much harder than saying goodbye to a puppy. When a litter is born, I know that I am not keeping most of them or possibly any of them. However, the adults have most likely been born here and have been part of our lives for several years. There is always a touch of sadness as they drive away, which is eventually followed by happiness when I hear how much they are loved and enjoyed by their new family.
My retired dogs are typically priced the same as a puppy depending on age and training. They are always up to date on vaccinations, already spayed/neutered, and with a fresh dental if needed. Crate trained, leash trained and doggy door trained.
Doggy door trained is NOT the same as house broke. Dog door trained dogs will need to be trained just like a new puppy in order to house break them. Some older dogs never fully house break without a doggy door and will need to be crated when left home alone, while others house break in a matter of a couple days/weeks. On many occasions someone I already know has dibs on my retired dogs. If that isn't the case, than I offer my retired dogs to those on the Waiting List, then to previous puppy buyers before anyone else has a chance at them. If there are still no takers (rare) than sometimes I will offer them publicly but more often than not, I will wait until someone contacts me that just "feels right" for that dog.