The Wait List can be viewed at the bottom of this page. Just because it is long does not mean that everyone will be ready for a puppy when I offer it to them or that I will have the color/gender combination that they want.
There are many ways to handle the deposit process for puppies. No way is perfect, but I have developed my method with careful thought and consideration.
To be placed on the "WAIT LIST" requires you fill out the Application HERE. Once the application has been reviewed and the phone interview completed, a $250.00 PARTIALLY REFUNDABLE Commitment Fee is required. This Commitment Fee pays for you to get on the Wait List. Your Commitment Fee is not a Puppy Deposit but insures you will be offered a puppy from a future litter when it is your turn. If you no longer want a Belle Vista Schnauzer for any reason, notify me in writing via email, text, or letter and I will issue a refund of $200 back to you, usually in the same payment form that you sent it to me.
The longer you wait, the further up on the list you will move! If you want the "first pet pick" (breeders always get pick of the litter), then you need to be prepared to wait to get to the top of a wait list.
Wait Lists are designed for waiting. Depending on the number of names on the Wait List, be prepared to WAIT. It can take up to a year or two before it is your turn to choose a puppy. Especially if you have preferences of certain colors/gender. Other times, I quickly get to the bottom of the Wait List and am able to offer a puppy within weeks of you getting onto the list. Belle Vista Schnauzers cannot predict how many puppies will be in a litter/how many girls or boys/how many of each color/etc. Therefore, if you wish to get onto multiple Wait Lists with other breeders you may do that. Just remember that your Commitment Fee with Belle Vista is only partially refundable.
People get off of the Wait List on occasion. This is why I charge a Fee to get on the Wait List. It is amazing just how much time and energy it takes to review applications and maintain this website and the Wait List. This is also why I keep part of the Fee if someone gets off the list. If someone decides to get off of the list, they have only lost $50 rather than a full Puppy Deposit. There is no expiration date and people may pass on offered puppies and maintain their place on the list. The Commitment Fee will be applied towards the total purchase price of your puppy.
Families are placed on the wait list in the order of the date they submitted their Application and Commitment fee. Both the Application and Fee must be received before you are added. The list is kept as public knowledge at the bottom of this page. I reserve the right to hold back any puppies of any litter at any time. On the occasion I may decide a puppy is a candidate for competition and/or breeding that puppy may be removed from the selection list. Repeat clients may get some preferential treatment in litter choice/timing as a reward for their loyalty.
Belle Vista reserves the right to remove someone from the waiting list due to lack of contact (not responding to calls/emails/texts regarding an available puppy). I will attempt to contact you via email, text and a phone message. If I have contacted you to offer a spot in a litter and received no response on four different occasions you will be removed from the list entirely. If you've already bought a puppy elsewhere, let me know so that I'm not still trying to contact you and worrying that you want a puppy but aren't getting my messages. This will also get you a partial refund of your Commitment Fee.
If you give a timeline of when you will be ready to bring a puppy home, I will make note of that and you will not be offered an available puppy before that time. So if your timeline changes, let me know or risk being passed over.
Understand that I am not a large scale, commercial breeder. I cannot guarantee specific availability of upcoming litters or available puppies. I typically produce six to eight litters per year with the hopes of being able to place 30-35 puppies per year. Families have waited 18 months or longer for a Belle Vista Schnauzer puppy so if you need a puppy now, the Wait list is not for you. If I get through my list and still have a puppy/puppies available, they will first be put on the private, members only, Facebook page for a few days. If no one there steps up, then they will be added to this website and the public business page on Facebook. So if you don't want to commit to the Wait List you can keep track in those places if I have something available.
I assign the order of choosing in a particular litter. Once you have accepted a spot in a litter, an additional non-refundable $250 deposit is due and goes towards the final price of your puppy. If you checkmark preferences on color and/or gender on your application, you will only be offered puppies that match that preference. If puppies are available that do not match your preferences, I will skip to the next person on the list whose preferences match the puppy or are listed as "no preference". If someone is on the Wait List as "No Preference" and I have a shortage of a desirable gender/color, they will automatically be offered what I have the most of so I can take care of as many people as possible.
For each new litter, I start at the top of the Waiting List and go by the date that the Commitment fees were received. Repeat clients may get some preferential treatment in litter choice/timing as a reward for their loyalty. Once notified, Waiting List families have approximately 12 hours to respond with verbal/written acceptance. I will send a detailed email and follow up with a quick text to notify you to look for the email. When a family refuses a selection or does not respond within 12 hours, the next family on the list will be offered the opportunity to take that spot. This will continue until all spots for the litter are taken. Just because you are offered a spot in a litter and pass does not mean you will be offered a spot in the next available litter. Since I go back to the top of the list, I may not get back down to you right away again if there were a lot of people ahead of you that also passed on a spot.
It is your responsibility to keep me updated with changes in your contact information, timeline, and puppy preferences. If you tell me you want a black and silver male, I will not offer you a puppy until I have a black and silver male available. If you decide you would take a salt and pepper you need to let me know asap. Once you pass on a litter, you will have to wait for the next litter unless puppies are still available after I’ve gone through everyone else on the Waiting list. If any puppies are not placed with families on the Waiting list, those puppies will be offered publicly on the "Available Puppies" page and they will also be posted on the Facebook page, Good Dog, AKC Marketplace, etc.
Once the puppies have received their 2nd series of puppy shots and the "all clear" from the Veterinarian at 9 weeks of age, I begin letting my puppies leave for their new homes. Families will be scheduled in the order that they are choosing so that they will only see puppies that are available for them to choose from. I sometimes schedule two families at the same time with one family choosing from the males and one family choosing from the females.
The Last Spot: The last spot means that you would get whatever puppy is still available after the other families choose. I know some people don't like the last spot and want a choice. Before committing to a particular litter you should feel that you would be happy with any of the puppies.
Weekly videos will give you an idea of the puppies' looks and temperament, so most people will have it narrowed down to their two favorites. I understand that some people won't be happy if they don't have a certain color/gender combination and sometimes that means waiting for another litter. If you arrive for pick up day and decide you do not think any of the puppies in the litter are suitable, or something comes up that the timing is bad, you may choose to go back onto the Waiting List. Accepting a spot in a litter and then not taking a puppy does NOT automatically put you on the list for the next litter. You will go back onto the Waiting List by the order of your Application date. The $250 deposit will be held for your future puppy.
I prefer to be contacted via email with any questions you may have. I am happy to talk with you over the phone or schedule a visit, especially when we first begin our relationship so that we can get a good feel for each other. After that, I prefer email because it lets me answer questions at midnight or 5 a.m. if that is when I have time. What can take me 5 minutes to answer in an email routinely turns into an hour long phone conversation when I'm trying to get other stuff done and I am not good at multi-tasking. If it is not vitally important to have the answer asap, please send an email and I will get back to you within 24 hours.
#1: While getting onto the waiting list will help insure people get offered a puppy in a reasonable timeframe, it does not lock in the price. In the event I feel the need to increase prices to offset expenses, it will be an increase of no more than 10% (+ sales tax) on January 1st and will remain set for the period of at least one year. Sales tax I am required to collect is currently 7.25% and subject to change.
#2: If you are watching your spot on the waitlist, please 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 commitment fee. 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: Repeat clients will receive an automatic $100 discount on their next Belle Vista Schnauzer.
#4: I have implemented 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 on top of their loyalty discount.
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. 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.
The list below shows those who've already committed to a Belle Vista Schnauzer and submitted their Application and fee to reserve a spot from a future litter. "Planning Ahead" indicates that they will not be offered a puppy until they contact me and let me know they are ready. At that time they will be changed to "asap" and moved into the spot indicated by their commitment date. Names with * behind them indicate previous customers. If you are viewing this on a phone/tablet, it only shows the first person. You must tap the + on the right of the screen to see each person.
Listed in order of Deposit Date except those "Planning Ahead" are listed at the end regardless of Deposit Date.