One of the questions that many people are asking themselves today is “Why should I spend the money to buy a pure bred dog, when I can get a dog from the shelter for a lot less money?” It is a good question, since purchasing a dog involves a great monetary commitment and should be carefully considered. There are a number of questions that must be answered before making that commitment. For example:
First, what are my requirements regarding size? Do I want a small dog or a large dog? If I require a small dog, what guarantee will I have that the cute puppy at the shelter is going to be 12-
Now, do I need a dog that doesn’t shed, because someone in my family has allergies? Well there is a short list of dogs who have “hair” rather than “fur” and accordingly do not shed. Schnauzers, poodles, and a few curly coated dogs are among those breeds. How do I know that the mixed breed puppy has those breeds in him and will grow up non-
The most important issue is health. There is a popular misconception that mixed breeds are “healthier” because they haven’t been “in-
Obviously, not every breeder of pure bred dogs is going to make use of all available tests, but the members of the American Miniature Schnauzer Club are encouraged and even rewarded for testing all breeding stock. You might say we have a vested interest in breeding and maintaining the healthiest dogs we can have.
In conclusion, the members of the the Central Florida Miniature Schnauzer Club are available to answer any questions that you have about this wonderful breed. Whether you decide to buy a puppy or find a needy dog in rescue, it is a good investment.