Welcome to Our Puppy Blog!

Welcome to our blog! I am a small hobby breeder of Schnoodle puppies. My Schnoodles are a cross of the White Schnauzer with a Red Poodle. These dogs do not shed, are great for allergy sufferers, are friendly and easily trained.

We have 4 breeding females and sell our puppies face to face as required by APHIS rules for hobby breeders.


Our breeding dogs are from purebred Akc lines and the Schnoodle puppies are registered with ICA (the registry for Designer breed dogs.)

They will be vet checked, have their first set of shots, and be Ugodog Puppy Toilet Trained. But this is just the beginning! Read through our posts to see the special care and attention we give our litter. You will enjoy watching our Growing Puppies!

We sell our puppies through our Waiting list. We do not post them on the blog for purchase. If you wish to be contacted with updates on the next litter email me at GrowingPuppies@gmail.com

Update: We are so excited for our winter puppies. I also hope for a litter in Summer 2018.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Zoey's Puppies at 3 and 4 weeks

Pippa in the purple collar watches her brother play.

So much happens between the 3rd and 4th week.   The puppies activity become so much more like what you expect puppies to be.  Just mini little doggies.   They start exploring their pen.   They start playing with one another.  As they start climbing on one another you will hear their tiny yips and barks, and pathetic little growls....which makes me want to laugh..."Oh you are so scary"   Ha ha!

Buddy gets tackled by Teddy


We introduced food (or rather puppy food mush) to the puppies at 3.5 weeks.   It was a gradual introduction where we let them smell and taste it,  but there wasn't much being eaten.  After a few days they had figured out what this was for and started running to the bowl when we put it down.

Flynn in the green collar investigates the new food.
Another important milestone of the 3rd week is that the puppies start leaving their bed to go potty.   They no longer need their mothers licking them to help them eliminate.   Now they can go on their own.   They walk out of their bed and the Ugodog potty tray is right there to catch the mess.  I am so grateful for the invention of the puppy potty tray.   It sure makes my life as a dog breeder so much easier.   It also keeps the puppies and their pen so much cleaner which  means potty training is easier than it every use to be!


The fourth week has no new milestones to report.   But the puppies just get better and better at everything they were learning in the 3rd week.  And they get so much bigger and smarter.  Every week these puppies make so much progress it is astonishing!

Teddy at 4 weeks old


Buddy at 4 weeks old

Flynn at 4 weeks old

Pippa at 4 weeks old.


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Update on Poppy! .... a Coco puppy



Poppies favorite hang-out spot.   Dec '17
Hi Mary,

Poppy (Goldie) is such a bright spot in our home!   She really is the perfect dog: loves to play, be rambunctious and crazy but is also very calm and easy going.  Some of her favorite things, squeaky balls, peanut butter, running off leash outside, her four-legged friends (she's very social) and burying things int he dirt (a schnauzer trait, I am guessing)

She recent met one of her siblings and they played so well together.  It was remarkable how much they looked just alike, sounded alike and behaved alike.  It was so fun!

At 15 months old Poppy weighed in at 10 lbs.   She has a curly, mostly red coat with some blond highlights around her nose and hind legs.  Here are a few pictures since turning one.

Thanks for checking in!

---Noelle


Poppy on hind legs...Coco sitting.  Coco is sibling from next litter.

Birthday Girl post grooming Sept 8, 2017
Poppy with her friend, Henry.  Jan. '18

Dear Noelle,

This update is such a joy to me!   Especially to see Poppy with sibling Coco!   It is neat to see how consistent the look of these Coco puppies are even from different litters.


It is nice to have this update on Poppy's weight.  Poppy was a very tiny puppy at birth.  To see that she grew up to be the same size as her mother is great to know

Thanks again for all the photos and news!

---Mary

PS   And just for fun, I have added a bunch of Poppy's photos from birth through to 8 weeks of age, so you can see what a Schnoodle puppy looks like at all the early stages of life!
  


Poppy at 8 weeks old


Poppy at 8 weeks old





Poppy (Goldie) 5 weeks old



Poppy (Goldie) at 2 weeks old



Poppy and her siblings at 2 weeks of age

Monday, January 8, 2018

Zoeys Puppies 2 weeks old

This week the puppies emerged from the Neonatal stage of development.  They are now beginning the Transitional Stage of development where they are no longer newborns.   Their eyes and ears have begun to open.   And they begin to interact with the world around them.  They respond to lights and sound.  They start to recognize their mother and sibings.   And their tiny teeth are starting to emerge.  


This week the puppies graduated from their whelping pool into the puppy pen where they have more room to move about and explore.  They are still not too strong on their feet, but they are getting stronger.  Their favorite place to be is still nursing with Zoey or curled up with their siblings.  They are still very fragile little puppies but they have grown so much!   They even look more like puppies instead of little hampsters. 










Friday, December 29, 2017

Zoey's Puppies 1 Week old

The first week went by super fast.  I guess there was a lot happening with Puppies and Christmas and all!   And with all the Christmas preparations, it was really nice that Zoey is doing most of the work in taking care of her puppies.   She seems to be nursing them all day long.  Which is good because they are growing fast and getting chubbier every day!

Pippa is 1 week old


Theodore looks so cute as he sleeps!
Theodore is 1 week old

Buddy is 1 week old
Another photo of Buddy


Felipe is 1 week old





Saturday, December 23, 2017

2 days old

Pippa, our little girl Schnoodle


Theodore, our little boy Schnoodle


Felipe our 2nd Little boy Schnoodle

Buddy the 3rd Boy Schnoodle

Zoeys Christmas litter

Last Friday Zoey had a lovely litter of puppies!   3 boys and 1 girl.   The delivery was fast.  All four were born within an hour.   That is great for Zoey, she has no trouble in delivery.   And she seemed to recover very quickly.   I am feeling so blessed with our beautiful puppies and that all are healthy and well!




Monday, December 11, 2017

Thankful for you and Bear!

Here is an update on Bear that I received at Thanksgiving time:

Bear is such a funny little dog.  In this first picture he is sitting with my elderly next door neighbor, (not in the picture) who he loves and has to go visit every time he sees her. 


The second picture was at the Midlothian Mines Park.  He loves walking around the lake and visiting with all the kids and dogs. 


This third picture is his sleeping pose.   This has to be a Schnoodle pose.  He sleeps like this all the time.  It looks like he is going to break his neck.  Too funny!



Last but not least is he sweet little look when playing with his stuffed animals. He also loves a ball.


Thanks for breeding such wonderful animals.  The love and care you gave them is evident.  Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

--Hilda


Thank you, Hilda for providing such a loving home for Bear!   It warms my heart to see his beautiful photos and hear what a joy he is for you.   Thank you for sharing this update!

---Mary



Thursday, November 16, 2017

A word of Caution about Merle Schnoodle Puppies

The dog above is called a Merle Schnoodle but there is more to this dog than meets the eye.
I have noticed more and more Merle Schnauzers and Merle Schnoodles popping up for sale on the internet.   Before you buy a dog from these breeders, it is important to educate yourself on the truth about the Merle gene as it relates to the Mini Schnauzer and the Schnoodle 

What is the Merle Color?   The Merle color on a dog reminds me of Oreo Cookie ice cream.  It is a mottled patches of color and sometimes darker larger patches.   It lightens as the dog gets older, so the pronounced color on a puppy will be more muted on the adult dog.  The mottled look is not always black and white, but can be other colors as well.   The most prized of the Merle dogs are those that are born with 1 or 2 blue eyes.  Breeders usually charge a lot more for the blue eyed dogs.  Sounds cool, right?  Wait...there is more to this gene than meets the eye!

The Merle color gene carries many health defects.    When a Merle is bred to a Merle you have a very high chance of blind and deaf dogs.    They also have a weaker immune system.  Some puppies are born dead or with missing eyelids.    The health risks are so great that the UK Kennel Club stopped registering dogs with the Merle gene in 2013.

Blue eyed dogs have the Merle gene. This is a gene that can cause puppies to be born deaf and blind.


Why would any breeder purposely breed Merle puppies?
Breeders who have introduced the Merle gene into their breeding lines, do so because they think this is an exotic look for a dog.  This is an excuse to charge more for the puppies.   It certainly is a surprise to see a Schnauzer with blue eyes!   These breeders justify their breeding of the Merle by saying that as long as they don't breed one Merle dog to another Merle dog, the health issues won't show up in the puppies.   But I consider breeding Merles to be a dangerous game.  One where the life and health of the dog is at stake.  When you breed a Merle litter, you cannot always tell which puppies have the Merle gene.  Sometimes that color pattern is hidden by a white gene, or sometimes it is such a small patch of Merle on a puppy it is not seen.   Tails are removed on Merle Schnauzers at 2-3 days old, and if the Merle patch was on the tail, no one would know that the dog carried the Merle gene.   So it is quite possible to breed a Merle to another Merle and not realize you have bred 2 Merles.  I just don't understand why any breeder wants to perpetuate a gene that is KNOWN to be so dangerous.....all this risk for a mottled coat or blue eyes?  It is just not worth it the risk of puppies born blind, deaf or dead.

Be Aware! The Merle Schnauzer is not a purebred Schnauzer
Be Aware!  The Merle Poodle is not a purebred Poodle
Neither Merle dogs can be registered with the AKC, because they are not Purebred.
The Mini Schnauzer and the Poodle do not carry the Merle gene in its history.   You can see a list of the breeds that have the Merle color as a possible color in this article by Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merle_(dog_coat)
The Merle Schnauzer is actually a Pomeranian Schnauzer Mix or an Australian Schnauzer mix.   (likewise the Merle Poodle is bred with a mix of one of those breeds).  Breeders who sell the Merle Schnauzer will register them with the MSCA The Merle Schnauzer Club of America.   I consider this a misleading registry, since it names the Schnauzer but not the other breed(s) it is mixed with.   The uneducated buyer thinks he is buying a purebred Mini Schnauzer.   And when this Merle dog is then bred to a Poodle the dog is not technically a Schnoodle either.

Are Merle Schnoodles good for Allergies?
If you are buying a Schnoodle because you or someone you love has allergies, then the Merle is definitely not the best choice for you. Most people buy a Schnoodle because the mix of a purebred Mini Schnauzer to a purebred Miniature Poodle are one of the BEST dogs for Allergies. That is because both breeds are low dander, non shedding breeds.   But when you Breed a Merle into the background, then you have bred in some profuse shedding genes.  The Pomeranian and the Australian Shephard are both prolific shedders and are NOT recommended for allergy sufferers.  The Merle Schnauzer/Poodle Mix should be lower shedding or dander than a Pomeranian or Australian Shepherd, but the possibility that the shedding/dander will show up in your puppy is definitely there.  So don't buy the Merle mixed dog, if you are trying to get the best Schnoodle for allergies.

So what should you do to avoid the Merle Gene in your Schnoodle dogs genetic background?   Buy a Miniature Schnauzer or a Miniature Schnoodle from a Reputable breeder that breeds for health above color.   Do not buy from breeders that breed Merle dogs.   You will have the best chance for a healthy puppy that is bred from quality AKC breeding lines. 

I have taken a lot of care to choose my breeding stock from from quality AKC Breeding lines because producing healthy puppies is my highest priority.

If you wish to find out more, there is a lot of information on the internet about this topic.  Just Google 'Merle genetics'.  And here is a website that also discusses the problem with the Merle Miniature Schnauzer specifically....http://merleminiatureschnauzers.weebly.com

Best wishes to you all in your puppy search!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Upcoming Schnoodle litters

UPDATE:

It would appear that we have filled all our reservation spots for our Winter litters.  IF you would like to place a deposit in case we have a larger litter than expected, you can still do that.  However your deposit will be applied to a Summer litter if there are not enough puppies.  So consider whether that would work for you.

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We are so excited to announce that we have Schnoodle puppies due in the month of December!    We will have photos of newborns in time for Christmas! The pups will be going home at 8 weeks of age, which is the end of January.  This is a great time to reserve a Schnoodle puppy!  
If you would prefer to have a puppy at a later time in 2018, then you can also reserve a puppy for the litters born in 2018 as well.

Contact me at GrowingPuppies@gmail.com to find out more.

Ricky will sire our upcoming litters...



Look for updates on our new females on our Dams and Sires page.


Below are some of our past Schnoodles

One of Ricky's Schnoodles
8 week puppies from Ricky's litters.




Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween! - Update from Oscar's family


Happy Halloween from 
Snow White and Prince Oscar!