If you are interested in getting a chapman puppy you will need to be on our notification list. People on our notification list will receive an email when we are soon to taking deposits on litters. All available puppies or deposit openings will be offered to those on this list before being advertised on our website. We RARELY, if ever, have a puppy come available that don't get adopted first by someone on this list, so they aren't typical advertised on our website. We do not take deposits until puppies are 5 to 6 weeks old and have been evaluated and priced. we always email our notification list with available puppies before advertising on our website . If you would like to be put on this list just text or email us, through our form on the Contact US page, stating that you would like to be added to the notification list.
Deposits are taken first come first serve as people respond to the notification list email. The deposit is not refundable after deposit holders make their picks of the litter at 5 + weeks of age. We do not price our puppies until they are 5+ weeks of age and we can evaluate their build coat and estimate their expected maturity size. When pups are 5+ weeks I email out photo albums and video of each puppy with their individual info and price, to our notification list. We do not allow people to make their pick in persons as the pups have not been vaccinated at this age. If additional video or pictures are wanted we take those to help aid your pick. We can’t guarantee color, size, or gender of the puppies but we do our best to estimate; your deposit will be refunded in full if there is any issue of health with your puppy while in our care. Once a pick has been made a $500 deposit holds a puppy until pick up at 8+ weeks of age. The $500 is NO LONGER REFUNDABLE once placed as it is a holding fee for your pup and shows your commitment to this puppy. Chapman Schnauzers reserves the right to FIRST PICK OF ANY LITTER. We accept Check or Paypal for deposits on our puppies. If you are making your final payment or paying for your puppy in full before pick up, we only accept payment in cash or check. Checks must be received and cleared in our account at least one week prior to pick up. If final payment has not been received and you are picking up your puppy we only accept cash as payment NO EXCEPTIONS. You can pay for your puppy in full any time after 4 weeks once they are priced out if you wish. If we are holding a puppy for you past the pick up date we require puppies be paid in full by 8 weeks of age.
For the health and safety of our puppies, we do not allow visitors to see the puppies until they have received their first booster shots from our vet at 8 weeks of age. Puppies are much like new born babies and rely on the immunity of their mothers and safety of our home to protect them from harmful viruses or disease they can contract being brought in from unknowing visitors. We understand this is inconvenient for those wanting to make their pick in person and understand if this causes you to go else wear to find a puppy. We respect your decision. But the safety of our puppies comes first as we also owe it to the other families waiting on their pups to keep the litter as safe and healthy as possible. This precaution is advised by our vet and we take it seriously.
The pricing of our miniature sized puppies starts at $1500 to $2500. This is for puppies of all colors and genders expected to mature in the 11-21lb range. We occasionally have puppies that will mature under the standard in the 5-10lb or under 12inchs. These pups are ideal for families that travel a lot especially by plane. These puppies are priced in the $2000-$3500 range. When our notification list is notified of a breeding we tell you the price range, colors, and sizes to expect for that litter. Our puppies are priced based off of the quality of the pup. The quality of a miniature schnauzer is found in their conformation, stature, temperament and coat. We do not charge more for a specific color or gender. That being said we do not price out our puppies until they are 5+ weeks of age as it is not until that time that we can begin to see the conformation, build and coat of each pup.
We do not ship our puppies. If you live out of Arizona you must drive/fly to get your pup in person.
What We Look For In Our Puppies
Conformation & Build: A very square and robust pup with perfect bite, closely folded ears, and strong; rectangular head is going to be the pick of the litter and what we try to breed for. Nothing about a mini should feel toyish when you hold them although they are small but should feel solid and compact. Some people confuse weight with size. A very toyish dog that is light in build and bone structure may only weigh 8-9 pounds but still be as tall as a standard Miniature Schnauzer at 12”. Where as you can have a “Toy” schnauzer that is only 9” to 10” in height but still weighs 10 -12 pounds. This would be a dog that in toy in size but carries the integrity of the breed and is robust in stature NOT TOYISH.
Size: The standard for the Miniature Schnauzer, as listed on the American Miniature Schnauzer Club is 12” to 14” and weighing between 11 and 20lbs. The term “Toy” and “Teacup” is used to describe dogs that are smaller than the breed standard of 12” or 11 lbs. Our adults all average between 9 – 15lbs. We target this weight because we have a lot of people that inquire for dog they can fly with and your larger minis are over the limit for airlines. We do not guarantee size, just because they are the smallest at birth does not mean they will not grow to be the biggest (this happens often). We will give an estimate based off of previous litters and the parent’s size.
If weight is important to you BEWARE: Some breeders label large puppies as toys or teacups and charge more for them. We track the weight of our puppies from birth, and from their average weight gain each week, are better able to predict their matured adult weight. Just because the parent are small doesn't mean the resulting pups all will be as well, miniature size puppies can come from "teacup" parents. Often weights on dogs are take before maturity at 2 years and are a false reflection on the parents true sizes. So make sure you have done your research and don’t get taken advantage of.
Color:Our dogs carry for all the colors the Miniature Schnauzer comes in. We get puppies in the standard colors black, black and silver, and salt and pepper. These three colors are the only ones recognized in the show ring. We also have puppies in the liver or chocolate color, Liver pepper, chocolate and tan, parti, and white variations. Yes we do have some puppies that are flashier than others but none of these colors are “RARE” as some claim them to be. They are not hard to produce and shouldn’t require you to pay extra. To see examples of all the Schnauzer colors check out our Schnauzer Color Page.
Coat: Because the schnauzer have Terrier, Affenpincher and Poodle mixed in their background their hair comes in a variety of different forms. We try to concentrate breeding stock with the super plush soft straight or wavey coats, not curly. These are actually easier to brush and don’t matt the way the typical schnauzer coats do. We also have show bred schnauzers that have hair not quite as dense but equally soft. We personally prefer the soft super plush coated Schnauzers. There is less maintenance in brushing and mats. They are visually more striking and full without grooming. This is the premium coat we breed for. The pictures below depict the difference between thin, normal and dense coated schnauzers. You can see the difference in the legs. A super dense coat doesn't need brushing or products to stay full looking like a show dog for weeks. Everyone has their preferences some prefer thiner coats to the super full heavy dense coats but this is visually the difference.
We accept Check or Paypal for deposits on our puppies. If you are making your final payment or paying for your puppy in full before pick up, we only accept payment in cash or check. Checks must be received and cleared in our account at least one week prior to pick up. If final payment has not been received and you are picking up your puppy we only accept cash as payment NO EXCEPTIONS. You can pay for your puppy in full any time after 4 weeks once they are priced out if you wish. If we are holding a puppy for you past the pick up date we require puppies be paid in full by 8 weeks of age.
What Our Puppies Comes With
All our puppies go to their new homes freshly bathed and groomed with a one-year health guarantee against genetic defects. They will be examined by our vet and you will be provided with their shot record and schedule for future vaccination. They will be micro chipped and come with their microchip registration. Puppies will have tails docked and dewclaws removed, ear are left natural. Your puppy also comes with their own binder full of info on their current vaccinations, future vaccinations, spaying/neutering, training, grooming, feeding, ect. A copy of their parents AKC pedigrees will be included. ALL PUPPIES ARE SOLD ON LIMITED REGISTRATION CONTRACTS AS COMPANIONS NOT TO BE BRED. If you would like to register your puppy through the AKC you must let us know before you take them home at 8 weeks. If you request, we will provide your puppies AKC registration papers AFTER you send us proof of spay/neuter at 6+ months of age. Also included in their binder is the standard schnauzers grooming diagram.
*The puppy pack includes a variety of chews and toys as well as a week supply of their current puppy food (Fromm Gold Puppy). We litter box train our puppies (like a cat) so that potty training is an easier transition and they come to you with clean habits. Our puppy Pack includes a bag with the wood pellets we use to help you transition your puppy into there new routine and help prevent accidents.
Food & Treats
It's important with Miniature Schnauzer to pay attention to the fat content in the brand they eat. We try to keep the fat content of our dog food between 10-14% for our adults. We feed our adults Eagle Pack Small Breed, and Fromm Weight Management Gold Food. Schnauzers are prone to gaining weight and diabetes is common when they get over weight. This is a really good article on what is important to look at in dog food brands.
The majority of health issues are caused by what your feeding your dogs. Dry dog kibble is at the very bottom of the list for what's actually healthy and in balance with what the dogs body is built to digest. The dog food industry has no regulations. Much of what is put in the majority of kibbles is not meant to be processed by dog bodies. Dogs are very resilient and their body's tolerate a lot. This doesn't mean there aren't hereditary issue that could come from genetics. But a lot of issue come from what we feed dogs. Lots of of vets ARE NOT educated on dog food brands and sell brands because they advertise to them. Because alternate options can be So expensive we feed our pups human grade holistic kibble Fromm Gold Puppy it's more affordable for new homes. if your interested in learning more about how to identify good dog food brand please read this LINK
I advise owners to add in dog approved, fresh foods to their dogs dry kibble as treats. DONT FEED THEM MORE PROCESSED TREATS from the store. Fresh caught water packed sardines are a great treat. Feed your pups one a day OR intermittently as a treat and give them fish oil pills once a day. The benefits to their health are huge! sardines contain Omega-3 fatty acids that are critically important to pet neuromuscular development, skin health, and coat quality. I also like blueberries. You can buy huge bags at Costco for cheep and frozen they are a great snack in the summer and year around. Blueberries are low in calories and contain high amounts of vitamin C, fiber, phytochemicals and antioxidant. Think how much store bought "treats" cost and the majority are harmful or not adding to the health of your pet. For less cost the treats I’ve mentioned are PACKED with nutrients that improve the health, build the immunity of your pet, and can help make up for a lot of nutrients that is lost when kibble is processed and baked.
*We understand that adopting a puppy is a serious commitment and ask that you strongly considered the responsibility and expense of adopting a puppy before you proceed. Puppies are a life commitment that required attention, patients, and love. The time you put into your future companion will be reflected in the type of dog they grow to be. So be ready to take on this commitment because they will be devoted to you. That being said we try to set you up for success with the socializing we do with our puppies so they come to you balanced and ready to learn. The stipulations on the notification list, deposits and payments is to create an organized, structured, and fair system for all parties involved and to protect against those who would be deceitful.