Hello!! We are Barry and Diane Ykelenstam, breeders of proven top quality CKC Registered Miniature Schnauzers, bred first and foremost to be healthy loving companions that can adapt to the lifestyle of your family. We live in a beautiful semi rural setting in Prince Edward Island, Canada.
We breed salt and pepper, black and silver, solid black, solid white, and parti color minis. All our dogs and puppies are born and raised in our home and live as valued family members. They are born on the top floor of our 4 level home, in a bedroom directly across from our own master bedroom. That bedroom was converted into a whelping/puppy room and that is where our babies are raised for the first month or so of life, so they can have peace and privacy away from the other dogs. This spacious comfortable room is where they are weighed, monitored, snuggled and stimulated daily. Then when they are solidly on their feet, they are moved down to the family room for more space to run and explore, with supervised access to the fenced in yard multiple times daily (weather permitting) for beginning housetraining. They also get to be more involved with the rest of the dogs and normal hubbub of a family home. The family room is in the center of home life activity, with utmost attention paid to their mental as well as physical socialization. We do not have kennels and runs that they are imprisoned in, away from family life. Mini schnauzers thrive with the companionship and the love of their owners, and just need to be with their family as much as possible. They truly need to be a valued and treasured family member.
This breed is highly social and they should never ever be raised/housed in a kennel environment, most especially puppies! Their future ability to be a well adjusted adult is dependent upon this critical time of their life being spent being loved, socialized and even *educated* in a normal home environment. Young puppies are like sponges, and their behaviour reflects how they are raised and trained. They soak up whatever is presented, be it good OR bad, so it is necessary to find a breeder that makes sure that what the puppies are doing and learning every day is to be a happy healthy well adjusted pup, which the new owner must continue the minute they get their puppy home. With the high level of intelligence and one of a kind personality that this breed possesses, it is imperative that pups be raised in the proper manner from day one! It is a full time job, and no breeder can do it properly if they are not commited to raising their litters in a well planned manner. This absolutely CANNOT be done properly by so called breeders that have full time jobs that keep them many hours away from home. Raising puppies properly is a serious endeavour that requires time and commitment. Barry works full time at a stable job he has held for 30+ years, and I myself (Diane) am home full time and I currently plan to stay that way indefinitely. I have only ever worked part time on and off over the years, and only in jobs with flexibility so that I am always home for the birth of every litter no matter what. I insure that when/if I do work outside the home, I have plenty to give to both the dogs/puppies and the outside job without anything being sacrificed. If I do something I aim to do it right! We breed for the love and enjoyment of this precious breed.
All of our minis that we are owned and loved by, live every day life in the house, our home = their home. We have a fenced in grassy (or snowy, lol) back yard, oodles of various safe and fun toys, always a fresh supply of cool water, and plenty of room for all to run and play in a safe supervised environment! When they are tired of so much fun, we can all be found lounging happily and lazily around the deck or shady yard. Our minis are also walked regularly in the surrounding neighbourhood and fields, as well as along local shores when possible.
2007 was and always will be a very special year for us, as that was the year that we decided we would no longer dock any puppies' tails, unless there was a genuine medical need. We have never cropped ears, and now we happily added tails to our list of puppy body parts that we chose to keep intact as nature intended. We had been working towards this goal for several years, and even when we started, more than half our owners were freely choosing to keep their puppies' tails natural as they were meant to be. That made us so proud, to see that people actually took the time to weigh the considerations, and for the most part the pup's health and welfare won out over the *norm* of what, up to then, was expected for the breed in this country. In the years leading up to 2007, we had many complete litters in which all tails were kept natural, and the more that people saw and realized what we were doing and why, the more people we found that simply refused to have their puppies' tails docked. That is what had prompted us to decide to remove any choice about it, regarding our future puppies welfare. We no longer dock puppies' beautiful healthy tails for others' cosmetic reasons. We as consciencious caring breeders prefer to do the only possible right thing by this wondrous breed, so we breed by and live by what is right in our heart and right for any living creature, and that is to keep their ears and tails as are when they enter the world at birth, as nature intended. That is our vow for this breed we love, the Miniature Schnauzer.
This is a tremendous accomplishment for us, and we are proud to be able to say that we are truly responsible and ethical breeders, true leaders in promoting what is best for this breed... for both ears and tails to remain intact as nature intended! We can proudly boast that we were (as far as we know) the first breeder of purebred Mini Schnauzers in Canada, perhaps even in all of North America, that refused to crop ears or dock tails on any puppies (unless there is a genuine medical need to dock a tail which we have as yet never had). We have done this by choice starting many years ago, not by force via the new bylaws or veterinarians' code of ethics that are finally being passed in many provinces. These new bylaws or code of ethics that were or are being enacted actually bans vets from being able to do so if they wish to keep their license! We are very proud that one of our dogs, Ykelenstam's Kinetic Kaper, was chosen to represent the breed on the national anti docking - anti cropping poster released across Canada by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association in early 2010. This poster was several years in the making and has very important information on it, and we are so proud to have been a part of it right from the beginning stages. The poster can be seen on our Breed Info page. :)
We currently have 8 miniature schnauzers in our special extended family that we are "owned" and loved by. We have 3 spayed retirees, Kamara 11 years 11 months, Phoenix 11 1/2 years, and Xaria 7 years, and our current breeding girls Tooka and our pure white Czech import, Neiva, and our newest little girl a US import, Gossip Girl! We also are owned and loved by our gorgeous young stud dog, our wonderful Champion male Jovi, and our new little future stud, a new parti color US import named Keeper! And for a bit of a different flavour, we are VERY much owned and loved by our chunky little (spayed) Frenchie miss, Visa! To see some schnauzer pictures or read some very valuable information about the breed, socialization, training etc., click on the buttons below. On the linked pages you will find tremendously valuable info about every aspect of life with this amazing breed, the Miniature Schnauzer. Hover over the links below to show subtopics included on each link.
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