Things you need to know about miniature Schnauzers.

The Miniature Schnauzer is a breed that originated in Germany in the mid-to-late 19th century.

Hypoallergenic: Yes!

Life span: 12 – 17 years

Temperament: spirited, alert, obedient, friendly, fearless, and intelligent!

Miniature does NOT mean they are tiny! Miniature means they were down sized from the Standard Schnauzer, a normal Miniature Schnauzer will weigh about 15-20 lbs. Toy Mini Schnauzers will weigh 7-10 lbs. T-cups Mini Schnauzers weigh 6 and under. (if you get your Schnauzer fixed it will weigh about 5 lbs more than an intact Miniature Schnauzer)

Living Conditions: The Miniature Schnauzer is a good dog for any living environment from apartment life to farm living, they will be calm indoors as long as they get enough exercise.

Buyer's contract


Buyer's Contract

 McDorable Miniature Schnauzers

Date: ________________________Litter # ______________________________ Breed: MINIATURE SCHNAUZER

Sire: _____________________________Dam: ____________________Date Whelped: ____________________

Description: ______________________________________________

Male / Female: ______Price: $_____________Cash ____ PayPal____Shipping Fees (if applicable)______________

This puppy is guaranteed to be in good health, to the best of our knowledge, at the time of sale. The customer has a genetic health guarantee of five (5) years from date of puppy's birth. The buyer is required to take said puppy to a licensed Veterinarian within the first seventy-two hours after purchase. If the Veterinarian finds anything seriously wrong with puppy, it will be exchanged for another puppy of equal value immediately, or if there is no puppy available immediately, as soon as one becomes available. The buyer must provide a letter from the examining Veterinarian as evidence of puppy's illness, and the puppy must be returned within the guaranteed period. This guarantee is null and void if the puppy is not given all of its normal shots and normal treatments by a licensed Veterinarian and is not protected from normal disease, infections, or accidents.

The seller assumes no responsibility for this puppy after leaving the premises, including medical expenses, mortality, landlord's disapproval, allergy to animals, disagreement of family, etc. This contract does not cover the following: viral illnesses, parasites, infections, improper bites, giardia or coccidiosis or kennel cough. It also does not cover illnesses due to the ingestion of foreign objects, food, chemicals, stress related issues, behavioral issues, physical injuries and/or illnesses which may have occurred and/or contracted during transport to the buyer. You will not be reimbursed for any of the above. It is further understood and agreed that no warranty or representation has been made with respect to sold puppy, except set forth in writing in this agreement.

All of the puppies sold by McDorable will be sold as pets only and are never to be bred, they will be sold with limited AKC or CKC registration. If the purchased puppy is used to produce a litter, the Breeder will be entitled to be compensated for breach of contract. The BUYER then agrees to pay the BREEDER an additional $1000 above the purchase price of the original puppy and $1200 per puppy that is whelped. The general health guarantee as well as the genetic guarantee becomes void if the spay/neuter contract is violated. This is meant to protect our reputation and bloodline.

I agree to the breeding restrictions above and to spay/neuter this puppy by 12 months of age_________________________________________

I have read the above and agree to said conditions.

x_______________________________________ x___________________________________

              Buyer's Signature                                        Print Name                                                                                          

City: ___________________________ State: ___________________Zip:__________________

Telephone: ________________________________________

Breeder's Signature:


Prices & Deposit



Puppy Pricing: All our puppies are of the highest quality. Our prices generally start at $1,500 for Mini Schnauzer puppies and $2,000 for Toy Schnauzers ALL sold with limited AKC/CKC papers. Prices will be posted with the information given next to each available puppy's picture. The gender, size, color, and coat type of a puppy is what determines the price of our puppies. No one can perfectly predict what size, color, or coat type a puppy will be when full grown. We base our estimates on the size, color, and coat type of a puppy, by the size, color, and coat type of the father and mother and of the puppies from previous litters. Once you have placed a deposit on the puppy of your choice, your puppy's price will not change.

Waiting List Deposits, Puppy Deposits and Payment


To be placed on our "WAITING LIST" requires a $100.00 DEPOSIT. Your deposit will be applied towards the total purchase price of your puppy. Those placing a "Waiting List" deposit will be given first choice of the puppies, male or female of their choice, in the order that their deposits were placed. Your "Waiting List" deposit guarantees sex only, not color or size. ALL "WAITING LIST" DEPOSITS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE *. The only exception would be is if the adult female of your choice does not produce the male or female of your choice, in which case your deposit will be fully refunded, or you may choose to have your deposit transferred to a different or upcoming litter (please note that if any upcoming litter has previous deposits, those previous deposit will have priority).

Once the puppies are born a $100.00 "PUPPY DEPOSIT" is required to hold the puppy of your choice until it is ready to be either picked up or shipped. No puppy will be considered on hold until we have received your deposit. If you have already placed a "Waiting List" deposit then there is no additional charge. ALL "PUPPY DEPOSITS" ARE NON-REFUNDABLE **. The only exception would be is if something unforeseeable was to happen to your puppy, in which case your deposit would be fully refunded or you may choose to apply your deposit towards the purchase of another puppy from another litter. In some cases, a deposit may be applied towards the purchase of another puppy of your choice from the same litter or from another litter or future litter with no additional Change.

The deposit signifies good intent on the behalf of the Buyer to follow through with the purchase transaction of a puppy, it also signifies that the breeder will not sell your puppy to anyone else under any  circumstances. Deposits are a two way street as they bind and protect both buyer and seller. Please remember that we reserve the right to have the first pick of any litter and that we do not always sell our puppies for breeding purposes.

DEPOSITS may be made through PayPal. When using PayPal, please remember there is an additional 4% for their handling fee.

ALL PUPPIES WITH A DEPOSIT PLACED ON THEM MUST BE PAID FOR IN FULL BY THE TIME THEY ARE 8 WEEKS OF AGE. (unless other arrangements are made in advance, please see below) If you are shipping your puppy you will need to make your final payment through PayPal, your final payment must be received at least 2 weeks prior to shipping your puppy or if you are picking your puppy up full payment will need to be paid in cash or through Square.

Any delay in the final payment could result in a delay in shipping or picking up your puppy and additional fees. It is agreed that the Buyer accepts all responsibility for any additional boarding and shipping fees. You are welcome to pay for your puppy in full at any time. For immediate, on site adoptions, payments must be paid in cash or Square only. Please understand that these stipulations are not a reflection on you, but are a guard against those who would be dishonest.

Prior to placing a deposit on a puppy, please consider the serious commitment that you are making. You should be able and willing to provide a safe and loving home, nutritional dog food and supplements, grooming, medical needs, and it may be necessary to replace chewed up or soiled items. With that understanding, please proceed.

Boarding Fees

If your puppy is being picked up, in most cases, your puppy will be ready to go to it's new home at 8 weeks of age. We are happy to hold your puppy for 4 days after it's pick up "ready date" free of charge. If your puppy is being shipped we are happy to extend the hold until our puppy nanny can ship your puppy. We will let you know your puppy's pick up "ready date" or "ship date" is when you place the "puppy deposit". If your puppy is being picked up or shipped after it's ready date, plus the additional hold days, boarding fees will apply. Boarding fees are $15.00 per day or $100.00 per week, also if your puppy is due for any shots after it's "ready date" or "ship date" you are required to pay for them. Exceptions to this would be if your puppy is not ready to be released due to its size, health concerns with the puppy, scheduling conflicts with the airlines if your puppy is being shipped, or weather conditions. In these situations the, fee will be waived at our discretion.



The Miniature Schnauzer originated in Germany in the late 1800s.

They were originally bred for guarding herds and farms, and for keeping rats and vermin out of the barns. In the Mini Schnauzer's earliest stages, several small breeds were crossed to bring down the size of the well-established Standard Schnauzer. The goal was to create a duplicate but in a much smaller size. Crossing with breeds such as the Affenpinscher, Poodle and Miniature Pinscher, had the side effect of introducing colors that were not considered acceptable to the ultimate goal.

As breeders worked towards the stabilization of the gene pool, they stopped breeding parti colors, liver, and white puppies (the colors that were introduced by the Affenpinsher, poodle and Miniature Pinscher).

Although the Miniature Schnauzer comes in many, many different colors, the AKC only recognizes solid black, Salt & Pepper, and Black & Silver for conformation show events. The AKC will register all the other ‘rare’ colors but they are not allowed to be shown.



We ship our puppies by airplane with a puppy nanny. Our nanny will pick up the puppy at the Huntsville, AL airport, the puppy will fly in the seat with the nanny where he/she will be able to move around and play, the nanny will take the puppy to the bathroom to go potty while in flight. The puppy will be delivered to the airport nearest to you. Shipping cost $400 plus 4% PayPal fee and is not included in the puppy's price.

If the puppy nanny is not available to deliver the puppy we can have the puppy shipped by cargo, but we do not prefer this method.

For us to be able the ship the puppy we will need to know:

  1. The name of the nearest major airport to you.
  2. The name, address and phone number of the person who will be picking up the puppy at the airport.

The shipping cost must be paid for in full before we will ship the puppy.

You must be on time or even better 15-30 minutes early to pick up your puppy at the airport.

informational sheet


McDorable Miniature Schnauzers

  • Your puppy was born_______________________
  • First shot was on______________________
  • Next shot is due________________
  • Your puppy has been dewormed every 2 weeks starting at 4 weeks of age.
  • Next de-worming is due____________________and every 2 weeks till 14 weeks of age, then every 3 months or whenever your Veterinarian says.
  • Your puppy has been eating Eukanuba puppy chiot food (it's in a purple bag) you can find it at PetSmart and Petco, I recommend feeding your puppy all he/she wants to eat up to a year old, after he/she turns a year old you will want to start portioning their food to keep him/her from getting over weight, usually the bag of dog food has suggestions on portion control, or consult with your Veterinarian. I also give them Ol' Roy soft and moist bites (beef & cheese), I get it at Walmart it's in a brown box, you should probably only give half a bag a day (if that). I let the whole litter share one bag a day. If you plan to change the food this puppy will be eating, I recommend giving half of what he/she is eating now, Eukanuba puppy chiot with half of what you want him/her to eat in the future, do this until the Eukanuba puppy chiot food is gone.

   Please make sure that you give your puppy haircuts or take them to a groomer for haircuts at least every month, especially while they're young and still learning. I'm a groomer, and some people never bring their puppy in for a haircut until they're around 3 - 6 months. Believe me, it is NO fun for you or your puppy's groomer. I have given your puppy several haircuts, trimmed and filed nails and given lots of baths to start the training, now it's up to you to keep it going. ;)

  • To register your puppy you will need to send the AKC puppy application to AKC, the address in on the top of your AKC application (highlighted in yellow). However because your puppy isn't a standard color, AKC requires that your send pictures in with you puppy's registration application. The pictures must be one full front body shot and one full side body shot. You should address the envelope to AKC and mark it with: "ATTN: Special Services" in order for your paper work to be processed and returned promptly. However Salt/Pepper, Black/Silver and Black can all be registered online via AKC webpage. If you need any help, just give us a call or text, we will be happy to help! If you do mess up on anything they will contact you, so no worry. American Kennel Club Customer Service phone: (919) 233-9767
  • Attention! This is a puppy and he/she NEEDS to have all his/her shots! Parvo can kill your puppy if not kept vaccinated. Also DO NOT let this puppy play in in the dirt, ground, grass or anywhere that hasn't been cleaned, it is not safe for your puppy to be in on dirt grass until he/she gets his/her last puppy shot, which is around 15 to 16 weeks depending on your Veterinarian. We have dealt 1st hand with parvo when we bought our first Schnauzers but we were not informed of how strong it is. That’s why we want to make our puppy buyers well aware of parvovirus and to be really careful with your puppy.

  • If your puppy gets tear stains or red/orange color around the mouth, eyes or body we recommend Angel Eyes, the cheapest place we’ve found it is on It works great, you will definitely notice a difference on white dogs!
  • If you do not like how your puppy’s ears look and you would like to get them cropped. We recommend Dr. Haynes Dennis DVM he has cropped Sable and Ziva’s ears. Address 724 US-278, Cullman, AL 35058 Phone 256 734 6060
  • McDorable Miniature Schnauzers is owned by Kerri, Taylor, Leah and Rebekah McDonald the owner/breeder of your puppy is Taylor McDonald.
  • If you have any questions please call or text us at 256-919-9410.
  • The Veterinarian we use is Dr. Michael Penney, DVM at County Line Veterinary Services, LLC. Address 5667 Highway 36 W Danville, AL.
  • County Line Veterinary Services, LLC. Phone number 256 773-8191
  • If you would like to call them and ask questions please ask to speak to Dr. Penney.
  • Please keep us up to date on your puppy’s health, weight and any other things we should know. This helps us when future buyers have questions. Please, please send pictures whenever you get the chance, we like to share them on our Facebook and Instagram pages!

Ø You can follow us on Facebook @McDorable Miniature Schnauzers or on Instagram @mcdorableminiatureschnauzers

Please leave us a review on our Facebook page, it helps future buyers! :)

AKC Miniature Schnauzer colors


AKC Color Codes:

Name                Code

Black                   007

Black & Silver       016

Salt & Pepper       167

White                   199

Wheaton              224

Parti                    038

Liver                   123

Liver Pepper        498

Liver Tan             124

The address on the envelope as follows:

American Kennel Club

Attention: Special Services

P.O. Box 37902 Raleigh, N.C. 27627-7902

Tip: When registering your puppy of a non-traditional color with AKC, it is necessary to include two photos with the puppy application. The photos must be a front & side view.

The American Miniature Schnauzer Club only recognizes 3 colors of Miniature Schnauzers (Salt and Pepper, Black and Silver, and Black), but the Miniature Schnauzer comes in many different colors: Liver, White Chocolate, Liver Parti, Liver and Tan, Liver Pepper, White, Black Parti, Salt and Pepper Parti, and Black and Silver Parti.

All AKC puppies are eligible for registration, but may not be shown in AKC sponsored shows unless they are Salt and Pepper, Black and Silver, or Black. Whites (along with the standard colors) can be shown in International competitions with or without cropped ears and tails!




  •  Salt and Pepper:

Salt and Pepper has many variations to it's shades. It can be a very dark black, resembling the black and silver, and at the other end of the spectrum, it can be so light that it appears white from a distance. What to look for, to tell the difference, is that ALL salt and peppers have banded hairs. That means that on the hair, there are 3 shades of gray. The darkest salt and peppers are called "Dark Salt and Pepper". The lightest salt and peppers are called Platinum Silvers; they appear white, but have the dark banded hairs within the coat. The registration color code for a salt and pepper is 167.

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  • Black and Silver:

Black and Silvers can appear much the same as the salt and peppers when they are born, except that the black and silvers have NO brown or copper color behind the ears, on the hocks, nor on the body. As the black and silver matures, she will keep her solid black body and where she had copper colored accents on the face and feet, they will begin to lighten until they become a beautiful silver white. It is acceptable to have a few random white hairs appear on the body as they age, but otherwise, the body should remain a solid black color. Phantom is a term used to delineate between extremely white markings on the face and furnishings versus very little white on the face and furnishings. Phantoms tend to fade more quickly than the "old style" black and silvers, although, some are fortunate to have the genetics to keep their dark coats even though they are extreme in their markings. The registration color code for a black/silver is 016.

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  • Blacks:

The blacks are exactly what they sound (some may have small white markings). They are born black, they are black and they should remain black (any white markings will blend with the coat and be less noticeable as they age). Some blacks will begin to lighten to a dark gray or fade and have a brown/liver color on the tips of their hair as they age. Some blacks are able to retain their deep black color throughout their lives. This is genetic and some have it, but most do not. The registration color code for a black is 007.


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  • Whites:

Again, whites are exactly what they sound like. They are born white and will remain white throughout their lives. They are not born cream or some other color and then turn white. They are not albino, nor is it a defective gene. White is a registerable color within AKC and can be shown in the International shows. When registering a White (or any other non-traditional color), a front view and side view picture must be sent to AKC along with the registration papers. (This is a rule set up by the AMSC) The registration color code for a white is 199.

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  • Liver:

The coat of the dog is a Liver color (Liver colored dogs can also have White markings on the chest, feet and beard that will blend with the coat and be less noticeable as they age). The nose, pads and eyelids are a Liver color. Also, the eyes are a hazel or green color. The AKC registration code for Liver is 123.


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    • Black and Silver Parti:

    The body of a Black and Silver parti is often white with a large blanket of black. On the other hand, they can have a blanket of black with spots of white. The nose, pads, and eyelids are black. The eyes are also brown in color. Also, the eyebrows will be all white, just like the black and silvers. The AKC registration color code for ALL Parti patterns is 023.

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    • White Chocolate:

    A white chocolate is completely white with a Liver colored nose, pads, and eyelids. The eyes are a hazel green color. The AKC registration code for ALL whites is 199.

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  • Salt and Pepper Parti:

The body of a salt and pepper parti is white with large spots (or a blanket) of silver (that start out brown) with the nose and pads being black. The eyes are also brown in color. The AKC registration color code for ALL Parti patterns is 023.

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    • Liver Parti:

    The body of a Liver parti is white with large spots (or a blanket) of Liver with the nose and pads being Liver. The eyes are also a hazel green color. The AKC registration color code for ALL Parti patterns is 023.

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  • Black Parti:

The body of a black parti is white with large spots (or a blanket) of black with the nose and pads being black. The eyes are brown. The AKC registration color code for ALL Parti patterns is 023

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  • Liver and Tan:

A liver and tan is the same as a black and silver except where the black and silver is black, the liver and tan has a Liver colored coat. Also, the furnishings are a tan to silver color instead of the bright white of the black and silver. The AKC registration color code for the Liver and Tan is 124.


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    •  Liver/Tan Parti:

    Liver/Tan partis are born with brown/tan bodies with liver markings, the brown/tan markings will fade to white/Silver color. The body is often white/Silver with a large blanket of liver. On the other hand, they can have a blanket of liver with spots of white/Silver. The nose, pads, and eyelids are liver. The eyes can be hazel green in color. Also, the eyebrows will be all white/Silver, just like the Liver and Tan. The AKC registration color code for ALL Parti patterns is 023.




    • Liver Pepper:

    The liver pepper is similar to the salt and pepper except that the nose, pads, and eyelids of the liver pepper are Liver colored and the eyes may also be hazel green in color. The AKC registration color code for the Liver Pepper is 498.

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  • Liver and Pepper Parti: 
  • The body of a Liver and pepper parti is Tan/Cream with large spots (or a blanket) of Liver Pepper (that start out brown) with the nose and pads being liver. The eyes can also be brown or hazel green in color. The AKC registration color code for ALL Parti patterns is 023.


Ear cropping


Health benefits

Historically, ear cropping has been advocated as a health benefit for certain breeds with long, hanging ears. There is some evidence that dogs with standing ears may suffer from fewer ear infections than dogs with hanging ears. It has also been hypothesized that standing ears are less prone to damage and subsequent medical complications, especially in working dogs. Some claim that cropped ears enhance Boxer's hearing. Long, hanging ears cannot function the same way as erect ears which can swivel toward a sound source. The erect shape directs sound waves into the ear canal and additionally amplifies the sound slightly. Long, hanging pinnae also impose a physical barrier to sound waves entering the ear canal.

Popular breeds that often have their ears cropped include Doberman Pinschers, Boxers, Schnauzers, Great Danes, Boston Terriers, and Pit Bull Terriers.  Ear cropping generally takes place when a puppy is between 8 and 16 weeks old, while the cartilage and muscles of the ears are not yet fully developed and will allow the cropped ears to be trained to stand upright.   During the procedure, a veterinarian anesthetizes the puppy, trims away unwanted ear tissue, and closes the incision with sutures.  The healing process takes up to 2-3 weeks.

Cropped ears on your dog can look great. But you want to make sure the procedure is done properly and safely, to ensure you get the results you want—while keeping your dog as safe and comfortable as possible.

  1. The first question you have to ask yourself when considering this procedure is, when should you have it done? The typical age ranges from 12 – 16 weeks.
  2. The next thing you need to do is choose an ear crop style.
    It’s important to choose an ear crop style before you go looking for a vet, because some vets will only perform one style of crop.

Medium crops and Show crops have the greatest chance of standing erect. Ears that are cropped too long, or too short, are less likely to stand erect.

Choosing a Vet

We reccommend East Point Animal Hospital, Dennis Haynes DVM for our local puppy buyers, they charge $150, they are located at 724 US Highway 278 E. Cullman, AL 35055 and their phone number is 256-734-6060. They have cropped Sable & Ziva's ears.

If you are not local you will need to find a good vet near you. This procedure is going to determine how your dog looks for the rest of their life, so make sure to do your homework and find a good vet.
When you talk to the vet, you’ll want to talk about to them about two things:

  1.  The Price: On average, you can expect to pay anything from $150 to over $600. Keep in mind, a more expensive vet does not necessarily mean you’ll get a better crop. A fair price that you should expect to pay for a good crop is probably about $250.
    This price should include everything, including the procedure itself, the follow-up visit, and any medications (pain medicine and potentially antibiotics).
  2. Picture of Prior Crops
    In addition, it’s a good idea to bring in a few pictures of ear crops that you like. Show them to the vet and ask if they are willing and able to crop ears in that style.
    (Some vets will only crop ears one way, so make sure they can provide what you want.)

Aftercare Tips

  1. Follow the Vet’s Instructions. This should go without saying, but make sure to follow all your vet’s instructions! Your dog has just had surgery, and it’s important to do everything you can to help them heal properly.
  2. Remove scabs. When you were a kid, your mother may have told you not to pick at scabs. Well that might be good advice for yourself, but when it comes to cropping ears, you want to remove any scabs on your dog’s ears immediately. This is important because the scabs could interfere with the ears properly standing up.
  3. Keep the Ears Clean. You need to keep the skin clean until it’s had a chance to heal. This is important in preventing infections that could require an emergency trip to the vet. We use original Vaseline for our Miniature Schnauzers, we keep Vaseline on the ears for at least the first 2 weeks after surgery, rub the Vaseline on the ears at least two-three times a day to keep them moist.