Home of Toy sized Miniature Schnauzers, Biewer Yorkshire Terriers & Designer Maltibiewer Terriers. Specializing in rare and exotic colors. We are a private in-home AKC, UKC and AMTC registered breeder located in beautiful Western North Carolina.
Hi! my name is Anna and I am a retired dental assistant, and I wanted to spend my time doing something special with animals full-time, hence "Stillions Miniature Miracles Ranch!"
We're glad you've made the decision to add a forever friend to your family. I grew up around dogs all my life and dogs have always captivated my heart as well as my family's. My mother and brother both raise Miniature Australian Shepherds and my sister raised Shih Tzu's. Over 10 years ago my family and I fell in love with and started raising Jack Russell Terriers and today we raise Miniature Schnauzers. They are a delightful and loyal breed with intriguing looks, spunkiness and its their sweet natured temperaments that we felt this was a wonderful dog that other families would enjoy as much as we do! Not long after, we expanded our family to include Biewer Yorkshire Terriers and recently added Designer Maltibiewer Terrier aka Morkshire Terrier.. We specifically raise the "Miniatures" of all our breeds because that is our personal preference!
"Terriers have distinctive personalities, energetic, are feisty and require owner's with the determination to match their dogs' lively characteristics"
Because I am home everyday, I am a full-time caretaker able to raise each puppy and litter with daily care and attention along with my husband, Rick, who does steel frame construction and our two children, Jordan 25 and Kayla 22. Since we are a small in-home breeder, we only have a few litters a year and there are times when we don't always have puppies available, but we do offer an upcoming litter waiting list here and also send notifications of when we have puppies (pop-up box). Our dogs are first and foremost our family members! We raise each puppy and litter with daily care and spend the same care and quality time finding loving committed forever homes to entrust them too, so our babies are only adopted to approved homes and never to pet stores or brokers.
We feel we are blessed to share our lives with these fun, intelligent, and very special 4 legged family members and everyone at Stillions Miniature Miracles Ranch, (SMM) has fun chasing rabbits, squirrels, lizards and the neighbor's cat with over an acre to roam around and each puppy comes pre-spoiled, pampered with lots of hugs & kisses and ready to be loved by you!
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Care of Puppies
SMM puppies range from -tiny toys -to- toys- full grown!
Our puppies are from exceptional and proven parent dogs, that are health cleared, OFA tested, certified and we participate in the AKC Dog Breeders, Bred with H.E.A.R.T Program. Theyare from lines carefully chosen not only for their health but also for their beauty and great loving temperaments. (visit our Nursery page for available puppies)
Schnauzers are generally ready for their forever homes around 9-weeks and 10-weeks for Biewers & Maltibiewers. Tiny Toy sizes are kept up to 12-weeks or longer if needed. If for any reason we or our veterinarian feel any puppy needs to be with mom longer than age to go to forever homes, then we have the right to keep puppy until we deem that puppy can be placed in his/her forever home. This benefits the puppy and you as the owner.
All SMM pups come with dew claws removed and docked tails except for our Biewer's and Maltibiewer's they have intact tails. If you prefer your pup to have an intact tail or a docked tail for a Biewer this can be reserved only before birth by going on our waiting list! We do not perform any cropping of any ears and do not recommend it.
Our Veterinarian performs a physical exam which includes checking for heart abnormalities, lungs are clear, no ear or eye infections, glands are normal, teeth and gums are in perfect condition for their age, a fecal exam to ensure they are parasite free, and are sound and healthy puppies before they leave us.
Puppies are given Pyrantel at 2, 4 weeks and Fenbendazole at 6, 8 weeks which treats for all four of the common parasites that puppies may have. Puppies are vaccinated on our schedule listed below and between 8-9 weeks they receive their microchips.
At, one-week prior to being ready to go home they receive their first puppy groom, which includes bath, nails and puppy trim to potty patch area.
Before they leave us they are treated with Revolution their first heart-worm and flea preventative, this treatment is good for 30 days and will need to follow-up with your Veterinarian to continue on Revolution or another preventive.
*Please Note* For the health and safety of our puppies, we do not allow for anyone to come, see or pick-out puppies in person and/or visit puppies. This is to protect our dogs and your puppy from possible exposure to illnesses and germs that could potentially be harmful. On day of pick-up we will arrange appointments to receive your puppy. We do post pictures of puppies every 2-3 weeks (if permitted) until they are ready to go home.
Puppy Enrichment Exercise
Each SMM puppy goes through the Puppy Enrichment Exercise.
What is the Puppy Enrichment Exercise? The Puppy Enrichment Exercise is what we "coined" after the (Bio Sensor Program), which is an early neurological stimulation exercise for canines in order to give our puppies a superior advantage. It consists of five simple training exercises that are designed to stimulate their neurological system. Each exercise involves the handling of puppies once each day for three to five seconds per exercise, beginning on the third day from whelp and lasts for sixteen days.
The handling of each pup once per day involves the following exercises:
Tactical stimulation- stimulate puppies paw between the toes.
Head pointed up- head held erect perpendicular to the ground.
Head pointed down- head pointed in downward position.
Supine position- puppy is cradled face up in palms.
Thermal stimulation- puppy is placed on a cool damp towel.
Five benefits have been observed in canines that were exposed to the Puppy Enrichment stimulation training exercises.
The benefits noted were:
Improved cardio vascular performance
Stronger heart beats
Stronger adrenal glands
Better tolerance to stress
Greater resistance to disease
Where did the Bio Sensor Program come from? The Bio Sensor Program was discovered by the U.S. military and instituted into their military canine training program. Based on years of research, the military learned that early neurological stimulation exercises had important and lasting effects, and dogs were found to have longer life spans than unexposed dogs.
In our research and talking with others who have followed this program, we felt that it would have a positive effect on ourpuppies and from our personal experience, we feel it does.
It is the owner's responsibility to continue to care for your puppy once they leave us. This includes; wormings, checking for parasites, ensuring puppy continues to get all necessary vaccinations against: parvovirus, distemper, and adenovirus by the time puppy reaches 20 weeks old to be fully vaccinated. The Rabies vaccine cannot be administered before 16 weeks old and the vaccine protocol suggests 24 weeks, but cannot be given at same interval with other vaccines. Check with your county's/state's regulations on when to administer this vaccine. We will not be responsible for any veterinarian fees or costs for your puppy.
The owner should be aware that owning a puppy means: trips to the vet and understands that he/she is responsible for all payments. Even though your new puppy has been wormed and checked for parasites, keep in mind that your puppy may still have some worms or parasites and that all young puppies are susceptible to having worms, ear mites, coccidiosis and other parasites which can easily be treated. For these reasons, we'd like you to continue de-worming your puppy every (2) weeks up until the puppy reaches 16 weeks old and to contact your veterinarian for best schedule.
*Please do not expose your puppy to other dogs, puppies, dog parks, yards, pet stores, public places, friends or other family homes until they have been Fully vaccinated, which is generally between 16-20 weeks old. Failure to adhere to this advice puts your puppy at a greater risk of contracting communicable diseases and illnesses including Parvovirus.*
We've tried several top quality foods and found Fromm and Petcurean are fabulous choices for quality and value in dog foods.
Fromm is a plant based dog food with a holistic approach to complete and balanced nutrition that is enhanced with probiotics to aid in digestion with a variety of foods with several recipes. Fromm family classic recipes are based on their original Fromm Family Recipe from 1949. Tastefully prepared with high-quality ingredients, their Classic family recipes feature chicken combined with brown rice, eggs, and Wisconsin cheese. Their gold puppy recipes are with select proteins and wholesome ingredients enhanced with probiotics to aid digestion and salmon oil for a healthy coat. Fromm four-star recipes offer dogs a variety of entrées, each carefully prepared in small, controlled batches using real meat, fish, farm-fresh produce, and Wisconsin cheese.
Petcurean their products feature fresh meat and meat meal ingredients which are sourced from animals passed fit for human consumption by the CFIA. The fruits and vegetables used in the Go! solutions, Now Fresh dry recipe and Gather recipes also come from human grade chains. Petcurean only uses ‘named’ meat meals (such as chicken meal) in foods as these meals are of higher quality protein source and are made only from muscle meats.
Fromm is fed to our Biewer's & Maltibiewer's. Petcurean and Fromm mixed together is fed to our Schnauzers. Occasionally, I will add Wellness Trufood baked chicken livers to the mix, just to keep kibble interesting. *I never feed beef because it can cause allergies in Dogs*
When pups are weaned and eating, generally between 4-6 weeks, we add CocciGaurd to their gruel (puppy food), this is for Coccidia prevention and we supplement with NuVet Plus Wafers to boost their immune systems.
Peanut Butter Treats This is a special treat Our dogs love!
1/2 cup flour 3/4 cup oatmeal 1/4 cup wheat germ 1/4 cup peanut butter (creamy) (No Xylitol) 1/4 cup salad oil 1/4 cup honey 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 cup water
Combine all ingredients and mix on low until smooth. Make into 1 tablespoon-sized balls (or any shape you like, have fun!) and place on uncreased cookie sheet. I then flatten balls to 1/4 inch using the tines of a fork. Bake at 325*degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Makes approx. 20 dog treats. (occasionally I will drizzle just a tiny bit of honey over the treat after its baked) Enjoy!
*Note- some dogs are allergic to wheat, you can omit the wheat germ if this is the case and make sure the peanut butter contains NO xylitol*
Our Vaccination Schedule
This is our (revised 12/18) vaccine schedule starting at 7 weeks that we follow for all our dogs: (we have found that vaccines started later are more effective).
7 weeks: puppies receive a Puppy-DPv vaccine which is: Canine Distemper and Parvovirus (we use Nobivac®)
11 weeks: puppies need toreceive another Canine Distemper and Parvovirus vaccine from your veterinarian.
15 weeks: puppies need to receive a Puppy-DAPPv vaccine which is: Distemper, Parvovirus, Adenovirus type-1, Adenovirus type-2, and Parainfluenza from your veterinarian.
*No booster shots needed after this shot*
*All puppies from SMMwill need to receive (two-more) vaccines* A Puppy-DPv at 11 weeks and a Puppy-DAPPv at 15 weeks from your veterinarian to be fully vaccinated* (Any puppies that are with SMM longer than age to go home are automatically given scheduled vaccines until placed in forever homes)
5 months: (1) 1-year Rabies vaccine. Followed by a second (1) one-year vaccine given within (1) one-year from initial dose.
*No booster shots needed*
Do not vaccinate puppies or dogs during times of stress such as: traveling, illness, infections after surgeries and not at same time as other vaccines.
Information on boarding your puppy:
10 & 14 weeks: Bordetella vaccine (kennel cough intranasal) to be given 3days prior to boarding, as it only protects against (2) two of the (8) eight possible strains of kennel cough and not to be given at same time as regular puppy vaccines. Only given if puppy or dog will be boarded with other animals. *Schedule and boosters depend on frequency of boarding*
One of the reasons dogs need vaccine protection at all is because they aren't eating an ideal diet. The better your pet's nutrition is, the healthier the immune system will be and better to fight off pathogens.
**Please Note** Many lines of Schnauzers, Yorkshires (including Biewers & Maltibiewers) along with other toy breeds are sensitive to Leptospirosis, Lyme and Corona vaccines. These may cause severe allergic reactions or even death. Therefore, it is not recommended unless you live in a part of the country where this disease is prevalent.
North Carolina is not a high risk area. We do-not give these vaccinations to any puppy we place in homes and SMM willnot guarantee any puppy that has been given the Leptospirosis, the Lyme or the Corona virus vaccine and/or any puppy who receives any vaccination simultaneously, including the rabies vaccine. If you allow your veterinarian to administer any of these vaccinations the health guarantee is void. If the rabies vaccine is given too early or in-combination with other vaccines the health guarantee is void. Vaccination's must be no less than three weeks apart and given separately. If you find your area has ticks you can use Frontline Plus or any other good preventive for ticks, (carrier of the Lyme Disease).
New Data is proving that vaccines aren't as harmless as they once were believed to be including booster vaccines. There are reports of vaccines causing inflammation of the brain, allergies, skin problems, diseases, convulsions and other problems including death that are concerning. With a mild allergic reaction on one end of the spectrum to death on the other end, it's easy to see why opinions are so differentiated regarding, "What vaccine to give, When and How often?"
The American Animal Hospital Association's Canine Vaccine Guideline (AAHA) Lists only (4) four-vaccines that are Necessary and they are: "Parvovirus, Distemper, Adenovirus-1,2 and Rabies". Stating these are Core (needed) vaccines and that the initial Rabies vaccination is to be administered after 16-24 weeks of age, suggesting the latter and followed by a second dose within (1) one-year from initial dose. Also stating, that boosters and any other vaccines not listed are considered; Non-Core vaccines (meaning not needed). *Information from the revised 2017 guideline*
**If your vet insists on any booster vaccines,request a antibody titer test, it checks for antibodies**
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