Home of Miniature Toy Schnauzers & Biewer Yorkshire Terriers. Specializing in the "Rarity" of these breeds. We are a private home IHR e.V. German registered breeder located in western North Carolina.
My name is Anna and I am a retired dental assistant of 15+ years, I wanted to spend my time doing something special with animals full-time, hence, Stillions Miniature Miracles (SMM)! Because I am home everyday, I am 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 LaKayla 22, we enjoy spending time with our family and doggies!
We are a small family in-home based hobby breeder located in the outskirts of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina. Our family started raising toy Terrier breeds 10 years ago and fell in love with Miniature Schnauzers because they are loyal & delightful family pets with their intriguing looks, spunkiness, and sweet-natured temperament, we felt this was a wonderful breed that other families would enjoy as an excellent companion. Not long after we expanded our family to include Yorkshire Terrier's and we specifically raise the "Miniatures" of both breeds, because that is our personal preference.
All terrier's have distinctive personalities, are feisty, energetic and require owner's with the determination to match their dogs' lively characteristics!
Because we are a small in-home based hobby breeder there are times when we don't always have puppies available. 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 to, so you may expect to wait for our quality, healthy and partially trained pups.
Our dogs are first and foremost our family members! They are part of our extended family and not one of our dogs are kenneled. We are blessed to share our lives with these fun, intelligent, very special and loving 4 legged extended family members and everyone at SMM has fun chasing rabbits, squirrels, lizards and the neighbor's cat with over an acre to roam around. We absolutely love dogs, so our babies are only adopted to approved homes and never to pet stores or brokers and come pre-spoiled, pampered with lots of hugs & kisses and ready to be loved by you!!
Blue Ridge Mountains
Care of Puppies
Puppies are generally ready for their forever homes around 9-weeks for Schnauzers and 10-weeks for Yorkshires. 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.
Schnauzers & Traditional Yorkies come with their tails and dew claws done at two days unless requested traditional before birth. Biewers come with dew claws done at two days and have intact tails. We do not perform any cropping of the ears and/or recommend cropping.
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, fecal exam to ensure they are parasite free, and are sound and healthy puppies before they leave us. They 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 at around 6 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. *If you are wanting a full puppy Schnauzer cut, we can provide this for $25 extra*
The day before they leave us they are treated with Revolution their first heart-worm and flea preventative, this treatment is good for 30 days and you will need to follow-up with your Veterinarian to continue on Revolution or another preventive.
*Please Note* 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, 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.
We have now implemented microchipping for all puppies adopted by SMM.
What is a Microchip?
Some of you may already know what microchipping is for your pet, but for others they may not. So, we are going to briefly go over, What is a microchip?
A pet microchip -the size of a grain of rice- that is encoded with a unique ID number that will be assigned to your pet. No two microchips have the same ID number. The microchip is placed between your puppy's shoulder blades and implantation is quick, easy, does not require surgery or wear out and virtually painless, similar to a vaccine injection.
A microchip is not a tracking device, it can only be "turned on" for a few seconds when a handheld microchip scanner passes over the area where the microchip is implanted to read the microchip's unique ID number. Veterinarians, shelters, and rescues have these scanners and use them to help with lost pets all of the time. It is imperative to have your pet's microchip registered otherwise the chances of finding your lost puppy is less likely to occur.
Registering your puppy's microchip provides your pet with permanent identification to give them the best chance of coming home and reunite you with your pet if they become lost. Your puppy's ID is linked to your name, phone number, emergency contact and other vital information so that when your lost puppy is found the registry can immediately contact you as quickly as possible.
Do microchips really work? A microchip is not a GPS device and based on microchip studies we found that:
42% of microchipped pets were not registered in a pet recovery service.
35% of registered pets were not recovered because of incorrect or missing contact information.
17.2% of registered pets were not recovered because their owners registered them in a database different from the microchip manufacturer.
With those statistics, a microchip that is not registered, containing missing or incorrect information and registered with a different company can be the very reason a microchip may seem not to work.
Because of those statistics; Here at SMM, we have taken an extra step in providing Microchips that are already pre-registered for the lifetime of your puppy and there is never a fee to update or change your registration. This ensures that 100% of all OUR puppies are registered.
When your puppy is picked-up we set-time aside to go over microchip information and to register your puppy so that everything is completed. By providing this service we have taken some of the burden of remembering to register your puppy's microchip.
We now offer ISO Microchip Identification services for your other pets. This service includes implantation, mini-microchip, and lifetime registration, a all-in-one package. Package is $25 per pet. (limited to dogs & cats)
*Important Date* to remember: 15th August of every year is "Check the Chipday" a day where all pet owners should check their pet's microchips and make sure their personal information is up to date.
It is the owner's responsibility to continue to care for puppy once they leave us. This includes; wormings, checking for parasites, ensuring puppy continues to get all necessary vaccinations against: parvovirus, distemper, parainfluenza, adenovirus and hepatitis which is a series of 3 given every 4 weeks 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 (3) 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 feed all our dogs from puppy to adults:
Wellness an all natural complete health recipe that's for whole-body nutritional support. Our puppies are fed a special blended mix of; Complete Health Puppy deboned Chicken and Wellness Trufood Puppy Chicken with Chicken livers. Our adults are fed a special blended mix of; Complete Health Small Breed adult Chicken and Wellness Trufood Salmon with Turkey Livers. These special blended mix recipes I use are packed with premium proteins along with nutrient-rich superfoods that provide for strong bones and have pre- and probiotics that are balanced with no corn, wheat or soy. I never feed beef because it can cause allergies in Schnauzers. Fromm Gold is also a great food and is a plant based dog food enhanced with probiotics to aid in digestion. (occasionally, I add Fromm to the mix, just to keep kibble interesting)
*When puppies are weaned and eating gruel, generally between 4-6 weeks, we add CocciGuard to their puppy food. This is for Coccidia prevention.
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) 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*
Our Vaccination Schedule
This is the Vaccine Schedule starting at 5 weeks that we follow for all our dogs:
5 weeks: puppies receive Parvovirus vaccine.
8 weeks: puppies receive Distemper and Adenovirus type-2 vaccine.
16 weeks: puppies (need to) receive 2nd (DAPPv) from your veterinarian. *no booster shots are needed*
*All puppies from SMMwill need to receive (two more) vaccines: (DAPPv) from your veterinarian at 12 weeks and again at 16 weeks to be fully vaccinated*
If you will be boarding your puppy:
8 & 12 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 vaccine. Only given if puppy or dog will be boarded with other animals. *Schedule and boosters depend on frequency of boarding*
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.
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, Yorkies and other toy breeds are sensitive to the Leptospirosis, Lyme and Corona part of combination 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 will not guarantee any puppy that has been given the Leptospirosis, Lyme or Corona virus vaccine and/or any puppy who receives any vaccination simultaneously, including the rabies vaccine. If you allow your veterinarian to do any of these vaccinations too early or in-combination with each other, your guarantee is void. Vaccination's must be no less than four 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 (6) six-vaccines that are Necessary and they are: "Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, Adenovirus-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 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 booster vaccines, request a antibody titer test, it checks for antibodies.
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Feel free to visit our Lady's and Gent's pages to view our beautiful dams and sires, as well as our Nursery page to view current available pups and any upcoming litters.
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