My husband and I wanted to add a furry friend to our family and wanted a "neutral" breed. He grew up with a sheltie and I grew up with beagles...thus, we settled on something new to us both...a miniature schnauzer. They are small, well tempered, non shedding and they are just so darn cute.
After weeks of research we found a reputable breeder with available puppies. I didn't realize how much was involved in doing this kind of thing. As a kid we had a total of 3 beagles--one came from a breeder--however, I was in 3rd grade when we got him, so I don't really remember much about how we got got him, just that we got him. Dan's family procured their sheltie at a small, family owned pet store (which came from a breeder from North Dakota.) According to the AKC, reputable breeders are the best way to go if you want a pure bred--otherwise shelters are great. We are newly wed dog owners and sort of wanted to know what we were getting so we decided to call our local miniature schnauzer chapter to get more info.
We went up to Maryland to visit the kennel on a Monday afternoon and fell for a 5 month old little salt and pepper cutie. Some folks asked us why he was still available so old, but the breeder actually keeps her pups longer than most so that they are better socialized. In the beginning we thought we wanted a black and silver puppy puppy (which she had), but she had the little one out with Remi and we just loved Remi's personality. He isn't a show dog where as the little black and silver pup will be a beauty, but what Remi lacks in show quality he is abundant in affection and spunk.
We've had him for 5 days now and though it feels like we've just adopted a two year old...we're smitten!