WE ARE A SMALL FAMILY KENNEL THAT SPECIALIZES IN CAIRN TERRIERS AND MINIATURE SCHNAUZERS, WE DO HAVE A COUPLE OF WESTHIGHLAND WHITE TERRIERS ALSO. CLOVERLEAF KENNEL STARTED IN 2003 BECAUSE OF A WORK INJURY AND HAVING TO FIND A WAY TO MAKE A LIVING AT HOME. I STARTED THIS FAMILY RUN KENNEL AS A DESIRE TO RAISE HAPPY HEALTHY GREAT TEMPERMENT PUPS, ONES THAT WOULD BE WELCOMED AS A GREAT WELL BALANCE PET. WE HAVE 199 ACRES OF LAND ON OUR FARM IN NORTHERN MINNESOTA, ARE ADULT DOGS GET OUT AND ENJOY THE FARM WHEN IT IS POSSIBLE. OUR DOGS ARE RAISED IN A CONVERTED HOUSE THAT WAS ONCE THE MOTHER IN LAWS HOME RIGHT ON OUR FARM, WE LOVE OUR DOGS AND TRY TO GIVE THEM DAILY TOUCH AND ATTENTION. MOST ALL MY ADULTS HAVE BEEN RAISED IN OUR HOME AND HAVE HAD PLENTY OF CHILD INTERACTION SO WHEN WE HAVE A GUEST THEY CAN COME AND VISIT AND DO A GREAT JOB. WE TRY TO DO A VERY GOOD JOB, WE DO NOT EVER WANT TO BE KNOWN AS A SUB STANDARD KENNEL, WE TRY TO RAISE THE BAR BY RAISING UP HAPPY HEALTHY WELL SOCIALIZED PUPPIES. WE HAVE BEEN DOING THIS LONG ENOUGH THAT I JUST CHANGED MY GUARANTEE TO A THREE YEAR GENETIC HEALTH, I HAVE HAD NO MAJOR PROBLEMS IN 10 YEARS I FEEL I CAN STAND BEHIND WHAT I HAVE CHOSEN TO DO AS MY BUSINESS. WE LIKE TO SHOW AS A FAMILY AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR . THE GRANDKIDS COME OVER AND PICK OUT WHO THEY WANT AND WORK WITH THEM ALL SUMMER, ITS GREAT FOR MY ADULT DOGS AND GREAT FOR THE GRANDKIDS ALSO. THIS YEAR WE WILL BE DOING THREE SHOWS AN ACA SHOW IN STAPELS MN ON JUNE 8TH WERE WE WILL BE SHOWING CAIRN TERRIERS, AN APRI IN VIBORG SOUTH DAKOTA IN JULY AND LITTLE FALLS IN SEPT THE GRANDKIDS ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO A FUN SUMMER OF DOGS CAMPING AND RIBBONS. I DO PERSONALY GO TO SEVERAL HOURS OF EDUCATION THIS YEAR I HAVE BEEN TO MO. IA. AND SD, ALSO RIGHT HERE IN OUR STATE WE PUT ON A TWO DAY SEMINAR AND INVITE TOP VETS TO EDUCATE BREEDERS SMALL AND LARGE TO FIND OUT THE NEWEST AND BEST WAYS TO BE DOING THINGS. ALSO WE ARE EDUCATED ON SIMPLE THINGS LIKE WHAT DISINFECTANT IS BEST TO USE IN YOUR NURSERY, I DO THIS EVERY YEAR JUST LIKE ANY OTHER PROFESSIONAL I THINK BEING INFORMED ON WHAT THE LATEST IN CARING FOR OUR PETS IS AND THINGS THAT CAN GO WRONG. VERY IMPORTANT TO ANY FEILD OF EXSPERTISE WE CONTINUE TO EDUCATE. I RAISE THREE BREEDS AND A FEW MIXES FROM THE THREE BREEDS I HAVE INFO FOR MY TWO MAIN BREEDS ANYONE INTERESTED IN MORE INFO JUST EMAIL ME. HAVE A BLESSED DAY!
Country of Origin: Scotland.
Size: 28 - 31 cm (11 - 12.25 inches). Weight can vary from 13.25 - 16.25 lbs.
Coat: Double-layered, consisting of a topcoat that is hard and abundant and a soft, short undercoat.
Character: The Cairn Terrier is affectionate and eager to learn. It is lively, intelligent, and playful.
Temperament: This dog needs to be socialized early with cats and other household pets. Occasionally it will fight other dogs.
Care: Regular grooming with a brush and comb is required. Dead hair should be plucked by hand biannually.
Training: Training must be loving, but also strict and consistent.
Activity: This breed is very energetic, so it must have opportunities to run and jump and play. Let it run in the open countryside, but be sure that the dog is trained to return when you call before doing so.
The Miniature Schnauzer
Country of Origin: Schnauzers (meaning ‘small beard’ in German) are named after an actual dog, ‘Schnauzer’ who lived in Germany in the 1870’s, but the breed itself existed as far back as the Middle Ages. This is evidenced by various sculptures and Rembrandt paintings. Early Schnauzers were likely derived by crossing gray spitzes with black poodles. This resulted in an adept rat hunter and guardian that became incredibly popular by the early 1900’s, due in part to its distinct appearance. Standard Schnauzers (or ‘Mittelschnauzers’) became popular in World War I by serving as messengers and police dogs, and increased in popularity as a pet after World War II. The Miniature Schnauzer (or ‘Zwergschnauzer’) was bred in the late 1880’s as a ratter by crossing the Standard Schnauzer with the Affenpinscher and probably the Poodle. The Miniature Schnauzer was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1933. It is the only Schnauzer classified as a Terrier, and the only Terrier that does not descend from the British Isles. It was not imported to America until the mid-twentieth century, but quickly surpassed the Giant Schnauzer and Standard Schnauzer in popularity, rising to become the country’s third most popular dog breed.
Size: The Miniature Schnauzer has a shoulder height between 12-14 inches and weighs between 10-15 lbs. The Miniature Schnauzer has a long, rectangular head with small, deep eyes and highly set ears which may be cropped or uncropped. Miniature Schnauzers have a flat back, highly set, erect tail, and small, round ‘cat feet’.
Coat: The Miniature Schnauzer has a soft, thick undercoat and a rugged, wiry outer coat which is solid black or salt-and-pepper colored. The coat is longer on the chin and face, forming eyebrows and a beard. The Miniature Schnauzer sheds little.
Character: The Miniature Schnauzer is even-tempered and an eager, intelligent learner. It is brave and fun, making and an excellent companion. Miniature Schnauzers are loyal, protective, and alert, but do not make good guard dogs due to their size. At times, they may be pushy if they don’t know who’s boss.
Temperament: The Miniature Schnauzer gets along great with familiar children, dogs, and other pets, but it is wary and cautious with people and animals it does not know. Miniature Schnauzers are best behaved when given sufficient exercise and human companionship. Miniature Schnauzers are spunky, and not as overbearing as Standard or Giant Schnauzers. They also get along with other dogs more easily, though they may bark a lot.
Care: The Miniature Schnauzer requires weekly combing and biannual grooming/shaping. Typically, pet Schnauzers are clipped and show dogs are stripped (dead hair is plucked via a serrated knife edge). Excessive hair around the pads of the feet should be removed and the ears must be kept clean. Miniature Schnauzers with cropped ears should be checked for ear infections. Long facial hair should be combed occasionally. Miniature Schnauzers can live outdoors in moderate or warm areas, but prefer to live indoors with plenty of playtime outdoors. Miniature Schnauzers are prone to diabetes and pancreatitis. They should not be fed sweet foods, and should not be overfed to avoid obesity. Miniature Schnauzers have a long life span of 13-15 years or more.
Training: Though the Miniature Schnauzer learns fast, it has a slight stubborn streak. Training must be fair and consistent and should not be overly repetitious. Miniature Schnauzers are responsive to the sound of their handler's voice. They are versatile, and can learn a variety of activities such as hunting, retrieving, and herding.
Activity: The Miniature Schnauzer has energy far exceeding its size and enjoys going for runs or playing games in the yard. It is well suited for apartment life.
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Country of Origin: Scotland.
Size: 28 cm (11 inches). Weight is around 7.5 kg (16.5 lbs).
Coat: Double-layered with a topcoat that is rough and hard and a soft, short undercoat. The color is always white.
Character: Also commonly referred to as the Westie, this breed is a boisterous, playful, alert, and independent breed. It is very extroverted and can be stubborn.
Temperament: The West Highland White Terrier needs to be trained at a young age not to try to dominate other dogs or chase cats. If you have children, it makes a good playmate because it can handle rough play.
Care: The coat must stay hard so it is not recommended that it be washed too frequently. If the dog gets dirty, the hair should be allowed to dry and then be brushed out. The coat needs to be hand-plucked twice a year.
Training: This particular dog can be naughty, so occasionally it may need to be corrected. Training will have to be consistent and firm.
Activity: This dog loves to run around, play with balls, and just have a good time. In spite of its diminutive size, it does need a lot of exercise. It will try to wander off, so a well-fenced yard is required.
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