The Right Breed for You
If you decide to bring a dog into your family, choosing a breed to perfectly fit you and your life-style is the first and most important decision you will make. So, how to best go about it?
First and foremost, you need to be honest with yourself; about how much space you have, how much time you can commit and how much experience you have. Then, you need to research breeds that you like the look and sound of; use the internet, speak with other owners, vets, dog groomers and of course, breeders. Listen carefully to what they have to say, not selectively.
I have been breeding GBGVs for many years. They are a challenging but hugely rewarding breed: happy and outgoing, with bags of energy, a tendency to go hunting off-leash and a prolonged hooligan teenaged phase. They are not a dog you can 'park' whilst you work and play elsewhere; you need space, time and energy to bring up a Grand to be a well behaved family pet but if you are prepared to invest, you will have a loyal, loving companion who will make you laugh every day. Their rough coat needs regular combing and hand-stripping and although you can get a groomer to do this for you, I am always happy to teach those who purchase puppies from me, how to look after the coat for themselves. It isn't rocket science and I run free grooming workshops for those who have a new Holmchappell puppy in their lives.
Miniature Schnauzers are a new venture for us. To be honest, I really didn't 'get' the small dog thing until our Minis came into our lives. Now, I will never be without one. This is a big dog in a neat little package, full of character and the most affectionate of companions. Responsive, loyal and protective of its family, a mini schnauzer is an intelligent and forgiving little dog, easier for the novice than a Grand. The non-shedding coat needs regular trimming to stay smart, but even unclipped or hand-stripped, Minis are very clean and easy to care for.
We also have a Toy poodle and two French Bulldogs in our household and although we don't breed these lovely dogs yet, we are always happy to give advice to those researching potential breeds for their family.