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Welcome to Fernweh Miniature Schnauzers

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We are home to responsibly raised, high quality miniature schnauzer puppies. As a highly reputable miniature schnauzer breeder,  we are dedicated to breeding health tested, well rounded AKC registered miniature schnauzers for loving families around the country.  All of our puppies are currently $2600 to $3500 depending on sex and color.

Fernweh Schnauzers: A Family Affair

We would like to share a picture of our family to give you a visual understanding of who we are. We view our miniature schnauzer puppies and adoption process as a family affair. As responsible Miniature Schnauzer breeders, each mini schnauzer that finds its new home is an extension of our family. Our cutting edge health testing, comprehensive socialization program, and continued adopter support are all done to provide the best possible experience for the families that receive our schnauzers. We understand that purchasing a new puppy is one of the more important decisions you will make. We welcome you to do some background research on us.


The Fernweh Difference

We hope you will see the Fernweh difference that our family approach provides! What you will find is our Miniature Schnauzers are healthy and well-socialized.  You will find our google and facebook reviews are outstanding, our name is not on the complaint boards like so many other breeders, and we have credible adopter references ready upon request.

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Our Focus​

Built on Health

We base the foundation of our breeding program on our health testing. Every Miniature Schnauzer adult is health tested to ensure they are healthy phenotypically and provide the best possible chance to produce healthy puppies. We also track the genetic makeup of our dogs through health records to the amount of recessive genetic problems within our bloodlines. This level of health focus is extremely rare within Miniature Schnauzer breeders. Most breeders simply breed their adult schnauzers without an extensive knowledge of their genetic makeup or worse, knowingly breed unhealthy parents simply to make an extra dollar.  True health developments take years within a bloodline.  Currently, blood tests and quick exams have become extremely popular.  While this type of test does provide insight into some common genetic health issues, it falls far short of being comprehensive.  Genetic health history, data driven decision and basic understanding of genetics go much further to improve bloodline development. To learn more about our health program click here.

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Our Socialization Program focuses on molding each puppy’s unique needs

In creating the perfect family dog, we understand the importance of developing positive personality traits in our Miniature Schnauzer Puppies for sale. Proper socialization ensures that your Mini Schnauzer puppy will adapt smoothly to its new family member, other pets, and home life. We take each of our Fernweh Schnauzer puppies through our very own comprehensive socialization program before it goes home to its new family.

​Early Neurological Stimulation is a technique to improve the long term ability of dogs to adjust to change and build upon socialization to changing stimuli. The training we follow was researched and created by Dr. Carmen L. Battaglia. Every puppy is introduced daily to new experiences and stimulation that help develop their behavior and personality. Each Schnauzer puppy is introduced to other dogs, children, and (approved) strangers. Experiences like bath time and walk time help each puppy develop the necessary confidence to help it positively respond to “trigger” environments where negative behavior might be a temptation. Many behavior issues that adult dogs develop are directly related to their experiences as a puppy. By creating positive, developmental experiences, we ensure our Mini Schnauzer puppies for sale develop into confident, well-rounded adults.

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Socialization and Neurological Stimulation = The Fernweh Difference

​The attention to detail that we create through our socialization program really sets us apart from other breeders. Time and again, we have been shocked to learn how other schnauzer breeders raise their puppies. Responsible Schnauzer breeding is not just about providing food, water, and basic medical attention to your puppies. Good breeding practices must include daily socialization work with the puppies to ensure they develop properly and are ready to succeed in their new homes.

Adopter Support

Because we view our miniature schnauzers as a family affair, we understand the importance of adopter support. We offer 24/7/365 support for all of our adopters’ questions. We know trainers and veterinary clinics can be extremely expensive, so we pride ourselves in being experts in all things Schnauzers. This is certainly not to say we can replace professional medical and training services, but knowledgeable support that actually cares can often times be priceless.

Each of our puppies comes with the following:​

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  • Bred With Heart AKC certified Breeders
  • Toys
  • Small Bag of Food
  • Up to date on shots
  • Complete Veterinary Examination
  • Intestinal Parasite Prevention
  • Tail Docking and Dew Claws removed
  • Mini Puppy Grooming
  • Blanket that’s been with the litter
  • AKC registration
  • Lifetime Guidance and Assistance
  • 3 Year Health Guarantee
  • Potty Training Introduction
  • Personality Assessment


In creating the perfect family dog, Fernweh Schnauzers understands the importance of developing positive personality traits in our Schnauzer puppies.

Proper socialization ensures that your Schnauzer puppy will adapt smoothly to it’s new family.

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miniature schnauzer breeder near meGreetings from the Wysongs! We are currently accepting deposits to join our waiting list for future miniature schnauzer puppies. If you are interested in adding a Fernweh Schnauzer to your family we would encourage you to reach out to us via an email or phone conversation. We advise that adopters reach out at least 6 months in advance of their desired adoption date to ensure our wait list does not reach capacity.  Adopters who plan ahead and join our waiting list are preferred and treated as such during the adoption process.

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Fernweh Schnauzers Reviews

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Melanie Hanaway
Melanie Hanaway
If you are interested in a mini schnauzer I highly recommend Fernweh Miniature Schnauzers. Not only do they take your wants in a dog into consideration but they also assess the personalities of the puppies to make sure you get a puppy that will be a great fit for your family. Erica made the whole process very easy too. In fact, we were so impressed with them as breeders and love our Fernweh mini so much we’re bringing home another soon!
Adrienne Supko
Adrienne Supko
After a lot of research on miniature schnauzers and looking at numerous breeders both local and out of town, we found Erika and her puppies to be the top quality dog we were looking for. We were so thrilled to be able to get our little boy, Achilles, during the pandemic. He is healthy, well behaved and such a happy boy! He had a great head start on potty and crate training when we got him, so this process was very easy for him. We are very thankful for Fernweh Miniature Schnauzers and highly recommend them. We’ll definitely be reaching out when we’re ready for Achilles’ sibling 🙂
Philip Rodrigues
Philip Rodrigues
The team at Fernweh Mini Schnauzers does an incredible job of screening and working with prospective owners. They spent time talking to me about my previous Mini Schnauzer and what i was looking for. They were attentive and replied back quickly whenever I had questions. Our little Winnie is going to be 1 year old this March and we could not imagine life without her. She has brought so much energy and joy into our lives and is great with her little brother! Would highly recommend Fernweh Miniature Schnauzers
Ed Manteuffel
Ed Manteuffel
Erica did a great job with potty training our puppy and making sure the puppies were healthy. We lost one of our dogs to cancer and our Gracie seemed very depressed after that. Once we brought home Callie, she seems to be much happier. Erica made the process very easy and everything was extremely professional. I did a lot of research and Fernweh Schauzers is the most reputable place to get a dog that was bred with healthy practices.
Priscila Garcia Giacomini
Priscila Garcia Giacomini
I got my puppy in July 2020 in the middle of the pandemic. Even with all crazy stuff going on, Fernweh (Erica) was able to provide us a great experience. The puppy was well taken care of and Erica is super open to answer any question of those who are first timers, like me. The puppy brought home her litter blanket, what was wonderful and super helpful on her transition. Those "small" details that make this breeder a great and reliable one. I totally recommend them 🙂 Our puppy Scully came to complete our family <3
Ashley Everson
Ashley Everson
We couldn't be happier with our Fernweh Miniature Schnauzer. Finding Fernweh seemed like fate. We have a 13 yr old Schnauzer mix at home and last spring were feeling the pandemic would be the right time to welcome another dog to our home. We happened to meet another Fernweh pup in our neighborhood on a family walk. We immediately connected with Erica who was extremely responsive and helpful. To our luck, there was a new litter available and we were able to match the "personality" of our family to the right puppy. When we picked up Arnie, everything was so well prepared. He transitioned extremely well to our home which in addition to our older dog, includes two children, ages 8 and 10. Arnie is "their" dog and they love caring for him. Arnie has now been with us for almost 9 months and we can't imagine life without him!
doris przybysz
doris przybysz
Erica from Fernweh schnauzers was instrumental in the adoption of our little pup, Emma , now 7 months old. The focus on healthcare for the pups was an important aspect to our successful adoption. Erica was an amazing resource during our pups transition to our home. Emma is a healthy, active , obedient and fun loving dog which is a reflection of Fernweh’s care and concerns for their pups. I highly recommend Fernweh breeders,they’re the best!
Leila Condry
Leila Condry
We chose Fernweh for their breeding practices, socialization program, and health guarantees. Our questions and concerns were answered and Erica helped us choose a puppy that would best fit in with our family. We took her home in the Fall of 2020 and she is doing great. We would, and have, recommended Fernweh to anyone looking to add a mini to their family.
Jennifer Dombek
Jennifer Dombek
I am so glad that we found Fernweh Schnauzers. Erica was wonderful to work with, just like talking with your best friend. She helped us find the perfect personality in a pup that we were hoping for. Our puppy has been a fantastic addition to our family. I highly recommend working with them. They are always available for help after adoption as well. It is so easy to see how much they love and care for their pups !
Tamie Caulk
Tamie Caulk
We had a great experience all around with this breeder. They were knowledgeable and made sure our new little edition was the right fit for our family. We could not be happier with our sweet little girl!

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Miniature Schnauzer Puppies – FAQ’s


Fernweh Schnauzers are known to be healthy.  As one of the top Miniature Schnauzer Breeders, how do you breed for a healthier Schnauzer?

Like all things in life, breeding for health is simply a matter of priority.  We are blind to many of the breed priorities that distract other breeders from improving the health of their Schnauzer.  We focus on health and personality and very little else.  We are not interested in winning a blue ribbon in the show ring.  Rather, we test for things like luxated patellar tendons, eye issues, heart defects, hip dysplasia, ect.  We focus and prioritize creating healthy bloodlines, therefore our schnauzers are typically much healthier than the breed as a whole.  While it’s not rocket science, it is a uniquely different take within miniature schnauzer breeders and all of our AKC mini schnauzers reflect this value set.


After breeding for health, what other priorities are you focused on?

Our true desire is to create the perfect family schnauzers.  We believe a healthy schnauzer = a happy family.  We also believe a schnauzer bred for the correct personality is essential to the family unit as well.  A Fernweh Schnauzer is bred for intelligence and playfulness.  We want our Schnauzers to be full of personality and some fun.   We believe a full personality along with intelligence is the true North star of the Schnauzer breed and is what makes them unique among other breeds. We look for these personality traits in our adult Schnauzers and continue to create bloodlines that reflect these qualities and produce a high-quality Mini Schnauzer for sale. 


I have been looking for a Miniature Schnauzer breeder near me.  Where are you located?

We are located in the Northeast corner of Indiana.  We just happen to be about 2.5 hour drive from the Illinois state line and specifically Chicago.  We are also about a 30 minute drive from the Michigan and Ohio state lines.  Other major cities within 2.5 hour driving distance are Indianapolis, Detroit, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland.   If you are searching for “miniature schnauzer breeders me” and happen to be in one of these areas we are certainly within close proximity.  


What if I am not located locally?  Do you offer delivery services?

A large portion of our adopters are located on the East Coast and Southern states.  While many do make the drive to pickup, we also offer a delivery service to those with extremely busy schedules or limited ability to travel.  We personally, hand-delivery our Miniature Schnauzers to our East Coast and Southern adopter’s homes to ensure they arrive safe and stress free.  We also utilize our own flight nanny for our West Coast adopters looking to have their schnauzer puppy hand delivered.  Whether through pickup or through delivery service, we try to be the type of miniature schnauzer breeder that is ethical and responsible to both our Schnauzers and adopters.  If you are looking for a mini schnauzer breeder near me, we have several safe options for delivery.

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“If you are interested in learning more about our breeding philosophies here at Fernweh, the following articles that we have written might be helpful”


1.  How does a top Miniature Schnauzer Breeder think and act?

2. What are the specific Schnauzer coat colors that we offer at Fernweh? 

3. Want to check out our page specifically devoted to Chicago adopters?

4. 10 reasons why the Miniature Schnauzer is the best Hypoallergenic dog breed. 

5.  7 ways to help your Schnauzer cope with Separation Anxiety.

6. If you are from Nashville, Tennessee check out our specific article devoted to you.


“Lastly, If you are interested in a specific color of Schnauzer we have specific articles devoted to each color we breed for along with opinion of each coat color.  If you are interested in a specific color, we suggest it is worth you time to read up on our first hand opinions.”


Coat Color Articles

1. White Schnauzer Coat

2. Salt and Pepper Schnauzer Coat

3. Black and Silver Schnauzer Coat

4. Parti Schnauzer Coat 



Where Do Our Schnauzers Live?

Check out the state pages devoted to each location that our Schnauzer adopters live in.