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We're wondering if you are the same Karen Brittan who lived in south Minneapolis from whom we purchased a 4 month old female schnauzer about 22 years ago.  We have just lost a schnauzer that succeeded that 4 month old puppy (who was wonderful) and are looking to replace her.  If you're the same person, do you have suggestions whom we could call.

Peter and Nancy D'H

January 1994, and I lived in St. Louis Park<G>

There aren't too many good breeders around anymore in the Upper Midwest. Most have retired, died, or just aren't breeding anymore.

There is only one breeder I can recommend in MN. The following gals are all within driving distance of the Twin Cities; be sure and ask them for further referrals. The breeders whom I recommend are:

Sara Mathies, (Lakeview, MN) 952-239-1001, ;
Fiona Macken, (Fort Madison, IA) 515-770-8152, ;      
Dale Miller, (Barrington, IL) 847-639-6695, ;
Cyndy Buttke, (Wausau, WI) 715-359-0114, ;
Mary Paisley, (LaCrosse, WI) 608-788-4310, ;
Jan Taylor, (Bellevue, NE) 402-293-0499,

There is also rescue:


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Karen Brittan


I have been showing miniature schnauzers in conformation, obedience, and earthdog for forty years, and am a professional dog groomer. I am not a veterinarian and cannot answer questions of a veterinary nature. However, I can give my opinion or share some experiences on some health issues. Everyone should remember that this is a volunteer service, and few of us are up late into the night. Medical emergencies require a veterinary visit, or at least a telephone call... not an internet question which might not be viewed and answered until hours later. If your dog is sick or injured, it should be seen by a licensed professional for proper diagnosis and treatment.


I have taught obedience classes and have taught people how to groom for many years.

Learn more about me and my dogs:

Member of: American Miniature Schnauzer Club; Twin Cities Miniature Schnauzer Club; Twin Cities Obedience Training Club; Elk River Kennel Club; Minnesota Professional Pet Groomers Association; Greater Twin Cities Earthdog Club.

Fifty-one years of living with, observing, and training dogs, along with numerous seminars during that time.

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