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Mattie.123 Send email
 
Mar 20, 2017

Skansen Kennels

After reading the reviews on this page, I had to add my two cents to this story. For starters, I have a Pepper and Salt Giant Schnauzer puppy on hold at Skansens Kennels. After reading Lorrie LHeureux complaint, I started to have second thoughts about purchasing a puppy from Skansens. Those feelings lasted a few minutes then faded, because Lorrie’s story points to her being the problem not Sylvia or the Kennel. I did an internet search and could find no genetic issue that would cause Schnauzers teeth to rot to the point of having to be pulled out. Secondly, Lorrie failed to mention the "other health issues" her dog had. Also, the dry eye condition is rare in Schnauzer dogs and could be caused by a variety of reasons. These appears to be non-genetic issues with the actual fault being poor ownership by Ms. Heureux and her inability to care property for her dogs. Canines teeth just don't fall on their own. Lack of proper dental care and poor food are the primary reasons for canine dental decay. If the dry eye condition was a genetic flaw, then it’s a genetic flaw. No breeder can guarantee their dogs will never get sick or come down with a disease. When you by a dog, you must accept those possibilities and live with them. The fact that Sylvia worked with Lorrie shows just how responsible of a breeder she is. Furthermore, Lorrie's lack of respect by calling her the "old lady" shows just how little respect she has for others; she really appears to be quite the mean-spirited person and one lacking self-control and decency.

The clear majority of people responding to this complaint board supported Skansen Kennels and have had positive experiencing with the Kennels and the dogs they've had. Some of the dogs did die of various diseases known to affect Giant Schnauzers such as squamous cell carcinomas but that is to be expected with Back Giant Schnauzers, Labradors, and Poodles. Health cannot be 100% guaranteed by anyone, but Skansens guarantee is about as good as any breeder out there. Plus, for a person like Sylvia to be in the business of breeding G&S for over 40 years, producing over 900 champions, having her dogs being used as breeding stock for GS lines across the country she must be doing something right. With 40 years’ time invested in breeding; there is a complaint being made by one person whose dogs teeth had to be pulled, and another who had dry eyes. The AKC recommends the following tests for GS Ophthalmologist, Thyroid, and Hip Evaluations. With all the dogs being breed, you'd expect several complaints in these areas. You'd expect a negative score with the BBB...there is none.

Finally, as a disclaimer let me say this; I have never met or spoken to Silvia. I have emailed her twice and she responded to me within a day each time. I have spoken to office personnel twice and they treated me with respect. I get to see my Pepper and Salt little girl on May 1 and take her home on May 5th something I am looking so forward too. I wrote this rather lengthy review because I hate it when people try to ruin another's business because they think society owes them something, and that they can get their way by bullying people.
Happy Dog Send email
 
Feb 23, 2012

Puppy Mill

I grew up with Standards and Giants from Skansen Kennel, and currently have a 2 year old Giant from them...that's over 30 years of experience with Skansen bred Schnauzers. I remember fondly going to her ranch as a young child, and it hasn't changed a bit...it's puppy / dog heaven! The dogs are allowed to live outside to get plenty of exercise and fresh air.

ALL the dogs have been wonderful, excellent temperament and health! Sylvia breeds quality dogs that make excellent family pets! Her team is wonderful, and truly are interested in matching the dogs with the right situation. Laina is great and honest!

I will continue to return to Skansen as long as I can when I want to add to my family. The dogs are kind, smart, loyal and beautiful.
Lorrie LHeureux Send email
 
Feb 23, 2012

Puppy Mill

DO NOT BUY A PUPPY FROM SKANSEN KENNEL. I purchased 2 mini Schnauzers from Skansens, the first was 3 years old paid $800.00 the second was 4 months, paid $800.00. Both dogs were very sick. The Old Lady that owns the place gave me back the money for the 3 year old after I wrote her a letter saying the dog had to have 18 rotten teeth pulled and a number of other issues! But that was nothing, the puppy which I have had for just over a year has cost me over $6000.00! She stopped making tears at 6 months old, the Old Lady blew me off this time because she knew what it cost to take care of a sick dog. I had to have a tube from her saliva glands into her eyes so she didn't go blind and she will have to be medicated two to three times every day for the rest of her life. The Old Lady will take no responsiability for her bad breeding. Why she is still in business I'll never understand. I hope everyone reading this that cares about animals will pass on the word and put her out of business and save the lives of so many sick dogs. Two out of two isn't very good odds and speakes volumes about her breeding ability! TRUST ME WHEN I SAY SHE IS NOTHING BUT A PUPPY FARMER.
I have attached a photo of my puppy Diva when I brought her home and now. See for yourself!!!
Amyswalden Send email
 
Feb 23, 2012

Puppy Mill

I think anyone can have a bad "business deal" with a "business", and others may not have that same experience. And when you are dealing with Skansen- yes, it is a "business", and it is a "business deal"; however, that does NOT make her a "puppy farm". I have been a pet groomer for over 17 years and have groomed thousands of mini, standard, and giant schnauzers. I have not ever came accross a standard or giant with the dry eye condition (not to say it can't happen), but have seen many, many miniatures that have had the dry eye condition and a few who have even had the surgery to make use of a salivary gland for a lacrimal duct replacement. See, I am also a certified veterinary technican, so I know the condition well. The only breed we see more prevelant with this eye anomoly is Shih Tzus. The condition is not deemed as hereditary, but more conditional and when I say that it does not mean that Sylvia kept you rpup in conditions that caused this. Wind, dust, hair...environmental factors can cause this disease to set in. Many times groomers are blamed for it- letting hair get in the eyes, or a dryer pointed at the dogs face. It is understandable that you were/are upset, and you have the right as an American citizen to voice your opinion, but I think you have done that. And for every one person who has had a bad expereince with this kennel- there are 10-20 more that have had a very good experience. Enough said.

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