Skansen Kennels

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  • 5179 Blank Rd

    Sebastopol, CA 95472

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While I never was able to visit Skansen Kennels due to living on the East coast, we have had 4 schnauzers from there. Our Giants included one adopted as a retiree, two were 4 month-old pups, and a white Mini puppy. They have all been spectacular dogs. Currently we have the Mini who is 3, and just perfect, and a year-old Giant who is funny, goofy, smarter than her humans, and a devil. We purchased them via the internet and phone, and they were shipped by plane to the East Coast. Sylvia knows her dogs, and was able to give us exactly the temperaments we requested. I would highly recommend considering one of her dogs if you are looking for a Schnauzer of any size. Sylvia is always available to answer any questions, and the gals in the office are well informed.If I am ever in CA I will eagerly make an appointment to visit Skansen's.

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While I never was able to visit Skansen Kennels due to living on the East coast, we have had 4 schnauzers from there. Our Giants included one adopted as a retiree, two were 4 month-old pups, and a white Mini puppy. They have all been spectacular dogs. Currently we have the Mini who is 3, and just perfect, and a year-old Giant who is funny, goofy, smarter than her humans, and a devil. We purchased them via the internet and phone, and they were shipped by plane to the East Coast. Sylvia knows her dogs, and was able to give us exactly the temperaments we requested. I would highly recommend considering one of her dogs if you are looking for a Schnauzer of any size. Sylvia is always available to answer any questions, and the gals in the office are well informed.If I am ever in CA I will eagerly make an appointment to visit Skansen's.

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I've owned Giant Schnauzers from Skansen for nearly 30 years. I have never heard of some of the seemingly ridiculous issues I'm encountering on this website. It appears to be the same person writing different reviews as a vendetta of some sort. Sylvia is a very busy person who breeds solid dogs. I have invested $$thousands in her quality dogs. Very few problems.

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I've owned Giant Schnauzers from Skansen for nearly 30 years. I have never heard of some of the seemingly ridiculous issues I'm encountering on this website. It appears to be the same person writing different reviews as a vendetta of some sort. Sylvia is a very busy person who breeds solid dogs. I have invested $$thousands in her quality dogs. Very few problems.

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I have owned Skansen Giants for over 25 years. I love the breed and I find Sylvia entertaining. She does love her dogs and always has their best interests in mind. I have had good and bad luck with all of my dogs. I call it luck as I don't think all health issues can be blamed on breeding. The first giant had a drinking problem; seriously, he would drink huge amounts of water and could stand in a stream and drink water and pee at the same time. It was an endless loop. Maybe he just like to drink or perhaps he had diabetes but I never had it diagnosed. He, unfortunately, died at a young age from a toxic spider bite. I was hooked on the breed and went back to Skansen. My second giant, lived to a rip old age of 14. She was a wonderful dog, my first show champion. I later added a standard schnauzer from Skansen to the mix and she also lived to 14. She died of toe cancer that went to the bone and we had to put her down. An illness at 14 cannot be blamed on breeding. Black dogs are prone to toe cancer and at 14 something will cause the dog to die. Unfortunately, after that my luck changed. My next giant, a beautiful male, developed toe cancer as well and died at 11. He was diagnosed with toe cancer at 9, had surgery, and 2 years later I had to put him down. I am now on my last giant, I doubt I will have any more. He is another beautiful male, a show champion, with three majors. He was diagnosed with toe cancer at 5 and had his toe removed. He is 7 now and has lost another toe to toe cancer. I love the breed but it is heartbreaking to see a dog endure the toe amputation. I am vigilant and check his toes daily for any sign of anything unusual. I love the breed and cannot stress that enough. Is this a genetic component? I am not qualified to answer that. Is this bad breeding? I am not qualified to answer that as well. I don't think it is because of anything that I fed my dog. Toe cancer is a problem in black dogs. Just as breast cancer has now been tied to a genetic predisposition perhaps toe cancer has a genetic link as well. I don't know. I just know that it is heartbreaking to lose a dog to something that could perhaps be prevented. I would go to Europe for a giant but my male has a Spanish sire and he was diagnosed at a younger age than my previous giants. I don't blame Sylvia for any of this. She loves her dogs, and any dog breeder does not have all the information that they need to produce an animal that is problem free. Perhaps someday we will have that knowledge but for now we don't. Sylvia breeds to the best of her ability. I know that she would never deliberately breed an animal that would become ill.

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I have owned Skansen Giants for over 25 years. I love the breed and I find Sylvia entertaining. She does love her dogs and always has their best interests in mind. I have had good and bad luck with all of my dogs. I call it luck as I don't think all health issues can be blamed on breeding. The first giant had a drinking problem; seriously, he would drink huge amounts of water and could stand in a stream and drink water and pee at the same time. It was an endless loop. Maybe he just like to drink or perhaps he had diabetes but I never had it diagnosed. He, unfortunately, died at a young age from a toxic spider bite. I was hooked on the breed and went back to Skansen. My second giant, lived to a rip old age of 14. She was a wonderful dog, my first show champion. I later added a standard schnauzer from Skansen to the mix and she also lived to 14. She died of toe cancer that went to the bone and we had to put her down. An illness at 14 cannot be blamed on breeding. Black dogs are prone to toe cancer and at 14 something will cause the dog to die. Unfortunately, after that my luck changed. My next giant, a beautiful male, developed toe cancer as well and died at 11. He was diagnosed with toe cancer at 9, had surgery, and 2 years later I had to put him down. I am now on my last giant, I doubt I will have any more. He is another beautiful male, a show champion, with three majors. He was diagnosed with toe cancer at 5 and had his toe removed. He is 7 now and has lost another toe to toe cancer. I love the breed but it is heartbreaking to see a dog endure the toe amputation. I am vigilant and check his toes daily for any sign of anything unusual. I love the breed and cannot stress that enough. Is this a genetic component? I am not qualified to answer that. Is this bad breeding? I am not qualified to answer that as well. I don't think it is because of anything that I fed my dog. Toe cancer is a problem in black dogs. Just as breast cancer has now been tied to a genetic predisposition perhaps toe cancer has a genetic link as well. I don't know. I just know that it is heartbreaking to lose a dog to something that could perhaps be prevented. I would go to Europe for a giant but my male has a Spanish sire and he was diagnosed at a younger age than my previous giants. I don't blame Sylvia for any of this. She loves her dogs, and any dog breeder does not have all the information that they need to produce an animal that is problem free. Perhaps someday we will have that knowledge but for now we don't. Sylvia breeds to the best of her ability. I know that she would never deliberately breed an animal that would become ill.

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I've now had two male giants from Skansen's. The first was born in 1991. When he was 9 he contracted toe cancer and squamous cell carcinoma. This was treated, but during that year, he also developed bone cancer and then lymphoma. Basically his body self-destructed. He died just after his 10th birthday.
I swore I'd never get another dog again, but about a week after he died, we went to Sebastopol to visit Skansen's again. I was surprised that we were not welcome, because 10 years before, all were welcome to just come up there and see the dogs. But they let us pet Sylvia's giants, which were roaming around. We fell in love again, and I ordered another dog.
Sylvia assured me that the cancer was because - with all the good intentions in the world - I'd fed my dog high-quality dog food and gave him regular vaccinations. So with the new dog, I fed only raw food and vaccinated only with the required rabies vaccine. His coat was much healthier (no "schnauzer bumps" on his back or anywhere else and great teeth) but this dog also developed toe cancer (2 toes needed to be amputated) when he was 8. A couple of weeks ago, at age 10, he started limping badly. We took him to get X-rays, and discovered that his leg bone was nearly eaten away by bone cancer and he had other tumors. So I've just put the second dog to sleep at age 10. The vet said that it looked like undifferentiated cells in the soft tissue had developed into cancer and that it was likely genetic.
Both my dogs were very smart, wonderful companions, lovely temperament, gorgeous to look at. Just know that if you buy a dog from Skansen, you will probably only have him for 10 years at most, and will have some very expensive medical bills starting at about age 8.

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I've now had two male giants from Skansen's. The first was born in 1991. When he was 9 he contracted toe cancer and squamous cell carcinoma. This was treated, but during that year, he also developed bone cancer and then lymphoma. Basically his body self-destructed. He died just after his 10th birthday.
I swore I'd never get another dog again, but about a week after he died, we went to Sebastopol to visit Skansen's again. I was surprised that we were not welcome, because 10 years before, all were welcome to just come up there and see the dogs. But they let us pet Sylvia's giants, which were roaming around. We fell in love again, and I ordered another dog.
Sylvia assured me that the cancer was because - with all the good intentions in the world - I'd fed my dog high-quality dog food and gave him regular vaccinations. So with the new dog, I fed only raw food and vaccinated only with the required rabies vaccine. His coat was much healthier (no "schnauzer bumps" on his back or anywhere else and great teeth) but this dog also developed toe cancer (2 toes needed to be amputated) when he was 8. A couple of weeks ago, at age 10, he started limping badly. We took him to get X-rays, and discovered that his leg bone was nearly eaten away by bone cancer and he had other tumors. So I've just put the second dog to sleep at age 10. The vet said that it looked like undifferentiated cells in the soft tissue had developed into cancer and that it was likely genetic.
Both my dogs were very smart, wonderful companions, lovely temperament, gorgeous to look at. Just know that if you buy a dog from Skansen, you will probably only have him for 10 years at most, and will have some very expensive medical bills starting at about age 8.

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The fact of the matter is that Skansen has some questionable practices and that Sylvia is a bit "eccentric" (I am a gentleman and trying very hard to use kind words). I first encountered Skansen at the Westminster Dog Show, the preponderance of the Giants were bred by Sylvia, if memory serves it was 7 or 8 out of 12, amazing! I was introduced to the breed by a colleague whose family had 3 Giants from Skansen over 12 years and were completely satisfied with Sylvia and her dogs. I entered into a contract with her and paid for a show quality Giant. Sylvia contacted me and said that there were two litters and that one of them had a problem with the paper work and would not be registered, since I wanted the Giant for a pet would I accept one of these pups and take half my money back - I agreed after being assured that there were no issues other than technical ones. I received my pup and he was great, except that he had a very bad case of worms, which I was willing to overlook. I was told by Sylvia that he had received NO vaccinations and that he should not get any! I disagree with no vaccinations and so he was given most of what a puppy would normally get, although I spaced them out a bit more. I later discovered in some of the paper work I was sent that he had in fact received ALL his shots and even some that I chosen to forgo, when I questioned Sylvia she said the paper work I was sent was wrong and that none of her dogs were vaccinated, very strange, but what was I to do? I also inquired as to where my refund was and was told that I wouldn't be receiving one because he was in fact "show quality" just not registered and since I wanted a pet and that is what I got I should be very pleased, SHOCKING. I had my dog, he was beautiful and I did not care about the money enough to try and sue her from out of state, so after a prolonged discussion with Sylvia and being worn down by her circular logic, I capitulated. Life goes on and all was good, until just before his 4th birthday when the grand mal seizures started - HORRIFYING. I immediately called Sylvia looking for guidance, she was very defensive and told me that in all her years of breeding she had NEVER had a dog from her Kennel have seizures. She started to attack my handling of the matter and everything my Vet had advised, she said it was environmental or diet related. She then went into some half baked story about curring diabetes and cancer with something called " acid water" and claimed to have saved her mailman with such... This post is already way too long and the story is way too strange, but it is true. Obviously there are people who fall on both sides of the argument - but we should all hear each other and acknowledge that just because someone has a bad experience doesn't mean someone else didn't have a good one. My heartbreak is that my Giant's seizures became clusters of seizures and despite all efforts to help his condition, I had to put him down - it was traumatic for my family and I wouldn't want anyone to have to go through that. I now have a new pup from a different Kennel. I hope for the best...

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The fact of the matter is that Skansen has some questionable practices and that Sylvia is a bit "eccentric" (I am a gentleman and trying very hard to use kind words). I first encountered Skansen at the Westminster Dog Show, the preponderance of the Giants were bred by Sylvia, if memory serves it was 7 or 8 out of 12, amazing! I was introduced to the breed by a colleague whose family had 3 Giants from Skansen over 12 years and were completely satisfied with Sylvia and her dogs. I entered into a contract with her and paid for a show quality Giant. Sylvia contacted me and said that there were two litters and that one of them had a problem with the paper work and would not be registered, since I wanted the Giant for a pet would I accept one of these pups and take half my money back - I agreed after being assured that there were no issues other than technical ones. I received my pup and he was great, except that he had a very bad case of worms, which I was willing to overlook. I was told by Sylvia that he had received NO vaccinations and that he should not get any! I disagree with no vaccinations and so he was given most of what a puppy would normally get, although I spaced them out a bit more. I later discovered in some of the paper work I was sent that he had in fact received ALL his shots and even some that I chosen to forgo, when I questioned Sylvia she said the paper work I was sent was wrong and that none of her dogs were vaccinated, very strange, but what was I to do? I also inquired as to where my refund was and was told that I wouldn't be receiving one because he was in fact "show quality" just not registered and since I wanted a pet and that is what I got I should be very pleased, SHOCKING. I had my dog, he was beautiful and I did not care about the money enough to try and sue her from out of state, so after a prolonged discussion with Sylvia and being worn down by her circular logic, I capitulated. Life goes on and all was good, until just before his 4th birthday when the grand mal seizures started - HORRIFYING. I immediately called Sylvia looking for guidance, she was very defensive and told me that in all her years of breeding she had NEVER had a dog from her Kennel have seizures. She started to attack my handling of the matter and everything my Vet had advised, she said it was environmental or diet related. She then went into some half baked story about curring diabetes and cancer with something called " acid water" and claimed to have saved her mailman with such... This post is already way too long and the story is way too strange, but it is true. Obviously there are people who fall on both sides of the argument - but we should all hear each other and acknowledge that just because someone has a bad experience doesn't mean someone else didn't have a good one. My heartbreak is that my Giant's seizures became clusters of seizures and despite all efforts to help his condition, I had to put him down - it was traumatic for my family and I wouldn't want anyone to have to go through that. I now have a new pup from a different Kennel. I hope for the best...

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I am impressed with the quality of both giants that my family has gotten from Skansen kennels. The first was in 1989 and was a high quality pet. We loved him dearly and had great fun showing him for both conformation and obedience. The second is a beautiful show quality female that I show as often as possible. She is just over 2 years old and has been shown several times along with passing her CGC and TDI test. Her temprament is as beautiful as she is physically. Gwenevere, along with my mini schnauzer are my companions. My girls and I take care of each other. I appreciate the quality and time Sylvia spend on the animals and keeping in contact with puppy owners. When I get anymore minis or giant schnauzers, I will go back to Sylvia and Skansen kennels.

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I am impressed with the quality of both giants that my family has gotten from Skansen kennels. The first was in 1989 and was a high quality pet. We loved him dearly and had great fun showing him for both conformation and obedience. The second is a beautiful show quality female that I show as often as possible. She is just over 2 years old and has been shown several times along with passing her CGC and TDI test. Her temprament is as beautiful as she is physically. Gwenevere, along with my mini schnauzer are my companions. My girls and I take care of each other. I appreciate the quality and time Sylvia spend on the animals and keeping in contact with puppy owners. When I get anymore minis or giant schnauzers, I will go back to Sylvia and Skansen kennels.

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We got our Giant pup last Xmas she is now 13months old. Wonderful. Gorgeous, smart, healthy with tons of DRIVE-- if you want a working dog that looks great go to Slyvia. Skansens does what they say-- they breed healthy beautiful dogs. Period. Not a whole lot of bells and whistles but they deliver. You want a good dog. They got them. Yes Go here. This dog fit well into our family-- we have kids dogs cats and live in a third floor condo in San Francisco. If you are willing to train/ care for a high energy demanding breed it will work. And this is a great kennel, with a Craftswoman at the Helm. She knows what she is doing! PEACE.

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We got our Giant pup last Xmas she is now 13months old. Wonderful. Gorgeous, smart, healthy with tons of DRIVE-- if you want a working dog that looks great go to Slyvia. Skansens does what they say-- they breed healthy beautiful dogs. Period. Not a whole lot of bells and whistles but they deliver. You want a good dog. They got them. Yes Go here. This dog fit well into our family-- we have kids dogs cats and live in a third floor condo in San Francisco. If you are willing to train/ care for a high energy demanding breed it will work. And this is a great kennel, with a Craftswoman at the Helm. She knows what she is doing! PEACE.

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We received Maxamillion a G.S Salt and Pepper in March of 2009, when we picked him up at the airport his tail was wagging and we fell in Love with him. He is the most beautiful dog, strong and regal looking a show-stopper. When we go places him you have to be very social, people want pictures and he tolerates all the attention. Gets along well with our mini schnauzer who is 12 still top dog. Maxamillion is very social with other dogs, he loves the Beach and swims daily in the pool. We are thinking about getting another one and the only place would be from Skansen Kennels. We have met at the dogshow other G.S. from other breeders Maxamillion looks like the" King", the coat, coloring,structure and muscular build is far superior.
My husband calls him"Big Moose" he is smart , gentle and very
loving. Thank you Sylvia for creating such special dogs.
By the way it is hard to keep the water clean with the long beard
and the nose that gets into everything our house and yard looks a mess at times if Maxamillion gets a piece of paper or decides to pull plants out. He loves to go to my husbands workshop and get pieces of wood and chew them up.

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We received Maxamillion a G.S Salt and Pepper in March of 2009, when we picked him up at the airport his tail was wagging and we fell in Love with him. He is the most beautiful dog, strong and regal looking a show-stopper. When we go places him you have to be very social, people want pictures and he tolerates all the attention. Gets along well with our mini schnauzer who is 12 still top dog. Maxamillion is very social with other dogs, he loves the Beach and swims daily in the pool. We are thinking about getting another one and the only place would be from Skansen Kennels. We have met at the dogshow other G.S. from other breeders Maxamillion looks like the" King", the coat, coloring,structure and muscular build is far superior.
My husband calls him"Big Moose" he is smart , gentle and very
loving. Thank you Sylvia for creating such special dogs.
By the way it is hard to keep the water clean with the long beard
and the nose that gets into everything our house and yard looks a mess at times if Maxamillion gets a piece of paper or decides to pull plants out. He loves to go to my husbands workshop and get pieces of wood and chew them up.

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I bought my Giant Schnauzer from Skansen's Kennel in the beginning of May of 2010 just after my sweet girl Mya, (a 10 yr old mutt) passed away unexpectedly. About 5 years ago, I had seen a male G.S. who was extraordinary looking and upon Mya's passing, knew that infairness to myself and a new dog, I would have create the opportunity to have a completely different dog experience and began to do research on the breed.

Concerned about in-breeding as the breed is fairly uncommon,
reader's should know I contacted the AKC, Westminster, the past president of G.S. Club of America and it's current secretary, each person I spoke to, when I told them I wanted a champion bred male G.S. pup, "If you really want that type of quality, there is only 1 person to talk to: Slyvia Hammarstrom of Skansen's Kennels.

I called Sylvia one morning, and was surprised when she picked up the phone [unaware that Sylvia makes it a point to be availalbe from 5x a week from 11 AM to 1 PM].Two phonecalls totalling 4 hours, Sylvia spent a good majority of that time interviewing me, rather than I her. Ten days later I picked Vinny up from the airport.

He is more than I ever expected--a literal show stopper; as I can't take him out for a walk or to the local farmer's market without him garnering a crowd. He's had several neigherborhood children climb all over him at once (which he loves), should an elder dog cross his path he says hello and sits down.

Beside being absolutely huge, his teeth have grown in perfectly straight, his coat is magnificent and at 5 -1/2 mos of age he even sit and stands like a champion. I don't think most people consider the value in the accumulated heritage of Slyvia's 50+ years of raw diet, proper medical care which emphasises a logical balance of homeopathic and western based medicine.
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Slyvia is what some might call "old school" and on top of that her personal style is very direct, she maintains her own opinions, which aren't necessarily always mainstream and is not afraid to voice them. Personally, I think she's entitled. How many of us have done the same work which has withstood 50 years of professional judgement that was consistently of the highest standard?

For those owners who Skansen's pups developed illnesses, it's tragic; and I hope Vinny doesn't encounter any major illnesses. But if he did, I certainly wouldn't blame Slyvia. Babies get sick, humans have genetic disorders--there's no difference AND unlike humans top breeders have numerous breeding guidelines and requirement that must be adhered to in order for their dogs to be shown and pedigreed.

Respectfully,
S.W.
As I said, my Skansen pup is more than I ever expected.

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I bought my Giant Schnauzer from Skansen's Kennel in the beginning of May of 2010 just after my sweet girl Mya, (a 10 yr old mutt) passed away unexpectedly. About 5 years ago, I had seen a male G.S. who was extraordinary looking and upon Mya's passing, knew that infairness to myself and a new dog, I would have create the opportunity to have a completely different dog experience and began to do research on the breed.

Concerned about in-breeding as the breed is fairly uncommon,
reader's should know I contacted the AKC, Westminster, the past president of G.S. Club of America and it's current secretary, each person I spoke to, when I told them I wanted a champion bred male G.S. pup, "If you really want that type of quality, there is only 1 person to talk to: Slyvia Hammarstrom of Skansen's Kennels.

I called Sylvia one morning, and was surprised when she picked up the phone [unaware that Sylvia makes it a point to be availalbe from 5x a week from 11 AM to 1 PM].Two phonecalls totalling 4 hours, Sylvia spent a good majority of that time interviewing me, rather than I her. Ten days later I picked Vinny up from the airport.

He is more than I ever expected--a literal show stopper; as I can't take him out for a walk or to the local farmer's market without him garnering a crowd. He's had several neigherborhood children climb all over him at once (which he loves), should an elder dog cross his path he says hello and sits down.

Beside being absolutely huge, his teeth have grown in perfectly straight, his coat is magnificent and at 5 -1/2 mos of age he even sit and stands like a champion. I don't think most people consider the value in the accumulated heritage of Slyvia's 50+ years of raw diet, proper medical care which emphasises a logical balance of homeopathic and western based medicine.
care.

Slyvia is what some might call "old school" and on top of that her personal style is very direct, she maintains her own opinions, which aren't necessarily always mainstream and is not afraid to voice them. Personally, I think she's entitled. How many of us have done the same work which has withstood 50 years of professional judgement that was consistently of the highest standard?

For those owners who Skansen's pups developed illnesses, it's tragic; and I hope Vinny doesn't encounter any major illnesses. But if he did, I certainly wouldn't blame Slyvia. Babies get sick, humans have genetic disorders--there's no difference AND unlike humans top breeders have numerous breeding guidelines and requirement that must be adhered to in order for their dogs to be shown and pedigreed.

Respectfully,
S.W.
As I said, my Skansen pup is more than I ever expected.

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Sophie is my 3rd giant schnauzer from Skansen Kennels. One day back in Dec. 2006 I decided my Doberman needed a friend, and I called Sylvia to let her know that I was interested in a pet quality female. She had several puppies available, however I fell in love with a 4 month old pup, all black with a white patch on her chest, still wearing her ear cones. She immediately appeared to be the trouble maker. The puppy was to be shipped to Japan, was show quality, however I convinced Sylvia to let me have her. She is now 3 and is finally calming down, she can open every door in the house, drink from unopened water bottles (she opens them herself), and can reach the bananas on the kitchen counter which she has figured out how to peel and leave the skin on the livingroom floor. The breed is my favorite, you need to be a "strong" owner, and they will be your best friends.

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Sophie is my 3rd giant schnauzer from Skansen Kennels. One day back in Dec. 2006 I decided my Doberman needed a friend, and I called Sylvia to let her know that I was interested in a pet quality female. She had several puppies available, however I fell in love with a 4 month old pup, all black with a white patch on her chest, still wearing her ear cones. She immediately appeared to be the trouble maker. The puppy was to be shipped to Japan, was show quality, however I convinced Sylvia to let me have her. She is now 3 and is finally calming down, she can open every door in the house, drink from unopened water bottles (she opens them herself), and can reach the bananas on the kitchen counter which she has figured out how to peel and leave the skin on the livingroom floor. The breed is my favorite, you need to be a "strong" owner, and they will be your best friends.

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I have purchased now 3 giant schnauzers from Skansen Kennel. My first one name was Maxine and she was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen. I purchased the show quality from Skansens, but I am here to tell you the pet quality is nothing short of fabulous as well. Maxine had the best personality and loved everyone she came in contact with. Cars would pull over to look at her and kids would run up to her without worry. She thought she was human..not a dog. She was amazing, intelligent and I was blessed with the opportunity to have her in my life. When she passed away I lost my best friend!! After time I purchased two more Giant Schnauzers Jazell and Apollo from Sylvia at Skansen's Kennel. They are so beautiful/Handsome and again they are so smart and kind creatures. I can not say enough about my experience with Skansens Kennel and the knowledge that she ensures you have prior to purchasing a dog from them. Anytime you need to speak with her she makes time for you!! She is a awesome person with only the dogs best interest at heart!! Thank you Syliva and your staff at Skansen Kennel.

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I have purchased now 3 giant schnauzers from Skansen Kennel. My first one name was Maxine and she was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen. I purchased the show quality from Skansens, but I am here to tell you the pet quality is nothing short of fabulous as well. Maxine had the best personality and loved everyone she came in contact with. Cars would pull over to look at her and kids would run up to her without worry. She thought she was human..not a dog. She was amazing, intelligent and I was blessed with the opportunity to have her in my life. When she passed away I lost my best friend!! After time I purchased two more Giant Schnauzers Jazell and Apollo from Sylvia at Skansen's Kennel. They are so beautiful/Handsome and again they are so smart and kind creatures. I can not say enough about my experience with Skansens Kennel and the knowledge that she ensures you have prior to purchasing a dog from them. Anytime you need to speak with her she makes time for you!! She is a awesome person with only the dogs best interest at heart!! Thank you Syliva and your staff at Skansen Kennel.

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It seems some of the reviewers are confused about the rating system. I say this because some of the best positive comments had a rating of 1 instead of say 4 or 5. Sylvia has done a remarkable and admirable job over the years. Her only weakness may be always thinking she knows everything. On the other hand, she does know more than anybody else! Sylvia has done a great job but every once in a while she needs to take responsibility for a dog who might have a health problem. I've owned or known of at least 30 Giants coming from Skansen. A rare few did have health issues that appeared to have nothing to do with the owner. One negative reviewer mentioned something about dusty conditions and lack of interaction with humans. That's mostly silly considering the size and quality of the operation. You shouldn't purchase a dog from a kennel if dirt bothers you. I doubt it bothers the schnauzers one iota. In general, these dogs are very happy and healthy with the best of character and attitude. Each has its own personality and quirks just like people. I've had one that was a great intimidating guard dog. Most of them are sweet and highly lovable and energetic.

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It seems some of the reviewers are confused about the rating system. I say this because some of the best positive comments had a rating of 1 instead of say 4 or 5. Sylvia has done a remarkable and admirable job over the years. Her only weakness may be always thinking she knows everything. On the other hand, she does know more than anybody else! Sylvia has done a great job but every once in a while she needs to take responsibility for a dog who might have a health problem. I've owned or known of at least 30 Giants coming from Skansen. A rare few did have health issues that appeared to have nothing to do with the owner. One negative reviewer mentioned something about dusty conditions and lack of interaction with humans. That's mostly silly considering the size and quality of the operation. You shouldn't purchase a dog from a kennel if dirt bothers you. I doubt it bothers the schnauzers one iota. In general, these dogs are very happy and healthy with the best of character and attitude. Each has its own personality and quirks just like people. I've had one that was a great intimidating guard dog. Most of them are sweet and highly lovable and energetic.

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I have nothing but PRAISE for Skansen Kennels. My first purchase from Sylvia was a black Giant female who I took to her championship by the time she was 14 months old. I purchased another giant 1 year later and loved having my girls around, one lived 12 years, the other 10. I have visited Skansen Kennels a total of 4 times and found Skansen's to be top notch, and Sylvia always willing to help with any questions or concerns. It was because of Sylvia and her careful and loving devotion to the breed that made me fall in love with the Giant.

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I have nothing but PRAISE for Skansen Kennels. My first purchase from Sylvia was a black Giant female who I took to her championship by the time she was 14 months old. I purchased another giant 1 year later and loved having my girls around, one lived 12 years, the other 10. I have visited Skansen Kennels a total of 4 times and found Skansen's to be top notch, and Sylvia always willing to help with any questions or concerns. It was because of Sylvia and her careful and loving devotion to the breed that made me fall in love with the Giant.

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I purchased my first Giant Schnauzer from Skansen Kennels and she was a wonderful dog and lived until she was 14 yrs old. I am now 61 years old and have had a couple of other Giants over the years with no regrets. Just before Christmas of 2009, I got another Giant from Sylvia and I would never go to another breeder. If you get a sick dog from her, all you have to do is send it back and she will give you another one. I lived in Sacramento at the time and it would have been easy to take a dog back to them.

Their grounds are very clean and the ranch is beautiful. No complaints here. My new puppy will be trained to be my service assistance dog and I can hardly wait for that. But, he is only four months old now, so we have a while before he can do that. In the mean time, I'm just going to enjoy him as a puppy and we have totally bonded already. I think it was love at first sight for the both of us.

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I purchased my first Giant Schnauzer from Skansen Kennels and she was a wonderful dog and lived until she was 14 yrs old. I am now 61 years old and have had a couple of other Giants over the years with no regrets. Just before Christmas of 2009, I got another Giant from Sylvia and I would never go to another breeder. If you get a sick dog from her, all you have to do is send it back and she will give you another one. I lived in Sacramento at the time and it would have been easy to take a dog back to them.

Their grounds are very clean and the ranch is beautiful. No complaints here. My new puppy will be trained to be my service assistance dog and I can hardly wait for that. But, he is only four months old now, so we have a while before he can do that. In the mean time, I'm just going to enjoy him as a puppy and we have totally bonded already. I think it was love at first sight for the both of us.

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I visited Skansen's a little over 16 years ago. I was there buying a standard for my son. I've been to other kennels before. I also visited a Breeder in Beverly Hills CA to buy a dog and I got a good dog but he died before my son was 5yrs old. The Skansen's kennel is by far one of the best for dogs. Most dogs wish they had it that good because its perfect for that breed, lots of space and they receive visitors a lot.

Our standard was named Napoleon, because he wanted to conquer everyone's heart. However, unlike other breeds this dog was youthful even up to his death. Everything Sylvia told us came true. Our dog was 16yrs old when he died and according to the Vet would have lived another 2 or 3 years.

We plan to buy our next dog from Skansens for this simple reason --- she breeds great dogs. Her loving concern for the Breed has made thousand of us dog lovers proud. A person can best judge a dog temperament by is surroundings - if this is true the Skansens has provided their dogs with the very best for that breed. Why? Because our dog was the best dog a person could ever have and we got it from Skansens.

If a person is looking for a great dog that will live as long as their kids are in school. If a person needs a great friend in a dog then I highly recommend Skansens Kennel because they are in my opinion the best.

I still have pictures of our first visit to Skansen when we got our first puppy and everyone was very happy!

Warm greetings
keith

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I visited Skansen's a little over 16 years ago. I was there buying a standard for my son. I've been to other kennels before. I also visited a Breeder in Beverly Hills CA to buy a dog and I got a good dog but he died before my son was 5yrs old. The Skansen's kennel is by far one of the best for dogs. Most dogs wish they had it that good because its perfect for that breed, lots of space and they receive visitors a lot.

Our standard was named Napoleon, because he wanted to conquer everyone's heart. However, unlike other breeds this dog was youthful even up to his death. Everything Sylvia told us came true. Our dog was 16yrs old when he died and according to the Vet would have lived another 2 or 3 years.

We plan to buy our next dog from Skansens for this simple reason --- she breeds great dogs. Her loving concern for the Breed has made thousand of us dog lovers proud. A person can best judge a dog temperament by is surroundings - if this is true the Skansens has provided their dogs with the very best for that breed. Why? Because our dog was the best dog a person could ever have and we got it from Skansens.

If a person is looking for a great dog that will live as long as their kids are in school. If a person needs a great friend in a dog then I highly recommend Skansens Kennel because they are in my opinion the best.

I still have pictures of our first visit to Skansen when we got our first puppy and everyone was very happy!

Warm greetings
keith

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Hello,

When my daughter was ten she was the victim a severe dog attack. She required years of facial and optical reconstruction and therapy. Our surgeon, Dr. Marc Karlin in Chicago, suggested we get another dog for Lauren to help her through her therapy. He had Skansen's giants and highly recommended them as they are bred for solid temperament.

Due to my child's injuries we were unable to travel from Chicago to California. The pup was sent to us. I honestly believe this dog saved my daughter's life. We were so impressed and grateful to this dog, that two years later we flew to California to visit Sylvia and the Kennel. It isn't just a kennel; it's truly a preserve, a beautiful and very well maintained open air preserve. It was amazing, acres and acres of happy, healthy, clean animals.

We flew home with a 2nd puppy were happy for the next 14 years with our Giants.

I can't believe the individuals complaining have actually visited Skansens. I highly recommend this breeder. My husband and I are the founders of Hemisphere Animal Rescue in Chicago. We have up to 10 dogs as a time in our home. The Giants were grounding and healing forces for all the dogs that we have rescued. We never had a bad experience.

Respectfully,

Mikol Mendes Highland Park, IL

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Hello,

When my daughter was ten she was the victim a severe dog attack. She required years of facial and optical reconstruction and therapy. Our surgeon, Dr. Marc Karlin in Chicago, suggested we get another dog for Lauren to help her through her therapy. He had Skansen's giants and highly recommended them as they are bred for solid temperament.

Due to my child's injuries we were unable to travel from Chicago to California. The pup was sent to us. I honestly believe this dog saved my daughter's life. We were so impressed and grateful to this dog, that two years later we flew to California to visit Sylvia and the Kennel. It isn't just a kennel; it's truly a preserve, a beautiful and very well maintained open air preserve. It was amazing, acres and acres of happy, healthy, clean animals.

We flew home with a 2nd puppy were happy for the next 14 years with our Giants.

I can't believe the individuals complaining have actually visited Skansens. I highly recommend this breeder. My husband and I are the founders of Hemisphere Animal Rescue in Chicago. We have up to 10 dogs as a time in our home. The Giants were grounding and healing forces for all the dogs that we have rescued. We never had a bad experience.

Respectfully,

Mikol Mendes Highland Park, IL

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I love Skansen Kennels and my family has bought dogs from them for years! Sylvia is an amazing breeder and the authority on Schnauzers. I am on my second Mini now and am so grateful that we found Skansen. All of their dogs are very well socialized as puppies (I don't know what the other person was talking about) and well cared for. I have been to her facility myself and found it to be a clean and orderly facility. It is a kennel for pete's sake, not a nursery. Thanks again, Sylvia. You are the best!

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I love Skansen Kennels and my family has bought dogs from them for years! Sylvia is an amazing breeder and the authority on Schnauzers. I am on my second Mini now and am so grateful that we found Skansen. All of their dogs are very well socialized as puppies (I don't know what the other person was talking about) and well cared for. I have been to her facility myself and found it to be a clean and orderly facility. It is a kennel for pete's sake, not a nursery. Thanks again, Sylvia. You are the best!

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I bought a Giant in 2004 from Skansen's. He was my first, and I love him to pieces. He is as gorgeous as the Skansen name is famous for, but when I went to the kennel to see him as a puppy I was surprised and even sad at the conditions the dogs were living in. When I received my dog he was completely unsocialized, which posed a real challenge; but with as many dogs as were at the kennel when I visited I was not surprised. I still have the pics of my visit to see my puppy for the first time. Instead of feeling that happy warm feeling that one should have at seeing their puppies photos, I feel sad for the dirty, unkempt little (okay, not so little, just young) guy in the photos.

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I bought a Giant in 2004 from Skansen's. He was my first, and I love him to pieces. He is as gorgeous as the Skansen name is famous for, but when I went to the kennel to see him as a puppy I was surprised and even sad at the conditions the dogs were living in. When I received my dog he was completely unsocialized, which posed a real challenge; but with as many dogs as were at the kennel when I visited I was not surprised. I still have the pics of my visit to see my puppy for the first time. Instead of feeling that happy warm feeling that one should have at seeing their puppies photos, I feel sad for the dirty, unkempt little (okay, not so little, just young) guy in the photos.

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I believe it was 1974 when I purchased my first Giant puppy from Skansen's. She was the best (and healthiest) dog I can ever imagine and even saved my life once. When she died at 14 I had to wait a few years before I was in a position to get another Giant. At that time, my parents adopted a retired show dog from Skansen's and my husband and I purchased one of her puppies, a male. We have always been impressed with the intelligence and beauty Skansen's Giants possess. Our current Giant, McGyver, is 13 years old now. My kids were raised with him and we cannot imagine our world without a Giant in it. Amy Gleave

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I believe it was 1974 when I purchased my first Giant puppy from Skansen's. She was the best (and healthiest) dog I can ever imagine and even saved my life once. When she died at 14 I had to wait a few years before I was in a position to get another Giant. At that time, my parents adopted a retired show dog from Skansen's and my husband and I purchased one of her puppies, a male. We have always been impressed with the intelligence and beauty Skansen's Giants possess. Our current Giant, McGyver, is 13 years old now. My kids were raised with him and we cannot imagine our world without a Giant in it. Amy Gleave

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I had my first giant schnauzer when I was 17 now I'm 55 and just got my fouth giant schnauzer about a year ago, all from skanzen's kennel. All of the dogs where very healthy and lived a long life about 14 to 15 years. Some time in the 1980's one of my dogs got what seem to be epilepsy all I did was call Sylvia ( by the way she is in my opinion the most knowledgeable person I have ever talk to about dogs) and she send me another dog,all I had to do is pay for the air fare and show proff of my claim. Giant schnauzer's will suffer a great loss when she is gone.
Oscar Broggi

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I had my first giant schnauzer when I was 17 now I'm 55 and just got my fouth giant schnauzer about a year ago, all from skanzen's kennel. All of the dogs where very healthy and lived a long life about 14 to 15 years. Some time in the 1980's one of my dogs got what seem to be epilepsy all I did was call Sylvia ( by the way she is in my opinion the most knowledgeable person I have ever talk to about dogs) and she send me another dog,all I had to do is pay for the air fare and show proff of my claim. Giant schnauzer's will suffer a great loss when she is gone.
Oscar Broggi

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