I was 10 years old I saved to buy my first dog, which was a
P/S Standard Schnauzer female. I have had them ever since and
in the 1960's decided to breed the black Standard exclusively.
Germany there are some very good black Standards, as well as
Holland and Israel, however in most other countries the quality
is very mediocre. So I imported two black Standards from Germany
in an effort to improve the black Standard in America. The male's
name was Poro V. Furstenpfad, a superb black dog, who gained
his Companion Dog title here in the USA, as well as being pointed
to his U.S. Championship. Another very important black Standard
imported from Germany was the Best in Show dog, Ch. Pavo de
la Steingasse. I bought one of his black daughters and bred
her to Poro, which produced Skansen's Schwarze Ingeborg C.D.
this time I felt I had too many dogs, so I sold Ingeborg to
a handler on the East coast, as well as the superb black male
Ch. Skansen's Anders, a grand son of Poro. A few years later
the handler had to give up some of his dogs and that is when
I decided to renew my efforts in breeding good blacks again,
so I brought Ander's and Ingeborg's Champion daughter, Ch. Penkill's
Britta back to California in whelp to Nomura Kane No Nikko,
a beautiful black male.
litter produced my top stud dog, the black male Ch. Skansen's
Flip, who is the sire of the top winning black male in the last
ten years, Ch. Skansen's Jazzman, a very big boned male with
a quiet, easy disposition. Both Ingmar and Jazzman produce superb
Champion we use in our breeding program is Ch. Skansen's Mannix.
Mannix was born in 1988 and he is the son of Ch. Skansen's Jazzman
and Ch. Skansen's Flip's litter sister, Flirt. Mannix himself
is a beautiful P/S male, even if both his parents are black.
We get all black litters from him when we breed him to our present
black females. Mannix has an excellent temperament also.
Marabou is another male used frequently in our breeding program,
as he carries some European bloodlines through his sire, Int.
Mex. Ch. of the America's and World Ch. Skansen's Great Chief
Kiwi. Marabou is a solid black, with excellent coat texture
and color. He is 19.5" tall and very athletic, with a great
other stud dog used at this time is Skansen's Socrates - a beautiful
black male sired by American, Danish, Luxembourg, Dutch and
Int. Champion Edelweiss Tagri Wood - call name Mischa. Micha
was born October 22, 1989 in Moscow, USSR and came to the USA
in August of 1993 to be shown to his American title, as well
as be available to the American Standard Schnauzer breeders
until June of 1994, when he went back to Switzerland to compete
at the World Show.
met Mischa the first time when I judged a club show in Denmark
in May 1993. He won Best in Show at that show and I think he
is without a doubt one of the best Standard Schnauzers I have
seen in 40 years of breeding them. He has a superb temperament,
is friendly and easy - going, yet a good protector. He has a
wonderful gait, lots of reach and drive, a superb topline, tailset,
coat, color, and head. He has a perfect bite and is true coming
and going. His hips have been X-rayed and he is free of hip
dysplasia. In 1992 Mischa was the No. 1 Dog All Breeds in Holland.
He may be the only Standard Schnauzer today with 5 Champion
mother is Skansen's Oh La La, a beautiful black by Ch. Skansen's
Mannix. Socrates is quite big, pushing 20 inches so we have
not shown him yet, we are waiting for him to settle. In fact,
as we get busier and busier we find less time to compete with
our Standards and instead, let our show prospects go to people
interested in showing world wide. The No. 1 black Standard in
Scandinavia, as well as South Africa were both born here.
is now 47 years since I bred my first Standard Schnauzer Champion.
Please let us know if you are interested in one and we will
be happy to guide you to a great pup. We have only 3 - 4 litters
a year so make your reservation early. Standard Schnauzers were
bred to have a harsh, wiry coat, a little like a Wire-haired
Fox Terrier. We do not breed the soft, silky coat in this breed
- as we do in Miniature and Giant Schnauzers. In other words
our dogs are bred for the correct German style coat - which
will get thicker on the legs as they get to be about one year
old. We do not have the American style coat in our Standards.
Sebastopol, CA 95473
More information on Skansen and our Standards
please fax, email, or call. Give us your name,
address, & what kind of dog your looking for.
We will send you our free packet of information
/ audio tapes to better inform you about Skansen
and the Standard.
you decide on a Standard Schnauzer, remember they are a big
dog in a small package. They are extremely athletic, love to
play, and can be very strong, so obedience training is important
when they are young. If raised with children, they are great
with them; otherwise they tend to be a one man, one family dog.
If well cared for, they are a very long lived breed. I know
several that have lived to be 16 - 18 years old. They are extremely
easy to train, if their owner is firm and consistent and they
have the ability to get very high scores in trial work, as they
have the intelligence and energy to work all day. They do not
shed and have no special genetic weakness.
For More information on Skansen and our Standards please fax,
email, or call. Give us your name, address, and what kind of
dog your looking for. We will send you our free packet of information
/ audio tapes to better inform you about Skansen and the Standard.