What does "NIZHONI" mean?
One cannot live in Arizona without the influence and beauty of the Native American culture & language. "Nizhoni" is a Navajo word meaning beautiful.
Many years ago I created a line of hand carved ceramic pottery that was sold thruout the US. The name of the pottery line was Nizhoni Originals. When my husband passed away I felt a need to move on so after over 10 years I closed my studio and turned my attentions to my Min Pin kids. The word "Nizhoni" just followed. "Beautiful"......This is how I see every Miniature Pinscher! Nizhoni became my kennel name..... so again, welcome to
NIZHONI MINIATURE PINSCHERS OF ARIZONA
We are located in the mountains of Arizona, close to Prescott. It's considered high desert. For reference, we are about 1 hr, 20 min from Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix.
Humboldt is a very old mining town with alot of history. I've lived here for over 20 years. Weather is ideal for my Min Pin kids. They enjoy the outdoors most days. Cooler than Phoenix and warmer than Flagstaff on any given day. Anyone is welcome to come visit what some of my puppy buyers have referred to as "Min Pin Heaven". After 20 years with these little guys I have Min Pins of all ages from puppies (sometimes) to seniors. Presently my eldest senior is 17. Yes, Min Pins are long lived.
Just let me know, we'll set a good time for everyone and I will send directions.
A DOG'S PRAYER
A DOG'S PRAYER
Treat me kindly, my beloved master for no heart in the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.
Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.
Speak to me often, for your voice is the world's sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear.
When it is cold and wet, please take me inside, for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements. And I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth. Though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land, for you are my god, and I am your devoted worshipper.
Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst.
Feed me clean food, that I may romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life should your life be in danger.
And, beloved master, should the Great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.
LOOKING FOR A MIN PIN?
Joe & I with Ricky.
WHEN SEARCHING FOR A PUPPY WHAT YOU SHOULD CONSIDER:
My Min Pins are AKC registered. That said, Even puppy mills have AKC registered puppies! The requirement for registration is that both parents were AKC registered and were the same breed.
What is real important in selecting a puppy is feeling comfortable with the breeder.
"Champion bloodlines" is another statement commonly used by people who produce puppies only for money and know little - if anything - about the breed. They may have discovered in the pedigree that some of the puppy's close or distant ancestors are Champions, and use this fact to bolster the quality of the litter and the price of the puppies.
Simply stated, a Champion is a dog who has earned a certain number of points in competition against other dogs of the same breed at AKC sanctioned dog shows.
Being shown and becoming a Champion does say something about a dog's quality. In reality, the saying "It is what's up front that counts" is true in dog pedigrees. The closer the Champions are to the puppy (for instance, if his sire and/or dam -mother and father Champions?) the more likely the puppy will grown into a dog that will be a good representation of the breed.
True "Champion bloodlines" show an impressive pedigree in which many of the dogs in the pedigree are Champions. This demonstrates hard work, time, effort & yes, lots of money on the part of the breeder.
In the last few years I have become involved in showing. It's something I enjoy. It also tells you that I am willing to "prove" my dogs are a fine representation of the breed by showing them to their Championship. It doesn't mean you should want to show. It just means you care enough to want a puppy who has been bred responsibly. Every Min Pin produced should come from parents who are a good representation of the breed. Agreed? It is "Pride of ownership". You deserve that. So whether you're looking for a loving companion or a loving show puppy, it's the same puppy. Everyone deserves a nice Min Pin!! ............
If you are interested in joining the show world that's just great. It's alot of fun and if I can help please don't hesitate to ask. If I don't have a "show" puppy available I will point you in the direction of a good breeder that does.
If you are contemplating buying a dog and entering into a contract with a breeder, be aware that Breeders (I for one) protect their dogs from indiscriminate breeding by using legally enforceable contracts, sales agreements and/or show contracts for all
Some contracts , including mine, require you to spay or neuter your dog as part of the deal. These are used by serious breeders when the puppy is not of show quality or the buyer is just wanting a companion. A good breeder does not sell a puppy for the purpose of breeding just for the sake of breeding it. If you want to breed, be willing to prove your dog is worthy of breeding by getting it's championship. Otherwise leave the breeding up to breeders who care about the breed and want to make sure the standard of the breed is being met by breeding to other quality Min Pins.
BOTTOM LINE: If you're looking for a nicely bred, healthy puppy for a personal pet, well, that's still what I do best. I do offer a 3 year Health Guarantee. Don't let all the show pictures intimidate you. My joy in raising puppies has not changed. I still charge the same for personal pet puppies as I did before I started showing. Showing has just confirmed that I'm breeding the quality you deserve. And it's a fun hobby too! So check out the Available Pups page if you're looking for the King of Toys to add to your family. They truly are!
One way a spay/neuter contract can be enforced is by the breeder withholding the AKC registration form until proof of spaying / neutering has been received from a veterinarian. Spaying and neutering is usually done between 6 and 8months of age. At this time you will be issued Limited AKC papers.