aka “Min Pin Heaven”

My name is Alice Nolan and I have been involved with this wonderful breed, exclusively since 1991. By 2007 I felt my conscientious dedication to breeding for temperament first, then conformation I was ready (with the encouragement of other Min Pin breeders) to start competing and proving the worth of my breeding program. I am proud to say I have achieved the requirements of the American Kennel Club to be considered a Breeder of Merit.

I am also a Member of the Miniature Pinscher Club of America, Miniature Pinscher Club of Greater Tucson and nominated to the board of the Prescott Arizona Kennel Club. I have been a “dog person” my entire life and most dedicated to the Miniature Pinscher Breed.

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 my husband and I created a line of hand carved ceramic pottery that was sold thruout the US  for several  years.  The theme of the pottery was the Native American people. 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, I welcome  you to what many call



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 a lot of history. I’ve lived here for over 30 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 27+ 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 a visit. I will send directions.


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.



My Min Pins are AKC registered.I believe the American Kennel Club is the most respected dog registry in the US. The requirement for registration is that both parents are AKC registered and the same breed.
What is real important in selecting a puppy is feeling comfortable with the breeder! I can certainly tell in speaking to a potential puppy buyer if I am comfortable with them.
“Champion bloodlines” is a statement commonly used by people who produce puppies only for money and know little – if anything – about the breed. They may have seen in the pedigree that some of the puppy’s ancestors are Champions, and use this fact to bolster the quality of the litter and the price of the puppies.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. 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 and Spay/Neuter Contracts .Some contracts , including mine, require you spay or neuter your dog as part of the deal. These are used by serious breeders when the puppy is not of show quality and/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.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 8 months of age. At this time you will be issued Limited AKC papers.



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