Thank you for visiting Orchard Hill Miniature Schnauzers. My name is Elizabeth "Buzzy" Alfano. I have been breeding Miniature Schnauzers for over 45 years and showing for over 25. In that time I have been an active member of the American Miniature Schnauzer Club and am the past President for the Portland Miniature Schnauzer Club.
I have dedicated many years to the betterment of the Schnauzer breed, including public education as well as fund raising for and supporting Miniature Schnauzer health research. As a Veterinary Technician I am an advocate of breeding only healthy, health tested dogs, whose temperament and conformation represent the breed standard as set forth by the AMSC.
My husband Tony and I house all our dogs in our home and each is kept as a loved pet. We do not believe in raising or keeping our dogs in a kennel environment. Each dog spends the majority of their day lounging on the couch or sitting in our laps. We have two large outdoor play yards and covered all weather potty runs. Dog toys and beds abound the home and a soft rug in front of the fire is a favored spot so they may lounge their winter days away. In the spring and summer we have 1/3 of an acre fenced and set aside as a grassy play are.
We are here to answer questions for those new to the breed, mentor those wanting to learn to show and are always happy to help people find or acquire a new companion.