Buddies Breeders – Michelle Smee
We recently caught up with new Buddies breeder, Michelle to find out more about her and the breeds she loves.
How long have you been involved in the ‘dog world’?
‘I started showing early as a child handler, with Miniature Schnauzers and Bernese Mountain Dogs. I bred my own first litter when I was 17, so I have been breeding for 33 years under the kennel name ‘Schnaubern’.
I now own Pumi, Standard Schnauzers, Shih Tzu and I am also in partnership with Saint Bernards.’
What do you breed?
‘I still breed Shih Tzu’s, which make very good pets. I currently have 6 Shih Tzu’s living with me, they love people and get on with life.
I have champion Schnauzers and have bred them in the past, unfortunately, I haven’t had any luck for over 10 years with having a litter. I think Schnauzers are the best for family life and offer lots of energy.
My newest breed is the Hungarian Pumi.
I had been watching this breed in Europe for a few years before deciding to purchase my first Pumi ‘Bolt’ Bathazar Pumida Avec Schnaubern from Czech Republic. Since being in the UK, he has won 33 ‘Best of Sex’ and 19 ‘Best of Breed’. He has also been ‘Top Pumi Male in’ 2016, 2017 and 2018 and he is only 3 1/2 years old! Bolt has had wins in 2 World dog shows, 2017 and 2018, and is now an International Champion.
I then acquired Nova ‘Mariell De Marque N Fylgia Novelett mit Schnaubern’ from the famous Mariell De Marque kennel, connecting a breeding program between the UK and Sweden. In her short time with me, she has had wins in Europe and the UK to include 5 best of sex and best female at Crufts 2018
Nova is now waiting for her first litter. This will be my first litter of Pumis too.
Claim to fame, both my Pumi’s were featured on Crufts TV live with Clare Balding.’
Why the Pumi?
‘The Pumi breed aren’t for the faint-hearted, these little dogs are made for the hills of Hungary herding sheep, cattle and swine. They need an experienced owner or lots of support from the breeder. They are intelligent and easy to train and brilliant for agility.’
What’s the best thing about being a breeder?
‘The best thing about being a breeder is producing healthy puppies that will grow and be happy in their new homes.’
What’s the worst thing about being a breeder?
‘The worst thing is the long nights without sleep, caring for the new-born puppies and helping them through the first crucial days.’
A huge thank you to Michelle for sharing her love for the Pumi with us. We look forward to working with her. Michelle would be happy to answer any questions you have about this fabulous breed – firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to find out more about the Buddies breeder club and the cash incentives available, call our dedicated team on 0800 035 4775.