Free Range Pooches

About Us

005Free range pooches nz is a family owned and operated business in Canterbury New Zealand

We are members of the DNZ , CKC and we are also a regestered company.

Michelle worked as a vet Nurse for 18 years in a small-animal practice in Christchurch. During this time first studying and attaining a Diploma in Animal Care, then Veterinary Nursing in accordance with the Animal Technology and Nursing Board N.Z. and a Certificate in Animal Industry Services – Dogs. In addition she has completed a certificate in Canine dog obedience and a certificate in Small Business Management.

This is a family run business so when Michelle needs a hand her daughter Chloe is here to help.

Yes we are free range; our dogs are not locked up while we are at work!  This is our job.  We always have a staff member here with our dogs as our dogs get top quality care and love.

Free range pooches nz donates to the SPCA and Dog Watch.

Free range pooches nz is always investing in staff training.

We breed Minature Schnauzers, French Bulldogs, board dogs, groom dogs, run a mobile vet nursing service and have a shop here and a online shop for all your dog needs.

We stock Black Hawk a super premium diet adult and puppy food and also products from Ziwi peak, Yours Droolly, Bio Groom, Red Dingo, Shear Magic and ToughDog-Pet one.

We also enjoy showing some of our French Bulldogs and Min Schnauzers over the summer.

The dogs we breed are Minature Schnauzers and French Bulldogs.

Our property has a security system to protect all dogs.




Only place for Bruce

This is the ONLY place I will take my dog. Bruce loves it so much there, with the river walks and the lovely couch. Michelle looks after visiting dogs with the same love and care that her own doggies receive. I got regular updates when I contacted her and trust her 100% – Jen

Heather Seaton reviewed Free Range Pooches New Zealand 

Heather Seaton reviewed Free Range Pooches New Zealand — 5 star August 22, 2017 ·  Michelle and Chloe at Free Range Pooches NZ are awesome 🙂 Two thumbs up from me !!!!!

Boarding Archie

Archie has been having regular holidays with FRP since he was a pup. He gets so excited as our car gets closer & he works out where he is going. They treat him as if he is one of their dogs. It shows how good of a time he has had by sleeping lots afterwards!

So genuine and compassionate about what they do – Jo Ryan

We flew to CHCH  to collect our Frenchie & hoping like hell someone was going to turn up and hand us a puppy! They delivered her on time, balling my eyes out with absolute love for this beautiful puppy they spent an hour with us to get to know us & go thru the handover.

Frenchie pup

Kath Williams reviewed Free Range Pooches NZ French Bulldogs — 5 star We are delighted with our little Frenchie, he arrived well socialised & a very contented pup. It was great seeing regular photos & videos & communication was excellent. He settled in straightaway & we adore him, thanks for our awesome addition  Michelle.

New Family Addition

Great experience picking our new family addition. Very healthy dogs which breed great puppies. Thanks Michelle. Lawrence Thomas – 06.01.2017

Highly Recommended

Thank you Michelle and Chloe for taking great care of our dog, Toto came home fluffy and most of all happy. Highly recommended and will use your boarding service again in the future. Aey Penlak – 31.05.2017

Service has been Wonderful

Still at waiting for my puppy to come home, but so far the service has been wonderful.  Michelle and Chloe made me feel comfortable knowing my puppy will be very well cared for. They update photos regularly too to inform you how your puppy is doing. Highly recommend them. Joyce Chu – 31.05.2017

Helpful with Advice

We just love our frenchie to bits! Michelle has been very helpful with advice and answering any questions we have had. It was a big purchase for us and he was worth every cent. Karla Holswich – 12.01.17

Delightful Little Dog

Brookie is the most delightful little dog with personality plus thank you both , she had fitted in really well to our little family. Brandon Wright – 27.05.2017

Love Him to Bits

We have had our frenchie for 6 months and love him to bits! He has the most fun loving affectionate nature. Michelle made the purchase of our wee guy easy and answered all our questions. Jodie Hallberg – 17.06.17

We are so grateful Angela Wilkins – 03.07.2017

We’ve been so happy that the ladies have kept us in the loop regarding our pups progress, videos of the mayhem –the ability to visit weekly. This is a well run, caring environment. What impacted us most has been the wellbeing & demeanour of the adult dogs.We recommend FRP to anyone.Thanks Michelle & Chloe

We Love Our New Puppy – Katie 2011

We purchased Phoebe from Michelle at FRP 2011,since the day we meet her we have had such amazing service. Michelle has always been approachable & willing to share her knowledge & advice even years later. Phoebe has the most amazing affectionate nature & has exceeded all our expectations.

Myles Addington reviewed Free Range Pooches New Zealand — 5 star December 24, 2017 ·

Our girl Gertie has just finished her 4th holiday at FRP this year. She quickly became one of the family & loves her time with all her furry (and not so furry) friends. Thanks for taking such good care of her, we love knowing that she is in the best hands