Free Range Pooches

About Us

005Free range pooches 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 donates to the SPCA and Dog Watch.

Free range pooches 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 also enjoy showing some of our dogs 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

We Love Our New Puppy

We purchased Phoebe from Michelle at Free Range Pooches 4 years ago,since the day we meet her we have had such amazing service. Michelle has always been approachable and willing to share her knowledge and advice even four years latter. Phoebe has the most amazing affectionate nature and has exceeded all our expectations. we are […]

We are so grateful

Having lost our two gorgeous elderly schnauzers within six months of each other, ( and subsequently finding that their breeder had passed away also) we were at a loss. Our house has always been dog friendly, and we ADORE mini schnauzers! I’m so glad we were able to hook up with Free Range Pooches! We’ve […]

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

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

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

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

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

New Family Addition

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