My name is Janice Burns. I am the proud breeder here at Hilltop Acres, offering HPA registered Harlequin Pinscher, ACR registered Miniature Pinscher and AKC registered Miniature Pinscher puppies from top quality and genetically tested lineages. All of my dogs are healthy, non aggressive and exhibit great personalities. The puppies I produce are bold, family oriented, playful, self confident, intelligent, eager to please, good with children, adaptable to any environment and will make great companion dogs for their owners. They are superior in health with parents being veterinary health certified, DNA certified and tested for genetic issues known to the breed. This includes (but not limited to) MPS VI, PLL ,Cystinuria, Hyperuricosuria, IVDD, BHFD and CDA. I strive to be consistent with the quality of my pups, by selective breeding for optimum health, coat coloring/texture, temperament and structure. All of my Harlequin Pinscher lineages can be traced back to the foundation stock at Running Ridge in Texarkana, Arkansas. I am USDA licensed # 71-A-1385.
I live on a small farm in the southeast corner of Arkansas. I have been a Miniature Pinscher breeder for over 20 years. Up until 2013, I breed the traditional Miniature Pinscher on a small scale. The Min Pin breed has always been intrinsic to me. I love the outdoors and all the adventure that goes along with it. A Min Pin has always been seen by my side. In the winter of 2012, I had a great lose of my male Min Pin partner of 10 years. Saddened and feeling the emptiness in my heart, I began the journey to find another little partner. Thinking he never could be replaced and hours on the internet looking at puppies, I came across a darling little male black and tan merle Harlequin Pinscher that caught my eye. I was fortunate to acquire this little merle male from Nancy Anderson (Running Ridge) in the summer of 2013. He quickly stole my heart and so began my quest to help establish the Harlequin Pinscher breed. Since then I have acquired my little pack of 14 dogs. I feel very fortunate to be a part of the HPA and will do my best to uphold all rules and standards. I have done a lot of genetic and background research on the Harlequin and Miniature Pinscher breed. I work diligently with other ethical Harlequin Pinscher breeders to lay the dirt work for a sound foundation of Harlequin Pinschers. I despise unethical breeding and anyone who condones it. I will quickly dismiss all social interest with them. This breed truly deserves the best and the best it will be through ethical breeding, education and exposure. I will do my best to help all who truly wants to learn about the breed and do right by it. But I will also be quick to break ties with the ones that cross the unethical line.
I am a stay-at-home mom. My dogs are a part of the family and treated as such. They all have names, their own personal space and a huge fenced yard to call their own to run and play. They reside in my home and not in outdoor kennels or buildings. Being a stay-at-home mom allows me to do this. Yes, continuous cleaning, picking up and maintaining of dogs and the house is a lot of work! But I enjoy it and wouldn’t have it any other way. I do have spaces to place select breeding pairs or separate females in heat from the males if breeding is not desired. All of my puppies are whelped inside my home in a separate room from the other dogs. I have specially designed whelping boxes built just for them so they can be cleaned and disinfected daily. This way I can keep an eye on the mom during whelping and assist if needed. In case I have more than one litter at a time, each litter has their own spacious area to give the mom her own space separated from the other mom and litter so she is content and can spend her time raising her puppies rather than trying to keep other dogs from bothering her and her pups. Once the puppies are up and mobile they are allowed to make excursions outside and enjoy things like grass and sunshine. While out on their excursions they get to interact with all sorts of fun things like other dogs/puppies, lots of toys, cats, cows and roll in the grass with me and my son. Once the mom stops cleaning up after the pups SOMEBODY else has to take over the clean-up duty. Yep, you guessed it, it’s ME! Pups are introduced to the potty pads at 3 weeks of age and a litter box at 4 weeks of age. By 5 weeks they get the idea and are well on their way to potty training. Mom begins to wean the pups and stops nursing by 6 weeks. I pick up the pace here as well and make sure the pups are eating on their own. By 8 weeks old the pups have grown a lot and ready for their new adventure to their new homes awaiting. My puppies are precious and deserve only the best. Serious Inquiries Only!! I screen all potential puppy buyers through the puppy inquiry, internet research and several phone conversations. I reserve the right to refuse a potential buyer if I feel the need. They will stay here with me until the right family comes along.
Our pups are raised using the Puppy Culture Program!!! This in our opinion will help shape the pups for their future.
The Harlequin Pinscher that started it all:
Rest in Peace my friend