Is the Aussie for you?
Our aim: Temperament, Structure,
Intelligence with a Touch of Class
The Australian Shepherd was developed to be a moderate-sized, intelligent, all-purpose stock dog of great character and endurance. This means that Aussies need fenced yards and leashes, as the temptation to herd dogs, children and traffic can simply overwhelm them.
Aussies have individual characters and some are more sedate and quiet-natured than others. For the most part, however, these are active-loving dogs that need a purpose in their lives—a job as it were.
Aussies need to be with their people. Owners must be committed to give these dogs the time and attention they require through play and training; for as with any dog, undirected energy can turn towards destructive behaviours such as digging and chewing. Running, jumping and roughhousing are all a part of being a normal Aussie. Fifteen minutes of obedience training is more tiring to the dog than an hour of Frisbee.
Obedience training is highly recommended as a means of teaching owners how to channel the typical Aussie's innate desire to please into appropriate behaviours. An Aussie who isn't properly socialized can easily develop behaviour problems, including fearfulness towards strangers, fear-biting, overly aggressive behaviour and a host of other problems.
Aussies are perfect for people wishing to own a highly trainable, versatile, super-smart dog that can work/play "till the cows come home". If you have the time and commitment for an Aussie, you won't be disappointed. These special dogs deserve special owners. Their loyalty, drive, character and whimsical sense of humour place them in a class by themselves!
All breeding stock have yearly eye exams and have been x-rayed clear against hip dysplasia. Our Aussies are tested clear of any eye defects by a Board Certified Ophthalmologist prior to placement. All pups are sold on a two year guarantee including temperament, hereditary eye and hip problems and any other inherited problems that affect quality of life, to approved homes. Puppies will have been Vet checked, vaccinated, dewormed, and individually ID'd by micro-chip. You will receive copies of the parents' clearances, a pedigree and a health record. The individual CKC registration will be forwarded to you as soon as possible. Puppies are triple registerable . . . . . ASCA and AKC if the new owner so chooses.
Puppies are whelped and raised inside with love until they are placed. They are socialized with people of all ages, exposed to household activities and are well started in basic manners and housebreaking. We work at getting them accustomed to everyday life, including nail trimming and grooming, car rides and short crate sessions.
Some things to consider before getting your puppy
1. Who will be the primary care giver?
2. Where will the puppy be kept during the night?
3. Where will the puppy be kept during the day?
4. Is anyone home during the day? How many hours on the average will the puppy be left alone?
5. Will there be someone available to feed and exercise the puppy during the day?
6. Does anyone in you household have allergies to animals? If yes, to what and how severe?
7. Do you have a fenced yard or suitable pen? How will he be confined when he is outside?
8. Have you ever returned a pet to the breeder? Have you ever given a pet away? Have you ever taken a pet to a pound or shelter? If so, what were the circumstances?
9. Do you understand what a non-breeding agreement entails?
10. Do you understand about clearances on breeding stock vs pet stock?