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History:
   The Australian Shepherd (affectionately called an 'Aussie' ) does not actually originate in Australia. It is believed that some Basque farmers brought ancestors of these dogs with them when they emigrated to Australia, then subsequently to the United States during the 1849 California gold rush. However the breed as it is known today was developed in the American Southwest over the next few decades. The Australian dog was crossed with several breeds in an effort to produce an animal able to deal with the harsh temperatures and demands of the American West. Breeding during this period was mainly focused on ability-speed, agility, and endurance--rather than appearance, which delayed the Australian Shepherd's recognition as a breed. The Miniature Australian Shepherd was created by selectively breeding small Australian Shepherds. It has increased in popularity in the last years due to its combination of small size and high energy level and endurance.

Size: 

   The Miniature Australian Shepherd has a shoulder height of 14-18" tall and weighs 20-40 lbs. The Miniature Australian Shepherd  Toys are under 14" and weigh 10-20 lbs. 

Coat:  

   The Aussie's coat ranges from medium to long, with a dense undercoat. It can be straight or slightly wavy, and is highly weather resistant. The coat is short and soft on the head and legs, with a thick mane around the neck. The Aussie's come in four different colors black tri, red tri, red merle and blue merle.

Character:

   The Miniature Australian Shepherd is intelligent and eager to learn. It is relaxed, loyal and devoted, bonding closely with the family. Aussie's are confident and lively: they are known to behave very sweet like puppies.

Temperament:  

   The Miniature Australian Shepherd is a great companion for children and other and other pets, especially if socialized as a puppy. It can be shy around strangers and also can be protective of its human family by barking at strangers not biting. Aussie's are very affectionate and kind hearted. "They love to have lots of love and attention". 

Care:

   The Aussie's require relatively little grooming, but a thorough combing is required when shedding. Bath only when necessary. Aussie's can tolerate warm or cool climates, but can also be a indoor pet. Aussie's life time span is 12-15 years.

Traini ng:

   The Miniature Australian Shepherd is full of fun to train because it learns quickly and easily. Aussie's are unusually eager to please and adapt at a wide variety of sports and games, such as herding, Flyball, agility competitions and sometimes used as a therapy dog.

Activity:

   The Australian Shepherd needs some exercise and likes to be occupied. Aussie's are an excellent companion for people that are active, particularly those who recreate outdoors. They will do ok in an apartment or home with sufficient exercise.


-Is a deposit recommended?
   Yes, we encourage deposits especially if you are hoping for a particular gender or from a particular father and mother.


Can I keep the tail on my puppy? Yes!

You a welcome to request the tail on any puppy. We do require you to pay the full balance when the puppy is picked out at the age two days old when all other puppies will. be getting their tails docked.



-Would a male or a female puppy be a better choice for me?
  Males tend to be more laid back, but I tell everyone go with your hearts desire. 


-I work during the day. Can I still enjoy dog companionship? Yes! 
   You will require a puppy play pen while your puppy is young so that they can relieve themselves and play safely during your absences. 


-Should I crate train my new puppy? Yes! 
   We strongly recommend crate training for all dogs and puppies. It is much safer for your home and puppy. It encourages good house training habits, encourages impulse control in stressful situations and reduces stress during veterinary hospital stays or unexpected emergency situations requiring confinement of your puppy or older dog. Crate training is not cruel or mean when used and introduced properly.



-What size of crate will my Aussie require?
    I recommend that dog owners use a large sized crate for both males and females. The extra space allows for more stretching out. During puppy hood you will need to divide off a portion of the crate until they learn to hold their bowels and bladder better. A large space for a small puppy sometimes encourages them to go “potty” in one end, and sleep in the other end.


-How much physical exercise does a Mini Aussie need? 
   A happy and relaxed dog or puppy requires a minimum of 20 minutes of significant physical (fetch, off-lead walking etc.) exercise daily. Young puppies should not be forced into strenuous physical activities (jogging, biking etc.) until after 18 months of age to protect their joints from serious physical harm. 

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-Can I arrange a kennel visit?
   Yes, you are more then welcome to come visit us and see the parents. We don't allow visitors to come see the babies until the age of seven weeks when they have been given their first Five-Way puppy shot. Due to health concerns that visitors can track and pass on to the babies, our vet has recomended not to let visitors into the dog house. If interested in purchasing a puppy, please visit the

Puppy Adoption Page.


-Do we get to pick out our own puppy?
   Yes! We can also help lead you to the right match especially if you are looking for onr for service or therapy.



 

Do your dogs have their Genetic Testing done?
Yes, all of our dogs have their panels done from Paw Print Genetics. 
Your puppy will be not effected by any of the Miniture Australian Shepherd genetic diseases. PRA-PRCD, CEA, CD, DM, HC, HUU, MDR1, CMR1, NCL.
For more information on these test, click the link below.

https://www.pawprintgenetics.com/products/breeds/39/
 

-Do you offer full AKC registration?
   We do give full AKC breeding rights to approved homes for an extra fee. For more information, please call us.


-When do you recomend spay or nueter?

We require you to Neuter or Spay your puppy at the age of nine months. If males are nuetered at a young age, they will not have the instinct to mark their territory. 


-What foods are dangerous for my dog? 
   Click link below to see the 10 foods you should never feed your dog.
Avoid giving your dog bones that can splinter and cause internal injuries to their intestines, especially such meats as chicken, fish, or pork chop bones.  

http://dogtime.com/dog-health/general/5504-bad-foods-for-dogs-list