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Our Dogs

After 20 years in the big AKC and ASCA Aussies, we've moved away from them and fully into AKC Miniature American Shepherds (aka Mini Aussies).   Some of my MAS do go oversize so can still be a good match for someone wanting an Aussie on the smaller to medium size for that breed.  Because we are working on bringing the size down in our Mini American program, we added some toy size Aussies who can also be registered as MAS in AKC.   I always do my best to estimate adult size but can't guarantee it. 

I made pages for our Miniature American Shepherds, our Toy size Aussies who are also registered as Miniature American Shepherds, and one of our big Aussie Wink.  The rest of our original Aussies are spayed or neutered and living with friends.

My dogs are an integral part of the family and I strive to give them an excellent quality of life, with optimal diet and health care, lots of fun doggy things to do, and plenty of individual attention.   They are a huge blessing to our lives!  The biggest reason I have Aussies is I thoroughly enjoy their companionship in all that I do!  I can't imagine not having them around in my daily life and activities.   


Our dogs are house dogs with access to a huge fenced yard, and are with us as we go about our daily lives. I feel this gives them a happy life, since an Aussie or MAS wants nothing more to be a part of what his or her family is doing at all times.   We keep just a small number of dogs to ensure we can give them all lots of attention on a daily basis.  We go out of our way to come up with fun activities, and take them swimming in our pond, and daily pack walks on our land.  They also join us on errands to expand their social skills, as they meet many people each week.  I have friends and fellow dog owners visit, both for doggy socialization but also just because I enjoy talking "Aussie" with others who love the breed as much as I do.  I never want so many dogs that I can't do these sorts of things with them.

I am extremely selective in choosing a dog for a potential breeding, as I have high standards.   Since my dogs live with us as family members, I get to know their personalities quite well, and this gives me more insight into what kinds of temperaments they may pass on to their puppies.   I find people keeping dogs in kennels may never really get to know their dogs the same way, as they don't see them in normal daily activities at home and in public. Having our dogs in public with us not only enriches their lives, but shows me how they can relate to a wide variety of people, animals and situations.   All this is very important to me.  While I don't focus on just producing Aussies for one purpose (showing, agility, working livestock), I do want dogs that may have the potential to do those things.  My first priority is producing healthy, sound dogs that are a joy to live with in daily life, since that is how we spend much of our time with the dogs.  Having a dog that succeeds in activities but is unpleasant to be around the rest of the time is not fun.  


 *** It should be noted I don't breed just to fill the market with puppies to sell.  I plan each breeding with the goal of keeping the good qualities of the bloodlines, and improving any faults.  Because of this, I don't have puppies available at all times so you may have to be patient.

I have spent almost forty years learning all I can about canine nutrition, and strive to feed my dogs in the best way possible.  We feed a diet of human grade raw meats, bones and organs, select supplements, and some super premium dry dog food.   It cuts down on health issues like allergies and skin conditions, and more serious stuff like immune disorders, many of which can be linked to poor diets and over vaccination.  It keeps our adults in peak condition, so when one does have a litter of pups, those pups are off to a much better start than average.  We follow a minimal vaccine schedule, using core vaccines rather than a huge cocktail, which can really stress the immune system and set the dog up for a lifetime of problems.  We use a minimal amount of toxins on the dogs such as pest control like Frontline Plus, and in the environment.  We also clean any waste in the yard several times a day, to ensure the dogs are not walking in it when they play.  We believe having access to a clean yard, fresh air and sunshine, and plenty of enjoyable activities and exercise also keeps the dogs' immune systems in peak condition.   By contrast, kennel living can be highly stressful to a dog and can do the opposite, causing a variety of immune related and behavioral problems.

I have spent almost forty years as an adult  working with canines of all types, with my main focus being canid behavior.   I have worked hands on with wolves (in USDA licensed facilities, not as pets), as well as a variety of dog breeds.  I have trained and rescued/fostered dogs of various types and backgrounds, giving me insight into different kinds of dogs.   I am endlessly fascinated by all aspects of a dog's life, from it's social behavior and how to understand that, to health and nutrition, genetics, and training.   I believe in studying pedigrees to try to ensure any breeding we may plan has a high chance of success in producing healthy, mentally and physically sound puppies.   We get our dogs hips and elbows rated by the OFA, their eyes are CAER cleared annually. We also do the DNA panel for the breed which includes MDR1, HSF4, CEA, prcd-PRA, DM, HUU, CMR1, CD, CDDY, CDPA, HA and added NAD in 2023. For more in depth information see the "health testing" link.  Some breeders may tell you health screening is not important, but nothing could be further from the truth.  Read more on the "health testing" link.  Ask for copies of health testing when you visit, don't just take their word it has been done. 

 We don't breed a lot, but when we do have a litter, it is well planned, born in the house and handled daily. I am doing a modified Puppy Culture program with the pups, where they are handled in a specific way to help build the neurological system and solid temperaments.   They are also exposed to our other dogs, and to as many household noises and situations as possible, and are held and handled daily.   This can help ensure a smooth transition into the puppy's new home.   As the pups get more mobile, I set them up in a small outdoor kennel, so they can learn to potty on grass.   The way this is done helps them learn to be housebroken more easily, as they have an area to eat, sleep and play, and potty in a separate area.   Keeping puppies in too small an area at this time, or on surfaces that are the same or similar to indoor surfaces will impede their success at housebreaking.   The way I do it gets them off to a great start in that regard, and I get reports back that  many pups are nearly housebroken once they are in their new homes.

Choosing a breeder is almost more important than choosing the actual puppy.  The breeder will have SO much impact on what kind of dog the puppy will become.  By that I mean the breeder is the one who decides on the bloodlines, the health testing, the daily care and socializing, and so much more.  A good breeder is the steward of the breed and should act as one.

All in all I take what I do with my dogs very seriously. It's more than a hobby, it's a passion, and I value my dogs tremendously as friends and companions.   I stand behind my pups for their entire lives, and want to be available to help their owners with any questions or concerns they may have.   I also love "happy puppy" stories and photos. Many of the people who have purchased a pup have become great friends and some come back for a second, third or more Aussie, or referred their friends and family to me.   That is all part of the joy of this, sharing these wonderful dogs and making new friends.  I am blessed to share my life with them and love to share that blessing with others.


    "Mercy triumphs over judgement!"    

                                                             James 2:13


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