What to expect
Our puppies are sold with a veterinarian health guarantee with a certificate for each puppy, sales contract, AKC and ASCA registration, first set of shots, and multiple de-wormings. Our puppies are sold on average for $2500 but could be more or less (depending on the puppy), and show prospects are conducted by a private agreement/contract. Other services provided are live cover, side-by-side AI, stud service (breeding), and shipped chilled or frozen semen that's available.
Ethical breeders utilize extensive health testing before ever breeding a dog. Just being a successful show dog isn't enough for most show breeders, the dog also has to prove they are free of heritable defects and has an outstanding temperament. Quality breeding isn't an absolute guarantee because not all defects are genetic. And not all genetic defects have a simple pass-or-fail test. However, puppies from health-tested parents have better odds. Our dogs are health tested for all appropriate tests for the breed including Hip & Elbow X-rays sent to Orthopedic Foundation for Animals to rule out dysplasia. A certified canine ophthalmologist who does an eye exam on them to ensure they have no hereditary eye defects such as cataracts, which are common in the breed. Our dogs are also tested for things such as heart disease, DCM1 (Dilated Cardiomyopathy), CMR1 (Canine multifocal Retinopathy), MDR1 gene (multi-drug resistance), CEA (collie eye anomaly), Pelger-Huet Anomaly test (to rule out blood disease), Brucellosis, dental examination, and DM (Degenerative Myelopathy). Each of our stud dogs have an up-to-date Brucellosis test. If any of our dogs are carriers of these DNA markers, we are sure to test all of the puppies in the litter in hopes to eventually eliminate any of these markers from our stock.
Our dogs are always shown in an attempt to earn an AKC Championship prior to being bred. By earning an AKC Championship title, this means that judges have evaluated them against other Australian Shepherds and chosen them as the closest fitting to the breed standard based on their movement, structure and temperaments.
We never look at a breeding as a means of making a profit, as we dedicate our lives to the well-being of our dogs and continued betterment of the breed, for show, performance and most of all, happy, loving pets!