Do Mini Aussies make good family dogs?
Yes, definitely. Australian Shepherds are easy to train, extremely devoted to their families, and wonderful with children and other pets. People often refer to them as "velcro dogs." Australian Shepherds are also working dogs, and as working dogs they need to be involved in the family and exercised regularly. They must be socialized early because the standard calls for a dog of “strong herding and guardian instincts” and a “reserved” temperament. Not all Australian Shepherds will be friendly toward strangers.
How much exercise do they need?
Australian Shepherds require moderate exercise. Miniature Australian Shepherds may not require as much exercise as the full size Australian Shepherd. My dogs are usually relaxed while inside with the family. Adult Miniature Australian Shepherds will likely enjoy fetch, hiking, jogging, flyball and frisbee. If the Miniature Australian Shepherd is not sufficiently exercised, it may become destructive or bark when left alone.
Do they shed much? How much grooming is required?
The Miniature Australian Shepherd has a moderately thick double coat. The degree of shedding will depend on the individual dog. They blow their coat Regular brushing once or twice a week will help to minimize shedding and keep the skin and coat healthy. The mini Aussie’s coat is not long enough to require heavy daily attention.
How big will a Miniature Australian Shepherd grow?
They typical height is between 14 to 18 inches. They usually grow to be 20-40 pounds. Dogs will occasionally mature over or under the preferred size. My dogs will likely mature between 15-17 inches. See the breed standard page to find out more about size and structure.
Where are you located?
We are located in Kennewick, WA.
Are you willing to ship a puppy?
Yes, we are willing to ship a puppy but would prefer not to. Shipping generally cost $450 extra. We are also willing to deliver a puppy if the distance is reasonable. If you are interested in shipping a puppy or having one delivered, please contact us for more details.
If I want to purchase a puppy, how much is a deposit?
The deposit is $500 unless otherwise specified.
What is included with my puppy?
Your puppy will have been vaccinated, wormed, and vet checked prior to leaving. All puppies will have their tails docked and dew claws removed. We will include a blanket from home, collar, and a small bag of food. ASDR limited registration application paperwork is also included. Limited registration may be changed at a later date. Contact me for more information.
Do you do health testing on your dogs?
We DNA health test our dogs through Paw Print Genetics and CanineHealth Check
Do you take PayPal and/or Credit Cards?
No, we do not accept PayPal or credit cards at this time.
Should something come up and I am no longer able to keep my puppy, will you take it back?
Absolutely. We actually stipulate in our contract that if you can no longer keep your puppy or dog, we will take it back. We would rather have the dog here than to have it end up in a shelter or bouncing from home to home.
Where do you raise your puppies?
We raise our puppies in our home. We watch our puppies closely from the time they are born until they are ready to leave our home. This allows us to learn the personalities of each puppy and to socialize our dogs.
Do you provide a health guarantee on your puppies?
Yes! We offer a 3 year guarantee free of any genetic defects such as serious eye defects or deafness. Should a problem arise, each situation will be dealt with on a case by case basis.
What registry do you use?
We currently use American Stock Dog Registry (ASDR).
What type of dog food do you feed?
We feed Diamond Naturals Grain Free salmon flavor to our adult dogs and Diamond Naturals small breed puppy food to our puppies.
Tails on Aussies
If you'd like to keep a tail on your puppy, I ask that you are #1 on the waitlist and will require the full cost of the puppy prior to their docking appointment at 2-3 days old. The price will reflect this request.