How to choose your Australian Shepherd breeding
You have thought about it a long time and have now decided to adopt an Australian Shepherd puppy, it is a very good thing but be careful not to get carried away by the excitement and the emotion. Taking the time to choose your Australian Shepherd breeding is crucial. Keep in mind that you will live with him for 10 to 15 years, sometimes longer. Your dog’s quality of life and your enjoyment of living with it will be determined by the decisions you make now.
Before continuing with this article, it is important to be sure that you really want an Australian Shepherd or a Miniature Australian Shepherd. If you don’t know what the difference is between the two, I invite you to take a few minutes to read this article on the subject.
Now that you’ve read this article and are sure you want an Aussie as a pet dog, it’s time to think about how to get it. Have you thought of organizations such as the SPA? Be aware that there are many great dogs who are not fortunate enough to have a loving home or home like yours. I recommend that you seriously consider the possibility of adopting one of these Australian Shepherds.
- Adopt an Australian Shepherd in a home (SPA type)
As mentioned earlier, adopting an Australian Shepherd at the SPA or in a kennel is an excellent thing. Many of these dogs need to be rescued and loved. Did you know that the Australian Shepherd, victim of its success, has become one of the most abandoned breeds according to the SPA? It is for this reason that we ask you to educate yourself about this breed before acquiring one. There is nothing sadder and more traumatic for a dog to be abandoned, and this is true for all breeds.
However, it is possible that the adoption at the SPA of an Australian Shepherd does not meet your needs. Indeed, you should know that an Aussie from the SPA will rarely be a puppy and will often be older. Dogs that have been abandoned can present unique challenges that you may not feel you can handle. For those of you who want to adopt an Australian homeless, please let us know and we’ll be happy to help!
- Find the right Australian Shepherd breeding
One of the best ways to protect yourself from disappointment is to take the time and research Australian Shepherd breeders. This is essential for you and for your family. On top of that you will help protect this magnificent breed of dog.
By deciding to buy your puppy only from a reputable Australian Shepherd breeder, you are supporting those who truly care about the breed and who are working to eliminate genetic problems from their lines. It will also help to ensure that your puppy becomes a healthy adult dog. Keep in mind that poor health is not only a problem for your dog, it is also a problem for your wallet, an Australian Shepherd in poor health can cause heavy veterinary bills and it can last a lifetime.
Our view is that hunting for bargains and making a price decision will get you in trouble. A dog is a living being! Now is not the time to save money. In addition, small savings by buying your Australian Shepherd in a pet store or in an unsavory breeding will cost you veterinary bills in the long term.
You should know that quality Australian Shepherd breeders love their dogs and adore the breed. The best will often have waiting lists. So if you really want an Aussie, discuss your situation with the breeder and put yourself on their waiting list. You would be lucky if you found a puppy available right away. It is not a decision taken on a whim, it is something that you plan with the advice and assistance of a good breeder.
- Does breeding do this for money or for the love of the Australian Shepherd?
Pay attention to breeders who only do this for money, the success of this breed sometimes leads people to do anything with the idea of making a profit. Some even go so far as to exhaust their bitches in order to have litters continuously, this is shameful! A good breeder does this by passion above all!
It is often easy to flush out a bad breeder, in general he does not care or very little about dogs and will approach the means of payment very quickly. If you meet a breeder of this type, run away! Another revealing sign will be that he is not devoted solely to the breeding of Australian Shepherds. Quality Australian Shepherd farms generally only deal with Australian Shepherds, or sometimes one or two related breeds. Avoid puppy mills, it’s really not worth it.
On the other hand, a quality Australian Shepherd farm will probably ask you as many questions as you do. As said before, they very often have waiting lists, so they don’t have to deal with you. Good breeders love their puppies and want to make sure they go to suitable homes where they feel good, and with serious owners who know how to make a long-term commitment.
- Choose a reputable breeding for a healthy Australian Shepherd
A good breeder will be able to show you the puppy’s family tree, pedigree and the necessary medical authorizations. All puppies will be examined by a veterinarian to ensure they are in good health. Conversely, a bad breeder will not be able to inform you with precision on these elements.
Note that some Australian Shepherds are not compatible and can lead to the development of genetic abnormalities, some can be very dangerous for puppies. For example, the pairing of two Merle-colored Australian Shepherds can lead to the development of an anomaly called “Deadly White”, which results in puppies being born blind or deaf.
Keep in mind that a reputable Australian Shepherd breeder will greatly reduce the risk that your dog will develop hereditary diseases such as retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia, behavioral disorders or even epilepsy. A good breeder will always offer to pick up a puppy if it does not meet your expectations or shows genetic problems.
On the other hand, a bad breeder will probably not want to recover the puppy or reimburse you. He will only think of profit without worrying about the rest
- Good breedings ensure the health of their puppies
Good breeders are always concerned with improving the health of their dogs and the Australian Shepherd breed as a whole. They will also have received certification from ACACED (Certificate of Knowledge for Pets of Domestic Species) demonstrating that they are able to breed and sell these dogs. In addition, a good breeder will be able to show you that the dog, as well as its line, do not have genetic problems such as hip dysplasia.
The same goes for eye exams. Quality Australian Shepherd breeders will have their dogs tested by a certified ophthalmologist veterinarian.