Finding the Perfect Aussie Shepherd Breeder

Why do I need to find the “perfect” Aussie breeder? “Aren’t all breeders the same?” you may ask. I’m glad you asked. All breeders in general and all Aussie breeders specifically are definitely NOT the same. Perhaps your really don’t need to find the perfect Aussie breeder but you do want to find the breeder that is “perfect for you” You should look at the breeder of your pet as much more than a person to buy a dog from if you want to make the best decision for you and your pet. A good breeder is your best friend in this process. He will provide lots on great information about the nature and care of the breed – in this case, the Australian Shepherd.

Good breeders will take great lengths to ensure that the dog is healthy and free of genetic defects where “puppy mill” type breeders will not. I don’t like to think that the second type of breeders even exist but they do so just make sure that you’re not dealing with one. Don’t rush out with the idea that you are buying a dog today. Take the time to talk to and even visit several of the Aussie breeders near you. As you do this it will become apparent who the best breeders are. You can definitely find the perfect dog for you through the help of these breeders.

Here are some tips to help you know when you’ve found a good breeder:

· Take time to interview several of the Aussie breeders in your area. Look for a breeder that is friendly and approachable and willing to take the time to answer any question you might have. This is the mark of a top breeder. He or she will be passionate about Aussies and willing to help you select just the right Aussie for your home.

· Ask if the breeder belongs to a breeder’s club. A breeder who seems proud to be part of his club or holds an office within it is likely to be more reputable than one who does not.

· The breeder’s facilities should be kept clean and sanitary. Although there might be several puppies around doing what puppies do, puppy “messes” should be attended to in a reasonable amount of time and the puppies should be kept clean.

· Look for a breeder that will provide documentation of your prospective pup’s veterinary care since birth. He should also be willing to provide contact information for the Vet and/or allow you to have your pup examined by your own vet. This will give you some assurance that the dog is healthy and is free from any disease or birth defect.

· Avoid rushing to make a decision. A good breeder who will give you ample time to decide on when you would want to purchase your Aussie and will not pressure you to buy immediately. If you feel pressured at all you should walk away.

· Papers and a guarantee. I have personally received falsified AKC papers from a breeder. The best breeders will also give you a written guarantee that your pup’s bloodline is accurately documented and will stand the test of time. You should be allowed to return the dog in good health for a full refund should that prove not to be true.

· Take time to interview several of the Aussie breeders in your area. Look for a breeder that is friendly and approachable and willing to take the time to answer any question you might have. This is the mark of a top breeder. He or she will be passionate about Aussies and willing to help you select just the right Aussie for your home.

· The best breeders will probably have some questions for you as well. Don’t be defensive if you are asked about your home environment, work schedules, hobbies, etc. The best breeders know that thinking about these things can make all the difference in the success of the Aussie in your home. For example: Aussie’s are high-energy dogs and they need a certain amount of physical activity every day. When a breeder asks if you like outdoor sports like biking, jogging, walking, etc. this is what he may be getting at. Your breeder will be well aware of the Aussie’s needs and will want you to think about whether you are able to provide them. Someone whose idea the perfect evening is sitting in a comfortable chair with a cup of tea and the latest best-seller would not be a good candidate for Aussie ownership and it the best thing for both you and the Aussie to consider this beforehand.

If you think an Aussie is in your future pay close attention to these tips and you’ll make the right decision.

 

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