Be NOSEY ask your Breeder Questions!
Choosing a puppy is a life time commitment!
All puppies are cute, but they are time consuming and require training. Finding the right puppy for you is not an easy task.
There are so many breeders out there here are a few tips to get you going in the right direction
1. Choose a breed and the right BREEDER for you before choosing a puppy. Contact the breeder, look at the guarantee and look at past puppies. Ask for references of prior buyers, and once you find a breeder stick with them and work with that breeder to find the right match for your family. Don't get stuck on color only! Make sure you know where your puppy is coming from, home environment or kennel rasied. How much socialization do they have before coming to you?
2. Know and read the BREED STANDARD for mini and toy aussies so that you know what you are looking at and for.
3.Guarantee, read over the breeders guarantee. The guarantee should cover at least 2 years for genetic defects. OFA can only be done at two years, so anything under 2 years really doesn't cover hip dysplacia. Never rely on testing done on the parents to ensure your puppy will be healthy, and free of genetic issues. The testing only tells you if the parents have the genetic issue but they could be carriers, there is no way to test for this. Do not ever accept statements from breeders "I have never had that issue" all breeders who have been breeding for any amount of time have had genetic issues pop up.
What makes a good breeder is standing behind the puppies they produce.
4. Finding the right puppy for you. Know what you are looking for in a puppy, are you an active home, do you take your dogs for walks? Do you need a buddy to run with you or do you spend most of your day on the couch? Do you have time for a puppy or will the puppy be home alone for 8-12 hrs a day. Puppies need lots of attention or they find trouble.
Male vrs Female: Most people prefer females, they have the impression males mark and pee on everything. If you spay or neuter your pup you should not have any issues with either. Male dogs make just as good of family pets as females. Temperment is just that, each puppy is different, each has their own energy level, and personality. Most of the time females are the more dominate dog in a household. Do you have a dog at home already? Is he/she dominate, aggressive, etc. Puppies do learn behaviors of others, and you do not want two dominate personalities in the same household or you will be asking for problems.
Probably the most important part of the care of your new puppy is nutrition. Dog foods have come a long way the years since the only choice was "Dog Chow" or "Puppy Chow" at your local supermarket. We know that dogs are carnivores and need meat to be strong and healthy. When choosing a dog food for your new puppy always read ingredients. The first two to four ingredients should always be meat. Grains are only fillers and should be at least third or lower on the list and your dogs food should NEVER include CORN, WHEAT, or WHEAT GLUTEN! It is also important to choose an excellent quality DOG food, NOT puppy! Puppy food can excelerate the growth of your puppy (your puppy grows faster than its body is meant to). This can lead to all sorts of bone and joint problems including hip dysphasia. Always resist the urge to buy "puppy" and go with the best quality dog kibble you can find.
We feed Kirkland Chicken and Rice.
Here is a great article on dog foods:
Never feed: Science Diet, Pedigree, Dog Chow (Puppy), Beneful, or Ole Roy. See comparisons at the link below.
NEVER USE THE FOLLOWING DRUGS ON MINI AUSSIES!
Aussies and other herding types (Collies, Border Collies, ACD's and Shelties) can have certain drug sensitivities. Aussies should never be given any of the drugs listed below. Please note Heartgaurd is on the list and can cause seizures in sensitive aussies. Never give Heartguard to an Aussie, choose Interceptor instead. Also note not all vets are familiar with this list or the MDR1 mutation.
Drugs that have been documented, or are strongly suspected to cause problems in dogs with the MDR1 mutation:
* Ivermectin (antiparasitic agent) "Heartgaurd"
* Loperamide (Imodium®; over-the-counter antidiarrheal agent)
* Doxorubicin (anticancer agent)
* Vincristine (anticancer agent)
* Vinblastine (anticancer agent)
* Cyclosporin (immunosuppressive agent)
* Digoxin (heart drug)
* Acepromazine (tranquilizer)
*Butorphanol (pain control)