We decided to do this Q & A style with what are some common questions we get about us and the breed.
- What kind of lifestyle does this breed require?
This breed requires an active lifestyle. They need a job to do to be content and happy in the household.
- What personality traits should I be informed about?
Suspicious of strangers, stubborn, will test boundaries, tenacious. High energy.
- What grooming requirements are there with this breed?
Baths occasionally when dirty (we recommend once per month). They will shed or blow coat twice a year usually during which time some extra brushing and a bath de-shed treatment is needed.
- What type of exercise does this breed require?
Mental as well as physical stimulation. They need active families. Walking, Hiking, Agility, Rally, Dock Diving, Swimming.
- Are there any common health problems associated with this breed?
Deafness, Eye conditions like PRA, RCD4 PLL, are all condition’s your breeder should test the parents for. As well as HD, ED and other eye conditions. Please see our Webpage about health testing for more info
- Can I meet the puppy's mother and father?
We are happy to let you meet one of our dogs currently showing at a show beforehand, or yes you will get to meet mom or dad at pickup if picking up from our location.
- If one of the parents is not available, do you have pictures available of the parent?
All sires and dams are always pictured on our website. Click View Profile to pull up more pics.
- May I see/visit where the puppies are raised?
We are happy to send you videos/photos of our setup, but we do not allow visitors to protect our family and our puppies. See below.
- How many litters do you have per year?
We usually have 4-5 litters per year.
- What happens to your retired breeding dogs?
Some stay with us forever; some go to our puppy families or another family we have screened if they meet certain requirements.
- How many different breeds do you breed?
1 -Australian Cattle Dogs
- What is the average lifespan of the dogs?
- What type of food do you feed your dogs?
We feed Diamond High Energy (Adults) or Diamond Puppy (puppies). We also feed some supplements we will recommend to you when you purchase your puppy.
- At what age can the puppy go to its new home?
Only after 8 weeks of age.
- What immunization protocol do you follow for your breeding dogs and your puppies?
Our breeding dogs get vaccinated annually; we recommend the following schedule for puppies:
- Do the puppies have any type of socialization prior to being sent to their new home?
We socialize our puppies to dogs, kids and other livestock.
- Do the puppies have any type of training prior to being sent to their new home?
Puppies are crate trained, potty trained (as can be expected for their age, not fully as that does not come until bladder control with age), introduced to vehicle rides, noise desentisization, etc.
- Are you affiliated with any breeder associations?
We are members of GoodDog, ACDCA COE breeders https://www.acdca.org/coe-breeders/, Sooner State Kennel Club, AKC, Trupanion.
- Do you have references?
You can see our testimonials on our ACD page. You can verify we are members of the ACDCA, GoodDog and in good standing with AKC. You can view our health testing on OFA.org.
- What guarantees do you offer with your puppies?
Again, please see our health testing page. Our guarantee is what we have screened the sire and dam for which is a huge lifetime guarantee. Beyond that we also offer a 72-hour vet check guarantee.
- Do you do OFA CHIC health testing? Why or why not?
Yes, we do OFA CHIC on all of our dogs owned by us before breeding. We want to give you the healthiest puppy within our control.
- What are your breeding goals?
This depends on the specific pairing. We usually try to choose mates that will help correct faults in each other because no dog is perfect (don't let any breeder tell you that there is a perfect dog). But our general, broader goal is to produce breed standard puppies true to breed type with health, longevity, and temperament in mind. We prove our dogs' temperaments with their titles. We want our dogs to be show or sport prospects. But just a pet (as long as you can handle the mental and exercise needs) is okay too.
- Do you require spay/neuter contracts on your pet quality puppies?
Yes. We recommend either traditional or hormone preserving methods whichever fits your household best.
- If, for any reason, I am unable to keep the puppy, what is your policy?
- We will always take one of our puppies back, no matter the age.
- Do you offer shipping?
Sorry, we do not offer shipping unless you are a breeder we know. We want you to see your puppy in person before paying for it. We like to meet all of our buyers face to face. This means we cannot send your puppy to you by ground transport or cargo (plane).
- Do you offer delivery?
We may be able to deliver to you if we do not have another litter on the ground or expected. Otherwise, it is out of the question. Our dams & puppies are our #1 priority, and we are their primary caregiver. If we do deliver to you expect a quote between $500-$850 or more depending on location.
- How can I get my puppy then?
You can drive to us or fly to us. At 8 weeks, your puppy can fly back home at your feet as carry on. Sorry, we do not allow our puppies to be shipped as cargo.
We understand the time off work, making arrangements for your children and other pets to come to us is difficult. We appreciate all of our families who have journeyed to us! Here is a list of states/countries we have sold to so far:
Alaska, Canada, Washington, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, New Mexico, California, Maryland, Rhode Island, Michigan.
- Can we come visit? I'd like to meet mom, dad, or see the puppies etc.
We do not allow visitors. Here's a few reasons why:
My #1 priority is keeping my puppies and my family safe.
This is our home where we and our children live. They deserve privacy and safety.
If every single person that was “interested” in seeing my puppies came to my house it would be a revolving door, and WAY too much foot traffic.
Young puppies are incredibly susceptible to diseases that are easily transmitted on the clothes and shoes of people. Parvo, a common virus, can last on surfaces for years and is often fatal to unvaccinated puppies. Not only will it most likely kill our current litter, but it can live in the soil for several years putting every single one of our future litters at risk!
We make every effort possible to ensure your puppy will stay healthy while growing here.
It's stressful for Mom and any other dam we have. Moms want to protect their babies, their first few weeks need to be calm, quiet and den like.
Puppies need 3 rounds of vaccine to be fully protected from the diseases we vaccinate against. This means your puppy will not be fully protected until 16 weeks!
By protecting all of our puppies from stress and disease, we are protecting your puppy! But your puppy is not the only puppy we are responsible for. We feel it is irresponsible to allow someone to visit that could risk the entire litter and you your future puppy.
Scams and dog napping/robbery is a real thing.
- How can I meet you or the dogs then?
We do welcome visitors to any dog show where one of our dogs is showing at so you can get an idea of our program. Contact us to see when the next show is. We are happy to FaceTime; we provide weekly updates on the litter which consists of videos and photos.
- I wish to fly in. What are the next steps?
The closest major airport to us is Will Rogers in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Because it is a 4 hour round trip for us, we do ask for a fee to cover our gas and time. Most of our families choose to fly in/out the same day so we typically meet you at the airport in the 1-hour free parking lot. If you do choose to stay the night, we can meet you at your hotel.