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Click  here  for  cute  photos  of  some  of  our  previous  puppies  
                   ( these  pups  are  no  longer  available,  but  still  fun  to  see )
                              Updated  February  8,  2019 

We  have  one  older  Mini  boy  available  to  a  performance  or  an approved  active  home.  His  size  will  be  within  the  AKC  breed  standard .... probably  about  16".  Sired  by  the  multi-talented  
Cap't.  Kirk  and  his  mom  is  Luna.  Born  October  2018.  He  is  
fully  vet  vaccinated  ( 3  sets )  and  micro-chipped. 

"Zip"  is  a  cool  little  guy.  Dark  red  tri  with  one  blue  eye  and  the  other  half  blue.  He  loves  to  snuggle  and  is  not  hyper,  but  he  is  active  and  would  like  a  job  to  do.  I'm  holding  onto  him  until  the  right  home  comes  along.  Will  offer  discount  to  a  performance  home  before  his  formal  training  begins  in  March.  

See  the   " AVAILABLE "  page  for  more  info  and  photos. 
Pups are born and raised in our house, are handled daily and are exposed to normal household noises ( TV, vacuum, kitchen, etc ). They also experience many other age appropriate sensory experiences to help get them ready for their future careers. They are vet vaccinated and health checked. Our puppies are evaluated for structure and temperament at 7-8 weeks of age, which is when I can get a pretty good idea of the type of home they would do best in. We prefer proven performance homes for our pups because in the 30 years that I have had Aussies, I find that these homes are usually 
best suited for most Aussies (& MAS). Puppies going to non-show or non-performance homes must be spayed or neutered at the age appropriate time and our contract states that the dog is not to be bred.  

Puppy prices depend upon many factors :  size, parents, titles, co-own, contract, etc.   
I do give discounts to proven performance homes, buyers coming from out of state, buyers who have (had) another dog from me - and private treaty agreements.  
The average price for a fully guaranteed family companion (non-breeding) can range 
in price from $800. to $1,500. and can depend upon size, color and gender.  This is 
not because I feel that one is better over another (all the pups are equal as far as I'm concerned), but demand is higher for some (blue merles, blue eyes, females, etc.), 
so those pups can help cover part of the cost of having the litter (if any are for sale). 

I don't breed often and primarily breed to get a puppy for myself.  My pick pup almost  always lives it's entire life out with me or it's co-owner.  One exception would be a dog that would do better in an only dog household, but that is rare. Since breeding is not 
a business for me, I don't have a turn-over in dogs (mama's & studs). Some of my 
most favorite dogs have lived a long life with me and I never had a chance to breed 
them, although I would have liked to. Since breeding is a lot of work (when done right) and I don't have a lot of time to devote to breeding, a co-own (partner) home is always welcome and considered for my pick of the litter pup.  However, I do not want my pick pup in a breeder home that does not intend to keep their dog for life. My hope is to find that forever home where the dog will be part of the family and get to participate in activities and would allow me to get a puppy back from that dog (in the future and only after the dog is deemed worthy of reproducing). 
             FLAGTREE  or  PRIZM  dogs  sold  by  me, come  with  
              a  money-back  health  and  temperament  guarantee.

* I don't often have puppies available, so I maintain a waiting list and give priority to performance homes and to people who have proven to be good owners to another of my dogs. Why ? .....

These are herding breeds that enjoy activity and owners who invest time and training into their canine companions are tops in my book. Some Aussies and Mini American Shepherds are less active and do well in less active homes, but owners willing to go the extra mile for their dogs get the first choice in pups (after evaluations). Our puppies are NOT SOLD on a first come basis, as we always get the first pick puppy from each litter and we generally have people waiting on a specific type of puppy ( gender, size, color, agility, etc. ). 

* I don't have pre-sale forms that need to be filled out nor do I take deposits before the new owner meets the puppy. Why ? ....

I've found that many "pet" homes want a puppy "right now" and they are just shopping around for availability or color, so there is no need for me to gather "forms" unnecessarily or lock someone in with a deposit. Since breeding is not a business for me, I never know when I will plan another litter, so I'm not willing to hold a deposit until a next litter. Normally the performance homes will wait on the right pup and some folks have waited a couple of years for that special team mate, so I am grateful for those types of homes. 

* I require phone calls and encourage pre-visits before I agree to sell someone a puppy or dog. Why ? ....

This allows me the opportunity to ask questions and to see whether a certain pup would be suitable for the family, their environment or their lifestyle. Talking with someone on the phone and /or personally meeting them ahead of time is much more enlightening than an internet 
"form & deposit". Also, the prospective owner may find this breed of dog is just NOT quite right for them after all. For instance, some callers do not realize a few snippets of information such as :

  1) Yes, this breed does shed - lightly year round & heavy seasonally.
  2) Yes, requires daily exercise - and some dogs more than others.
  3) Can become protective of their family or property. 

Australian Shepherds / Mini American Shepherds are attractive dogs, but they are not a good breed for all owners. My hope is to have my puppies placed in their forever homes once they 
leave our home. Face-to-face and phone "interviews" can help me decide if the prospective owner is dedicated to providing 12-15 years ( on average ) with their new family member. 

* I will not ship an unaccompanied puppy or dog. The new owner must physically observe the puppy on my premises and then make arrangements to get the puppy home. Why ? ....  

First of all, so that YOU (the buyer) knows first hand what you are getting and you are happy with the puppy. Secondly, according to USDA law : If breeders allow BUYERS to physically observe the animals before or during PURCHASE and on the premises where they were born & raised, the breeder is NOT subject to USDA licensing. Since Sept. 2013, the new APHIS "Retail Pet Rule" 
was enacted to ensure the internet-based businesses SELLING pets and also dog or cat breeders SELLING  pet animals "SIGHT UNSEEN" - ( over the net ) must be licensed by the USDA and inspected by APHIS. Typically these are "volume breeders" ( breeding as a business venture ) 
and who have an internet select and pay system set up. 

While I rarely ever "SELL" a puppy, in keeping with the new rules I'll REQUIRE a visit to our home either "before or during purchase". If you are NOT PURCHASING ( buying ) a puppy or dog from me at the time of the current litter, I may still allow a visit to meet the litter and our dogs during a 
group play date. 

Upon request I can provide references from people who have acquired a dog from me and who have been to my home. Folks from all walks of life ( including doctors, lawyers, veterinarians, judges, nurses, etc ) have come to visit our dogs at our home and most everyone wants to come back for more visits. We love our dogs and have fun playing with them and showing them off  : )