FLAGTREE MINIATURE AMERICAN SHEPHERDS
PRIZM AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERDS
Available / Puppies
Click here for cute photos of some of our previous puppies
( these pups are no longer available, but still fun to see ).
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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
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 : )