FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long until the puppies are ready to go?
Puppies will generally be ready to go to new homes once they reach 7-8 weeks of age.
What are dew claws?
Dew claws are the fifth toenail on the side of a dogs paw, they do not touch the ground like their other toenails. Generally dew claws tend to irritate dogs once they become older and can sometimes become infected. Dew claws are removed on the same day as their tails are docked.
Why do you dock tails and do I have to get my puppies tail docked?
Australian Shepherds originally began having their tails docked due to the working on the farm and hearding cattle, it was easier not to get their tail hurt or infected. So they used to be docked off, now it is the standard for breeders to dock aussies tails. If you wish for your aussie to keep their tail we have to know before they are 3 days old. Once they reach 3 days old they have their tails docked and dew claws removed.
What puppy food are they on?
We use purina puppy chow, and they will need to continue on this for 6-12 months until you transition to adult dog food. If you wish to use a different puppy food, transition them slowly by mixing old and new food together so that they do not get sick.
What will we get on puppy pick up day?
You will get a packet that goes over their shot and de-wormer record, along with other info about your aussie that is required if you want to register them. In the packet there is paperwork that can be filled out to register your aussie and it can be mailed in or done online. We also give a sample bag of purina puppy chow just in case you have not got any yet or for those who have made long trips to get their puppy.
Do they shed?
YES, YES AND YES! But brushing their coat will help them not to shed as much.
What kind of temperament do they have?
Personality traits vary from dog to dog but generally speaking, Aussies are known to be one of the smartest dog breeds, especially with training. They are also very high energy, aussies were and still are bred to be working dogs, so do not expect them to be a couch potato! They could play all day long if they really wanted to.
What shots do they get?
Puppies will get their 8 week shots, and the package that the shots come in will be included in paperwork. Puppies will then need to go to vet to receive 12 and 16 week shots.
Do puppies come with health certificate?
No generally a certificate is only needed when the puppy is traveling by airplane.
Can I get my puppy registered through other registries?
Yes, our puppies will come CKC registered but most other registries will allow you to register them through them as well once you have proof that the puppy is registered through CKC.