We decided to do this Q & A style with what are some common frequently asked questions we get about us and the breed.
This breed requires an active lifestyle. They need a job to do to be content and happy.
Suspicious of strangers, stubborn, will test boundaries, tenacious. High energy. Can take 2-3 years for them to make a good dog.
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.
Mental as well as physical stimulation. They need active families. Walking, Hiking, Agility, Rally, Dock Diving, Swimming.
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.
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.
No. All Australian Cattle Dog puppies from my kennel will have full length, intact tails, as the breed standard states. We do not want any of our puppies' tails docked! We want to honor and uphold the AKC Breed standard and for our program to be the example of that. The standard states, "The set on of tail is moderately low, following the contours of the sloping croup and of length to reach approximately to the hock. At rest it should hang in a very slight curve. During movement or excitement, the tail may be raised, but under no circumstances should any part of the tail be carried past a vertical line drawn through the root. The tail should carry a good brush." There is no reason they should be docked, unless medically required.
All sires and dams are always pictured on our website.
We are happy to send you videos/photos of our setup but we do not allow visitors to protect our family and our puppies. More below.
We usually have 4-5 litters per year.
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.
Some stay with us forever; some go to our puppy families or another family we have screened if they meet certain requirements.
The way our process works is we begin taking reservations (deposits) on a litter starting at 3 weeks old. This deposit guarantees you a puppy in the litter. Exact matches are made at almost 8 weeks old after all testing is completed.
Because we believe in temperament testing. As well as we, the breeder, know the puppies intimately since we raised them from birth. What if the puppy is having an off day? That puppy that didn’t warm up to you could have had the biggest, bestest game of chase with his littermates just prior to you showing up, and he was simply exhausted. Temperament tests don’t necessarily reflect exactly how a puppy will grow up, but they can give a good indication. A puppy’s environment and socialization until adulthood have big impact. But temperament testing is a valuable tool that can be helpful in placing puppies in homes where they will thrive.
Only after 8 weeks of age.
Our breeding dogs get vaccinated annually; we recommend the following schedule for puppies: 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks.
We socialize our puppies to dogs, kids and other livestock. They are raised in a family setting on our farm. Sounds simple but it's a lot more than you think! Our kids are dedicated puppy socializers from birth and love that job!
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 desensitization, etc.
Yes! We have studied many curriculums and currently use a combination of Avidog & Badass Breeder.
Our guarantee is what we have screened the sire and dam for: OFA CHIC which is a huge lifetime guarantee. Beyond that we also offer a 72-hour vet check guarantee. We also offer 30 days of free pet insurance
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 working or sport prospects. But just a pet (as long as you can handle the mental and exercise needs) is okay too.
Yes. We recommend either traditional or hormone preserving methods whichever fits your household best. This helps prevent same sex aggression, roaming, eliminates a lot of hormone based undesirable behavior, unplanned litters as well as certain types of cancer.
Our moms give birth in a dedicated whelping box in a space we have set up just for them in our attached garage. They never whelp alone! We are always there to assist if needed. The miracle of birth is something we will never tire of!
We will always take one of our puppies back, no matter the age. We can also assist you in rehoming.
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).
We may be able to deliver to you if we do not have another litter on the ground or expected. Our dams & puppies are our #1 priority, and we are their primary caregiver. If we do deliver to you we generally charge $100 per hour, one way.
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.
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.
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.
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.