Please take the time to learn about health issues in the Australian Shepherd, and visit the ASGHI site. Even with best intentions, and careful planning and testing of litters, dogs can have every health issue that people have including epilepsy, eye disorders and hip dysplasia. We wish there were a way to breed every puppy to be free from genetic illness, but this is not possible. We can only do our best and make choices with tests/information available.
You will be entering a 10-12 year relationship with your mini, maybe longer. The information you give us about your family and your expectations, will help us to pick a puppy that is compatible with your life. We will also be happy to recommend resources, training techniques and care for your dog, to help you really enjoy your best friend.
Wigglebutt is responsible for each and every puppy we produce for their entire life. It is important for us to carefully find homes with the best chance of success and happiness, tailored for each individual puppy. If ever your situation changes, and you can no longer keep your Aussie, we require that you return the pup/dog to us. Litters will be registered AKC and UKC.
Dog will be Spayed/Neutered.
Might you be willing to have a dog with breeding/show potential partner with Wigglebutt? You would provide the extra special love, care and affection. Wigglebutt would be responsible for countless hours researching the breed, proving breeding worthiness, determining the best mates, marketing the puppies or stud dog, attending seminars, etc. You could be as involved or un-involved as you want to be.
Bill and I would like to keep the number of Aussies in our home very small. They are so smart and devoted, and deserve to be the center of a family's life. While we would like to be involved with bettering the breed, we are very limited (by choice) as to the number of dogs we keep at home.
If there is not a puppy in the litter that appears to be suited to your needs in terms of temperament, performance or breeding potential, etc., then we will not sell you a puppy from this litter. We will refund your deposit, or at your request, hold it towards a puppy from another litter. In addition, if for any reason buyer or seller decides not to buy or sell a puppy, the deposit will be returned to you.
A few days before the puppies turn 8 weeks they will be evaluated.
This helps us get an idea of the home the for which the puppy is best suited. We place pups in homes with their best chance for success! Only after the above testing, will you be offered a specific puppy or a choice of puppies. First come is not necessarily first served with deposits, because it is important to us that you and your puppy are a good match.
As the breeders, we have intimate knowledge of each puppy in the litter based on 8 weeks of close observation. This method has worked well Wigglebutt over the past 20 years, although we understand it is hard not to know which cutie is coming home with you...