I'm getting an iffy feeling about getting a Mini Aussie now (from this breeder).
I asked what would happen if it somehow got parvo. Well, she said it wouldnt be from her because she absolutely guarentees a healthy puppy and I should take it to a vet in the first 72 hours of purchase (after a bunch of dots....) She goes on about yes she would take the puppy back but didnt mention whether it would be a refund or another puppy.
She also had answered again another email I sent her about how many people does she have wanting a puppy from each litter.... would I even be getting a puppy from this litter or would have to wait? She answers "there are no guarentees..........."
What should I do? I'm thinking maybe looking for either a different breeder or maybe another breed. Sheesh... I think the byb near me had a better guarentee now that I think of it. LOL. Life sucks.
Oh, dear- I so sympathize, as I have missed having litters from my last two breeding attempts!
But- I am glad you care enough to take the time to think very hard about your decision. I wish everybody would be so careful.
My two cents would be that you might consider looking at "regular" AKC Aussie breeders, and I have a couple of reasons. I bet money that Aussies are just like Shelties, and you can have a dinky one in any litter. So, if you were to go to a breeder, you might say you would prefer a smaller one, if possible.
Another thing about having a "regular" Aussie is that you would be able to participate in the Canine Good Citizen test, or competitive obedience or whatever AKC sanctioned events that the AKC holds for AKC registered dogs that you might be interested in. This can be some really fun stuff, and you can make some great dog-friends for you and your dog this way.
A further thought is that you might also consider a Shetland Sheepdog, which is very similar in coat and temperament to the Aussie, but is smaller. I know heaps of breeders that are truely "good guys" if you wanted some breeder references. Sadly, I have no pups and no prospect of any for at least until about June, IF Hope takes this next time. Let me know if you are even interested in learning a little about them, because I can tell you a lot about these guys.
They come in every color the Aussie comes in, just in case you have your heart set on a blue merle :) We have those too! I have one, he's right behind me, and he is the best dog I have ever owned! I can e-mail you a photo of him, if you are interested.
Anyway, good luck, and I am happy to help if you need it. I might be able to find a good aussie breeder or two, as well, and in your area (Northeast US?)
I am sooo sorry. I know you had your heart set on one those little pups and were excited about it. I hope that something does work out and you are able to find that perfect little one for you. I can't personally help you with this, since I don't know anyone with a mini aussie or a breeder. They are adorable and all, but there are plenty of other breeders and breeds out there that can satisfy your desire to have a 4-legged companion. Good luck and let us know what you decide on.
I'm sorry to hear the search is not going as planned! If you have a bad feeling, just keep looking, and keep asking those questions. It's no rush. LOL Your search for the right puppy is getting you ready for the infinite amount of patience you will need when you find him!
Merico, trust your gut when it comes to this lady. If you are having doubts then you should wait until youre absolutely positive. No breeder can 100% guarantee against parvo, it's impossible. I would expect a breeder to want to get to know the people she could possibly selling a puppy to & this woman sounds very vague and "if-fy". Trust your first thoughts and go somewhere else. If you are considering other breeds then I would research the ones youre thinking about and pick the best match for you and Kiba. I usually don't push either way, towards breeders or shelters, but maybe look at a shelter near you for a younger dog. That way you don't have to go through all the trouble of finding a good breeder and waiting for a puppy. It's worth a shot! Here is a cute puppy on petfinder, he's 10 weeks old and in Maine!!!!
What a bummer. The good thing is, you found this out before you bought a puppy. You want to have a good relationship with your breeder, right from the start. The beginning is when a breeder is at their best and if she's kind of iffy right now, just wait until she has your money. I know a person who got an Aussie from Sealevel. She is on my Aussie board. I could ask her about them if you are interested. I know a lot of reputable Aussie breeders so if you want any info just let me know. I think a smaller purebred Aussie would be your best bet too because like the other person said, you can do all kinds of AKC sponsored events. Good luck.
Ack, no, don't say THAT! There are lots of good breeders out there, and I guarantee there are some near you. It is just that those of us that are not in it for the money are not advertising. We don't produce that many pups- it has been a matter of years at this point for me (though not for the lack of trying, sob). My mentor in Shelties had only one litter of three last year. One went to the co-owner of the bitch, and the other two she is growing out. She doesn't keep a running ad anywhere; you have to know how to look for her. I know how to look for breeders; that is why I was able to find one so rapidly.
Also- lots of truely reputable breeders are older people who aren't necessarily computer savy. They spend their time taking care of the dogs, not setting up slick websites. So they may not be on the computer. Go through the Sealevel website- she tells somewhere on there how to find the breeders.
the response she gave you about the parvo was right on. i know several breederrs that IF the pup is taken to the vet and tested in the first 72 hours then they will refunf/replace puppy. no on can gaurantee that the pup will not get parvo, but if it is over 72 hours since it left the breeder then it PROBABLY (not definate) can from somewhere else.
I DO have to agree with MSBOXERS on the parvo thing. If I sold a puppy to someone 1) the puppy is going to have had AT LEAST two rounds of vaccinations. 2) the puppy would NOT likely have contracted Parvo on my premisis or in my care. You do have to realize that, when you get a puppy, you don't necessarily drag it all over the place. When they are little, for instance, their feet do not touch the floor at the vet's- I carry them. That is for the same reason that my daughter is not allowed to play with the waiting room toys at the doctor's office. It is a great place to pick up germs!
That said, if a puppy from me was to contract parvo even after two vaccinations, I would probably wonder if the poor thing had some sort of immune dysfunction. I would be SURE to ask lots of questions of the buyer, and ask to speak to the buyer's vet. I would do my best to figure out WHY the puppy contracted a disease that it had been vaccinated against. Now, if the buyer had taken their 10 week old puppy that they had only had for two days and gone to a friend's house to help them care for some dog that was sick with Parvo- nope, I'm not going to replace the puppy. But if the buyer had taken care with the puppy and the puppy just picked it up out of the blue, that would be different.
Does this help? Most breeders guarantee against genetic diseases over the long haul (years or life of pet) but germs that you expose the dog to are a different story. It is up to YOU to keep your dog healthy.
I saw Acey. The pup was really cute but I dont think it'd be able to take on Kiba. LOL. Also we do alot of hicking and fishing during the summer and I dont think the little one could keep up.
I'm writing a letter to the breeder that we got Kiba from (my moms excited about that) because she really wants another Schnauzer too... maybe the Standard size? Hmm... we'll see. But I'll have to wait until summer time.
I posted on my Aussie board about Sea Level Aussies. I'll let you know as soon as I get a response. Sea Level is the website that helped me, along with my breeder, to groom my Aussies for showing. Just in case you'd like to take a look, here is a rescue sight for Aussies. They do transports so even if you find one that is a little far, there are people who will drive to help get the dog to you.
LOL LOL Merico! Hicking and fishing? Hiking I can see happening in Maine- but Hicking is what we do down her in Arkansas! Actually, it is nice here, and for the most part, I don't think we deserve the reputation we have. Sometimes we do though! LOL!