I'd like to adopt from one, to save a life. Also, my friend says she's going to breed her Mini Australian Shepherd. I'm not sure that this is a good idea, what do they need to have the dog checked/certified for?
***Edited By: Whisper on 12/10/2006 12:12:45 AM*** Reason: missing word
My personal experience, which is limited due to this being my first litter. But I took my girl to the vet and said that I would like to breed so he did a round of testing including x-rays. I'll tell you right now it ain't cheap.
first of all, please do not encourage your friend to become another BYB. Since "mini" aussies are not a recognized breed, hers did not come from a reputable breeder.
Especially with the aussies & the coloring problems that can occur, this is not a breed for beginers.
She needs to cert the eyes, hips, elbows & what ever problems are indictive to the aussies. Both dogs need to be tested for brucellosis.
The vet can not do the actual OFA certification. He can take the X-rays but they must be evaluated by a board certified orthapedist with OFA.
dogs should not be breed until at least 2 years of age because the health tests cannot be done until then since they are not considered done growing before that.
Who ever said that there was a list of all the health tests on the Debbie Jensen site - I'm not finding anything except a very casual reference to testing the bitch for brucellosis. She doesn't even mention that BOTH dogs must be tested or that it causes the dog to abort or the litter to be born dead.
Keep in mind that she is also a BYB - the IMPERIAL shih tzu is a name dreamed up by them to sell dogs.
***Edited By: suebgone on 12/10/2006 12:48:27 AM*** Reason: to add
I believe that currently mini aussies are considered a different size of regular aussie. She got her's from someone in Washington state. And, there's not much I can do to discourage her yet, I don't have enough info on the dog, etc, seeing as the details are so sketchy, since it's not really her idea, i think, but her parents. I"ve only found out about it within the last week, and i haven't really had the chance to ask her about it.. Please note that we would both be considered teens, so...
***Edited By: Whisper on 12/10/2006 12:52:29 AM*** Reason: Added info
I've been to my local animal control multiply times to look at dogs, and i'm planning on volumteering there once they consider me old enough to do so w/o my mom volunteering at the same time. They'll let dogs stay for they're whole lives if need be, because they are a 'no-kill.' Unfortunately, this means that they'll turn down animals for various reasons. The reason I'm looking for high kill is because for so many of the animals in them, they have only a week to live, or some other date set for them.
Your local animal control office will have listings for all shelters in your area wether they are high-kill or low-kill. They will have contact information for any licensed shelters and they have an ear to the ground for any unlicensed. At least our county office does.
I would definitely encourage your friend not to breed until she has fully researched the breed of dog she has. All breeds are susceptible to different diseases and she needs to have full knowledge of them as well as how to prevent them. Knowledge is key. And it's great to ask questions, that's why I'm on here. She also needs to understand that breeding is not an easy way to make money. This is a life long commitment and should not be taken lightly.