Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care

Breeding

by Kendra Barnett
(Springfield, Mo)

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I have a well behaved and trained Mini Aussie. He is about a year and I am thinking about studding him out. He has gorgeous color which is not normal, but is unregistered. So what is a good price to put on him?

Note from Anton: The question you should be asking is whether or not you should be breeding him at all. Based on the information provided I can't recommend it. Breeders will tell you that breeding is a very involved process with a lot of expenses. Breeders will study the lineage going back for many generations with the goal of strengthening the breed and eliminating genetic disorders. Reputable breeders will only want to work with you if you can help them meet the goals of their breeding program and they will require genetic testing and proven quality with titles to back it up.

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by: Gayle-- Big Run Aussies

I totally agree with Anton. First of all, your dog is not registered. I know you love him, but the whole idea in breeding is to better the breed. Reputable breeders have variety of tests run on their dogs to make certain that they are breeding quality. I always have my dogs evaluated by a mentor to make sure they are what I think they are. I don't show in conformation. My dogs are performance dogs -- agility, obedience, rally, therapy -- so I always ask someone who really knows dog structure. I make NO MONEY on pups after all is said and done. I breed because I absolutely love Aussies and want to continue our carefully researched Most Versatile Aussie lines. Raising pups takes so much time if you do it right.

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