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Looking for Australian Shepherd Breeder

by Steve

Seeking Advice on Finding a Top-Quality Australian Shepherd Breeder.

I'm currently on a quest to find a new companion for my male Mini Aussie. Sadly, his brother passed away 6 months ago at the age of 13. I've always had two dogs, and it feels like the right time to introduce a new friend into our home.

This time, I'm considering moving from a Mini to a full-size Australian Shepherd. As for location, I'm pretty flexible. I'm based in Southwestern CT, but I'm willing to travel for the right pup. In fact, for my Mini, I flew to Illinois and had a great experience bringing him back by plane.

I'm currently exploring breeder options and considering different approaches. One idea I had was to look at breeders of Westminster Dog Show breed winners. Since location isn't a constraint for me, I'm aiming for the best quality for companion dog but that also is very agile and fun to play with/train.

Do you think this is a good strategy for finding a reputable breeder? I'm open to suggestions and would love to hear about your experiences or recommendations.

Thank you

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by: jcrply

In my experience, it's preferable to get an Aussie from herding lines rather than showdog lines. I was fortunate to live near a breeder who is very conscientious. She has a small ranch and quite a few Aussies. She only has, at most, 2 litters a year and is very particular about who gets her puppies. She wants the new owners to come and visit the pups weekly until the pups are old enough to leave (no sooner than 8 weeks). You get to know both parent dogs. I think it is extremely important to know the behaviors and temperaments of the pup's parents since that is indicative of what your dog will be like.

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