Frequently Asked Questions
Here you can find answers to frequently asked questions.
Do you have puppies available or are you planning a litter ?
Our wait list will be opened again on Friday, March 1st, 2024. We are able to accept a limited number of requests for this year's litter — but not for litters in the next few years.
For the litters in 2025, we will proceed the same way at the beginning of each year, if there will be free spots on the ait list. Since we already have some families from previous years listed for the next few years there's no capacity for further inquiries. Since we also prefer to place our puppies in Germany, resp. close to us, we won't add any more families from abroad to our wait list at the moment.
Please also note: We do not place our puppies on a first-come, first-served basis, we choose the families that make the best match with us and our puppies. Everyone has a chance, but not everyone is a good match for an "Aussie"!
Can we visit you to meet you and your dogs in person ?
First of: We're no petting zoo. If you "just want to get to know the breed" and then buy a dog somewhere else, you're at the wrong place, because we don't do sales pitches for other breeders.
However, if you're aware that you might have to wait a few years for your dream dog, from your "breeder of confidence", and you are seriously interested in a puppy from our breeding programm, you can of course visit us. We like to meet a few of our future puppy families before the puppies are born. However, we only offer this to those on our wait list for an upcoming litter. If you want to have a puppy from us at a later date, you have to be patient.
How do you raise the puppies ?
You can read everything you need to know about the unique way we raise our puppies on the page “Nurturing”. Also check out the pages “About us” and “Our breeding program” to learn more about our philosophy. Don't forget to also watch the two TV-reports about us:
Are the puppies vaccinated, microchipped, housebroken and get any equipment ?
We keep our puppies until they are 9 weeks old, at this point they are fully housebroken, got dewormed several times, were checked for intestinal parasitey through a stool sample, received their first vaccination, got microchipped, and had their eyes examined by an ECVO certified ophthalmologist. They will be evaluated by our VDH-breed warden (German Kennel Club certified) and get an health certificate from our vet. When you pick up your puppy, you get a personalized european pet passport, a copy of the eye certification exam and a carbon copy of the breed warden's report which also serves as application for registering the puppy with the German Kennel Club (VDH). You also get a personalized puppy folder with all documents on the puppy and its parents. I also wrote a hardcover book of 204 pages with helpful hints & tricks and important information about settling in, feeding, and training your puppy, all written by me over the past years. In addition to all the documents you'll also receive a farewell gift from us and a puppy-welcome-kit with the usual premium dry and wet food (incl. a solid measuring cup) for the first week, and also a bag of goodies and a high quality treat pouch for training. You'll also get a bag of tooth-cleaning treats from QChefs, a homemade leash that refelcts and glows in the dark, a toy and training discs as a practical educational tool. As a further highlight in addition to my book, every puppy also receives a beautiful dog bed with our logo.
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Would you keep a puppy a few weeks longer ?
We keep our puppies as long as it is neccessary to enable them a smooth move into their new home under ideal conditions. However, it is best for all involved, especially for the puppy, if you can pick up within the first two weeks of moving out to make it easier for the puppy to adapt to his new home and new life with you.
How long is the wait for one of your puppies ?
It usually takes about 3 years to get a puppy from us, because we don't always have a litter every year and lost of families on out wait list. Some people are lucky to get a puppy sooner though.
You have such a long waiting list, what are our chances to get a puppy ?
Basically, everyone has a chance to get a puppy from us, even if you are at the bottom of the list. We do not choose on a first-come, first-served basis (although we do note the date of the first contact), but who's the best fit for one of our pups. Not every one who desires a dog of this kind is suited for the breed. Over the years, breeders develop a very good feeling for recognizing whether someone meets the basic requirements for a herding dog or not, regardless of whether you have a house with a large garden or just an apartment with a small garden area. The most important thing is that you know how to raise and train a puppy, and enable your companion a wonderful and happy life. In addition, everyone who gets a puppy from us also becomes part of our family, which is why we demand high standards on our puppy families and attach great importance to sympathy – if you have the opportunity to choose your family, you want to do it right ;)
What happens when a litter is born, how do you choose ?
As soon as a bitch has been mated, everyone on our waiting list will receive an email with all information about the mating (litter plans can also be found on our “Puppies” page), the expected date of birth and approximate pick up date. Everyone then has the opportunity to keep their name on the waiting list, to be postponed for another year, or to be deleted if there is no longer any interest. Everyone who is still on our list at the time of birth, will then receive another email with all information about the litter (which can also be found on our website), the date from which the first visits will be possible and all details on the further process. Everyone then has the option to have their data deleted, to be postponed for a year, or to tell us their favorites so that we can get a better overview, assign the requests accordingly, and then plan the visits. After we received feedback from all interested parties, we send an email with available visit dates to the remaining families. As soon as we can got an idea of everyone, we will announce our decision (taking your wishes into account) and send everyone a reservation contract. When signing the contract, a deposit of 500 euros is due.
How much does a Mini American Shepherd puppy cost ?
Unfortunately, this question is not that easy to answer since covid-puppy-boom hit the world... because there are many dubious people who sell puppies, mostly without papers and without any kind of health or quality examination of the parents, for up to 5.000 euros – and that without any knowlege about breeding. A high puppy price does not automatically mean that you are buying from a good breeder! I have written a very informative text about that here: “Why VDH papers are important”
Due to the high expenses that we as VDH breeders have to pay to our breeding club (twice the litter inspection by the breed warden, litter registration, pedigrees, payment into the health fund for each puppy), as well as the steadily increasing veterinary costs for the health evaluations of our breeding dogs and the examinations of the puppies before they move out, we are also forced to adjust and increase the puppy prices accordingly. So the price for a Miniature American Shepherd puppy from a reputable VDH-certified breeder is currently around 2.300 to 2.600 euros.
We do not differentiate the price of our puppies based on gender, markings or eye color; all puppies have the same value. However, families who already have a puppy from us do not pay the full price.
But, if you intend to use the puppy for breeding in the future, this is only possible as a Kennel Club member of your country and with a valid breeding approval from your club. As soon as all breeding requirements have been met, an additional breeding fee must be paid before the first breeding of the dog. The breeding fee will be determined based on the results of all breeding tests and the dog's overall quality.
Only if you are a FCI-member, it is possible to cooperate with us, our breeding dogs and other reputable breeders from your counry and abroad. We also want to prevent that a dog from our breeding is being used to produce puppies arbitrarily or in violation of animal welfare.
Was ist ein Guardian Home ?
Every now and then we look for a so-called "Guardian Home" for potential stud dogs. A Guardian Home allows us breeders to have several males out of different bloodlines, living with different families, so all dogs get the attention they need to be happy, instead of being just one of many at a breeder's home.
A family receives such a male, that we import as a puppy from a serious breeder abroad, free of charge. However, as a “Guardian Family” you also have some obligations towards us.
- First of all, such a puppy is handed over to you as a potential stud dog in long-term care for life
As the dog's keeper, you are responsible for his well-being and have the authority to make decisions about his existence and care
I remain the owner because everything regarding the breeding is in my name and at my expense
You only pay the normal "household" costs (tax, food, dog training, vet, etc.)
In return for receiving the male dog from us free of charge, you undertake to make him available to us for breeding purposes and to always make matings possible:
Those are usually planned together around 1-2 weeks in advance, but can also be spontaneous, as it always depends on the bitch's fertile days, which can never be predicted exactly.
The frequency of mating also varies. There can be a year without one or three times a year.
Matings always take place at the male's home, but can also take place at our home if you prefer.
The "breeding purposes" include the following appointments and breeding examinations (at the age of approx. 18 months), to which you either drive yourself or bring the male to me in advance. Travel costs will not be reimbursed:
X-ray at our veterinarian in Walluf, cardiac ultrasound in Frankfurt-Bockenheim, eye examination at a certified veterinarian in your area or, or for example, in connection with a dog show
at least one exhibition between the ages of 9-18 months
a one-time "breeding permit event" at at least 15 months (usually in July in Rödermark or October in Troisdorf)
Regarding the dog shows, it depends on how the males develops and presents itself in the show ring. It may be 2-3 shows in their entire life or 5-6 shows in the first 2-3 years (from the age of 9 months). Shows closest to you will be chosen. They usually start around 10 a.m. and last about 2 hours. You can show the male yourself or leave it to me, but you must teach him to walk properly on a leash, to STAND still and to let a stranger touch him gently on a table and look at his teeth.
(Shows are not needed if the male has a docked or a short natural bobtail)
All appointments will be discussed with you in advance and you will decide whether you would like to drive to the appointments yourself or bring the male into our care the day before.
As soon as the male is successfully used for breeding, you will also receive financial compensation for each breeding
If the male does not develop as hoped so that he cannot be used for breeding, you can buy him from us at the puppy price or have us rehome him if you no longer want to/can keep him
If you can imagine offering such a home to a male dog like this and live close to us, please contact us to arrange a meeting and discuss everything else.
By the way, it's just a rumor that male change negatively through mating! They actually become much more relaxed and calmer when dealing with bitches in heat :)