There is alot of info on this page and Ive tried to arrange it by a useful heading and subheading so please look for the subject that you are interested in. If you still have questions then please feel free to call or email me and I will do my best to help you. KC 540-577-9417
Information About Our Puppies
These are some things that you need to know about our puppies and how we do things here. Some of these things I never thought I'd have to mention as I thought one could expect all of these things from anybody they purchased a puppy from but after some dealings with other breeders I have come to find out different breeders do things very differently.
1. Weaned - All of our puppies are fully weaned by at least 6 1/2 weeks of age and are very good at eating food.
2. Water bowls - All of our puppies are very used to and very good at drinking water from a bowl.
3. Vaccinations for Puppies - All of our puppies have had their first shot (vaccination- Vanguard Plus 5 ) by 7 weeks of age at our veterinarians office (Carroll Vet Clinic, Hillsville, VA) and after they have been fully weaned. They will require booster shots at 10 -11 weeks and about 14 weeks. Also they will need a rabies vaccine at the age required by your state (Virginia is 12 weeks for rabies). These shots ARE VERY IMPORTANT!!!!
4. Worming - All of our puppies are wormed every 2 weeks (2, 4, 6, 8 weeks) with Nemex 2. Your vet will get you set upon a worming schedule that fits your situation at your first vet visit with your new puppy.
5. Socialization - And, of course, all of our pups are raised in a house with people and animals that love them every day of their young lives here.
6. Treats - The only treats that our dogs and puppies here receive are actual boiled clean beef bones, carrots, greek yogurt, orange slices, cheese cubes, etc. If you are going to buy your new puppies treats please see that you only buy AMERICAN made treats since it seems China and Mexico do not have our babies best interest in mind when producing and preserving the treats their countries produce.
7. Size - While we cannot guarantee the size a puppy will achieve at adulthood, we can make a pretty good guess based on almost a decade of breeding these little guys. One thing I can promise you that if I tell you the size of a particular pup then that is the size the pup is!! I have purchased 2 pups from 2 different breeders over the years that miraculously grew an inch and doubled in weight from the day before when the breeder had them to the moment I recieived them 24 hours later!! Either they produced the fasting growing pups in the world or they being intentionally misleading :(
8. Personality - We have been breeding these guys for years and have found that personalities are, in most cases, hereditary. This means, breed mean & snippy dogs - get mean & snippy dogs. Breed yappy & hyper dogs - get yappy & hyper dogs. Breed loving, lap warmer, companion dogs that love people and animals - and end up with wonderful babies that are like their parents. All of our dogs fit into the last category through careful selection over the years. Whomever you decide to get a new puppy from, whatever the breed, be very careful to inquire as to the parents personalities as some people breed only for looks, or worse yet, breed only whatever they have running around that is breedable.
9. Photos - Every pup has 'Photo Time' every week to 10 days. These new pics are either posted to this website or sent directly to you, the new puppy owner.
10. Calls and Emails - I am always available before and after you receive your new baby to answer any and all questions that you may have. Just know that I am a slow typer so if you have several essay questions then please please please call me as I can talk much faster than I can type :) 540-577-9417
Keep reading on to learn more about the puppies parents.........
Information about our Dogs
1. First and most important, all of these guys are our friends and pets!! They share the couches with us and make our lives better simply by being with us!
2. We do not stud out our males nor do we sell whole litters of puppies to anybody!! We DO NOT sell to petstores nor will we sell out of the USA!
3. Food - Our dogs and puppies eat Farmina dog food made in Italy delivered from PETFLOW.com. Yep, it cost $3.00 a pound and its absolutely worth it!!
4. Vaccines for adults - All of our parent dogs are vaccinated with Vanguard Plus 5 and rabies at appropriate ages.
5.GENETIC TESTING- All of our dogs (or their parents) have been tested for a full panel from Orivet. If you would like to discuss genetic testing please call or email
6. Merles - We do not do merle to merle breedings.
7. Grooming - Some Aussies have massive coats and although they are very beautiful, they require hours of grooming to maintain them. We do not breed for a massive coat. We breed for a very lush, medium coat as I personally have no desire to spend every waking hour brushing and detangling dog hair. I brush every dog here every 2 weeks and they stay in beautiful condition. Also, they love their time on the grooming table with makes it fun for me and the dog. Most even flop over on their backs so I can brush their undersides with ease.
These guys shed out their undercoat in the summer and put it back on in early winter. We use a brush called a 'rake' for removing their undercoats. Some Aussies, as well as some other breeds, can have a greasy coat and with a greasy coat comes a nasty smell that requires frequent bathings. YUCK! We have no greasy coated Aussies!! The dogs we breed have wonderful coats that stay very clean with their every other week brushings. It is very rare here that an adult dogs gets a bath as they do not need them. Also, shampoos can can really dry out their skin and cause dandruff and itching.
8.Health - With all the dogs we currently have breeding we have never had any health issues with them or their pups.
9. Registration - All of our dogs are registered with the ASDR
10. Size - All of our adult dogs are between 9"-11 1/2" and range in weight between 5 pounds to 11 pounds
Information For New Pups After You Get Them Home
1. Feeding and Water - Puppies need to eat 2-4 times a day during waking hours. The smaller the puppy the more frequently it needs to eat. If you have a 2-4 pound pup, offer it a little bit of food every 4 hours or so for the first few days as it will use alot of calories that it really needs when it is playing. After they get 3 months a 2xs daily feeding will probably be enough. Every puppy is different so pay close attention to make sure they are getting everything they need. Have fresh water available at all times except sleeping times. Food and water too close to bedtime will make it difficult for them to 'hold it' all night so adjust these times for your schedule.
2. Crate - Your new pup will need lots of love, attention and excersize over the first few days to take their mind off the fact that EVERYTHING has changed in their lives. This will also help them be really tired for the first few nights when they are most likely to cry. All of our dogs here have their own crate and a very fluffy bed in their crate. They love their crates as everybody likes to have a place of their own where they can nap or sleep where no one will bother them. A crate is also a very good thing for those times when you must leave them unattendd while they are young. It will protect them when you are not there as well as protect your house when when they cannot be supervised. While they are young, a small bed in the crate with the rest of the floor area covered in newspaper is best. This also teaches housebreaking as they learn to 'hold it' longer as dogs do not like to soil theirs dens (crate).
3. Chewing - As puppies (dogs) have no 'hands' they use their teeth for alot of playing and interaction with other puppies and their parents. When they are tiny it is cute when they chew lightly on your fingers but as they grow their jaws get stronger and as their little baby teeth are VERY Sharp bad things can happen even when they are playing. For this reason, it is very important to never let them chew on or play bite you at all. When they attempt to chew on you say a firm "NO" and tap their nose. They will not get it the first few times but be very consistent with this training and they will soon stop as soon as they hear the 'NO'. They are very smart by 10 or 11 weeks and understand most everything if you make your point clear to them. As far as chewing on items that are not theirs, same rules apply. If you can remove they object and replace it with a toy that they can play with - even better. BE VERY CONSISTENT WITH ALL TRAINING!! If you can find a local puppy obedience class (Petsmart usually has these as well as lots of dog clubs) them both you and your new pup will not only have a great time doing this together but you will both learn alot!
4. Treats - The only treats that our dogs and puppies here receive are boiled clean beef bones and deer antlers. If you are going to buy your new puppies treats please see that you only buy AMERICAN made treats since it seems China and Mexico do not have our babies best interest in mind when producing and preserving the treats their countries produce. Even alot of treats that say they are made in the USA are using ingreients in them from China and over 600 pets lately have died and thousands more sickened from these substandard ingredients so be very careful!! This is why the only treats that our dogs and puppies here receive are actual beef bones and deer antlers.
5. Taking Your New Puppy Places - We get this question alot 'Is it OK to take our new pup places with us?' While your puppy has had its 1st vaccine be very aware that that is only the 1st of 3 VERY IMPORTANT vaccines that it needs. The 1st vaccine is given here at 7 weeks. The second vaccine needs to be given at 10 - 11 weeks and the 3rd at 14 weeks at your veterinarian's office. Until your pup has had all 3 vaccines it is not fully protected against LIFE THREATNING illness that are everywhere!! These germs are in the grass, at the pet store, at your neighbor's house - Even at your vets office do not put them down as some very ill pets have been there before you. PLEASE BE VERY CAREFUL with your new baby until it is fully protected!!
6. Flea and Tick Protection - Heartworm Protection-I recommend Sentinal
IN THE PROPER DOSE FOR THE DOGS CURRENT WEIGHT. Avoid Ivemectrin in Aussies!!!!!!!!
USDA and APHIS Rule on Commercial Breeders
Well, for the last few months changes have been occurring in the government regulations of the dog and cat breeding world which will affect how things will be done all over the country. Each breeder will be handling these changes in different ways. In the paragraphs that follow I will tell you how these changes will happen here and how they will affect you as a puppy buyer.
A bit on this new law...... Firstly, I need to say that I do not fully understand all this law involves and exactly how it impacts the small hobby, home based breeder as it is a law written for large research facilities and huge commercial breeders. I am not alone in my confusion. Nobody, including, it seems, USDA inspectors, understand quite how all this will work but Im sure in the coming months we will all have a better idea.
A bit of clarification about us specifically...... We do not ship puppies. We do not sell to breeders. We do not sell pups out of this country. We do not sell to research facilities. We do not sell pups at a wholesale level (meanining we do not sell to pet stores or anything of the sort). All of our pups are sold individually to very specific people at the retail level for pets. Most of these people we come to know well and maintain communications with over years.
Anyways, as I understand it, this is to put an end to puppy mills. This I would commend!!! It seems the way we should be doing this is to make all breeders, whether they have 5 breeding females or 555 breeding females, conform to the same regulations that are currently in place for research laboratories and animal control facilities. So, the USDA is now giving people that own 5 or more breeding females the opportunity to purchase a government license, and build a proper kennel with cages (concrete or wire) to house our "breeding stock" in. I'm not sure how this will put an end to puppy mills but it will certainly end alot of home based breeders. After a breeder complies with these and many other requirements then they may feel free to ship puppies all over the country and also the world.
Well, needless to say, the average home based breeder is freaking out at the thought of putting their furry friends in a wire floor cage in a separate facility 24/7! We are certainly in this group!! Until we see how these new regulations play out in the real world we will be adhearing closely to the regulations that keep us exempt from doing this.
The USDA requires that all puppies being purchased as PETS be inspected by their buyer or buyers agent (friend, relative, etc) personally before they take possesion of them. This means that we need to meet puppy buyers in person, either here, at the airport (if you fly in to get your puppy), or at an agreed upon place. We are willing to travel about 3 hours from our zip code (24380, Willis, Virginia) to meet a puppy person to deliver their new pup. In 2015 we logged over 3500 miles meeting people with their new pups!!
UPDATE - SUMMER 2016 - WE HAVE DECIDED TO HAVE ONLY 4 BREEDING AGE FEMALES SO AS TO NOT HAVE ANY PROBLEMS WITH ANY ABOVE USDA GUIDELINES. IF THIS CHANGES I WILL POST IT HERE ALONG WITH THE MONTH IT CHANGES. KC MURPHY