Toy Average Height: 14 inches and under
Toy Average Weight: 6 to 23 lbs, depending on bone structure and size.
In the photo below you can see the different coat colors Toy Aussies can have!
Most definitely not! I wish I could see into the future, but just like with children you can't predict adult height/weight. The best I can do is provide the heights and weights of the parents. The dogs in my program range from 10" - 12" in height and weigh 6-14 pounds. Size at birth does not matter. Pups can be fast growers or slow growers. I have found once the pup is about 3-4 months old you can chart their adult weight at www.puppychart.com. Just choose the breed "Miniature Australian Shepherd and follow the directions. I have found this to be pretty accurate but still no guarantees!
Eyes may be any combination of brown, amber, hazel, blue, or marbled. Some of these dog have eyes that are two different colors or may be marbled or swirled. For example, one eye can be blue and the other eye split blue and brown.
Puppies usually open their eyes at about 2 weeks of age. Color can usually be determined at about 4-5 weeks of age but eye color can change as late as 2 years old (not very likely though).
If you click HERE you can get a general ideal how I price my pups and what is included. On average they are usually $2500-$3800 per pup. All of my pups are sold to PET ONLY homes. I do NOT sell breeding rights.
My pups are raised in my home under foot. Raising them is a full-time job for me. I dedicate a few hours per day to each puppy individually training and socializing them.
Absolutely! many people choose to do this. You can make as many payments as you'd like in any amount and build up a credit to use towards a future pup. If you ending up having more credit then what the puppy is being sold for the difference is 100% fully refundable. If you end up not picking a pup and want a refund your payments are 100% refundable.
Yes, definitely. In general, these intelligent dogs make excellent companions and respond beautifully to training. They are good-natured and even-tempered; may initially be reserved with strangers yet make a very loyal companion. The Toy Aussie is an active dog with a happy and even disposition, good-natured, seldom quarrelsome and responds with enthusiasm to the challenge and responsibility of having a job to perform.
Some Aussies are very shy, apprehensive dogs. Because of this it is important to socialize your Aussie as a puppy and to expose them to as many people and situations as possible. I strongly recommend Puppy Classes, Doggy Day Care, taking your dog to safe dog friendly places where they are regularly exposed to different people, dogs, and situations.
The Toy Aussie wears a moderately thick double coat. The undercoat is shed twice yearly and shedding is moderate between these periods, although degree will vary with individual dog. Regular brushing once or twice a week will help minimize shedding and keep their skin and coat healthy. The Toy Aussie's coat is not long enough to require heavy daily attention.
There is no wrong choice. Both males and females make loyal loving pets.
Toys are great with children and are amazing family pets. They’re also accepting of other pets. Mine live with two Yorkies, one Sphynx cat, and my Golden Retriever.
Your new pup will come to you having been trained with the Puppy Culture Protocol from Day 1. We do hope you will continue with PC training through 12 weeks and the rest of their lives! All puppies need to be trained with consistency and love. Aussies love to be involved in family activities and do best with families that provide obedience training, socialization and exercise. Aussies are naturally reserved around strangers and need to be properly socialized early in their lives. They are also extremely loyal dogs; wanting to be by their masters side more than anything else on the planet! Aussies are extremely smart and want nothing more than to please their owner. They can very easily be trained to do anything!
We are located in Highland, MI – about one hour North of Detroit. Please see our Visitation Policy
Option 1: If you are local to me when your pup is ready to go I would like to personally deliver the pup to your home. That way I can spend some time with you and teach you how to clicker train and I would stay until the pup gets settled in. Usually about 30 minutes.
Option 2: We can hand deliver your fur-ever friend for an additional fee. This allows the puppy to travel IN the main cabin. We would just need you to meet us at your local airport. The rates within the U.S. range from $400-$500. Please inquire for Canadian and International rates. ALL Rates INCLUDE time & airfare.
Option 3: I am willing to drive up to 60 minutes one way to meet you to help shorten your drive
I will not ship my pups in cargo.
VIP White Glove Hand Delivery service is NOT included in the puppy price.
Contact me! There is a required "Getting to Know You" form needs to be filled. Once that is completed and reviewed, a deposit of $400 is required to be added to our wait list and hold a puppy. Please send me an email if you are ready to start the process and I will send you the link to the form. Deposits are 100% fully refundable (less any PayPal or Merchant Fees) if the puppy that you want is not born or you may roll your deposit over to the next litter. Once you pick the puppy you want after they are born then the deposit becomes non-refundable and non-transferable. Once you pick your pup you cannot transfer the deposit to a different puppy so please be sure you pick your perfect puppy!
I do have confirmed deposits placed. If you would like to be added to our deposit wait list please send me an email and I will reply with the link to the required "Getting to Know You" form. It is a short form that will let me know a little bit about you, your lifestyle, and your preferences in a puppy. Once received and reviewed you will be emailed an invoice for $400 USD that will reflect your deposit is 100% fully refundable for any reason up until the day you pick your puppy along with payment instruction. Once you pick your puppy your deposit becomes nonrefundable.
Deposits are due upon receipt of the invoice. Once your deposit has been received I will add you to the deposit wait list in the order your deposit was received. So for instance, if I have 35 confirmed deposits you would take the 36th spot.
You can make payment by mailing me a personal check, cashiers check, or money order, cash if local, PayPal, Chase Quick Pay, Zelle Quick Pay, or Venmo. If you pay via PayPal you must use the "send money to family and friends" option. If you are not comfortable with that let me know and I will add the 3.5% fee they charge to your invoice. If you would like to pay with a credit card I accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Their is a 3.5% fee for using a credit card.
Puppy picking starts when a litter is 7 weeks old. On that day I will take updated photos and send a mass email to everyone on the list that will include more about each personality, weight, estimated adult weight, and pricing. Then I will begin to go down the waiting list in the order each deposit was received one by one to see if the buyer would like to pick a puppy, roll their deposit over to a future litter, or request a refund. Each buyer has 24 hours (no exceptions) to make their decision before I go onto to the next person in line. In most cases buyers already know who they will choose when Puppy Picking starts and have a good idea what they will do if the puppy they had hoped for gets picked prior to their turn. When that happens Puppy Picking goes a lot faster, but some times buyers need some time to process everything and take advantage of the 24 hour period and when that happens Puppy Picking can last for several days if more then one person takes some time and that is ok as getting a new pup is a big decision and I want you to be 100% confident in your decision.
During this time I am happy to provide photos, videos, anything you need to make it easier for you to decide! If you are local to me you are welcome to come over and meet the puppies that are available and select one but only during your 24 hour window.
Your puppy comes with a one year genetic/health guarantee. We offer an optional FIVE year genetic/health guarantee if you keep your puppy on Life's Abundance Dog Food at no extra cost to you. We stand behind our dogs 100%! Click here Puppy Contract here for more details.
Being that I raise my puppies using the Puppy Culture Protocol I prefer that the pups stay with me until they are 9-10 weeks old and passed the critical fear developing stage at 8-9 weeks. However, if you strongly prefer to get the puppy at 8-9 weeks old I will consider it based on the puppies personality.
Your puppy will arrive with age appropriate vaccinations and deworming.
Unless you do not want your puppy crate trained, all of my pups are started on crate training at 4 weeks old. Each pup has their very own Snuggle Puppy and will take their Snuggle Puppy with them to their new homes at no extra charge. To read more about what the Snuggle Puppy is please visit their website here.
You can see all the foods I feed and recommend here: Dog Food
In Australian Shepherds, the B-Locus determines if a black or blue dog will be able to produce red offspring. If the dog tests B/B, he does not have the red gene, and will never have red offspring. If the dog tests B/b, he does carry the red gene thus making him/her "Red Factored". Breeding to another carrier or to a red dog should produce red offspring. Dogs that are actually red will test b/b.
Hypoglycemia simply means a low blood sugar. Glucose is the form of sugar found within the bloodstream. Glucose is formed during the digestion of foods and it can be stored within the liver in a storage form called glycogen. If a puppy becomes stressed, gets too much exercise, or misses a meal their blood sugar could drop.
A puppy with hypoglycemia will lack energy, become listless, lethargic and nauseous. This can be life threatening. If you find yourself in this situation DO NOT PANIC – it’s easy to stabilize if you are prepared.
What is the management?
Immediately provide sugar -- Karo syrup, honey, or Nutri-Cal are excellent sugar sources and should be fed to the puppy. If the puppy fails to respond to sugar, or the hypoglycemic episodes are frequent, then a thorough exam by a veterinarian is in order.
Most of my buyers regularly send me updated photos as their babies grow. I try to post their photos on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter so you can see them there. Also some of my pups that are placed in their furever homes have their own Instagram accounts and you can follow them and all their sweet adventures:
From time to time we have retired dogs that become available. We do not start breeding our females until they have reached maturity both physically and mentally and have been examined by our wonderful licensed Veterinarian. In most cases our females only have 4-6 litters in their lifetime before being retired. We work closely with our Vet to help determine when it's time.
Our dogs are our children. We LOVE them with all our hearts. Some will stay here forever, but some will need a loving home someday. I am VERY particular as to who my dogs go to. So much in fact you must be within driving distance of me (in case it doesn’t work out I will jump in my car in a moments notice to pick up the dog). If you are interested in a retired dog please know that I will personally come to your home with the dog, spend a few hours with you and the dog. If I feel it’s not a good fit I will take my dog back with me. My dogs are VERY special and deserve to go to loving homes where they will be spoiled and shown affection daily. If I feel you and the dog would be a good fit please know that I WILL be emotional and I ask that you truly understand that I love my dogs and hope that you will stay in contact with me from time to time. Just because I am rehoming does not mean for one second that I will stop loving or thinking about them.
If you are interested in adopting one of my retirees someday, please feel free to reach out to me and I will send you a link to fill out an online form that I can use to get to know you and your lifestyle a bit better. I do charge an adoption fee based on the individual dog, and do require you to sign a legal document that you will give the dog back to me should it not work out.
All adults come up to date on vaccines, groomed, spayed/neutered, microchipped, and teeth professionally cleaned.
Email me! I am happy to answer any questions you may have!