• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

How to find a good Aussie Puppy - UPDATE! Post 66

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • How to find a good Aussie Puppy - UPDATE! Post 66

    I am in the market for a new puppy. I live on a 40 acre farm with 12 horses. I would like a dog that will stay on the property, not harass the horses, good with kids and smart. Aussies seem like a good dog for me! I have had border collies, and I loved them. But they were a little high strung and ALWAYS wanted to herd the horses or cats or visitors. Some people told me they would settle down after age 6 or so, but it wasn't the case with my dogs. I loved how intelligent they were, though.

    So, I have been searching the net a bit and am having a hard time finding an aussie breeder nearby, and those that I can find, seem to be breeding for show. So, how can I find a good farm dog as a puppy? I assume I would prefer a working type to a show type, but I really need to be educated. Obviously I will go and see the parents first, but are there any other things I should do? Does anyone have any good recommendations on breeders in VA?

    Thanks! Oh, other comments/suggestions are welcome too. I would like to get 2 puppies, but I have heard litter mates are not the best to raise together. Comments? So I was thinking of getting 2, but just not at the same time. I feel like such a novice now, even though I have had dogs my whole life!
    Last edited by avezan; Mar. 27, 2009, 09:00 AM.

  • #2
    No recommendations for breeders, but if you're interested in a rescue...

    http://www.aussierescue.org/
    "Oh, sure, you may be able to take down one smurf, but mark my words: You bonk one smurf, you better be ready for a blue wave."---Bucky Katt

    Comment


    • #3
      I would definitely not get two at the same time.
      Get one so it bonds to you and is trained individually first and when that one is very solid and mature, 2-3 years old, then add another one.
      Or get an adult now first and in a few months get another, or a puppy.

      As many stories you can hear of people that had good luck with raising two puppies, related or not, at the same time, take those that still have young dogs with a grain of salt, as they won't know until those dogs are older if they will have any problems getting along.

      Those with older dogs that the stars aligned for and all is still well, no dog fights as the dogs get older and still have not established a good hierarchy, those were lucky, is all I say.
      Do you want to chance your dog's happiness to chance? How lucky do you feel?

      You can make raising two puppies work well for you, if you have the skills, time and energy to train them individually and together, so they don't just bond to each other and tend to ignore you, but learn to listen to you first.

      As for them learning to get along, well, that is where you have to be lucky that one may end up, as a mature dog, deferring without question to the other, something that may or not happen and you can't change, it is who they are.

      Aussies are absolutely great dogs and I have seen them be so smart that they will train the more novice owners well and still not take advantage of that, as some other breeds may.

      Why don't you ask the ASCA and AKC registries for breeders in your area?
      They may have puppies or know who has some and is good at evaluating puppies and how suitable each one may be for what you want:

      http://www.asca.org/

      http://www.australianshepherds.org/

      Just because a dog is a show dog doesn't mean he is no good for a farm dog.
      Many here are both, AKC border collies or aussies and still good farm dogs.

      Our border collies were double registered, ABCA and AKC, as we were competing in USBCHA herding and AKC obedience and agility.

      Look at the dogs type and temperaments at different breeders and go with what you like best, not only if they are one or another association, that is mostly guided by the politics of dog breeding.

      Now, if you were going to be a serious breeder and competitor in one or the other association, yes, then work thu that one only, if you want to win.

      Have you looked at rescues and shelters?
      Aussies of all ages are very, very common there.

      Comment


      • #4
        I bought two nice Aussies both as puppies at the same time, one male and one female. Spayed the female, the male is still intact. It was great getting two at the same time and I had no problems with training. They live outside most of the time and come onto the porch in bad weather. I have invisible fencing around about 3 acres that they have free access to.

        They did not come from the same litter. The female, a red merle, came from a local breeder. The male, a blue merle, I purchased from a breeder off of the website www.puppyfind.com . I had no problems and both dogs are wonderful. I would do it the same way if I had to do it again.

        Just a "heads up", something I did not know when I got Aussies is that some of them are deadly "allergic" to ivermectrin (which is in Heartguard). Give them Inceptor instead for heartworm prevention.
        Richard, Approved Black KWPN Stallion
        Website
        and Facebook page
        Oh Kaptain Underpants SFS, Approved BRp pony stallion
        Website and Facebook page

        Comment


        • #5
          www.lasrocosa.com

          I've been buying from them for eons and they wrote the books, plural (All About Aussies and The Australian Shepherd, 2 books).

          Make sure that whomever you buy from has had the parents' hips xrayed, a lot of backyard breeders will sell you an Aussie with hip dysplasia. And ditto for certified eyes.
          Lots of bad breeders out there.

          And there are always the rescues, lots of good Aussies end up given away or abandonned, and you can get a very good lifetime companion from a rescue. One of the cutest and smartest Aussies I've ever seen was a 1/2 Aussie 1/2 unknown, adopted in Atlanta by some guys who later worked on my roof. Great dog.

          So either spend a lot of money with a good breeder (the Hartnagles can direct you to one in your area, that's their Las Rocosa Aussie website above or adopt one from a shelter.

          Either way you will win and an Aussie will have a good home.

          My breeder will not let me buy 2 at the same time. One per year.

          Comment


          • #6
            Originally posted by avezan View Post
            I would like to get 2 puppies, but I have heard litter mates are not the best to raise together.
            I've read that when you buy 2 littermates at the same time, they have a tendency to play together obsessively, sort of overstimulating each other and fixating on each other as the source of all interest in lifem making them harder to train.

            Originally posted by sfstable View Post
            Just a "heads up", something I did not know when I got Aussies is that some of them are deadly "allergic" to ivermectrin (which is in Heartguard). Give them Inceptor instead for heartworm prevention.
            I think all the collie breeds are at risk for being allergic to ivermectrin.

            Comment


            • #7
              Well we have Heelers (Australian Cattle Dogs) and we have two females from the same litter.

              The mother is my father in law's dog--she was my husband's but when we got married and he moved off The Farm, Sparky just wasn't happy away from The Farm.

              Well, we picked out THE PUP my hubby wanted but he didn't want to just take her home alone. So we took another too, just to help "Carley" get acclimated. Well, when someone wanted to buy "Packer" we just couldn't part with her.

              So we ended up with two. They are both currently intact and get along great, and can be separated no problem. They listen independently and are not codependent on each other.

              They did fight a little as pups but we let them get it sorted out and now they don't fight at all. They share a lot of things, including a food bowl-their choice not necessity as they each have their own.

              But they are totally independent of each other.

              So it CAN work. They are 2 1/2 now.

              Comment


              • #8
                Because of your location, you might want to look outside of your area also and if you do buy local, know that VA is full of BYBs who don't do their genetic research or health tests. You want hips and eyes done at the very least, ask about epilepsy (at least two generations and aunts/uncles, etc) and get the inbreeding co-efficient. Most working dogs are reg. through ASCA, don't go for pups that are reg through the NSDR (it let in a bunch of mongrels and is an "open" registry). AKC is optional but you want ASCA (good working breeders use this reg exclusively but many dual reg with AKC).

                As you really don't intend to spend much time with the dogs, two might work fine (most times, one works best but in casses where dogs live outside, and human interaction is limited, etc as in your case -two can save each other from loneliness). But two dogs can get into major mischief and turn into canine packs, if you let the pups do as they will.

                I also like Terry Martin, SlashV (google it). She caters to the farming/stock market. Good dogs at good prices.

                Post any breeder you find and we can help you determine whether they are decent or not.

                You should be able to get an excellent dog for around $500., less if you are willing to take them a bit older (the leftovers).
                Luistano Stallion standing for 2013: Wolverine UVF
                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IZPHDzgX3s

                Comment


                • #9
                  Getting two dogs is fine, it is getting two puppies to raise at the same time, littermates or not related, that is questionable.
                  Some times it may work, way too many it doesn't, so why try your luck doing something that may turn out bad?

                  We have seen where it didn't work way too many times to ever not warn people about it, so if at all possible, they don't try it or if they do, are amply forewarned.

                  Since you are not going to be working stock, you may not want that kind of intense working dog anyway, so be sure to tell the breeder exactly what you want and you may not need the kind of breeder that aims for top working dogs anyway.

                  Our aussie was from intense working lines, but we used her as a cowdog and won in obedience trails with her, so she was working all day right along with us.
                  You may not need that working ethic on a farm dog that you don't want to roam or work much, just lay around the barn.

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Great dogs - very smart but with an off button. A cross-bred is also an option since my favorite dog of all time was a cross-bred Aussie. So acutely aware of their person, so fast in their answers to commands. A female will stay home better.
                    Proud member of People Who Hate to Kill Wildlife clique

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      I have two aussie/golden cross female litermates that we found on PetFinder, and we have had no problems with them. They are not co-dependent, they don't fight, they do play rough, but I'm okay with them wrestling in the yard and expending some excess energy. The rest of the time, they sleep, and usuallly in separate rooms in the house, and at night they do sleep in separate rooms, not by their choice, one is supposed to belong to my in-laws who live with us, the other is our dog. But every morning I wake up to all 3 dogs (my older britany and the two aussies) in my bed with me! They are great dogs.
                      There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Aussies are more intense than Border Collies. If you don't want a Border Collie for the reasons you stated, then you don't want Aussies either. They working herding dogs. They will harrass the horses and cats. Unless you do a great job training them not to.

                        If you want two puppies, at the same time, even from the same litter, or even fairly close together, it's doable if you crate them or keep them separate from each other at all times while you house train and train them to you. it's really hard to train two dogs at the same time. Once they're reliably trained and they get along with each other, you don't have to separate them so much.

                        Do more research before you decide on a breed. Find a copy of Tortora's book: "The Right Dog For You." Then take all the questionnaires and be completely honest with yourself and your answers. This book will guide you to the right dog for you.
                        Laurie Higgins
                        www.coreconnexxions.com
                        ________________
                        "Expectation is premeditated disappointment."

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Twiliath View Post
                          Aussies are more intense than Border Collies. If you don't want a Border Collie for the reasons you stated, then you don't want Aussies either. They working herding dogs. They will harrass the horses and cats. Unless you do a great job training them not to.
                          This has not been my experience. Intensity depends on how you define it, and the Aussie is typically more 'you' centered where border collies seem more 'stock' centered, which can make Aussies a little easier to redirect. I do agree that every dog of working breed needs good training (wishing it for all dogs seems futile).

                          I would not get 2 Aussies at one time, and definitely not litter mates, but it's possible if you've lots of time on your hands.

                          As for breeders, check http://shenandoahaussies.net/Home.html. They do show AKC dogs, but have been breeding since way before that. They are in PA. Lancaster Farmer (which now has a souther edition I understand) has often had listings for farm bred dogs. It is a mixed bag, but some are quite good.

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            You will occasionally get a hyper Aussie, I had one, but a trip to obedience school with Pat Klausman made Kippy perfect. Kippy lived in my house in Atlanta.

                            All my other Aussies lived in houses/apts/even subdivisions in Atlanta without problems, actually, mine liked to "lay up" in bed in the airconditioning while I worked. I only raised one Aussie in an apt, Coze in St Louis, and I wouldn't do it again.

                            Boy dogs who are "fixed' before they learn to travel a territory will stay home, but I believe that all dogs should have a fenced yard, and not be left to run loose, even on a farm or ranch.

                            Comment

                            • Original Poster

                              #15
                              Thanks for the replies! I do definitely want to get 2 puppies, but not necessarily at the same time. I know it can be successfully done, but for the reasons given, I'll probably do one at a time. One thing that I have read about Aussies is that they are very bonded to their human or family and that they don't rehome well. I had looked at the Aussie rescue site but the fostering and adoption application looked a little intense and required a fenced yard, which I don't have. I have never crate trained anything, but I'll look into it. My dogs live outside. I'll have a kennel with a 6' fence for when I'm not home, until the dog is trained.

                              Cielo, I have not figured out how you inferred from my post that I would not be home a lot, but you are correct. Your dogs are beautiful. I especially like Paige.

                              Thanks for the suggestions on the registries, hip and eye certification, epilepsy history. I wouldn't know what a good or bad inbreeding coefficient is. Would most non BYBs know this? I've read about the homozygous merle issue. I don't completely understand the implications for the dog. I understand the genetics and that merle is dominant, so a merle/non-merle mating would not produce a homozygous merle, but what if the merle parent is homozygous? Would this have any implications for the puppies? In other words, could any of the deficiencies of the homozygous parent be passed to a heterozygous pup?

                              I'm going to rule out getting a dog from outside my area because I really would like to meet the parents. I'm willing to go 3-4 hours so that would include all of VA, some of WV, DC and MD.

                              I was aware of the ivermectin issue for collies, but didn't realize it was in one of the heartworm meds. I was using interceptor for my borders.

                              What about docked tails? At what age are they docked?

                              I would consider getting an aussie or border cross as well. Its just hard to tell what you are going to get. How about thunder storms? 2 of my 3 borders were scared of thunder, but not to the extent that some of the aussies on the rescue site seem to be!

                              Do you take your Aussie to horse shows? How do they do? I could not imagine taking one of my Borders to a horse show. I met an Aussie at a horse show 2 weeks ago. My kids spent most of the day playing with him and walking him around on a lead rope. The rest of the time he was at his owner's feet, when the owner wasn't in the saddle.

                              Thanks again. I am enjoying reading the stories about your dogs. Keep them coming!

                              Comment


                              • #16
                                I have an aussie x ACD mix. She is a great dog. I think you really need to explain what you want in a dog- especially as far as drive- and wok with a breeder that will pick out the right dog for you . Aussie's can be intense, they can be mellow, they can be down right goofy. I compete in Agility and there are ALOT of aussies in the NE that compete in agility. You see a huge range of personality. So its really hard to say if they will be scared of thunder- it just depends. Also- Aussie's in my experience are not more intense than border collies- but I generally don't like blanket statements- it really comes down to the specific dog.

                                Tails are docked when they are very young- some are born with a natural stub all the way to a full tail- so if you wanted to keep the tail- I would talk to the breeder about that too. Personally I like the tail on the dog.

                                I would look at ASCA for breeders in your area. I also wouldn't worry about a dog from a show breeder, as long as you really explain to them what you want in a dog.

                                Comment


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by avezan View Post
                                  they are very bonded to their human or family and that they don't rehome well. I had looked at the Aussie rescue site but the fostering and adoption application looked a little intense and required a fenced yard, which I don't have. I have never crate trained anything, but I'll look into it. My dogs live outside. I'll have a kennel with a 6' fence for when I'm not home, until the dog is trained.
                                  We have had 2 rescue Aussies, and one late (6 mo old) from a breeder. Aussies may tend to super-bond, but if they are in the adoption system, chances are that this didn't happen in their first home anyway. Some become aloof, but some are so happy to get their new homes, they bond vey easily to adoptive home. If it's an interest, check with breeders about alternate adoption possibilities. Maybe you'll get lucky, and find a breeder to get a puppy from that can hook you into an adoption at the same time; 2 dogs as you want, but without some of the difficulties mentioned.

                                  I've read about the homozygous merle issue. I don't completely understand the implications for the dog. I understand the genetics and that merle is dominant, so a merle/non-merle mating would not produce a homozygous merle, but what if the merle parent is homozygous? Would this have any implications for the puppies? In other words, could any of the deficiencies of the homozygous parent be passed to a heterozygous pup?
                                  Are you planning on breeding these dogs? If you go look at puppies, and the parents are 2 merles, and a pup is mostly white, steer clear. Deafness and blindness can come in degrees, and may be less evident depending on the age, but the puppies have a 75% chance of being perfectly normal. Most would make the arguement though, that the breeder was not knowledgable, and this might be a reason to steer clear in general (probably more so if you actually find someone breeding an obviously homozygous dog).

                                  I'm going to rule out getting a dog from outside my area because I really would like to meet the parents. I'm willing to go 3-4 hours so that would include all of VA, some of WV, DC and MD.
                                  central PA, just north of the MD line is where some good breeders are. It shouldn't be out of range if MD is OK. I don't mean to malign a whole state, and I'm sure WV must have some good breeders, but it seems to have more than its share of backyard Aussie breeders, and there are lot of less-than-stellar dogs. When Aussies went AKC, the worst examples of AKC-ruins-working-dog-lines seemed to be very popular around suburban DC. Some breeders of good working lines finished their dogs, and dual register --I'm not knocking the AKC (much), but there are also some AKC Aussies that are almost unrecognizable too me, so I'd still look for stock dog registry parents. Only AKC registered dogs may or may not have good working lines.
                                  What about docked tails? At what age are they docked?
                                  usually done with dewclaws at a couple days old. It is quick and simple. I like having dewclaws done for practical reasons. I don't think doing tails creates a great hardship, but I know some people do. Aussies can have a natural bob tail.

                                  How about thunder storms? 2 of my 3 borders were scared of thunder, but not to the extent that some of the aussies on the rescue site seem to be!
                                  Sometimes I think the 'rescue dog syndrome' has to do with living rough and/or rescuer sympathies than something inherent in a breed (check some random breed rescue sites and you'll see lots of storm-fearing dogs). I'm sure it's no more likely than in BCs.

                                  Do you take your Aussie to horse shows? How do they do? I could not imagine taking one of my Borders to a horse show. I met an Aussie at a horse show 2 weeks ago. My kids spent most of the day playing with him and walking him around on a lead rope. The rest of the time he was at his owner's feet, when the owner wasn't in the saddle.
                                  The owner centric mindset of most Aussies makes a difference (from BC for instance) at high-herding-stimulus events like horse shows, but dogs (any) at horseshows must have good training, period. A bad Aussie at a show is still a disaster.

                                  My first Aussie went to tons of shows (and almost everywhere else). Back on the littermates topic, the only time that dog was not perfectly behaved at a show was when I heard that one of his littermates was on the grounds. They were more than a year old, and had not seen each other since 8 weeks old. My dog, who normal asked permission to breath, hit the end of the lead rope like a train when they saw each other. They went bonkers getting re-aquainted.

                                  Comment


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by RHdobes563 View Post
                                    No recommendations for breeders, but if you're interested in a rescue...

                                    http://www.aussierescue.org/

                                    I second this! I volunteer for ARPH and we do get puppies, please check out the rescues before buying!
                                    april
                                    Equine Retirement at
                                    www.StonyRidgeFarm.webs.com

                                    Comment

                                    • Original Poster

                                      #19
                                      Thanks again. I have been scanning the adoptions too. I think a good plan might be to buy a puppy and adopt an older dog at close to the same time. A lot of work, I know, but this would avoid the issue of 2 puppies and give them some company when I am not there. Equusus, how do the rescues feel about a non-fenced yard? Oh, and here is another question for all of you (I bought my last dog 16 years ago. She is still with me. Buying dogs has changed a lot!) All of the rescues and breeders websites have an application where it asks for references. I have no idea what to give as a reference, other than my small animal vet. If I were buying a horse, I could give vet, farrier, trainer, local boarding barn owners....what sort of reference do you give for buying a dog! i could give my horse vet and farrier too!? They both have dogs and often bring them to my farm.... I just don't know what kind of credentials in a reference they would be looking for. Thanks again.

                                      Comment


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by avezan View Post
                                        Thanks again. I have been scanning the adoptions too. I think a good plan might be to buy a puppy and adopt an older dog at close to the same time. A lot of work, I know, but this would avoid the issue of 2 puppies and give them some company when I am not there. Equusus, how do the rescues feel about a non-fenced yard? Oh, and here is another question for all of you (I bought my last dog 16 years ago. She is still with me. Buying dogs has changed a lot!) All of the rescues and breeders websites have an application where it asks for references. I have no idea what to give as a reference, other than my small animal vet. If I were buying a horse, I could give vet, farrier, trainer, local boarding barn owners....what sort of reference do you give for buying a dog! i could give my horse vet and farrier too!? They both have dogs and often bring them to my farm.... I just don't know what kind of credentials in a reference they would be looking for. Thanks again.
                                        I have done both -- done an aussie rescue (1/2 aussie 1/2.. unknown..) and she is a FABULOUS dog. a little shy but quiet and sweet. I also bought a beautiful blue merle pup from a breeder here in MD that you might want to check out, www.ross-mar.com. Not super expensive, excellent temperment, great with kids/horses/dogs/cars/everything and has been really healthy. I travel a lot and my dogs always go with me, stick right around the farm, they're wonderful!
                                        http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...a2&id=36201598
                                        www.yellowroseeventing.com

                                        Comment

                                        Working...
                                        X