Selecting an Aussie

A mini Aussie puppy should look exactly like an Aussie puppy, just smaller! If the coat is not thick as a puppy, don’t expect it to be thick as an adult. If a puppy’s ears stand up a bit, than they will be even higher as an adult. If a puppy’s head is narrow and long, it will stay that way or perhaps slightly lengthen and broaden with age. Please communicate what kind of temperament you are seeking and what you hope to do with your mini Aussie; this will help the breeder place the right pup.

Every puppy should have its eyes checked by an ophthalmologist and come with a certificate of clearance. A regular vet is neither qualified to check eyes nor has the proper instruments to see defects hidden behind the pupil. It is also appropriate to ask to see certificates of eye clearance, and ideally, of hip clearance on both parents. Never accept the excuse that a breeder “doesn’t check eyes because they’ve have never had problem.”

Defects often cannot be detected except by an ophthalmologist. However, if two dogs with mild anomalies are bred together, the result can be puppies with considerably more serious problems, including degenerating eyesight. It won’t do you any good if the pup turns out to have a genetic defect at a later date. Walking away with paper proof in hand can save you trouble and heartache.

Always choose a breeder with whom you feel comfortable. You will be calling them to answer questions. They should care about their dogs and be willing to “mentor” you in the process of raising a mini Aussie! Make sure the puppy comes with written guarantees. EVERYTHING MUST BE WRITTEN OUT! Better to be safe than sorry!

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