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  • Can you see evidence of the appropriate health testing for the poodles and aussies?  

    How many litters do they have at any given time?  This is important to me because several litters can mean difficulty with poo cleanup and spreading of parasites.  It also is hard to adequately socialize multiple litters.

    Are pups raised in the house?

    Do they offer a substantial health guarantee that is meaningful? 

    • Also I am not an Aussie expert but are toy Aussies a thing?  

      • NO. 
        "You may see advertisements for dogs called teacup, toy, or miniature Australian Shepherds. Australian Shepherd breeders don't recognize these dogs as true Australian Shepherds. The breed is meant to be a functional working dog capable of herding tough stock for miles in rough country or snowdrifts, and it has no smaller size varieties."

         

      • The AKC does recognize a breed called the Miniature American Shepherd, which looks like a small Australian Shepherd, but is considered to be a separate breed. There is no such thing as a toy version. 
        https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/miniature-american-shepherd/

        Miniature American Shepherd
        Right breed for you? Miniature American Shepherd information including personality, history, grooming, pictures, videos, and the AKC breed standard.
        • Thank you.  I thought minis were a real breed of Aussies, so I never looked it up, but figured toy was a marketing ploy for sure.  

           

          Shelties look a lot like mini aussies, I was probably confused..lol.

  • Angelica, I sent you a message. 

  • Dinah is an ALD.  When I was researching, I also looked at the websites of the other dogs that were being bred by this kennel. You see it in the name of the dogs. I also used their national organization to do research. (There were 2) Keep in mind that the miniature poodle is known for dental problems--something I found out later.  I can attest to it.  Love her size--17-18 lbs. but the dental thing is expensive and an awful experience for the pet.(had it with my overbred cats). Gut wrenching for me too to see the pain of tooth extraction. Currently doing $200 for non sedative dentistry every 4 months, special dental diet and enzyme water additives. Sedated cleaning every 3 years, $500.  So in addition to all of the other common medical problems an improperly bred dog has that we are avoiding, add dental to your list of issues to ask about.  Oh, and just saying, my groomer just raised the fee to $95 per groom, every 5.5-6 weeks.  I'm almost ready to do it myself, but hate risking her hating me for it.  We'll see!  She's like an elephant--remembers everything.

    • Dental problems are NOT universal in Miniature Poodles. My last one lived to be 16 y.o. and never had a single dental issue, never even had her teeth cleaned.  In 16 years, her teeth didn't cost me one penny. I expect the same with Jasper, whose pedigree is just as impressive if not more so.  Dentasl issues, like all other health problems, are genetic. We know that the best bred Poodles are not being used to make doodles or any other mixed breed dog, so you are always going to be starting out with less than great genetics when you choose to bring a doodle into your life. 

    • And I can also tell you that one of the Poodle studs used by the breeder in question is NOT a purebred Poodle. 

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