|Barked: Wed Feb 15, '12 8:11pm PST |
|If you are interested in a Miniature American Shepherd, do your research into breeders heavily and meet the dogs and get references from other pet owners. I have met a handful and even know a few breeders and boy...the dogs make me spin.
An Aussie should never be neurotic though, they should be capable workers and able to think for themselves as well as have an off switch. I own three Aussies as well as having fostered many more. Only one of all the dogs that I have had in my house could be considered neurotic, and that probably was due to him living on a short chain at his breeders for 8 months (he was 10 months when I picked him up).
Sadly most of the MAS' I have encountered are a bit more on the crazy busy side. The ones that could be considered "well bred" are still not what I could live with. Yes, there are plenty of MAS's that I have met that are good dogs, but they are not something I would consider owning. Also the fact that I have met a good deal of MAS's bigger than my three makes the size selection a bit of a "luck of the draw" depending on what the breeder is able to produce.
I've done a fair bit of research, but still don't feel comfortable in discerning a "good" breeder from a "bad" breeder aside from some of the basics like vet care, health checks, etc. Would you say that the breeder of the pup listed above is a decent one?
The breeder did tell me that of her previous litters, she donated two dogs to a SD program called "Can Do Canines", and both of them went on to be SDs. One of her breeding dogs (should find out which one!) is a therapy dog who assists in a school setting with children learning to read. From her most recent litter, one dog went to Europe to be a therapy dog there. I know that these say good things about the overall temperaments of her dogs.
Mhmm, someone recently told me that I could pretty much just look at standard-sized Aussies (on the smaller end) and would probably not have a ton of trouble finding one in the size I want. Don't standard Aussies tend to have less "neurotics" in their genes than a mini Aussie? My ONLY reason for choosing the MAS over the Aussie is that I'd want a dog 35 pounds and under.
Of course, I hope that Gypsy works out perfectly for my needs, but I'm feeling a little less stressed out about that possibility now that I'm doing some back up research again.