PRAIRIE RIDGE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW DO I RESERVE A PUPPY?
After filling out my Placement Questionnaire, talking on the phone and we have decided you are a good candidate for a pup you may place a deposit.
HOW MUCH IS A DEPOSIT?
IS THE DEPOSIT REFUNDABLE?
No, reserve deposit money is non-refundable.
WHAT IF THE LITTER DOESNíT HAVE THE SEX OR COLOR I WANT?
Your deposit will be transferred, applied to another available litter.
WHERE AM I ON THE RESERVE/DEPOSIT LIST?
We go in order the deposits are placed. So, first reserve deposit gets first pick and so forth. Once Puppies are born we will contact each person on the reserve list.† Once the reserve list have made their picks we will contact people on the wait list and post any remaining puppies available for sale.
AT WHAT AGE DO I PICK MY PUPPY?
I prefer that people wait till the puppies personalities show at 5-6 weeks of age but if a person wants to pick right away that is fine too. If personality is important in your puppy choice, lets say for a service dog, working dog, specialty work, or just a preference then I suggest waiting till puppies are 5-6 weeks old.
IF WE CANíT PICK UP OUR PUPPIES AT 8 WEEKS OLD CAN YOU KEEP IT FOR US?
If a puppy needs to stay with us longer than 8 weeks that would need to be discussed.
FREQUESTLY ASKED AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD QUESTIONS
ARE MALES OR FEMALES BETTER?
Both are great! Many puppy buyers believe that one sex is better than the other. After all my years of breeding and being around both sexes, personality is a big factor. Socialization and training is key. The more the puppy is around other dogs, animals, people, etc.. the better off they are in life
WHAT IS THE SIZE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MALES AND FEMALES
The female Australian Shepherd will typically stand between 18-21inches at the point of her withers and will on average weigh around 35-50 pounds. She does not usually carry the density and length of coat as a male. The male Australian Shepherd will usually stand 20-23 inches and will weigh around 50-65 pounds. As with most animal species, the male Aussie is the showier of the two sexes, carrying longer hair, heavier bone, and a more masculine head.
WHEN WILL YOU KNOW THE AUSSIE PUPS EYE COLOR
I can start to tell if a puppy will have blue in their eyes at about 4 weeks. But even then the color can change in the blue eyes
until they are 3-12 months old. Usually solid black puppies will have brown eyes. Solid reds will have green, hazel, yellow or amber. Blue Merles will have brown, brown/blue or blue eyes. Red Merles will have green, hazel, amber, yellow, blue, or a mix of blue with one of the colors listed. We do not sell puppies based on eye color only. Eye color is only frosting on the cake.
ARE AUSSIES GOOD FAMILY DOGS?
Yes, they are great with kids if raised and socialized with them. Of course babies and toddlers should not be left unattended with your dog, no matter what breed. Puppies and children need to respect each other. A child should be taught how to treat the puppy and not tease or play too rough. Our puppies are whelped indoors and raised with children.
CAN AN AUSSIE LIVE IN TOWN?
Yes, they can. In order for an Australian Shepherd to be happy, it needs LOTS of social interaction and LOTS of things to keep it busy. In short, they need a job to do. Whether that job is agility, frisbee, flyball, obedience/agility classes, herding, showing, etc... The more time you spend with your Aussie the better they will be. Aussies can make wonderful suburban pets as long as the needs of keeping the active in mind and body is meet.