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Old 04-09-2013, 01:40 AM
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We paid quite a bit for Flynn, but both her parents are from ASCA/AKC lines. I've been looking at several breeders all over the U.S for another one. (I really want a blue merle boy haha), but I have yet to find any that are under $800. I really want to get on a wait list for a La Rocosa Aussie, although I know I will be paying heap loads more. Other breeders around AZ/CO/TX I've checked out seem to be $1200 for merle boys, $1400 for merle females, $800-$1000 for tri males, and $900-$1100 for tri females.

It's a tough search and I definitely sympathize with you. Also, even though some are mini aussies, they are still aussies. They're usually 20-30 lbs. Which isn't exactly tiny haha. Also, parents can't guarantee size either. Mini aussies are just small aussies bred together. Flynn's dad was 70 lbs and her mother was 60 lbs. Flynn is 5 1/2 months and only 23 lbs. I don't think she will get much bigger than 35-40 lbs. So, you could end up with a small pup or a big one. I've seen a few pups from hardcore working lines get up to 100 lbs.

Still, I wouldn't write off rescues. If you aren't going to have the dog for showing/herding competitions, you might find someone you really love. You never know what could end up there.
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Niko came from someone like Tilly. The guy lived in the country and has 2 blue merle sisters and 2 black tri unrelated males.

Niko came with AKC and ASCA papers that I was told to fill out and send in if I wanted the title or what not but I threw them out the day I got him. I was interested in a healthy pup from friendly/healthy/happy parents.

I would never get a pup from show dog parents, too much inbreeding for my taste, I also dont want working dog lines since then he would have more drive to herd. So for me I wanted a "pet quality" Aussie from a breeder who made sure his dogs were healthy and happy.
I would be happy with a dog from someone you described. With Tilly she did have working parents, which I've been able to work around despite also bringing her with me to the barn (full of 'livestock') I was able to redirect most of the drive to fetch and through that to things like Agility.

Personally I love the intensity and wouldn't mind another one like that, but I also wouldn't mind an Aussie a little more relaxed as well.

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We paid quite a bit for Flynn, but both her parents are from ASCA/AKC lines. I've been looking at several breeders all over the U.S for another one. (I really want a blue merle boy haha), but I have yet to find any that are under $800. I really want to get on a wait list for a La Rocosa Aussie, although I know I will be paying heap loads more. Other breeders around AZ/CO/TX I've checked out seem to be $1200 for merle boys, $1400 for merle females, $800-$1000 for tri males, and $900-$1100 for tri females.

It's a tough search and I definitely sympathize with you. Also, even though some are mini aussies, they are still aussies. They're usually 20-30 lbs. Which isn't exactly tiny haha. Also, parents can't guarantee size either. Mini aussies are just small aussies bred together. Flynn's dad was 70 lbs and her mother was 60 lbs. Flynn is 5 1/2 months and only 23 lbs. I don't think she will get much bigger than 35-40 lbs. So, you could end up with a small pup or a big one. I've seen a few pups from hardcore working lines get up to 100 lbs.

Still, I wouldn't write off rescues. If you aren't going to have the dog for showing/herding competitions, you might find someone you really love. You never know what could end up there.
I don't mind small.. like 35-40 lbs. small! Tilly my 'full' Aussie (think she's mixed with some border collie despite what they told us or perhaps more of a working line of Aussie) is a hefty 40 lbs, hehe.

But I don't think I would be okay with a lot of the mini Aussies I see here. And to be honest I'd be worrying about it keeping up with my horse and dog if it was under 35 pounds. When it's full grown I'm going to be expecting to give it the same exact exercise as Tilly, which is pretty intense (I figure since lately my hyperactive, never ending energy dog has been dead at home... still ready to go as soon as we leave the door though!)

But I wouldn't mind bigger. I always had dreams of Tilly being that nice well rounded (structure wise) 60lb. Aussie.

And I haven't written off shelters, if you see my other thread here I've had a lot of difficulty adopting. I wanted either bruce or brice so bad! But the shelter will barely communicate with me (send me one sentence replies to paragraphs from me) simply because I don't meet their physical standards (having a fenced in yard, having outdoor cats that don't interact with the dogs)
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Niko is 62 lbs currently.
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Niko is 62 lbs currently.
Welp.. too bad Nikos breeders aren't breeding anymore!! He sounds perfect, and is a beautiful boy
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I hope dragging up an older topic isnt against the rules, but I am from Nebraska, I raise aussies, but I dont have registered ones. I hate when people think I am a back yard breeder, because of that. My dogs are all cared for by our vet, however we do not do expensive genetic testing, (lets face it, most people wanting farm dogs do not pay a fortune for their dogs) Before we breed a new female, we get a health check from the vet, We live and work on a farm/ranch, our dogs are great cattle working dogs, but they are also family members and sleep in the house, go on trips with us, and get treated like our children. In the middle of nowhere nebraska, we dont have dog shows but we do love our pets and take care of them even if they dont cost thousands of dollars. Just sayin that non registered cattle working aussies are great dogs too, and dont need to be of a top of the line registered bloodline to be great and healthy dogs.
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I understand I won't find a good show Aussie for that price (I saw some of the just cutest, well lined show pups for $1000-$2000.... That's as much as my show HORSE cost me!!) What I guess I'm looking for as far as breeders go would be more of a farm or ranch based breeders with working dogs. That's how I got my dog (for $100) and I couldn't be happier! Though I do wish she was able to be registered, everything else has turned out great.

OR I would be willing to look into an Aussie rescue. But for the life of me I can't find one anywhere in Nebraska! I want a young dog (what I think would get along best with my own dog based on her interactions with dogs at work/etc.) and I want a full Aussie (this is going to be my last dog for a while... so I wanted to be a little pickier on it) around here there's only Aussie mixes. I even ran on some Aussie-pugs yesterday

Since I am being so picky though I think it might be worth the drive for the first breeders I was looking at (they're another farm based breeders with beautiful dogs with great temperaments). And since I really can't find anything IN Nebraska, if I'm going to be driving a distance anyway might as well be with something I was confident about.
I am betting that breeder would be willing to meet you half way, or if they already had puppies sold in your area, somehow arrange transportation for you. You should email them and ask.

I tried reply to the message you sent me, but since I do not have enough posts yet, I cant. Hang in there!! Im sure you will find just what you are looking for.
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