|Choosing a puppy
versus a puppy choosing you
As a breeder I hear stories all the time about people who went into a group of dogs and allowed
the puppy to pick the family. I get requests all the time from people who think I am going to allow
them to come into my home and sit on the floor with a group of puppies and pick the first one
that comes up and says hi to them. Sadly that is not how I operate as a breeder.
DO NOT EXPECT TO CHOOSE YOUR PUPPY. Tell me what you are looking for and I will help
you peel back the layers of each puppies over all true personality and I will match you with what
you really need.
The fact is that I know what you will be drawn to, it will start with colour and markings and it will end
with the most awake and playful puppy the days you visit. The sad fact is that when you come into
my house and look at the 6-8 week old puppies and one comes up and tugs on your pant leg, you
will look at me and say “THIS IS IT! He chose ME,” Trust me when I tell you I’ve been watching
families coming into the house over and over, and every single time this same puppy has come up
and tugged at every family the same way and every single one of them have said to me “THIS IS
OUR PUPPY, HE PICKED US!”
What you are seeing is not reality. You are seeing the most outgoing puppy, and he is the most
outgoing with every single family that visits, you are not special to him (sorry to burst your bubble).
Most often you’ve also fallen in love with the one that has the most white and copper, or the one
that has a different look from the rest of the litter, or the one that’s been in the majority of the
pictures I’ve posted because that puppy has simply been there when the camera has been ready
or I've just caught that puppy on camera and made it look super cute by fluke. You are not seeing
the over all truth about the puppies in your short visits and pictures on the computer.
You also have to realize that if you only get to visit once or twice you are only seeing those
puppies for 1 or 2 hours of their 8 weeks of life. Does it ever occur to you that maybe today that
one puppy has just woken up and is extra active and that's what you like, or he's been running
around all morning and is now sleeping because he's tired and not because he's the mellow puppy
of the group. Again you can not possibly know my puppies as well as I do, you only think you
know them. Don't you have up and down days, some days when you feel better than others, some
days when you would rather be alone and other days when you'd prefer to be social. Puppies are
I'm sorry but you do not get to CHOOSE your puppy like you would go out and choose a pair of
socks, we will work together as a team to match you and the puppy together for the best fit for you both.
I live with these puppies 24/7, I see who is always active and who is always more laid back, I get to
see who the trouble maker is every day and not just in the moment, I know the puppies in depth
while you only get to see them for a very brief fraction of their existence. You only get a very
small glimpse into their personality while I have had time to explore their personality in great depth.
My first responsibility is not to make you happy. Sorry but that is the cold hard truth.
My first responsibility is to the Australian Shepherd BREED. That’s why my first priority in placing
puppies is the show/breed owners, because they are the ones that just might use this dog to keep
the breed going forward and improving the breed over all.
I don't "like" them more than you because they are fellow breeders, this is not a popularity contest
and it's not about getting more money from them than I would get from you for the same puppy.
It’s simply that I have to be extremely choosy about which puppy I place with them so that they can
make future breeding decisions with the very best genetic specimen of the breed I can give them.
My second responsibility is to the individual PUPPY. I will place each puppy where I feel it has the
best chance of success and the most ideal environment to thrive. I need my puppies to be happy, if
the puppy is crazy high energy and you work 12 hours a day, the puppy will not be happy. If you run
a day care and the puppy is timid, the puppy will not be happy. If the puppy is not happy, you the
owner will not be happy. If you are not happy there is a very good chance that puppy will be given
back to me to have to re-home. That is something we try to avoid by matching the puppy with the
home that can meet the puppies needs best so he can fit into your family with long term success.
So while I do care, and I will take your preferences into account, do not expect to walk into my
home and dictate to me which puppy you will be taking home. We will work together to match both
your needs with the puppies needs so you are happy together.
If you only want a blue merle female there is nothing wrong with that as long as you understand
you may not be getting the very next blue merle female born. She has to meet your needs as well
as you have to meet hers. The more specific your needs the longer the wait may be so that I can
match you with the best puppy for your family.
In the end you and your family will love the puppy because it fits and meets your needs.
If I were to give in and let you choose your puppy with no guidance from me, you may get a
beautiful arm piece of a puppy that you can show off and it may bite your children, attack your cat,
pee all over your floor in fear. In the long run that pretty arm piece puppy may be the worst match
for your family.
Trust in me as your breeder, trust that I know my puppies and if you have been honest
with me about your wants, needs and abilities, I will match you with a puppy you will love!