Helping You Make the Best Decision
At S5 Ranch Aussies, we take great pride in what we do and how we do it, and that includes making sure you’re as educated as possible about the overall process.
This page is loaded with a lot of useful information and answers to many general questions, including:
• A little bit about the wonderful breed
• Puppy care
Information About the Breed
Miniature Australian shepherds began many years ago when breeders of the standard-size Australian shepherds started using their smaller-sized dogs to breed down in size to produce the smaller-size frame to mirror the image of the larger standard size. They have all the same wonderful qualities as the standard size but are smaller.
Many people ask us the size differences between the toy Australian shepherds and the miniature Australian shepherds. Toy sizes range from 10 inches tall to 13.5 inches tall. Miniature sizes range from 14 inches tall to 17.5 inches tall.
Australian shepherds are known for their herding instinct and are excellent working dogs. They also excel in agility, obedience, therapy and as service dogs. The breed is extremely intelligent and great with kids. They are loyal family dogs that are eager to please you. Their favorite thing to do is to be with you. If you are looking for a dog that will enjoy being a part of your family, then look no further. These dogs are always thinking about what to do next and need to be stimulated with social interaction. They do require exercise as they have an average energy level, but they still make wonderful house dogs. Their intelligence and easy training abilities make potty training usually fairly easy. Each puppy is different, but you can be sure they will love to run and be active with you, which makes them ideal for people who love to be active outdoors. If you’re looking for a particular disposition, be sure to ask us about certain bloodlines, and we will be happy to share a little background information to help you choose the right puppy for you.
When it comes to grooming, they have an average shedding rate. It helps to comb through them often to reduce any matting, especially during their shedding season, to help speed up the process of getting rid of the old hair. Due to the natural oils in their coat, it is recommended to bathe them only when necessary. We have found some Bath Fresh Mist that is awesome to use to freshen up their coats for in between baths. Ask us about it.
Some people ask us about health issues with toy and miniature Aussies. The life expectancy of the Aussies is 12 to 13 years on average. The most important health issue to know about the Aussies is the MDR1 gene. About 50 percent of Aussies are affected by the gene, meaning at least one in two Aussies has at least one copy of the gene. MDR1 is the abbreviated name of a gene called multi-drug resistance 1. A mutation of this gene causes sensitivity to Ivermectin and a number of other drugs. Dogs with the mutation will react to those drugs. We have added a link to where this information comes from and where you can find a list of medications to avoid. If you have a dog or puppy with a copy of this gene, there is nothing wrong with this puppy. We advise you to consult with your veterinarian so that they are aware of the gene, and they will know what drugs to stay away from for your dog or puppy. We recommend staying away from any Ivermectin medications with Aussies. Find more information on this gene below.
As a breeder, we know how important nutrition is, and we have taken the time to figure out which food works best for this breed and our program. We feed all our puppies Purina ProPlan Focus Puppy Food (Chicken and Rice Flavor.) If you have an questions on this food, feel free to ask.
All our puppies are kept on automatic feeders and have fresh water 24 hours a day. This ensures us no one is ever going hungry and, as small puppies, we like to be able to offer them food whenever they want so that we know they are getting enough. Once our puppies are old enough to be eating, we also add a puppy booster to their dog food that helps build their immune system and gives them overall better health as they grow. Once you get your new puppy home, you can start feeding them their dry food two to three times a day if that is what works best for your schedule and potty training. However, remember that they don’t know the food will be taken away if they don’t eat it. Change them over slowly. Make sure in the meantime that they have plenty in their belly.
While we love to play with our puppies and interact with them a lot during the day to ensure they are socialized, rest is also essential. You can be sure with our three small children here at the ranch that no puppy is going to go unplayed with, but it is important that we can’t forget to let them relax as well. This is also something to remember once you get your puppy home. They need good rest, just like human babies do. Don’t let them play so much they forget to rest and have enough energy to eat before going to bed or leaving for a period of time.
6 weeks old 5 way vaccination (Distemper, Adenovirus I & II, Parainfluenza, Parvo Virus)
8 weeks old 5 way vaccination (Distemper, Adenovirus I & II, Parainfluenza, Parvo Virus)
You will need to follow up with 12 week vaccinations and then 16-18 weeks as well as Rabies as it’s required in your state. If the puppy is over 12 weeks old when you take possession of it, it’s had its 12 week shots and you can take it from there.