Sundance Puppies

We feel it is very important to place each puppy in the right homes.

 

 

NEWS FLASH!!

CH RaineDance Royal Mischief at Sundance JHD (Charlotte) wins WB to finish her  ASCA  champiionship.  Thank you to SBJ Laura Diebold for her final pts. and to Megan Sims for her superb handling presentation - October 30, 2015

CH RaineDance Royal Mischief at Sundance JHD (Charlotte) wins WB to finish her ASCA champiionship. Thank you to SBJ Laura Diebold for her final pts. and to Megan Sims for her superb handling presentation - October 30, 2015

CH RaineDance Royal Mischief JHD - Miss Charlee - looking so proud of herself - October 30, 2015 at the ASC of AZ show in Waddell, AZ.

CH RaineDance Royal Mischief JHD - Miss Charlee - looking so proud of herself - October 30, 2015 at the ASC of AZ show in Waddell, AZ.

CH Shiver Me Timbers of Sundance (Pirate) wins BOB under BJ Cherrie Cannon and SBJ Laura Diebold. Thank you so very much to both judges!  October 30, 2015

CH Shiver Me Timbers of Sundance (Pirate) wins BOB under BJ Cherrie Cannon and SBJ Laura Diebold. Thank you so very much to both judges! October 30, 2015

Handsome Pirate

Handsome Pirate

RaineDance Royal Mischief at Sundance (Charlotte) wins WB and BOW under judge Canby Scott at May Days show 9-6-15

RaineDance Royal Mischief at Sundance (Charlotte) wins WB and BOW under judge Canby Scott at May Days show 9-6-15

CH Shiver Me Timbers of Sundance (Pirate) wins BOB under judge Donna Wright at May Days show 9-6-15

CH Shiver Me Timbers of Sundance (Pirate) wins BOB under judge Donna Wright at May Days show 9-6-15



An Aussie Profile


He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog.


You are his life, his love, his leader.


He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.


You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.


-- Author Unknown

There are numerous stories about the origins of Australian Shepherds. The one that seems most "true" to us is that the Basque Shepherds developed them over years in the mountainous regions of France and Spain to help with the sheep herds. One source of information told me that her Grandfather had Aussies in the Philippines where she grew up….he had a red merle and a blue merle, descendants of the dogs he had brought from Spain as a boy moving to the Philippines. Yes he was the son of a Basque shepherd!

Aussies come in a variety of colours, they are not just "the little blue dog". The four "accepted" colours are Red with or without copper and/or white, Red Merle, Blue Merle and Black, again with or without copper and/or white. For excellent pictures and explanations of the accepted and unaccepted colours please use this link to A Field Guide To Coloration of Australian Shepherds which is now included on the ASHGI (Australian Shepherd Health & Genetics Institute) website at http://www.ashgi.org. On the ASHGI site you'll find a wealth of health and genetics information about Aussies. Please don't forget to use your brower's BACK button to return here!

The Australian Shepherd dog, by heritage, is a herder and guardian. Sometimes their instinct to herd can be mistaken as "meanness" when they are trying to herd other animals and/or children. Nipping at the ankles is not an uncommon trait in young Aussies with herding instinct, but is easily discouraged with a gentle shake and an "ah-ah" sound. All of our Aussies have learned not to nip ankles within a few days but, taught in this manner, it has not destroyed their natural herding instincts. Aussies, properly trained and socialized make wonderful companions, they are highly intelligent, loyal, affectionate and protective of their property and their human family. Their high-spirits and eagerness to please make them an easy to train dog who will generally show great enthusiasm for learning new things and being challenged on a daily basis. Aussies excel in the show ring, trial arena, obedience ring, and they can be wonderfully athletic agility and flyball dogs. Their high energy makes them a serious candidate for lots of daily exercise and play. Aussies are generally good with children and other pets, although they usually try to keep the "herd" together! With strangers, Aussies can be aloof and show reserve but this should not be taken as shyness, they are generally just keeping an eye on things and making sure that the new person is acceptable before making them a friend. As a rule if you, as their owner, tell them the person is acceptable they will accept your word for it. Once an Aussie makes a friend, they are a friend for life.

The ASCA breed standard for Aussies is 20-23 inches for males and 18-21 inches for females measured at the wither; and the weight guidelines are 25 to 65 pounds. The Aussie lifespan is usually 12 to 14 years but there are Aussies who have lived to be 20+!

Aussies have a double coat (downy undercoat with coarser guard hairs) that requires moderate grooming, a thorough weekly brushing is usually sufficient. It is said that it's common for Aussies to shed twice yearly, spring and fall and during these times brushing more often is recommended. Our dogs live in the house and shed year-round, so if you're after a dog that doesn't shed much an Aussie isn't for you!

Aussies, in general, do not have many health problems. Reputable breeders OFA or PennHip (for hip problems) and CERF (for eye problems) they're breeding dogs before allowing them to be bred. Dogs without good OFA or PennHip and CERF results should never be bred. Generally a good diet and regular exercise along with regular vet checkups and annual vaccinations, once past the puppy shots, are all that is necessary to keep your Aussie in good health. For more information on diseases that have been found in Aussies, please go to our genetics page.

One extremely important thing to remember... some Aussies have shown a very bad reaction to heartworm medication containing Ivomectin and also Piperazine is in a LOT of wormers and Aussie show a sensitivity to this drug in some studies that were reported in the AVMA. For this reason no heartworm medication except INTERCEPTOR should ever be given to an Aussie and if you use worming medication containing Ivomectin on any other animals (cattle, horses etc.) your Aussies should not be allowed anywhere near the area until all traces of the medication are eradicated.

The ideal owner of an Aussie is someone who not only wants a companion who desires to be with you all the time if possible, but should be a person who has the patience and time to ensure their companion gets proper training. As well, lots of regular exercise and play are necessary to keep your dog in good physical and mental condition. Aussies who do not get enough exercise and/or play time can tend to make their own fun by getting into mischief! A rural or suburban lifestyle is best for an Aussie and their immediate home should include a large fenced yard. Aussies should not be allowed to run free, their herding instincts make them ideal candidates for chasing cars and livestock if they are not kept in their own area. We strongly recommend that puppy owners take their Aussie pup to "kindergarten" for training with a reputable trainer. Your vet or pet supply store can be good sources to recommend trainers but always be sure to get references from people who have trained their dogs with them….most trainers will even let you go sit in on a session before deciding to train with them.

At Sundance, our Aussies are our companions first and foremost. They love to travel in the trucks or van, no matter whether it's a 5 minute drive, a 20 minute drive to town or a 15 hour trip to somewhere new…..they want to go. They go visiting our friends, go camping in the Sierra’s and keep me company when I'm in town shopping, it's all the same to them since they're out "seeing the world" and keeping us company. They don't like being left "home alone" but are well behaved and we always get the famous "Aussie grin" and dance routine when we return. It matters not if it's only been 15 minutes, they are always excited to see us and resume the companionship.

Please read our  Puppy Questionnaire.

Photos by Heidi Dahms-Foster

Inquiries always welcome! Contact Us! - 928.308-4901 - Email Debbe Dolson

 

 

 

 

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About Sundance Puppies

 

Our puppies come with a health guarantee, shots, de-worming, eyes checked

by a certified ophthalmologist, temperament test and a full health record.

 

All puppies leave with a guarantee and contract, which states whether or not

the puppy is sold as a pet/companion or for show/breeding.