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LITTER INFORMATION  
AND AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION Page

On this page, you will find information about litters we are having or have, procedural overviews, pricing, and the Battlefield application.  

To the left is one of our past puppies owned and loved by a photographer, Jessica Pugliese, who does amazing work.  Check her out!

We look forward in hearing from you soon!

Miniature American Shepherd puppies and Australian Shepherd puppies for sale in Virginia

TYPES OF OWNERSHIP

Limited Registration & Pet Performance Homes
 

This kind of home has LIMITED REGISTRATION but full ownership,   That means they must be spayed or neutered at 15-24 mos.  Once we receive the spay and neuter documentation, I will complete the registration and send to you. We do not do registration until this is completed.  

 

Show Homes
Co-ownership

This kind of home will be co-ownership with us until contract obligations are met.   That means they will need to be exhibited at dog shows and or performance events. Seasoned show breeders are welcome as well as a novice who will work with us and honor the contract.  We will do a complete evaluation at 7 - 8 weeks.  

Guarding Home Program
(Selectively placed in experience homes)

 

A guardian home is when you have a "pick of the litter puppy" saved for show or to be used in the breeding program for a fraction of the price. The guardian home helps us preserve the progeny of our lines that we developed. This puppy or adult dog is part of your family and lives in your home, while the breeding rights are retained by us for a short period to preserve the best genetics for our small breeding program. Once this dog has completed its breeding career, they will be spayed or neutered. This dog will always remain a member of your family. This program allows for our dogs to live a normal, happy life in families where they get individual attention while allowing use to continue to develop our breeding progam. What is the benefit? You get the best we can offer! These puppies and dogs are selected by evaluation for form and function which is outlined in our breed standard. The guardian is responsible for routine care and wellness. The guardian is responsible for any maintenance or needed medical care as it would be with any other pet owner. Do note, the guardian family is not responsible for any expenses related to breeding. Those are our responsibility. To be considered a guardian home, you need to live locally. We prefer the puppy live no more than 1-2 hours from our house. You also must have a fully enclosed yard, own your own home or lease with permission to have a dog, have a schedule that gives you time to be with the dog, and the willingness to be separated for short periods from the dog. You also need to be flexible with the sex of the dog. Female puppies and dogs placed in guardian homes, need to keep in good contact with us. When the female dog goes into heat after full testing and after 2 years of age, you are required to contact us immediately. At this time, we will need access to her for any necessary breeding related appointments. Once she has been bred, she will remain with you until one or two weeks before her due date and will come home once puppies are fully weaned which is five to six weeks after whelp date. Most of our females will have 1 - 3 litters. However, each dog is individually assessed before determining how many litters she will have. The health and well being of our breeding dogs is our priority. If we decide not to breed the puppy placed with you, you will receive written permission to spay or neuter your companion. If you spay or neuter a guardian home dog prior to our permission to do so, you will need to pay the full price for the dog at that time as if you were buying a puppy. If you are interested in being part of the guardian home program, please let me know.

PRICING & Procedures

At our home located in the heart of Virginia, we devote considerable time and effort each year to planning future breedings following the championing of our dogs. Our focus lies in nurturing temperament, structure, and functionality—key attributes that define the breed's excellence in performance. To ensure the utmost welfare of our puppies, all dogs under two years of age, including puppies, are sold on a limited registration basis to companion homes, between $1500 - 3500 depending on expenses and size of litter.  Registration is provided upon confirmation of spaying or neutering at two years of age, a practice we uphold to promote responsible pet ownership. 

In our commitment to fairness, we do not charge additional fees for coat color, eye color, or sex. Every puppy in a litter receives equal care and attention, and we maintain a consistent pricing structure. A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to reserve a puppy with the remaining balance due at pick-up or during the puppy play day meet and greet whichever works best for the puppy buyer.  We do take deposits once litter is confirmed.  There are NO guarantees of eye color or color coat choices.  

Once a litter is born, we promptly notify prospective owners via email blast and regularly update our Facebook page with pictures, typically after the puppies reach five weeks of age. I don't send out individual emails with photos.  We ask that you follow our Facebook page for updates on litters.  While we understand the desire for specific colors or sexes, we prioritize matching puppies with families based on temperament suitability.

Our commitment to providing the best possible start for our puppies is evident in our meticulous care regimen. From Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS) to exposure to various stimuli, including power tools, we strive to foster well-adjusted and confident puppies. They are introduced to solid food at four weeks, and potty training begins soon after. We gradually acclimate them to outdoor environments, prioritizing safety at all times.

Between six and seven weeks, we host a puppy meet and greet event, allowing prospective owners to interact with the puppies in person. Vaccinations are administered prior to the veterinary visit at 8-9 weeks, alongside regular deworming and crate training initiation. For added convenience, puppy pick-ups can be arranged at our trusted veterinary clinic in Gainesville, VA, or by appointment at our house on weekends.

Puppies destined for show homes undergo structural evaluations between 7-8 weeks, ensuring they meet the necessary standards. It's important to note that we do not prioritize placements based on eye or coat color, but rather on temperament and compatibility with prospective homes. In rare cases, litters may be whelped outside our residence under the care of a fellow seasoned breeder and licensed vet tech. However, the same stringent protocols and standards apply, ensuring the well-being of the puppies. Those puppies come back home to me at 5 weeks to get them prepared for new homes.

Before leaving our care, all puppies must undergo a wellness check within 48 hours of pick-up, ensuring a smooth transition into their new homes.

Thank you for considering our breeding program. We look forward to helping you find the perfect addition to your family.

upcoming & current litters

MINIATURE AMERICAN SHEPHERD LITTER
Litter 1:  Addie x Sara due July 6
Litter 2:  Nick x Kohl due July 13
Litter 3:  (possible)    ?   x Candy

UPCOMING LITTERS

Litter 1:  Addie x Sara, Due July 6 

Litter 2:  Nick x Kohl, Due July 12

Deposits will be accepted once litters are iconfirmed.

APPLICATION

If you are serious about securing a puppy from us, please fill out the application by clicking below.  We will contact your shortly.

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GUARDIAN HOME PROGRAM

In order to give our breeding dogs the very best life possible, it is important to limit how many dogs we personally keep at our home. But in order to breed the highest quality dogs possible, we need to continuously show our breeding stock and breed our lines up in quality. For this reason, we have started our Guardian Home Program which is very LIMITED.  Our goal is not to breed a lot of dogs, but produce the best we can.  Our Guardian Home Program allows us to expand our dog breeding program as well as give our breeding stock individualized attention that they deserve in their very own home.  

We view our Guardian Home Program as a true “win-win” situation. Our Guardian Families receive a “pick of the litter” quality puppy at pet price (and in some cases free of charge depending on the circumstances) in return for being a partner with us during the reproductive period of the dog's life.  We have the satisfaction of knowing that our breeding dogs are living life as cherished family members.  We don't breed often, but this gives us more selection options for breeding.  Not all puppies will qualify for this program.  Only puppies that are evaluated as show prospects will be considered.  

To qualify for our guardian home program, you must:

1.  Live within 2 hours of Fredericksburg, VA and be flexible for dropping off and picking up the dog for needed health testing, vet visits, breeding, whelping, and showing.

2.  Be prepared for a home-visit and provide references, if asked, prior to the animal being placed in your care.

3.  Keep the dog safe and contained at all times with a fence.

4.  Keep the animal up to date in vet care.  We are responsible for all health testing and breeding related expenses while the dog is in our program.  The guardian is in charge of all other vet expenses.

5.  No plans to relocate for at least 5 years with all contact information remaining current.

6.  Understand that we are giving you a show quality dog in exchange for willingness to communicate, cooperated, and coordinate with us during the dog's time in our program, and be dedicated to provide a safe and loving home for the lifetime of the dog.

If you are interested in becoming a guardian to a Battlefield puppy and meet the qualifications needed, please complete our application and notate that you are interested in becoming a guardian home prospect.  

Retired Mother Program

Kinsele is the daughter of Flint and Tinkie.  Because we are not going to breed Aussies anymore, I decided to allow Kinsele to have a family of her very own.  I do have a home for her, but we just haven't been able to connect.  She is a gentle girl.  She is like a little kitten type dog.  She is as sweet as sugar.  I love her so much and will be hard to let her go.  Though, she does tend to clip my legs, and with me having balance problems, could be life threatening for me.  She loves to be extremely close.  Tricks are things I think she would enjoy doing.  Her expression is adorable.

She is young, so she will go to her forever home with a small fee.  

We don't play retired dogs in homes without fences.  There is a high possibility they could bolt in the transition. We also do home visits before they go to their forever home.  That way they can get comfortable in the new home.

Kohl's last litter will allow her to go to a new forever home.  She is extremely loving like all the other girls, but likes to be a trickster.  Getting her to come in can be a game which she loves.  By the time you are done, she comes over, rolls on her back for tummy rubs.  She is free to a forever home.  She will be required to be spayed within a month of placement.

I would like her to have her forever home selected before the 5th week of her litter DOB.  That way, she can go to her forever home at 5 weeks and allow me to work with her puppies to make them the best they can be.  

Kohl will transition into the prospective home after puppies are 5 weeks old by taking visits to the possible home.  This will be in early October.  Also, Kohl must be in a fenced yard and transitioned on a leash.

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