Rockin' Diamond T has been raising Australian Shepherds for over 15 years now and have produced puppies that owners are proud to call their own. I wanted to write this page for people that want to know what our breeding philosophy is and about the quality of life our dogs have. What makes us different than big show kennels or backyard breeders? Why a Rockin' Diamond T puppy? Read below and decide for yourself!
My first Aussie "Risky" as in Sir Risk It All Blues was purchased after I saw a blue merle at a horse auction and wanted one as a pet. We had owned Queensland Heelers and Border Collies but this was our first Aussie. At that time we had no intentions of leaving him intact or breeding them.
Jim suggested that we raise Australian Shepherds since we already had gorgeous AKC/ASCA Risky who happened to have Champion lines from Windsor. Since I had fallen madly in love with the breed (they are so much more biddable and willing to please than our Queenslands or Border Collie had been) we purchased two females and that was the start of something that has grown over the last decade into a more serious undertaking.
With each dog we purchased I became more interested in bloodlines and started pursuing dogs that were out of state. Risky and Bella were having a few puppies in each litter with excessive white markings so I decided to buy a new male with limited white. I found a local puppy but found out that both parents were co-owned by an Illinois Hall of Fame kennel by the name of Fairoaks. After extensively researching the line I was very excited about the healthy eyes in that line and the generations of winning dogs not only in conformation but more importantly to me in agility and working! I also know the cases of epilepsy in Aussies is the most prevalent in lines emphasizing conformation show dogs. Since we were growing beyond raising the occasional litter it was of extreme ethical importance to me to buy dogs bred for intelligence, health and disposition. As someone who has raised horses for decades I understood the importance of good breeding. Since dogs can multiply so quickly I feel good putting quality animals out there even though luckily most will go to loving pet homes.
My puppies come with both sets of papers in their puppy folder unless there is a unexpected quirk. Their health records including vial labels, dates and worming schedule are also included in the file. In the folder is also a 30 day limited health guarantee, 26 month hip guarantee, a copy of the puppy's pedigree as well as some housebreaking tips and more. I am a CPA so paperwork is a strong suit of mine! I don't do contracts or extensive questionnaires because I don't believe they are effective. As someone who works with lawyers and the US Attorney's office I know they are largely unenforceable as well. When I've bought dogs out of state I've made it clear that I expect to get the papers with the dog. It took me 6 months to get my papers from a big kennel once. In the case of Freckles I never got her ASCA papers and had to pursue her breeder to another state to get a replacement puppy. I want my buyers to have a smooth positive experience and get MORE than what they pay for not less.
I price our puppies at what I feel is below market for the quality and level of care the puppies receive. I feed premium puppy foods and make sure the puppies have daily attention and handling. I ALMOST NEVER discount my puppies below what I already consider a good price for quality, double registered puppies.
I will also tell you that some of the best puppies I have ever raised are bi/tri males. They are by far the best deal and the most pup for your buck! On the flip side every single litter the high priced merles sell quicker than the lower priced tri males.
I will most likely get full price for all my pups but IF I have a last puppy that is approaching ten/eleven weeks then I will consider offers. If you contact me before the pup is 9 weeks I can guarantee the answer will be no.
I monitor local prices and you are getting an EXCELLENT deal for puppies that are sired by a PROVEN PRODUCER of titled dogs and health tested for hips, HSF-4 and MDR1. There are some limited local lines KNOWN to carry hereditary cataracts so be careful! It can also take YEARS for an HSF-4 positive dog to fail CERF/OFA yet the HSF-4 gene that causes over 70% of hereditary cataracts in Aussies can be tested for prior to breeding age. No one wants their 7 year old dog to be blind due to lack of a simple genetic test that is now available in the states and can be used to pull unhealthy dogs from breeding. Just because a dog is from Champion lines does NOT mean it is healthy as a matter of fact some of the biggest winning show lines have some serious health problems. Of course my personal preference would be a string of letters (titles) after their name than a "Ch" before unless that Ch is preceded by WT or AT (working trial or agility trial Champion)! Don't get me wrong I LOVE beautiful Aussies but to me the breed should be more about what they can DO! There are many ethical breeders out there who want their dogs not only to conform to the physical breed standard but also stay true to a healthy all around talented performance dog.
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