“The pedigree indicates what the animal should be. Conformation indicates what the animal appears to be, but the performance indicates what the animal actually is.” -Author unknown-
Aspen Hills Australian Shepherds, formally known as Central Oregon Australian Shepherds is NOW located in Powell Butte, Oregon which is just 7 miles east of Redmond, Oregon on a small 10 acre farm. Both my husband John and myself Jennifer run our small farm together raising Australian Shepherds and training them in the conformation arena "professionally," Rally, Agility, Obedience, stock dog training and simply having good ol' farm fun on our ranch doing various fun activities with our boys and girls. We eventually plan to add sheep or geese to our ranch as well for training our dogs to herd.
I'm retired which allows me to spend full time with ALL of our dogs. Many dog fanciers take their sport a little to the extreme but we don't. We simply wish to have a great experience with our dogs and those around us. We believe It's all about having fun with the sport we love and surrounding ourselves with positive sportsmanship like dog fanciers who all share the same interest as we do. For we have learned, It does take time, devotion and compassion for the breed to seek victory through sweat, heartbreaks and tears. Many may feel that the various sports are all about winning but in reality it's all about having fun with your best friend.
Both John and myself really enjoy the relationships we have with our pack while also gaining long lasting friendships with others as well, especially those who are welcoming the inspiring upcoming dog fanciers/breeders to the sport. We love watching others grow as well as the growth within our own kennel. By focusing on interacting with our dogs, shows the quality of the dog within our small kennel and their capabilities of having a fun active lifestyle with their owners.
Although we are a newer inspiring breeder, we actually started our small kennel back in 2016 to take the time to find a mentor while also educating ourselves on the Breed before deciding to jump in with both feet. We were fortunate enough to find mentors such as the Tri-Smith's to help guide us along. The Tri-Smith's have been so generous with their time and patience by entrusting in us in helping us to make the right decisions while also knowing we really do have the bred at heart. We simply can't thank the Tri-Smiths enough for their advice and support over the years. In fact, since the Tri-Smiths are our mentors, our kennel would actually have a combined 37 + years of experience if one wants to get technical.
Our first litter was on May 3, 2018 which was the WTCH Little Spot Smartly Painted RA DNA-VP "Smarty" produced by HOF Pat Lambeth of Little Spot Kennels and our IABCA Int'l CH Roxy Pierce "Roxy" (produced by Kylie McClain with Kyvette Aussies) that produced 9 beautiful healthy puppies. That same year we decided to have a repeat litter which that was on December 21, 2018 that produced 11 beautiful healthy puppies as we did not see the pup we were seeking with the first litter. This second litter we chose two pups for breeders pick because they were both equally as nice, one male to continue in his fathers footsteps which is herding and one female to seek her performance in the conformation ring, rally and obedience. We also plan to get her championship with UKC as well. The ASCA's registered name for the one male pup we kept is Aspen Hills Landslides Snow Covered Hills "Charlie Boy" who will be the dog who continues Smarty & Roxy's lines. The ASCA's registered name for the one female we kept is Aspen Hills Devil Wears Prada "Prada." Charlie Boy will be sent down to Dawna Sims at PSR once he has turned 1 years old. Both Charlie Boy and Prada will be trained here at our ranch for Rally as we do plan to offer classes to our community as well. This is in the works!
We changed direction where Roxy is concerned. We decided that two litters is all she will have as we obtained the offspring we wanted from the second litter for that cross. Roxy will be spayed and continue to reside with us here on the farm as our main "Alpha Bitch" in protecting our den. That will be her job which she is extremely good at.
Our goals are to simply have fun with our pack which includes all of our new family members (Buyer Prospects) who we have added to our pack along the way. We strive to actively campaign our dogs by gaining their titles in the various sport arenas kicking it up a couple of notches in 2019/2020 as we strive for titles for our boys and girls, specifically Graffiti, Towanda, Charlie Boy and Prada. We feel confident in moving forward and hope that others will see our hearts are in it and that we are headed in the right direction.
Our main goal with regards to producing quality Australian Shepherds is to produce a "Versatile Dog" by proving their overall performance in "Both" the show ring and the performance ring as well, more so a 75/25 split of show and stock dog lines while also focusing on "Brains, Beauty and Genetically Sound Aussies."
Here at Aspen Hills, we will only have at most one litter per year while making sure we complete ALL Orthopedic Foundation of Animals Hip/Elbow evaluations after our boys and girls reach the age of 2 years before any breeding combinations take place as well as their full genetic panels completed by Paw Print Genetics, while also obtaining their annual eye exams through an eye Ophthalmologist every year.
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