Sign up to get pre-approved for any future litters. The link will take you to the Good Dog site and link to our account we have with them. Please allow 48 hours for approval.
Many payment options are available to you in securing your puppy pick position with us through Good Dog Pay.
Puppies sold are to "Pet Homes" and are on Spay/Neuter Contracts, so no breeding rights unless the puppy is going to a show home, where it may be a possibility. We do not sell our puppies to other breeders. Approval for a show home puppy will have a vetting process where not only ourselves here at Aspen Hills Australian Shepherds will make final decisions but our other breeder partners with whom we have relationships with will be part of the vetting process as well.
Anytime you see that we have a litter that has become available, it's only when we are continuing our lines "for us" not because we are here to make money on selling puppies, there is a BIG difference! The foundation to our lines is coming from Tri -Smith's, Leylines, Harmony Hills and Thunderstrike/Primeoak Australian Shepherds. Since it is not possible or realistic for us to keep ALL of the puppies, the rest of the puppies will be made available to the public for a pet companion home on a strict spay/neuter contract or on occasion, we may offer a buyer prospect a show puppy on a show contract.
Reserving a puppy and how this works?
It is advisable to place a non-refundable reservation retainer deposit on a planned litter to guarantee your puppy pick position because if you don't, then your name merely gets placed on the back burner which tells us the breeder you are interested but not ready to fully commit financially. Those who place their "non-refundable reservation retainer deposits down are committed with our kennel and want their puppy pick position secured. Again, these deposits determine the puppy pick positions in the order we receive these deposits and NOT the applications!
Anytime a "non-refundable reservation retainer deposit" has been placed on an unborn puppy we have pre-planned for the future, it means that the "retainer deposit" is NON-refundable in that you're placing this deposit on a puppy to secure your puppy pick position on what ever particular litter you're seeking that we have available. (E.g., #1 and or #2 puppy pick position ALWAYS goes to the Breeder). The Breeder also has the option in holding back 2 puppies for their breeder pick (s). This is because there are times where a Breeder is analyzing two puppies that both surpass the cut for best puppy within the litter . Later, after the breeder has had enough time to watch them grow, is when the other puppy will become available (the one who did not make breeders cut.
Puppy pick positions are place in the order we receive the "non-refundable reservation retainer deposit" in the amount of $500. If you're one who has placed their deposit down and would like to request the puppy that did not make final breeders cut, you can certainly do so but realize that puppy will be older. There will of course need to be some discussion if this particular puppy would be a good fit for you, your family, and lifestyle. It is always advisable to allow your breeder to help choose your puppy from the litter as the breeder will know exactly what you're looking for based on your submitted application.
Remember your breeder is with your puppy all the time and knows each of their little personalities and dominance's etc. (E.g., not everyone is a hiker.) A hiker would normally want an Aussie that is full of energy. Each puppies energy levels can be different. Some dogs who have high levels of energy and dominance's may not be suitable for certain families. There are lots of factors to consider here. Some may not be able to handle that much of a dog. You should trust your breeder when helping you pick your puppy from any litter.
It's really up to you but just know that it is a higher risk for a returned puppy for breeders because the puppy you choose does not fit your lifestyle because you chose to pick a puppy based on it's gender or color combo and made a mistake. You will be much happier if you allow the breeder to choose your puppy for you. If you do not get the puppy you want from the current litter, we can easily forward your deposit to the next litter. If you don't want to wait for the next litter to come because you can't or don't want to, then you need to understand that you will loose your "Non-Refundable" retainer deposit. You see, we are here to help educate you in making the right choices for your puppy purchase. A puppy is a life long time commitment and it's our family. We are the puppies only voice and we want to make certain that the right fit is in the best interest for the both of you! We are not here to take your money, we just simply want you to be serious with your decision in the "Beginning" as I'm sure your time is as valuable as our time. We really also want you to trust us with our advise as well. You will be much happier in the long run making the right choice for you and letting us help you make the right decision.
We have the right to refuse or approve any potential pet home buyer prospect or show home buyer prospect we see fit for any reason! Which may be that "we simply do not think you're the right fit, sorry."
If for reasons other than our pups fault that they do not sell or are returned by buyers who did not choose wisely, we keep our boys and girls here on our farm and treat them and train them as our own until we are able to find the right home for them in the future. So pre-judging a breeder by the amount of dogs they currently have is unsympathetic.
Genetic Panel Testing for our breed
We do full genetic panels through Paw Print Genetics, even though some of the tests they offer within that panel may not be an issue for our breed. Why would we do this? Because we still feel it's important in supporting a lab to continue their research on our breed.
Each dog within our site should have a big blue "Paw Print Genetics" logo to click on for viewing their test results on each dogs page. If the dog is under the age of 2 years old, we choose to wait to do this portion of testing until "After" he/she is cleared through the Orthopedics Foundation of Animals (OFA).
Orthopedic Foundation of Animals (OFA)
The completed hip and elbow evaluation results for our dogs within our kennel can be found on each dogs page by clicking the available link which will take you directly to that site if again, of course they are over the age of 2 years old.
Companion Animal Eye Registry (CAER)
As a "Buyer Prospect" it is good to know that your breeder (who you may very well be vetting yourself,) should have good ethical practices in evaluating the dogs within their kennel for any possible eye diseases. We have our dogs examined annually so we are able to make good breeding decisions within our kennel based on any mating compatibility we foresee in the future. Our puppies are tested at 7 weeks (before they head off to their forever homes) of age and our adult breeding stock is tested annually.
We are dog Fanciers who are in this for the long haul! It has been 5 years since we started our journey into the beautiful breed.
Recently, learning through "Trials & Error's" and putting ourselves out there for the past 5 years when we purchased our first Australian Shepherd "Roxy" we have learned a lot! In layman's terms, there were novice mistakes made with "her side" of lineage that we had to make the decision to start all over with our overall breeding program. Lesson's learned!
Now, the foundation of our kennel will be through the Tri-Smith's, Leyline's/Casa Blanca, Thunderstrike/PrimeOak/Harmony Hills Australian Shepherds. We are grateful and honored to have the support from our fellow friends. We will be conditioning our dogs for our professional handler Ashley McClure for the AKC and ASCA shows competing with the big boys and girls. We hope you will all follow our journey to success!
A Breeder, such as ourselves who desires to preserve the breed by doing ALL of the basic tests AND who regularly practices ASCA's Standards (which everyone has their own perception or version of breed standards by the way) cost's money. There is no money to be made when it comes to breeding responsibly with this breed "IF" one is breeding responsibly! It is actually an expensive hobby both my husband and I got ourselves into but fell in love with the sport. It also involves titling our dogs as well which proves their overall biddability, performance and temperament but not every Aussie likes the show ring for example, just like you may not like your job so you change your profession to try something new. Same thing with dogs!
Imaged below - Tri-Smith Paint The Town "Graffiti" is a UKC/IABCA Champion who is also ASCA major pointed. In 2021 he seeks to achieve his Championship with ASCA through the help of his professional handler Ashley McClure and to gain his Grand Championship with UKC through his owner "Jennifer Pierce" starting late in 2020 earning legs towards this particular title.
Graffiti is available for stud to approved bitches.
Graffiti is Towanda's father and the grandsire to our newest addition Aspen Hills Puits d' Amoure "Vinny."
As of September 2021, we made a hard decision to let go of our beautiful boy Graffiti back to his breeders to live out his retirement at Tri-Smith's Kennels and Buzztail Ranch to be a ranch dog. He will be sorely missed!