Purchasing A Puppy

This can be an emotional experience that involves trying to make the "correct" decision, what color, what sex, pet or show, price, where to buy, questions and what should I receive for my money?

Which Sex?

Although male and female share the same characteristics there are some distinct differences besides the obvious. The male is generally taller and larger and has a denser coat and a mane or ruff around the neck. Males also tend to be more territorial and may not share their homes with other males as readily as females.  Females come into season approximately every six months and must be confined for about two to three weeks. If either the male or female puppy is thought to be not suitable for breeding you should have him or her spayed or neutered, this should be discussed with the breeder. Fixing tends decrease the difference between the male and female temperament (i.e. less leg lifting in males, no seasons in females), but will not affect that nature of the individual dog.

Pet or Show?

Pet puppies are those which are deemed not suitable for the Conformation (Show) Ring because of minor imperfections when they are compared to the breed standard. This does not make them any less of a dog, often the novice person would not notice these imperfections. Pet quality dogs should NOT be used for breeding as only the very best animals should be used in an effort to improve the breed. These puppies should be fixed.  It is very important to remember that just because you have a "Pet Puppy", it should not have any health or temperament problems.  It is also just as important to remember that if you purchase a Show quality puppy, this does not mean he/she will end up a Show Champion. It means that the puppy should grow to be of a quality suitable to show. Similarly, not all show quality puppies will grow to be of breeding quality. A reputable breeders will help you to evaluate your dog once it has reached maturity.


Paying the highest price does not mean you are going to receive the best puppy, but do remember that a dedicated breeder has invested a great deal of time, planning, veterinary care, nutrition, showing and stud fees. The initial purchase price is nothing compared with the costs involved in the upkeep of your puppy which can to live to fifteen years of age.

Where to Buy?

You may check out the Breeders Directory on this website for local reputable breeders. It's a good idea to do some reading before you start to talk to breeders, so that you can ask pertinent questions, and understand the responses that you receive. It also shows to the breeder that you are serious about wanting an Aussie! We can inform you locations of dog shows which you can attend in order to observe the different Aussies entered and talk to breeders. Speak to as many people as possible. When speaking with a breeder regarding a possible purchase, ask for references and names of other puppy buyers which should assist you to make your decision. Remember the Ocean View Australian Shepherd Club is here for its members and for maintaining the quality of the breed.

Some questions you may wish to ask are:
  1. What was the purpose of this mating? Why was this mating done?

  2. Are both sire and dam hip x-rayed and certified by OFA as suitable for breeding?

  3. Why was the sire and dam chosen to be mated? They should complement each other to produce a better dog, what did you hope to achieve with this breeding?

  4. Why was the sire and dam chosen to be mated? They should complement each other to produce a better dog, what did you hope to achieve with this breeding?

  5. What are the faults of the sire and dam? No dog is perfect, all have faults to a lesser or greater degree. A responsible honest breeder should be willing to talk about the strong and weak points and all aspects of the puppies parents. Note that temperament as well as physical factors should be addressed here too.

  6. What should I have in terms of bedding, food, collar and leads etc. before I bring my puppy home?

What Should I Recieve Upon Purchase Of A Puppy?

  1. A healthy puppy!

  2. You must receive a pedigree/Registration Certificates

  3. A reputable breeder will supply you with a Contract/Conditions of Sale and guarantee with your puppy, this should cover your puppy's health.

  4. You should also receive a current diet chart and food supply, vaccination card and information regarding worming and any other treatment the puppy has received.

  5. Any reading material on the breed the breeder may have to offer.