Sand Dollar Aussies is located on our Arabian horse farm, where we believe beauty, disposition, and training ability can coincide with both our horses and our dogs.
We were first introduced to the Miniature Australian Shepherd at a horse show and were intrigued. The dog was observant and alert, well-trained, and maintained the build and structure of the standard Aussie at half the size. We began researching breeders in our area, and were shocked at the lack of quality some were producing (where breeders were focusing on a small size and forgoing breed standard). After speaking with breeders who were maintaining quality, we placed a deposit on a beautiful blue merle male that would eventually become our foundation sire.
When we first set out to look at mini Aussies, we were not interested in producing them. We had actually met working at a local animal shelter and very much had the "adopt don't shop" mentality. Having to witness and carry out the unforgiving consequences of backyard breeders and irresponsible pet owners will do that to anyone. However, we also felt there was a need to do our part to improve the mini Aussie breed standard in our area. If we were able to do everything in our power to create a quality, happy, socialized, healthy, well-adjusted puppy, the chance of it being left at a shelter would be close to nothing.
So, after much discussion, we purchased our male and began our unexpected but exciting journey.
We are a considered a small breeder, and are currently producing 1-2 litters a year. Because of this, we are able to raise our puppies in our living room. They are handled multiple times a day, and we are available to take as much photo and video as our future puppy parents request. We do early neurological stimulation, as well as follow Puppy Culture protocol. Our puppies will be exposed to children, small and large dogs, cats, and livestock upon their departure. Once their ears open, we also expose them to various "scary" sounds to help them handle daily life at their new homes.
Sand Dollar Aussies' first priority is to create a lifelong companion. We want our puppy parents to be happy with their selection, but more importantly, we want our puppies to have a home for life.