We have been genetically testing for the following diseases since 2014: CH, CEA, CD, DM, HC, JC, HUU, MDR1, CMR1, NCL, NCL6, PRA-PRCD. Check out Paw Print Genetics for more details on genetic disease testing and why breeders should be doing genetic testing. All of our dogs are genetically tested and clear for all genetically passed on eye diseases. We 100% guarantee that all of our puppies will be clean for all genetic eye testing.
Our dogs have also had their hips and elbows x-rayed by our veterinarian to ensure good placement, if a candidate scores less than favourable, they will not be part of our breeding program.
Our puppies are dewormed at 2, 4, 6 & 8 weeks of age. They will have received their 1st set of vaccinations. They will also have been given kennel cough vaccine will be microchipped. Health documentation regarding vaccinations and deworming will accompany your pup.
At 4-5 weeks of age, your pup will be introduced to the outdoors (weather permitting), playdates at grandmas, learn how to go up and down stairs, hang out in our kitchen, or adventures to the neighbours. Your pup will be exposed to a wide variety of stimuli along the way, indoor and outdoor activities. He will be paper trained and shown proper potty manners (by all means not yet house trained, this will of course take diligence and patience on behalf of the new family).
At 7 weeks of age we start introduction to a travel crate, are kenneled daily for short periods to help with their transition to their new home. By 8 weeks old, they are relatively comfortable with the 'crate' process, lessening their transitional stress.
*parent dogs are registered. Puppies are not sold with registration applications unless the pup is sold with breeding rights.
If you have already purchased a pup from us, and you are just looking for a well rounded, wiggly, fun and friendly family member...and down the road interested in a partner...we will give $100 off the purchase of your next pup from us.
Deposits are $500 and applied to the final amount owing when the pup is ready to go. Deposits are accepted via e-transfer or cash in person. We do not accept personal cheques.
Deposits are non-refundable. This assures us that only the families that have done their research into the breed and are fully ready for a new family member apply. If you place a deposit for an upcoming litter in accordance to sex/colour/size, we ask that we have 8-12 months to fill the request as we don't want to just place a dog with you. We want to ensure we have the right fit with not only colour and size, but personality! If you have a specific time frame in which you prefer to take your pup home, we will accept deposits only if you are flexible with color/size. We will produce all colors that an Australian Shepherd comes in, we however have no control over what we end up with in a particular litter.
If you are VERY particular regarding size/sex/colour/particular characteristics, we ask for up to 24 months. We have litters born throughout the year, it is very likely that your request will be filled with in several months (or with the next upcoming litter), however we can not 100% predict what nature has in store for us. Please understand this.
Once we have an idea of who is best fitted to what family, we can forward a few photos to get you updated on what has progressed thus far. Once you have your pup picked out, we will try to keep you updated every 10 days to 2 weeks or so, photos will accompany the update. Your puppy will likely be 6 weeks or older prior to me knowing which puppy will best suit your lifestyle.
We are VERY busy when the pups are growing, cleaning, playtime, neurological stimulation, cleaning...and playing. We will set aside time for correspondence with each family, however are unable to reply to those that need updates 3 or 4 times per week. We do apologize in advance. We understand that without a doubt, an excessive amount of emails are often times sent due to the fact that the adoptive family is very excited and eager to learn more about their puppy. We however find it quite overwhelming as it often takes away time that we need to be spending with the puppies...and sending updates to other families. We would like to offer the same amount of attention to each adoptive family.
There will be periods of time that the pup will not significantly change, if there are no changes...there is nothing to updated. Puppy photos are at times very difficult to take as they tend to move so much!
Visits to your puppy...due to covid restrictions we are no longer offering visitation prior to deposit and pick up. Ravine Acres was established in 2007, when you adopt from us, you are adopting from an experienced and knowledgeable establishment. We have many happy families that graciously provided feedback on our facebook page if you would be interested in checking that out.