Frequently Asked Questions
Here you can find answers to frequently asked questions.
Do you have puppies available or are you planning a litter ?
Please check out the page “Puppies” to find all information about current and planned litters, it's always up to date.
Our wait lists for the next two litters in 2023 are already booked with many families. Since we prefer to place our puppies in Germany, resp. close to us, we won't add any more families from abroad to our wait list at the moment.
Please check out our instagram and facebook page for all puppy-news and updates.
Please also note: We do not place our puppies on a first-come, first-served basis, we choose the families that make the best match with us and our puppies. Everyone has a chance, but not everyone is a good match for an "Aussie"!
Can we visit you to meet you and your dogs in person ?
First of: We're no petting zoo. If you "just want to get to know the breed" and then buy a dog somewhere else, you're at the wrong place, because we don't do sales pitches for other breeders.
However, if you're aware that you might have to wait a few years for your dream dog, from your "breeder of confidence", and you are seriously interested in a puppy from our breeding programm, you can of course visit us. We like to meet a few of our future puppy families before the puppies are born. Due to Covid-19 and the full wait lists for the next litters, it's only occasionally possible for us to get to know you personally, e.g. during a walk with the dogs. However, we only offer this to those on our wait list for this year's litters. If you want to have a puppy from us at a later date, you have to be patient until the end of the year.
How do you raise the puppies ?
You can read everything you need to know about the unique way we raise our puppies on the page “Nurturing”. Also check out the pages “About us” and “Our breeding program” to learn more about our philosophy. Don't forget to also watch the two TV-reports about us:
“Tierbabys – süß & wild” (VOX, 2015-2016) Raising & Service-Dog-Training of our Lost Island's C-litter by Jenna & Charlie
“Martin Rütter – Die Welpen kommen” (RTL, 2021) Raising of our Lost River B- und C-litter by Yue & Ukiah and Malia & Shadow
Are the puppies vaccinated, microchipped, housebroken and get any equipment ?
We keep our puppies until they are 9 weeks old, at this point they are fully housebroken, got dewormed several times, received their first vaccination, got microchipped, and had their eyes examined by an ECVO certified ophthalmologist. They will be evaluated by our VDH-breed warden (German Kennel Club certified) and get an health certificate from our vet. When you pick up your puppy, you get a personalized european pet passport, a copy of the eye certification exam and a carbon copy of the breed warden's report which also serves as application for registering the puppy with the German Kennel Club (VDH). You also get a personalized puppy folder with all documents on the puppy and its parents. I also wrote a book with helpful hints & tricks and important information about settling in, feeding, and training your puppy, all written by me over the past years. In addition to all the documents you'll also receive a farewell gift from us and a puppy-welcome-kit with the usual premium dry and wet food (incl. a solid measuring cup) for the first week, and also a bag of goodies and a high quality treat pouch for training.
Would you keep a puppy a few weeks longer ?
We keep our puppies as long as it is neccessary to enable them a smooth move into their new home under ideal conditions. However, it is best for all involved, especially for the puppy, if you can pick up within the first two weeks of moving out to make it easier for the puppy to adapt to his new home and new life with you.
I am interested in a puppy, how do I inquire ?
Please fill out the “contact form” to be put on our waiting list and get notified about litter plans as soon as a female got bred.
How long is the wait for one of your puppies ?
It usually takes about 3 years to get a puppy from us, because we don't always have a litter every year and lost of families on out wait list. Some people are lucky to get a puppy sooner though.
You have such a long waiting list, what are our chances to get a puppy ?
Basically, everyone has a chance to get a puppy from us, even if you are at the bottom of the list. We do not choose on a first-come, first-served basis (although we do note the date of the first contact), but who's the best fit for one of our pups. Not every one who desires a dog of this kind is suited for the breed. Over the years, breeders develop a very good feeling for recognizing whether someone meets the basic requirements for a herding dog or not, regardless of whether you have a house with a large garden or just an apartment with a small garden area. The most important thing is that you know how to raise and train a puppy, and enable your companion a wonderful and happy life. In addition, everyone who gets a puppy from us also becomes part of our family, which is why we demand high standards on our puppy families and attach great importance to sympathy – if you have the opportunity to choose your family, you want to do it right ;)
What happens when a litter is born, how do you choose ?
As soon as a bitch has been mated, everyone on our waiting list will receive an email with all information about the mating (litter plans can also be found on our “Puppies” page), the expected date of birth and approximate pick up date. Everyone then has the opportunity to keep their name on the waiting list, to be postponed for another year, or to be deleted if there is no longer any interest. Everyone who is still on our list at the time of birth, will then receive another email with all information about the litter (which can also be found on our website), the date from which the first visits will be possible and all details on the further process. Everyone then has the option to have their data deleted, to be postponed for a year, or to tell us their favorites so that we can get a better overview, assign the requests accordingly, and then plan the visits. After we received feedback from all interested parties, we send an email with available visit dates to the remaining families. As soon as we can got an idea of everyone, we will announce our decision (taking your wishes into account) and send everyone a reservation contract. When signing the contract, a deposit of 500 euros is due.
How much does a Mini American Shepherd puppy cost ?
Unfortunately, this question is not that easy to answer since covid-puppy-boom hit the world... because there are many dubious people who sell puppies, mostly without papers and without any kind of health or quality examination of the parents, for up to 5.000 euros – and that without any knowlege about breeding. A high puppy price does not automatically mean that you are buying from a good breeder! I have written a very informative text about that here: “Why VDH papers are important”
Due to the high expenses that we as VDH breeders have to pay to our breeding club (twice the litter inspection by the breed warden, litter registration, pedigrees, payment into the health fund for each puppy), as well as the steadily increasing veterinary costs for the health evaluations of our breeding dogs and the examinations of the puppies before they move out, we are also forced to adjust and increase the puppy prices accordingly. So the price for a Miniature American Shepherd puppy from a reputable VDH-certified breeder is currently around 2.300 to 2.600 euros.
We do not differentiate the price of our puppies based on gender, markings or eye color, our puppies are all sold at the same price. Families who already have one of our puppies get a dicsount, and for puppies that will be used for breeding in the future, an additional breeding fee of 1.000 to 1.500 euros has to be paid, which will be determined at the age of 18-24 months based on the breeding quality of the dog.