About our Litters
Thank you for your interest in a Western
Hills Aussie. Below you will find some of the key issues
we feel are important when breeding Aussies:
Quality not Quantity - We
plan each litter with the breed standard and puppy buyers
in mind. On average, we breed once a year. Sometimes we breed
twice in one year and take a few years off between breeding.
The puppies are born in our home and are socialized very
well with other dogs, kids and even cats. We believe in a
good strong foundation to make the best start for every puppy
that leaves our home. Because we spend so much time with
each litter we have taken a strong stand against over-breeding.
Health and Temperament - Health
and temperament is very important to us. Heidi is a Registered
Vet Tech and carefully watches the puppies from birth until
they leave our house. We start early with the development
of the puppies by doing the Early Neurological Stimulation
method developed by Dr Carmen Battaglia. We try to genetic
test all dogs we breed. The results of all tests will sent
home with the puppy owner. The eyes on the puppies are
checked for hereditary eye defects before they go to their
new home. All puppies go to our vet for a check-up and
get their first shots at 6 1/2 weeks old. We also temperament
test all puppies at 7 weeks old.
Puppy Placement - Because
we don't breed often, there is usually a waiting list for
our puppies. We rarely have puppies available unless a
potential home has fallen through. We encourage people
to contact us early if they are interested in a future
litter from Western Hills and we carefully screen all potential
homes. When placing the puppies, we feel the most important
thing to consider is temperament of the dog and not the
color. Because we spend so much time with the puppies,
we choose the puppies for the homes. We want the best match
between dog and owner. It is our goal for both the dog
and the owner to have a lifetime of enjoyment.
puppies with owners, we try to be as expedient as possible
in the decision making process, but we do not begin making
final decisions about which homes individual puppies will
go until after the pups are 6-8 weeks of age. It is at
this point in the pups life when overall health, temperament,
structure, and movement can be clearly evaluated. Puppies
do not leave for their new homes until after 8-10 weeks.
We do ask that each puppy buyer complete a comprehensive
wish list which includes comments from all adult family
members; we always enjoy children’s wishes, too.
We refer to your wish list and converse often when selecting
the best pup for your home.
Questionnaire - If
you are interested in purchasing a Western Hills puppy, we
ask you to complete our questionnaire or send us an e-mail.
PLEASE NOTE: In order to be considered for a puppy, please
fill out the entire questionnaire. If you choose to send
us an e-mail, please give us some information about yourself,
your experience with Aussies and your expectations for the