Just to clarify, when we talk about a sense of adventure, it indicates a puppy who is relatively fearless and curious. It can also indicate intelligence, but there are some dumb dogs out there who know no fear! The more adventurous a puppy is, the more they want to see new things and go different places. If you want a dog that will just stay home all the time, you do not want an adventurous puppy. If your lifestyle is such that you will take them different places on a regular basis, then you want one that will be comfortable with that. An adventurous dog who does not get enough of that need satisfied, is more likely to work at getting out of their yard and go wandering on their own.
The more energetic a puppy/dog is, the more you will have to do to burn that energy off in order to have a balanced, behaved dog. If your lifestyle is somewhat sedentary, then do not get a more energetic puppy. Likewise, if you want a jogging companion, then energy is good. A puppy with another dog in the house will burn more energy than a dog by itself. No matter how much we try, we just can't run or wrestle as well as another dog. We seldom have puppies that we would call high energy...most are medium in the grand scheme of things, but if they do not get enough activity, energy accumulates and overflows into things like chasing cars, digging holes in the flower bed, or constant barking. When discussing puppy energy, realize that it is a fluctuating thing. Puppies (and humans) must sleep to grow, so during growth periods, they will sleep more and appear to have less energy. Realize that Australian Shepherds are not a low energy breed!! Even the lowest energy puppy, will need some effort on your part to work off their energy.
An independent puppy looks less toward litter mates or us for direction or attention. If they are totally independent, then you wlll be unimportant to them in the grand scheme of things. The more they want our attention, the less independent they are. If you want a dog to work cattle for you, they need to be able to think on their own with some guidance from you, but if you want a dog which excels at obedience, they need to look to you for constant direction. Some dogs are better at thinking on their own than others. We don't think we have ever had a totally independent puppy. We spend too much time socializing them so that by the time they go home, they truly love human attention. Many of our puppies grow up to become dogs that think they should still be able to get on your lap, so be warned. The more attention a puppy needs, the more attention they will want as an adult. If you do not want a puppy that is constantly seeking attention, then look for one that is more independent. A velcro puppy is one that wants a lot of physical touch, ie, they will sit on your feet as opposed to beside your chair.
Puppies were born 8/18/2017! ALL PUPPIES SOLD
Star's Jaded Princess of Koynes (Jade) and Star's Dark Shadow of Thornapple (Barney) had 8 healthy puppies August 18. Puppies are $1000 each. Puppies have now been vet checked, vaccinated, wormed and are healthy. They have also been microchipped. See individual puppies below for availability.
At 13 weeks old, I am amazed at how well these puppies are doing with house breaking. They are now actively going outside on their own to potty (we have dog doors) and unless we let them run into the house after waking up without going outside first, we don't tend to have accidents. They now have almost total control over when they are in the house (except at night or when we are gone) and they are spending more and more time in with us. They choose to nap in their kennel even when they don't have to, so crate training should be really easy with them. They discovered this week that if they stand on their hind legs, they can reach interesting things they couldn't reach before, so I am having to re puppy proof end tables and things. I am also trying to work on stopping the behavior before it becomes a habit. They all respond well to the word "NO" and stop whatever they are doing when they hear it, and they are all getting the "SIT" command down. This whole litter has been very good about traveling and are not fearful when in strange places. The 3 remaining puppies are all pretty social with Serval being the most outgoing and Ocelot being the least. I won't do weekly updates on pictures as they won't change as fast as they were, but will be sure to update every couple of weeks until puppies are all gone.
Jaguar is now with the Alexander family (our daughter) and will continue our breeding program in a couple of years once old enough to certify hips. She has 7 year old twin boys and 2 other dogs to keep her busy and loved while her human daddy is spoiling her rotten.
Serval is residing with the Wagner family in Raleigh, NC
Ocelot is residing with the Claunter family in Bexley, OH
Cheetah is now residing with Star Kennels in Michigan (where both his mother and father originated) to continue their program.
Lynx is now residing with the Kramer family in Hudson, OH.
Panther is now residing with the Johnson family in Willoughby, OH.
Puma is now residing with the White/Dewey family in Charlotte, MI
Tiger is now residing with the Myers family in Bexley, OH
This is my puppy pin wheel and what they look like at feeding time.
JAGUAR - not for sale