CITY SLICKERS’ BUYING TERMS

Nancy – 352-812-2723

cityslickerranch@gmail.com

BUYING TERMS

ATTENTION BREEDERS! Breeders need not contact me! My biggest nightmare is that a pup of mine will end up in a puppy mill, where they are caged for life. Buyers need to beware of puppy mills since even in this breed it is becoming a problem, just as it is with other breeds. Due to my refusal to grant breeding rights, I lose many puppy sales, which is fine with me.

I certainly enjoy the sleep I get at night knowing that my fur children are not in a bad environment. Otherwise, I wouldn’t – if the fur kids I raised did not go to the wonderful pet homes they deserve. Nothing is more rewarding for me than watching a family holding their newly adopted fur baby for the first time. I shed tears each time a pup leaves, but they are truly tears of joy, since I know that my pups are going to a better place, where they are one of one, or one of two, and not one of many as they are with me. The rewards continue as I receive pictures back and can watch as the kids grow into beautiful HEALTHY adults just as their parents are.

HEALTH POLICY: All of my adults have had their hips x-rayed and their eyes checked prior to being bred. If you receive a puppy from me, and it dies of an inherited defect within the first 3 years (per your Veterinarian’s written record), your puppy is replaced. At my discretion, I would possibly replace the pup beyond that period, after speaking with your Vet, but up to 3 years is definitely guaranteed. 

PUPPY PRICING RANGES FROM PET QUALITY TO SHOW QUALITY.

YOU DECIDE YOUR RANGE.

Regarding pricing: I could have 2 pups in the same litter priced differently due to the fact that one might be “pet” quality and the other “show” quality. The pet quality pups will be loving and wonderful, but possibly their earset is not the best OR their topline isn’t perfect. Possibly their bite is not a scissor bite required by the show ring, and is instead level (allowed in the Standard size Aussie but not mini or toy show ring) or slightly undershot. Regardless, you would never see it isn’t perfect unless you lifted the lip for inspection. The minor bite issues will not affect the pup’s eating or looks but makes him “PET” quality. Even in the Standard size Aussies, the earsets can be wild (look at “The Australian Shepherd” magazine at pet stores), with one ear up and one down, or even both ears up. However, for the show ring, we need a certain earset, so without that, the pup becomes “PET” quality. He/she will make a great pet but just is not a pup for the show ring. Those looking for a highly intelligent SMALL pet will enjoy the pup with an earset not perfect just as much as they would his “SHOW” quality sibling. The majority of the Toy & Mini Aussie breeders (excepting the show kennels) price the pups who have faults (per the breed standard) the same as they price the show pup, because they often don’t know the difference. Most do not do health clearances on the adults, either, and they are asking the same price for pups that the show kennels are asking. So, if you are looking for a nice Toy or Miniature Australian Shepherd (aka Miniature American Shepherd), and I do not have what you are looking for, I will gladly forward your request over to a reputable Aussie breeder. We have some great breeders, and there is no reason for anyone to get an unhealthy pup – just stay away from puppy mills! You might save $200.00 initially, but that savings could dwindle quickly with an unhealthy pup!

WHY CITY SLICKERS DOES NOT GRANT BREEDING RIGHTS

Breeders who are out to make big bucks on their lines would say that failure to grant breeding rights is the worse financial decision a breeder can make. Withholding breeding rights definitely reduces puppy sales for me. However, my program is about improving a breed not selling mama dogs down the river to make money off their pups. How breeders can sleep at night knowing they sent pups home to be raised in cages as breeding slaves is just beyond my comprehension. I don’t understand how a breeder can have a pup in their home from the day it is born and then not care about that pup’s future 8 weeks later? I have granted very few breeding rights and when I have it is to breeders with my philosophy who stay in touch with me throughout the life of the fur kid.
Doing all the health checks on dogs before they are bred is very costly and advertising those pups is likewise. Breeders like me who are raising pups inside our homes underfoot have to work 24 hours a day 7 days a week because pups are always with us. We clear about $1.98 an hour profit. So, why work so hard for so little? Someone has to do this or the puppy mills will provide the pups for buyers. The more pups I can raise and sell/place without breeding rights, the fewer buyers there are for the puppy mills! Plain and simple.
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