Please enjoy viewing these pictures of typical Slash V
puppies! (All of the pups on this page are from previous litters and are
not for sale.)
Spring litter (Hardin’s Tennessee Titan x Slash V Clockwork Key “Keyla”).
Please scroll down
this page to read all about what to expect from a Slash V puppy.
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PUPPIES OR ADULTS
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for Slash V Dogs
dogs are ASCA registered only. Buyers will be required to sign an
agreement that their Slash V dog will not be registered with the AKC. The
only exception will be registration with the AKC under their ILP Program
AFTER the dog is spayed or neutered and they have allowed me to change their
ASCA registration papers to "not for breeding". Their dog will also not be
registered with any registry as another breed (Example: Miniature Australian
Shepherd or North American Shepherd).
If you are considering buying a Slash V
puppy, please read
"History of the
Slash V Australian Shepherd"
Frequently Asked Questions About the Slash V Aussie
are the breeding goals at Slash V Working Australian Shepherds?
Slash V dogs are bred first and foremost to be working stockdogs with an
emphasis on cattle. We prefer a dog to work quiet and deliberate and to grip
on both the head and heels. Although we do not specifically breed for a
sheepdog, many of our dogs have made competent workers on sheep. They tend
to work closer than the ideal sheepdog, but with only a few exceptions have
not been overly aggressive with a minimum of training. We are not breeding
for the trial arena although there are usually a few Slash V dogs
successfully competing. The primary goal in our breeding program is to
produce dogs for those who need a working companion for real life work with
livestock - the dog who is there when you need him and who will help get the
job done with a minimum of training.
every Slash V puppy end up being a good working dog?
We have worked or
known the dogs far back into our pedigrees, and we feel like we have created
a bloodline of working dogs proven by the many Slash V dogs out there
working in the real world as well as the trial world. Genetics is not an
exact science, and nothing in breeding animals is 100 per cent. Every dog
is a product of both his genes and his environment, and we have no control
over his environment once he leaves here. We have done our best to give
each puppy the genetic potential to be a useful stockdog.
guarantees do you offer?
Slash V dogs are
ASCA registered only. Our puppies are sold guaranteed to work livestock, to
be free from hip dysplasia, hereditary eye defects, inherited epilepsy, and
any other inherited disease that would prevent the dog from working. They
are guaranteed free from disqualifying faults per the ASCA Breed Standard.
Any puppy not meeting this guarantee will be replaced with another as soon
as a puppy becomes available. All guarantees become null and void if and
when the dog is used for breeding.
all Slash V dogs need to be in a working home?
prefer a laid back personality, and a dog that will be content whether it
has exposure to livestock or not. Any Aussie needs to be an active part of
its owner’s life, and these are not the kind of dog to just stick in the
back yard. When we say they are a working companion, that means they need
to be a companion! A good working Aussie is a wonderful devoted
companion that, contrary to some opinions, does not HAVE to work livestock
to be content. Many farm and ranch homes have seasonal work, and the dog
must be part of daily life during the off season. As a pet, an Aussie does
HAVE to be a part of your life! The majority of our dogs do go to working
homes, but many are family pets as well as involved in hiking, boating,
and just living with their people.
Slash V dogs good with children?
Our experience has
been that dogs we have owned and sold are excellent with children as long as
they are raised with them. Many dogs of any breed are not tolerant of
children, especially very young ones, if they are not used to them. The
only problem we have encountered (if this is a problem in this day and age)
is that sometimes the dog will become overly protective of the children.
Be aware that just because the dog is great with your own children does not
mean it will accept every child unless you socialize and train the dog with
other children (and this is true for any breed, not just Aussies and not
just dogs from my breeding!). If you have a household with kids that
bring their friends over, make sure your puppy meets lots and lots of these
children from a very young age. In particular, teenage "horsing
around" with outside kids can be seen by an Aussie as a threatening
situation to his family member. Just make sure to let your pup see and
experience lots of things as a young dog if you have this situation.
Slash V dogs make good watchdogs?
do believe in breeding to the Breed Standard although every breeder
prioritizes traits important to them. The Standard states, "strong
guardian instincts" and also states, "reserved with strangers".
We do not breed FOR these traits but we also do not breed AGAINST them. We
breed for an easily trained dog who will be devoted to its owner, and most
of all a dog who will be easy and fun to live with. That can mean different
things to different people and can depend on your lifestyle. The Aussie is
not the dog for everyone.
heard a rumor that Slash V dogs are aggressive. Is this true?
Rumors are usually
started by someone’s experience with one dog or something they heard about
one dog which leads them to describe an entire bloodline. We have
occasionally produced a dog who is not friendly with strangers, and a dog
like this requires a lot of socialization to fit into some environments.
Occasionally a dog never accepts people other than its family, and such a
dog may require the owner to take precautions when people are around. At
any point in time, we have had dogs who would follow a burglar around while
he robbed our house and happily go with him as well as dogs who would bark
when he showed up and probably bite him if he came into the house with no
one there. (we haven’t exactly tested this out) They all started out cute
happy friendly puppies. Again, refer to the Breed Standard which describes
the ideal of a breed. Just what is “strong guardian instinct”?
do I reserve a puppy?
do take reservations on puppies and honor the deposits in the order they are
received. The deposit will be refunded if the litter does not produce the
color/sex requested or may be left to reserve a puppy from a future litter.
The deposit will apply to the purchase price. We must have full payment for
the puppy by seven weeks of age if the puppy is to be shipped (which we
prefer to do at eight weeks) or when the puppy is picked up. Puppies must
be picked up by ten weeks of age or the deposit will be forfeited and we
reserve the right to resell the puppy.
you ship overseas?
will sell dogs only to the continental United States or Canada (other than