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Puppies, Policies and Pricing FAQ


How much do your puppies cost?

We do not price based on gender or color. Prices vary based on full registration versus limited registration:

Puppies sold on limited registration : $1000

Puppies sold on full registration (aka “with breeding rights”): $1500

**Full registration only available on certain puppies and to approved working/sport/show homes

For more information on how we choose our prices, please read this page: How do you pick your puppy prices?

What is the process to purchase a puppy?

Please send me an email @, send a message/call 817-304-8272, or send a message to our facebook page at Rusty Rose Ranch . We will also need you to submit the proper application. You will be put on the waiting list if we think you're a good fit and when the litter is confirmed to be bred, we will contact you. After the litter is born, we will do a phone interview to finalize your spot and take a small deposit. Remainder of cost is due in cash only at pickup. 

Do you sell breeding rights on your puppies?

Puppies bought for the sole purpose of being family pets are always sold on limited registration (no breeding rights).  Dogs going to approved proven working/competition homes may be sold with full registration (aka “with breeding rights”) at my discretion. We will never sell a dog with any form of known breed standard DQ on full registration. Keep in mind we cannot guarantee adult height or that the adult dog’s bite will be correct/within standard.

If you are new to sports/showing and wanting your first show/sports/breeding dog, please speak with me. If approved, we may be able to work out a co-own situation in which I retain partial ownership until such time as you have titled and health tested your dog. I am very interested in helping new people get involved in showing/sports/breeding!

What is your spay/neuter policy?

I do not require sterilization as I feel this is a personal choice and there is a lot of new research out there to indicate that sterilization may have negative effects. However, if you buy a dog on limited registration and choose not to sterilize, you assume responsibility for preventing unauthorized breeding. Any unauthorized litters will incur a monetary penalty as outlined in your contract.  If you do elect to sterilize, I strongly recommend vasectomy or ovary-sparing spay rather than traditional methods which remove important hormones

I strongly recommend waiting until as close to 24 months as possible to sterilize your dog if you use traditional methods, but this requires careful management to avoid accidental breeding. Sterilization prior to 12 months carries long term health risks. You may do so at your own risk but it will void my health guarantee. .


Do you sell to novice/beginner pet homes or to homes where this will be our first dog?


No. Our dogs are very high drive and not suited to beginner homes. We would be glad to refer you to other breeders with lower drive dogs that would be more suitable to a novice pet home though. Our dogs are simply too energetic and need too much intense training for the average novice pet owner. We also do not encourage this breed to be kept in any household where they will the "only dog" for any significant length of time. Most dogs do best in a home with other dogs to keep them company.

​Do you dock tails?

No. Our program is primarily focused on agility and sports. We do work small stock with our dogs and we’ve not found the tails to be a problem. We do not work cattle or horses and we do not recommend our pups for homes where they will be herding large stock.

Tails are greatly beneficial in sports, not only for balance but because many international competitions have banned docked dogs from competing. We want our future puppies to have every avenue open to them including being able to compete at the international level.

Do you remove dewclaws?

Rear dewclaws, if present, are always removed. These are held on loosely by skin and are likely to rip off. We do not remove front dewclaws as these are integral to the function of the foot and assist in stability when turning. Removing them has been shown to have long term negative effects.

How does your waiting list work?

There is no fee to be placed on the waiting list. The waiting list is not “first come/first served”. It is prioritized based on the type of puppy requested. I always retain first rights to pick a puppy. After me, the sire owner (if using an outside sire) will get second pick. Full registration picks will be after, followed by limited registration sports/working picks. Pet picks will be last and based on who has been on the list the longest. Not all puppies will be available to all prospective buyers. We temperament test puppies and try to place puppies in the best possible homes while still honoring our buyers wishes for certain colors/genders. If we feel a puppy is an especially poor fit for a particular buyer, we will remove that pup from your options.

Do you require a deposit to hold?

I do not take deposits until the litter is born. We have an extremely small program and do not want to accept deposits until we know how many puppies are going to be available. When the litter is born all waiting list members will be notified. At 2 weeks, I will start accepting deposits. The cost is $100 and is non-refundable. I accept Venmo, Personal check, Cash, CashApp or Zelle for deposits. No Paypal, as Paypal does not support the sale of live animals. All electronic deposits must be sent “friends and family”.  We reserve the right to refuse to sell to anyone if we feel it is not in the puppy's best interest and in this situation, your deposit will be fully refunded. In those cases where the puppy passes away or experiences an unforeseen health issue, we will refund your deposit or transfer it to a future litter (your choice). At 7 weeks, those who have placed deposits will be contacted about selecting your puppy and we will arrange a day for you to pick them up between 8 and 9 weeks of age. If you do not pick up your puppy on the assigned day or make other arrangements, we will go to the next person on our deposit list. Once the deposit list has chosen, we will contact the rest of the waiting list. If any puppies are left, we will list them on our facebook page and website.

Can I pick my own puppy?

For the most part, yes. Temperament evaluations are done at 7 weeks using both Volhard Testing and PAWS working dog testing. Scores and stacked photos will be provided to all potential buyers. We will never expect you to take a puppy that is a color or gender you don’t want. We will however make strong recommendations as to which puppy would be best, and some puppies will not be available to inexperienced pet homes. Please keep mind, we do specialize in sports dogs and our dogs are not usually going to be suitable to beginner pet homes.

Can I come visit the puppies to pick one out?

Unfortunately, no. There is simply too much risk of the puppies being exposed to germs and getting sick if many people are visiting them and walking through our property. We will happily facetime/video chat and allow you to watch the puppies and see the parents as well as conducting any reasonable temperament tests you request. You can also meet the parents when you come to pick up your puppy.

How do I know you’re not a scammer or puppy mill?

As we only accept cash for pickup, you will never pay us money until you have a puppy in hand with the exception of a very small deposit. We have a very small kennel and you are welcome to see pictures/video of our facility. We also are actively involved in multiple clubs and you are welcome to come meet us when we are showing at local events. We also have many, many references that we can provide from friends, trainers, and vets. We can also provide you with links/screenshots of show results on public websites.

Do you ever have adults or retired dogs for sale?

We will *never* have retired dogs available from our program. While I respect that some larger programs do this out of necessity, our program is very small, and our dogs are family and pets first. 

However, we do have a policy of taking back any dog we have sold at any time if the owner needs to rehome said dog. If this should happen, or if we have friends with available adults, we will post this to our website.

What guarantees do you offer?

All puppies are guaranteed to be in good health at the time you acquire them. We do not guarantee against parasites as these are treatable.  You have 72hrs to have your puppy evaluated by a vet. If the pup is found to be in poor health or have any congenital issues at this visit, we will take the puppy back and issue a refund minus your deposit. You are responsible for bringing the puppy to us and all expenses related to such. We are not responsible for any illness or injury that results from the buyer’s negligence or poor decision making. A vet’s statement will be required and must state that the issue existed prior to you acquiring the puppy. We also guarantee against genetic/congenital defects for a period of 24 months with the exception of MDR1 and HSF4 (akc HC), both of which we have openly stated are present in the DNA results of our dogs. If you dog is found to have congenital issues within that time, we will offer you another puppy from our next litter. All aussies should be treated as MDR1 affected regardless of genetics so we consider this a non-issue. Some of our dogs may carry one copy of HSF4, which can *sometimes* cause mild cataracts which are generally of a type that does not affect working vision and can only be noticed using specialized instruments.  Most HSF4 dogs with 1 copy of the gene never have any issues whatsoever. HSF4 does not *cause* cataracts. It is a “linkage” gene. It’s believed that a combination of several genetic factors lead to cataracts. Our dogs are eye tested yearly and there are no known cases of cataracts in the immediate pedigrees of our dogs.  However, we cannot guarantee your dog will never develop cataracts.

We do not guarantee any of the following:

  • -Hip, elbow, patella or OFA results. Unfortunately, many of these things are affected equally by environment as well as genetics and we cannot guarantee your dog will get passing results with OFA or Pennhip. The parents are tested and results available for viewing.

  • -Epilepsy. The causes of epilepsy are currently unknown. We have not experienced any Epilepsy in our lines but we cannot offer this guarantee when the cause is unknown.

  • -Size. I will try to give an estimated size range; however, my bloodlines are a mix of small standard aussies/mini aussies/toy aussies. I cannot guarantee that any dog will remain within either the ASDR or AKC definition of a “mini”.

  • -Ear set. To my knowledge there are no prick ears in the pedigree of any of my dogs, however, I do have some ear sets that “break high”. I do not guarantee rose ears or buttons ears. There are methods to help set ears for the show ring (gluing, taping, etc) however, I no longer choose to utilize this practice. I want my puppy buyers to know that what they are seeing is what is present naturally.

  • -Show quality/performance ability. These are very subjective things and I cannot guarantee your dog will be successful in the show or sports ring. I sell “prospects”. Your dog may or may not be successful in your chosen venue.

  • -Breeding ability. Breeding rights are just that: ”rights”. If agreed upon in our contract, you have the right to try to breed the dog you’ve bought from us. I do not guarantee fertility in any form or fashion. All male breeding prospects will have 2 descended testicles prior to leaving our care. We will not send a male home with the hope that his testicles will “drop”.

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