Choosing the right breeder is vital. Not only is it important to find the right breed for your lifestyle but you need to find the right puppy too, and a breeder interested in what temperament of puppy best fits your lifestyle is one to aim for. Try going to a local dog show to meet breeders, Aussies and their owners to really get to know the breed.
A reputable breeder is not only someone who raises the puppy, but one who will be around for the remainder of the dogs life as an information source and support system.
A reputable breeder will happily provide information on the health testing of the parents and will be there if for some reason you can no longer keep your Aussie.
Many reputable breeders have lengthy waiting lists and you may be expected to wait to add your puppy to your family.
Finding the right breeder that is willing to work with you and your pup over their life is the most important decision you can make on your way to getting a dog.
Ideally, you should find that the breeder-evaluation process works both ways. Obviously, you’ll want to make sure of the breeder’s credentials – and they should want to make sure you will provide a good home. So don’t be surprised, or offended, if the breeder asks you as many questions as you ask them. This is a very good sign and shows they are genuinely interested in finding the best homes for their puppies.
Timing is everything! Resist the temptation to take your new dog home too soon. The time puppies spend with their mothers, brothers and sisters is crucial to their development – it’s how they learn how to communicate and learn the dos and dont's. You should pick up your puppy after it has turned 8 weeks of age, but if you have to wait until 12 weeks, it’s best to choose a puppy from a busy household.