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Frequently Asked Questions
 
 
1.What is an AKC Breeder of Merit designation and why is it important? 
 
An AKC Breeder of Merit must meet the following requirements: 1. Participant certifies & follows the health testing/screenings are performed on your breeding stock according to the guidelines of the parent club for their chosen breed. For me, it is the American Shetland Sheepdog Association (www.assa.org). 2. Earned at least 4 titles in the areas of:  Conformation, Performance or Companion Events on a minimum of 4 dogs that you have bred or co-bred.; 3. A member in good standing of an AKC club, 4. Have a history of at least 5 years of involvement in AKC events and 5. to register all puppies with AKC. 
 
 
2. What is a CHIC Number?
 
CHIC stands for: Canine Health Information Center. Each breed of dog has certain tests that are mandatory and a few that are optional that can be done on breeding stock. Once those mandatory & optional tests are done and recorded at: www.offa.org , then a CHIC Number will be issued. You can access the results of your sheltie's parents at www.offa.org by typing in their parents name. Once a CHIC Number is given, the breed's parent club is sent the test results information as well. Not every sheltie conformation breeder gets a CHIC Number as it is quite expensive to do so. However, I do as I want to maintain the high quality of my breeding stock. 
 
 
3. Why must I fill out the Prospective Owner's Survey? I'd rather just call, or email you.....
 
You can call or email me anytime. I'll still ask you to fill out the Survey, though. It asks all the questions that'd I'd ask you anyway. However, I don't always have a pen handy or it maybe a busy time for me and I may not get to ask you the right questions. I really want to get to know you & your family and this helps me to do so. You have the opportunity to learn about me & my shelties here on this website. 
 
 
4. Is there anything else you require? 
 
Yes, I always ask for 2 letters of recommendation. One is from your vet. If you don't have one, I'll send you a file that has a list of questions that you can ask as you either interview different vets or their staff to find the right one for you. 
 
The second letter can be from your groomer, your dog trainer, your landlord (so they are okay with you getting a sheltie) or your parents (if you are in grad school, that sort of thing).
 
Also, a current picture of you. :)
 
 
5. How much do your shelties cost?
 
My shelties are $1,200. It does include the cost of their AKC Registration and micro-chip registration fees. Due to new government regulations (9/16/13), we do not ship. We never have, but need to make that statement for Uncle Sam. 
 
 
 
 
6. Why are they so expensive?
 
Glad that you asked! Below are some of the expenses that are incurred while producing a litter of puppies.
 
A.Original cost of an AKC show/breeding quality Sheltie ($2,500 or more depending on the bloodline)
 
B. Health/Breeding tests given to the above Sheltie......................... $545 
 
 OFFA Hip Xrays $150
 CERF Eye Exam 40 (at a special clinic or more if at DR.'s Office)
 vWD Test 90
 MDR-1 Test 90
 Thyroid Test 175
 
C. Then the breeding costs once health testing is complete:
 
Progesterone Blood test ($40-$90) 
  (done 3-4 times per breeding) $160-$360
Brucellosis Test $90
Breeding fee $850+
Travel/Gas/Food to Fella's House $100
 OR
 Special Shipping to us $350
Travel to Repro-Vet & any fees $300
Momma's Food $100
Ultrasound to confirm Pregnancy $100
X-ray for possible puppy count  $100
Dew Claw Removal, Puppy shots, micro-chip $60 
(cost for 1 puppy only)
AKC Litter Registration fee  $40
AKC Puppy Registration $30
 
 
  AVG.  TOTAL COST $ 2,480.00 
 
 
 
7. What about an adult that you might retire?
 
Occasionally, I do have an adult that is being retired. Their price is $500. That amount goes for their spay or neuter that will be done by my vet. It also covers the cost of their AKC owner transfer paperwork & changing their microchip info. Once they have had their surgery & have healed & stitches have been removed, they will be available. I do make announcements ahead of time to try to find the right home for any retiring adult.
 
8. What about an older puppy?
 
Occasionally we do have an older puppy or a very young adult that is available. Whether it is because they did not fulfill their conformation/breeding stock potential or they were brought back home because their owner no longer wanted them. Cost varies by sheltie & situation. Irregardless, they will be spayed or neutered here before leaving. This very quickly discourages the irresponsible breeders from contacting me & using my stock unscrupulously. Other than that, the cost of their AKC owner transfer & micro-chip info is included in their price.
 
9. Why can't I let my vet do the surgery?
 
It's not a matter of your vet's surgical skills to do this. I'm thinking of what is best for my sheltie. I want them to leave here and only have to get used to a new home & your daily routine. This way the two of you can have plenty of enjoyable time to bond to each other. To go to a new home & also to have surgery so soon after coming to your house, makes it hard on everyone....including you.
 
 
10. What kind of a guarantee do you have or offer?
 
I offer a 24 hour health/temprament guarantee on my shelties. This gives you time to take them to your vet for a �get to know you� check up. If your vet finds that your sheltie has a serious health problem that makes them unsuitable to be a family pet (Vet's written statement with proof of the health problem) then you can return your sheltie & get a full refund provided your sheltie is returned within 10 days of seeing your vet. Any time longer than 10 days will result in a pro-rating of the refund.
 
I offer a 2 year genetic guarantee on your sheltie that covers their hips (normal-non dysplastic rating by OFA), eyes (normal), vWD (non-affected rating) & MDR1 (non-mutant rating) in these areas only. These are the areas that I test all of my beeding stock for. I cannot be responsible for a sheltie that is under your care & supervision for problems due to lack of exercise (or too much), poor diet or anything that happens to them while they are in your care as an owner. Since I have done all that I can on my end, you must be responsible owner of your sheltie on your end. I am willing to guarantee your sheltie for 2 years for these genetic issues only. Please remember that a sheltie is a living, breathing animal and no animal or person is going to grow & age without something going on or health issues that may become known later on in life. 
 
 
11. What are the kinds of genetic breeding tests that you do on your shelties?
 
Each sheltie undergoes genetic health/screening tests in the following areas:
 
A.Hips- this is done just after they turn 2 years and it is to see the quality of their hip bones & socket structure. The X-rays are taken by a Vet and are sent to OFFA for a analysis. OFFA then sends the X-ray to vet radiology specialists at vet schools around the country. Each x-ray is evaluated by 3 different specialists each at a different vet school. They do not communicate to each other about what they see. You can go to for more info:  http://www.offa.org/hd_grades.html
 
 Classification results are:
 
Excellent 
Good
Fair
Borderline 
Mildly Displastic
Moderate Displastic
Severe Displastic
 
B. Eyes�CERF or OFA Exam by a Veterianarian Opthamologist as to the condition & health of each eye. Results of this are now posted on the OFFA website as well.
 
C. VWD- also known as Von Wildebrand's or free bleeder syndrome. This is done with a DNA marker check swab and the results can be:
 
Clear- no genetic markers
Carrier- carries one marker from a parent
Affected- carries a marker from both parents
 
This is a simple genetic marker that can be bred away from in one or two generations. Idealy, both parents are clear and don't carry a marker for this. As show/hobby breeders have now gotten this down to 0.3% in our population. As for non-show/hobby breeders, I have no clue as they don't test for this. Source:  http://www.vetgen.com/canine-vwd3.html
 
D. MDR-1..Drug sensitivity. Almost everyone knows that dogs found in the herding group have issues with Ivermectin. Ivermectin is in a specific class of drugs. Because of the seriousness of this, there has been a DNA test developed. Test results are:
 
Normal/Normal....Both parents don't carry the gene & all offspring will be Normal/Normal
 
Normal/Affected...One parent doesn't carry the gene & the other one does.
 
Affected/Affected..Both parents carried at least one of the genes and the resulting offspring
  received both. All medications should be given with caution as well as
  any surgeries as this puppy/dog will probably not survive the
 proceedure.
Great care must be done if the Affected/Affected dog is bred and all the resulting puppies will be Affected/Affected. It is a very bad idea to breed two such parents together. As show/hobby breeders, we are still working this out of our lines and we are down to 30% affected and droping in our breeding population. Source:  http://www.vetgen.com/canine-vwd3.html For more information on which specific drugs,
Please see:  http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/depts-VCPL/drugs.aspx
 
 
12. Why don't you ship?
 
We have never shipped one of our shelties to a new owner..........ever. Why? Our weather makes this risky here in the South because of the heat. Only one airline has air conditioned facilities & can keep a sheltie in their office area. This is known as hand carried or counter to counter service. All other air lines that ship would have a sheltie to go through normal cargo which is not air conditioned (nor heated in winter) and be treated with fork lifts zooming their crates around with the accompaning back up beeps. How do I know? I have visited them to decide for myself if I would ship to a new owner or not. 
 
13. Can I name my sheltie?
 
Yes, you can name your sheltie anything you want to! In fact, I encourage you to think about what it might be because together we will fill out the papers here. I just ask that you use Creekside somewhere in their formal name. Their everyday or 'call' name can be whatever you want it to be.
 
14.Are there any additional costs for my sheltie?
 
Not at this time.
 
15. What do I need to bring to take my sheltie home with me? 
 
A crate to travel in. A couple of towels for them to rest on.  One for the crate and an extra one just in case you need to use a fresh one. Sometimes their tummy doesn�t like to travel. A water dish for a sip of water if you take a pit stop on the way home. Most puppies will sleep for the entire journey home.
 
16. Does anything come with my sheltie?
 
Oh my, yes! Your sheltie will have an entire goodie bag of things to go home with them. They will have a new leash & collar and all puppies will have a small bell attached to their collar (so you can find them quickly if you need to), a couple of toys, a handful of treat biscuits, enough food for 2 weeks.  A copy of their records (health & shot records, height chart, Sales Contract, Care & Maintenance Contract, AKC Registration papers & microchip registration.
 
17. When can I meet my sheltie?
 
All prospective owners must go through the approval process before coming to meet their sheltie. Puppies can be visited at 6 weeks of age by invitation only. I also ask that you don�t visit any dog parks or other doggie areas prior to visiting. Remember these puppies are too young for regular vaccinations/puppy shots to take affect. Visiting somewhere else before coming here could cost them their lives as they have no immunity of their own at this age.
 
Those looking for an older sheltie must go through the same process before being invited to come & spend time with the sheltie here.

 


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