Over the years I have consistently strived to produced beautiful, intelligent, healthy Australian Shepherds and Miniature American Shepherds.  I have produced many Champions but more importantly is the health and longevity of my dogs.

A little bit about my breeding philosophy:  All dogs used in my breeding program have their eyes cleared annually by a Board-Certified Veterinarian Ophthalmologist screening for hereditary eye defects.  All dogs are cleared by OFA for hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and patella luxation. I utilize DNA Genetic Testing as recommend by AKC National Breed Club for both Aussies and MAS. All of this information helps to ensure that I am appropriately selecting breeding pairs that will produce the best possible outcome.  

Temperament, correct structure and sound movement all play into the planning of each litter. With that in mind we plan months in advance and are always keeping an open eye out for nice males to breed to our girls.   I take extra care in raising my puppies ensuring all their needs are met both physically and mentally.  They are born and raised in my home utilizing proven puppy rearing methods that are designed to help puppies to become confident well-adjusted adults. New owners have to put forth the effort in continuing with training and socialization once the puppy is in their care usually starting around 8 weeks.  I will always be available to provide guidance and advice should anyone need help with their puppy.   I love hearing from all our puppy families throughout the dog's lifetime and I appreciate updates and photos periodically. 

 We welcome visitors once our puppies are 4 weeks of age or older.  To minimize the risk of any harmful pathogens being brought into my home I ask that you do not visit any other kennels, pet/feed stores, or other heavily traveled pet areas on the day of your planned visit. Many breeders no longer allow visitors, but I feel it is beneficial for puppies to socialize with someone other than us. Plus, it allows me the opportunity to get to know you better and to make sure the breed is suited for your lifestyle.  It is very important to me that my puppies are appropriately placed in forever homes that can meet the needs of the puppy throughout its lifetime.

Whether your goal is to own a quality companion or a beautiful show or performance dog I may have the perfect Aussie or Miniature American Shepherd for you. If I do not have puppies, I may know of another reputable breeder that has puppies that I can recommend. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions, I am always happy to talk to you and to answer any questions you may have.  

 Just a word of caution:  There are backyard and commercial breeders that are totally unaware of health issues, breed standards or even the proper rearing of puppies. Their only goal is to produce puppies for a profit.  The only consideration in their breeding decision is the mating of two dogs of the same breed. Your best bet is to buy from a knowledgeable reputable breeder usually someone that shows or competes with their dogs. This type of breeder will be breeding a higher quality animal that has been health tested and correctly bred to improve the breed with each generation.  

Please educate yourself about the breed you are interested in prior to beginning your search for your next best friend. Take your time don't rush out and get just any puppy because you want it that day.   Also be aware of scammers.  If it is too good to be true it probably is. Beware of on-line puppy scammers.  The scammers often steal photos of beautiful puppies taken from legitimate websites.  They use these photos to entice you to make a deposit/payment usually in the form of a gift card or a wire transfer.  Once they get your money you will never hear from them again you just lost your money.  Be aware of the person selling puppies from a store parking lot that is just not an acceptable practice. As for health testing have the breeder show you the actually copies of the health testing that the parents have had do not just take their word for it.  If they can't provide that information walk away. I hope this will get you on the right track of what you should expect from a breeder.

Notice:  No photo may be taken without the permission of Debbie Mills photos are the property of Milwin.