Payment & Pricing
Prices start at $800 on spay/neuter contract. We do not have 'the cheaper the better' puppies here at Fifteen Acre Farms'. We do sometimes have puppies that are priced less than $800 & sometimes have exceptional prospects that are priced higher but typically this is the pricelist we follow for our puppies placed on spay/neuter contract:
Blue Merle Males & Females $2000
Red Merle Males & Females $2500
Red Tri Males & Females $1800
Black Tri Males & Females $800
Puppies with slight color imperfections $500 - $800
Imperfections are things like a color pattern or the placement of white that does not meet breed standard per www.akc.org and www.asca.org and usually includes white that extends the shoulder blades, a white ear, or white that covers one or both eyes. Breed standard is that both eyes are surrounded by colored hair, not white, and that both ears have colored hair, not white. The white in the collar also shall not extend the shoulder blades. These puppies will still be perfect pets but their lower price will reflect their imperfections and a breeding option will not be available for those puppies.
We like to keep the purchasing process here at Fifteen Acre Farms Australian Shepherds simple. If you are a responsible pet owner and plan to spay/neuter simply choose the puppy you want & click the 'Reserve This Puppy' button under his or her picture and pay the $200 non-refundable deposit. Balance will be paid at pickup or, if air travel is required, the balance will be paid at age 6 weeks when it is time to book the flight.
***ANY ADULT DOG OR PUPPY PLACED FOR BREEDING IS $3000 regardless of color or gender. Why $3000? To stop the nonsense of purchasing a puppy here for breeding then choosing a $200 mate registered with a substandard registry with NO health testing & breed genetic flaws right back into the pedigree that I have paid tens of thousands of dollars to clean up. A $3000 investment shows YOUR commitment to the breed and responsibility as a breeder. My expectation is that you will take breeding to improve and promote the Australian Shepherd breed as serious as I do. If you think you want to breed, click the *For Breeders* link above & read the Breeding 101 page then answer all the questions on the Contract (Breeding) page in detail and email your answers to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. NO EXCEPTIONS/NO EXCUSES. Remember .... 100% of dogs in pound, shelter, & rescue are there as a result of breeding without a plan.***
Our prices reflect, not only the quality of puppies we produce as a result of all the genetic testing we pay for, but the cost to produce & place an entire litter of puppies as well. Raising puppies, caring for all the parents & juveniles that we retain for breeding all year (not just when they are producing), & paying for all of the genetic health testing requires an enormous financial year around commitment.
All puppies purchased from Fifteen Acre Farms will receive AKC AND ASCA registration paperwork AT TIME OF SALE. We are ALWAYS available to take our puppies back if the owner is unable to care for him/her at any time during the dog or puppy's lifetime or if they simply do not work out in your family. However, we do not "buy" them back because of the cost to care for, advertise, work out any behavior and/or training issues, & re-home them.
We also do NOT require our buyers to purchase our puppies on a co-ownership contract & we do NOT require the use of our kennel name on their registration paperwork. Our buyers are free to name their puppy(s) as they wish ... as naming the puppy is half the fun! In addition, we will never present our buyers with a lengthy questionairre before purchase asking for private personal information such as income, number of hours spent away from home each day, & who lives in or visits your home. Though we enjoy getting to know our buyers, that info is just not our business.