Our Puppy Policies.
Our puppies are the result of detailed pedigree analysis, compatibility of type and only choosing the best to continue the breed. Our puppies are only offered to discerning and well informed, experienced homes after rigorous screening and the best fit has presented itself after at least one phone call and in person meeting of all relevant family members. No puppy is guaranteed until after the in person meeting and evaluation at 8 weeks have taken place and then puppies may be assigned. Successful homes will be notified by email.
As a buyer, you should be looking for breeders who only breed health and genetic-tested dogs who are at least 2 years old, who have achieved their conformation and performance titles and have their yearly CERF eye clearances, OFA hip & elbow certifications plus Aussie panel DNA testing results for MDR1, PRA, HSF4, DM and CEA plus blood test results for PHA.
Puppies would only be available if we weren't keeping one for our own breeding program.
Puppies older than 9 weeks will be priced higher to account for the additional costs incurred by GraceRok for training classes, feeding, vaccinations, vet bills, etc.
Puppy Waiting List
A non-refundable deposit of $200 is now required to secure a puppy from all litters. The deposit will be deducted from the final payment for your puppy.
Puppy Buyer Etiquette - PLEASE READ this link which will take you to another page before going further.
All families interested in joining the waiting list for a puppy from GraceRok will need to fill out a questionnaire:
Please click on the Word file icon above complete it and email it back to us at so that we can get to know if you would be a good fit for one of our puppies. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about us, our breeding program or anything related to Aussies!!
In addition to the questionnaire you can expect at least one telephone interview as part of the approval process so that we can get to know each other better. When the puppies are at least 4-5 weeks old families will be encouraged to come and visit to meet the puppies and their mom and see where they are raised in our home.
All prospective puppy homes must have a fenced yard and have dog owning experience...Aussies typically don't make a great 'first' dog. Preference is given to experienced show/performance homes.
Final decisions on placement of puppies will be based on the needs of each family and the structure and temperament of the puppy as assessed AFTER a temperament and structural evaluation at 8 weeks to ensure the best fit for our puppy. NO puppies are assigned or guaranteed until after we meet the potential new owners AND after evaluations at 8+ weeks.
We do NOT assign puppies based on color or gender alone. We'll make the first pick of any puppies for ourselves if we plan to keep one to include in our showing and breeding program. We reserve the right to refuse a puppy if we feel that it isn't a good fit. This is a pretty standard process for most well bred dogs from responsible breeders.
Puppies will have:
a health assessment from the veterinarian,
their eyes tested and cleared,
their first set of vaccinations.
We devote a great deal of time and care to the raising of litters here at GraceRok. Puppies will be born and raised in our home and will spend all their time underfoot in our sun-porch by the kitchen, in the kitchen, and the family room loft.
They will have age-appropriate exposure to adult dogs in the household, normal household noises like cooking, vacuuming, and taped sounds like thunder and other noises they need to be calm around as adults. They'll also be exposed to visiting children during the age-appropriate developmental stages.
We will use Puppy Culture methods to raise our puppies so they will have the best chance of being well adjusted family members in their new homes!
All companion puppies will be sold on a late spay/neuter companion contract (i.e., no earlier than 18 months and preferably 2 years...do your research please) which will also include a requirement to attend at least one puppy class and one obedience class with the puppy. Depending on the puppy's temperament and structure, performance homes may get preference.
Occasionally we may be looking for families to co-own a puppy that shows potential for conformation and remaining a part of our breeding program. Preference will be given to proven show homes.
Contracts will require the puppy to be returned to GraceRok if things don't work out...this way we can all work to reduce the number of dogs ending up in the shelter system.
Priorities for all Litters
Health, temperament, structure, breed type and beauty are all of primary importance to any future litter here at GraceRok.
If we don't have any puppies available, I would be very happy to refer you to another responsible Australian Shepherd breeder who shares the same ethics and priorities in their breeding program as myself.
Please also consider an Aussie rescue (see links page for links to some local rescues).
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