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Franklinton, NC 27525

919-494-5814

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COUNTRY LIFE LIVING KENNEL

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

Country Life Living Kennel is a professional breeder, of Australian Shepherds. We have been in the business for 9 years and have had great success raising our pups and offering to great families to live their lives with.

We lean toward family/work blood lines. We have also headed toward show bloodlines.  We decide the right times with the right parents based on bloodlines and relationships. We take great care and overseeing, in the selection of our Sire's and Dam’s we put together, based on our customers requested needs and desires. We aim toward well rounded family dogs, service dogs, agility dogs, and well-rounded farm dogs.

ABOUT COUNTRY LIFE LIVING KENNEL

 

Man’s Best Friend, My Aussie’s. 

For me, nothing better than starting out the morning with a hot cup of coffee, hopping on the golf cart and heading out across the dew-covered field into the sunrise, following my boys and girls ‘’ The Aussie Pack ‘’. They love it, running and playing, all excited. Kicking up a mist of dew into the air, celebrating another day of life to the fullest. They look forward to it every morning. Yes, they love riding as well; inside the truck, outside the truck, on top of the truck. They ride the atv, the jet ski, the golf cart. They love boating to, I guess because they love the water and swimming and playing. I can hear them now,’’ throw me a stick, throw me the ball. They complete the family and are great protectors.

They are truly amazing animals. I love them and they love me. I call it’’ The Aussie Experience’’. Country Life Living Kennel are  professional breeders of Australian Shepherds. We have been in the business for 9 years and have had great success raising our pups and offering to great families to live their lives with.We lean toward family/work blood lines. We have headed toward show bloodlines as well at this time. We decide the right times with the right parents based on bloodlines and relationships. We take great care overseeing, in the selection of our Sire's and Dam’s we put together, based on our customers requested needs and desires. We aim toward well rounded family dogs, service dogs, agility dogs, and well-rounded farm dogs. We do not offer to just any home.  Aussie’s are not a good fit for everyone. We do our best to fit our pups based on the pup’s personality and knowledge of the parents, into what fits best for a family seeking. 

 

We are always present at births, making sure all goes well with the pups and the mom. From there standard care consists of;

  • Pictures at birth

  • Inspection at birth

  • Continuous overseeing first week

  • Regular overseeing second week – twelve weeks

  • Weekly pictures and periodic videos 

  • Worming

  • House training – Pads, Litter box

  • Nail care and Bathing if needed

  • Introduction to hard food

  • Handling and Personality notes

  • Vaccinations

Our standard practice is we doc tails.

  • If requested to not doc the tail on your pup we require full payment up front.

  • To reserve a particular color or color + gender pup, out of a upcoming litter, a 50% deposit is required upfront.

  • If once the litter is born and your choice is not available, you will receive your deposit back, or at that time we will send pictures of what is available and if you decide on one of the litter, your deposit will go toward that pup.

  • All purchases, a 50% deposit is required, and balance paid on or before pick up date.

  • NO REFUNDS ON DEPOSITS 

  • We keep pups 8 weeks to ensure all goes well with health and maintenance and to learn the puppy's personality’s for good fits for your home and family. Only in extreme conditions will we release a pup at 6 weeks.

Prices

The prices of our puppy’s vary based on body color and eye color, due to supply an demand and luck of the

draw of what the mom births. Our puppies range from 500.00 - 950.00

 

Please contact us via email or give us a call and leave message, if interested or have any questions.

Thank You for your interest and allowing Country Life Living Kennel in possibly being a part of your family.

God Bless Aussie’s

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This Ropers Rodeo & Nikita Gunnar Bear last litter of 2019. Perfect timing for Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas. Finish out the year with that gift that will bring unexpected happiness and joy for someone you love. Kita’s litter was born on 8/27/19 and will be ready on 10/22/19. She birthed 9 pups; 3 Red Merles, 2 Red Bi’s, 1 Red Tri,  1 Black Tri, 1 Black Bi and 1 Blue Merle with a rare banded colored coat. Pups are beginning to open their eyes, so I should have eye colors soon.

This in last litter of the year so get your deposit in soon.

 

 

 

 

 

The Australian Shepherd, often known simply as the "Aussie", is a medium-sized breed of dog of that was, despite its name, developed on ranches in the United States during the 19th century. There is disagreement regarding the exact history of the breed prior to its arrival in the United States, and thus no official consensus on the origin of its name or association with Australia.

Australian Shepherds rose in popularity with a boom in western riding after World War II. They became known to the general public through rodeos, horse shows, and Disney movies made for television. 

For many years, Aussies have been valued by stockmen for their versatility and trainability. While they continue to work as stock dogs and compete in herding trials, they have earned recognition in other roles due to their trainability and eagerness to please and are highly regarded for their skills in obedience. Like all working breeds, Aussies have considerable energy and drive and usually need a job to keep them occupied. They often excel at dog sports such as dog agility and frisbee and are also highly successful as search and rescue dogs, disaster dogs, detection dogs, guide dogs, service dogs, and therapy dogs.

History

The Australian Shepherd's history is vague, as is the reason for its misleading name. The breed was initially called by many names, including Spanish Shepherd, Pastor Dog, Bobtail, New Mexican Shepherd, California Shepherd, and Austrian Shepherd. It is believed by some that the breed has Basque origins in Spain and was used there by shepherds. Those shepherds might then have emigrated to the West Coast of the United States via Australia. What is known is that it developed in western North America in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Australian Shepherd was a particularly tireless sheep herder in the Rocky Mountains because it is relatively unaffected by altitude.

Ranchers in Boulder, Colorado, began breeding the dogs which would attract purchasers from as far west as California for their legendary sheep-herding abilities. A theory suggests that they were named for the imported sheep that they herded. It is also possible that many of the dogs coming from Australia were blue merle and the adjective "Australian" became associated with any dogs of that coat color.

Recent History

Development of the breed began in the American West. The breed's foundation bloodlines are depicted in the Australian Shepherd Genealogy Chartshowing the relationship between the early families of dogs. The American Kennel Club (AKC) ranked the Australian Shepherd as the 17th-most popular breed in the United States in 2016 

Selective breedingfor many generations focused on aspects of the dog that enabled it to function as an effective stock dog in the American West. It had to handle severe weather; have plenty of speed, athleticism, energy, and endurance; and be intelligent, flexible, and independent; while remaining obedient. The actual foundation for the Australian Shepherd was established between the 1940s and the early 1970s, when the Australian Shepherd Club of America was formed, and the registry was started. 

Their stunts and skills earned them places in several Disney films, including Run Appaloosa Runand Stub: The Greatest Cow dog in the West. An Australian shepherd was featured in the film Flight of the Navigator (1986) and the TV series Flash Forward (1996). More recently, an Australian Shepherd starred in the film Famous Five (2012) and its sequels. 

Size

The Australian Shepherd is traditionally a medium-sized breed of solid build. They can weigh from 35 to 70 pounds (16 to 32 kg) and stand from 18 to 23 inches (46 to 58 cm) in height. The Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA) standard calls for the Australian shepherd to stand between 18 and 23 inches (46 and 58 cm) at the withers, females being 18 to 22 inches (46 to 56 cm) and males measuring 19 to 23 inches (48 to 58 cm); however, quality is not to be sacrificed in favor of size.

Recognized Aussie colors are solid black, solid red (liver), blue merle, and red/liver merle; each of these colors may also have copper (tan) points or white markings in various combinations on the face, chest, and legs. A black or red dog with copper and white trim is called 'tricolor' or 'tri', while a black or red dog with white trim but no copper is called 'bicolor' or 'bi'. White, rather than pigment, on or around the ears is an indicator of increased risk for white-related deafness. Excessive white on the face and ears can place an individual dog at greater risk for sunburn and subsequent skin cancer. 

The wide variety of color combinations comes from the interaction between the color allele, which is either black (B) dominant or red (b) recessive, and the dominant merle allele (M). Together, these provide four coat-color aspects that can appear in any combination: 

  • Black tri, with copper points, white markings, or both on the face, collar, legs, chest, underbelly - solid black dogs are equally desirable as ones with copper or white.

  • Red (liver) with or without copper points or white markings on the face, collar, legs, chest, underbelly - either white or copper points are required. Solid red dogs are equally desirable as ones with copper or white.

  • Blue merle (a mottled patchwork of gray and black) with or without copper points or white markings on the face, collar, legs, chest

  • underbelly - neither white nor copper points are required. Solid merle dogs are equally desirable as ones with copper or white.

  • Red merle (a mottled patchwork of cream and red/liver) with or without copper points or white markings on the face, collar, legs, chest, underbelly - neither white nor copper points are required. Solid merle dogs are equally desirable as ones with copper or white. 

  • The merle allele, which produces a mingled or patchwork combination of dark and light areas, is the coat pattern most commonly associated with the breed. This merle (M) is dominant, so heterozygous dogs (Mm) show the pigmentation pattern; however, when two merles are bred, the statistical risk is 25% of the offspring will end up with the two copies of the merle gene (homozygous). These dogs usually have a mostly white coat and blue irises, and are often deaf, blind, or both. In this case, the deafness and blindness are linked to having two copies of the merle gene, which disrupts pigmentation and produces these health defects. 

  • All black and blue merle dogs have black noses, eye rims, and lips. All red and red merle dogs have liver or brown noses, eye rims, and lips. 

  • Red merle with copper points and one brown eye and one blue eye, blue merle with copper points with blue eyes

  • Also, great variety is seen in the Aussie's eye color, and they are often heterochromatic. An early nickname for the breed was "ghost-eye dog". Aussie eyes may be any shade of brown, or blue; they may have two differently colored eyes, or even have bicolored (for example, a half-brown, half-blue eye), which appear to be linked to the merle coloration. Merled eyes occur, as well, where one color is mixed in and swirled with another. Any combination of eye color is acceptable in the breed standard, so long as the eyes are healthy. In general, however, black Aussies (self, bi-color, or tri-color) tend to have brown eyes, while red (self, bi-color, or tri-color) Aussies tend to have amber eyes, though these Aussies may also carry the blue-eyed gene. 

  • The merle phenotype in Australian Shepherds is very similar to the coat color in Mitf mouse mutants. 

Tails

Although some Aussies are born with naturally bobbed or partially bobbed (stubby) tails, the majority are born with full, long tails. Breeders have historically docked the tails when the puppies are born. In the United States and Canada, the standard calls for a natural bob or docked tail not to exceed four inches as a defining characteristic; however, some long-tailed examples have been successfully shown and been given recognition. Any natural tail length is permitted when showing in Europe, where docking has been banned in most countries, including the United Kingdom. Research has concluded that it causes the animal unnecessary pain and stress. 

Temperament

The breed is typically highly energetic, requiring a great deal of exercise and attention. An Australian Shepherd enjoys working, whether it is learning and practicing tricks, competing in dog agility, or engaging in any other physically and mentally involving activity. 

Dogs may show reserved and cautious guarding behaviors. They are kind, loving, and devoted to those they know. They are very loyal to their owners and are rewarding dogs if treated well. Because the breed was developed to serve on the ranch, a job which includes being protective of its property, it is inclined to bark warnings about neighborhood activity. It is not inclined toward obsessive barking.

The Aussie is intelligent, learns quickly, and loves to play. This means that a bored, neglected, unexercised Aussie may invent its own games, activities, and jobs, which to a busy owner might appear to be hyperactivity: for example, an Aussie may go from being at rest to running at top speed for several "laps" around the house before returning to rest. Without something to amuse them, Aussies can become destructive. Aussies also do best with plenty of human companionship: they are often called "Velcro dogs" for their strong desire to always be near their owners and for their tendency to form intense, devoted bonds with select people. With children, they work best with children over the age of eight: this is absolutely not because they do not like children or have a short temper with kids (most are quite friendly to children) but more because there are rambunctious specimens of this breed that, though they do not intend to hurt the child, get carried away and may knock the youngster over. Other untrained Aussies may nip at the feet and heels of small children, like they would with sheep, but this is out of boredom or lack of boundaries set by their owners. 

The Australian Shepherd has a reputation as a highly intelligent and versatile stock dog with a range of working styles. A good working Aussie is quick, thoughtful, and easy with its stock: there are working lines in the American West that still herd sheep, smaller cattle, and goats. They are fast runners with a loose eye style of working livestock. The ability for the breed to adapt to the situation and to think for itself makes it an excellent all-around worker. For this reason, the Aussie is often chosen to work unusual livestock such as ducks, geese, and commercially raised rabbits. 

These dogs require a minimum of two to three hours a day of play, exercise, and attention. They thrive in rural, ranch-like conditions, and need space to run and play in an urban setting. The Australian Shepherd is a high-spirited dog, that requires much attention and work. 

 
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