Southern Charm Mini Aussies/Mini American Shepherds
Karla, Mike, and Kirsten Benjamin
770-241-4202, 770-633-3555, 770-355-6070
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9am to 9pm Daily for phone calls.
The demand for Miniature American Shepherds is high. For this reason deposits are taken sometimes up to six months from the birth of a litter. Our deposits are $250.00 and are non refundable but may be transferred to the next upcoming litter, should you not find a puppy in the litter that your deposit is being held. Under no circumstances will the deposit be returned so please make sure that your commitment to a puppy has been thought through very carefully. You are reserving a puppy from a litter therefore we are also turning away potential parents with your deposit on our list.
What to expect after placing your deposit.
Depending on the timeframe, you may have a small wait until the female has her litter or you may be putting a deposit on a current litter. Deposits are listed in the order they are received, either in person or by the postmark on your check should you be mailing your deposit. You will be told when placing your deposit where your deposit will fall on that litter or litters.
As soon as the puppies are born, I try very hard to send you pictures by text and also on my Facebook of them being born and give you details on the puppies! I also can tell you exactly which dates you will be coming for puppy viewing day, puppy pick day, and the day you will be able to take your baby home.
At three weeks of age of the litter, you may come visit for a "puppy viewing day". This gives you the chance to see the puppies and their coloring up close. It will also give you a good opportunity to talk to us about questions or concerns you have about the p uppies, supplies, and preparing for "Go Home" day.These puppies sleep most of time and we cannot allow them to be away from their mother very long, so these visits though exciting, are usually held from 1-3 pm. This visit is not required, but highly recommended if you can attend.
At five weeks of age of the litter, you will need to come to pick your puppy!! This is always an exciting time! We will start promptly at 1 pm. Not only will you get to meet your puppy, but you will also be able to meet the other parents in your litter. Quite alot of my puppy parents are now friends with the other parents they met during this journey and remain friends on social media, sharing pictures of their puppies/dogs, for years to come. We will start with the first person on the deposit list and work our way down the list. When everyone is finished we will then announce the picks and you are welcome to stay and play with your puppy. This visit is required unless you would like us to pick your puppy for you based on the personality and traits you desire in your puppy. Why do we wait until week five to do puppy pick? Unlike a lot of other breeds, Mini Australian/Mini American Shepherds each have a different personality, especially within a litter. These personalities develop between 4-5 weeks and we watch them very closely during this time and make notes so that you can make an informed decision on puppy pick day to get the puppy that you and the puppy will be happy with for a lifetime. If by chance you do not find the right puppy for you or your family this day, your deposit can be moved to the NEXT AVAILABLE LITTER where you will then be at the top of that deposit list.
Weeks 6-8. You are welcome and encouraged to come each Sunday to interact and play with your puppy. You may bring a small blanket to be left with your puppy so that it will contain the smell of his/her mother and litter mates for you to take home with you.
Week 8-9 We will schedule pick up of your puppy by appointment only so that we have a solid hour to go over the medical record and puppy pack, and to answer any questions you may have about your new baby. You will be given a four pound bag of the Merrick Grain Free puppy food that we highly recommend you keep your puppy on for the first year before switching to the adult formula. We also sell bully sticks, elk antlers and flea protection at a greatly reduced price for your convenience. Mike and I are also always available for your questions or concerns for the life of your puppy, so free to call us anytime, especially in the first few days and months when you are learning with your puppy! If you have any questions about our deposits or would like to make a deposit on a current or upcoming litter, please give us a call.