What is the MDR1 Gene in Toy Australian Shepherds?
Many herding breed dogs have a genetic predisposition to adverse drug reactions involving over a dozen different drugs. The most serious adverse drug reactions involve several antiparasitic agents (ivermectin, milbemycin and related drugs), the antidiarrheal agent loperamide (Imodium), and several anticancer drugs (vincristine, doxorubicin, others). These drug sensitivities result from a mutation in the multidrug resistance gene (MDR1 gene).
All of our dogs undergo testing for this gene. You will know when you purchase a puppy from us if you need to watch the medications you give your Toy Aussie.
Introduction to MarLoWin Aussies.
We are a small hobby breeder of Toy Australian Shepherds located outside Owensboro, Kentucky. Although we strive for Toy Australian Shepherds, we occasionally have Teacup (under 10") and Mini (over 14") Australian Shepherds.
Our Australian Shepherds are raised in our home and are a part of our family. Several of my aussies travel to work with me. We strive to have well balanced and well socialized australian shepherds. Our puppies are raised in our home and underfoot. We puzzle our puppies at 8 weeks of age to determine show quality puppies. We love showing our aussies and try to place show quality aussies in homes that are interested in showing. Although we sell pet quality aussies, we are open to breeder inquiries.
Our Australian Shepherds are registered with the American Stock Dog Association ("ASDR") and our aussies show in comformation in shows sponsored by IABCA, MTACK and the ASDR. Our toy aussies are champion bred for the type and substance of larger aussies.
Judges that I have met at shows know their aussies and know what they want to see in the ring. They want to see a "Toy Aussie" that is just a shrunken down version of a Mini or Standard Aussie. They want the dogs to move and show the ability to work as their bigger counterparts do.
I am lucky to have the several excellent breeders of Toy and Mini Aussies as friends. If you do not see what you are looking for on my website, I would be happy to help you find what you are looking for.
How to purchase your puppy
STEP # 1 PICK A PUPPY If you see a pup that strikes your fancy then let us know.
We will answer all your questions, send more photos, and give you 24 hours
from the time we respond. We will not hold a puppy after that unless deposit is received. We accept many different types of payment methods, so it is not hard to make a deposit.
STEP # 2 PAY THE DEPOSIT To get on the waiting list for a litter or put a deposit on a certain puppy, the cost of deposit is $200.00. This deposit holds the puppy until at least 8 weeks of age.
Deposits are non-refundable but when placed on an unborn puppy, deposit can be moved to a different litter for up to a year.
Puppies at or over 8 weeks of age can be paid for when picked up, but to be shipped they must be paid in full.
Prices listed are Pet Price Only
Pet price ~ This means that you will not breed and will have your pup surgically altered by 7 months old.
Full price ~ Breeding rights include all registration papers/pedigrees/testing documents.
All our dogs are registered with ASDR, NSDR, or both.
Our puppies are guaranteed for life against genetic defects. We take great care to test our dogs for the issues that can affect aussies and plan our breeding accordingly. We have a very simple contract offering a money back health guarantee. We reserve the right to refuse to sell to anybody for any reason and will return your deposit.
Puppy Care Package (leash, harness, 2 toys, BIG bag of the food they are eating, blanket rubbed with the littermates scent, treats, and a record of current shots and dewormings and future recommendations). A $100 value.
What you need to provide. Vet checkup in first 72 hours from delivery. Food/Water dish and crate if you would like to continue crate training.
TOY AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD
As Published By the Toy Australian Shepherd Association of America
The first impression of the Toy Australian Shepherd should be that of a
standard sized Australian Shepherd .The size range is from ten to
fourteen inches. The ideal size being twelve inches, but quality should
not be sacrificed in favor of size. The general appearance should be
that of a sturdy dog and must not appear to be either spindly or coarse.
The bone and muscle must be in proportion to, and an enhancement of,
the dog’s weight and structure.
Toy Australian Shepherds should be slightly longer than they are tall
and have a coat of moderate length and coarseness with coloring which
offers variety and individuality. They have a natural or docked bobbed
The alert, expressive eyes may be a verity of colors with unique
combinations. The head is in proportion to the size of the dog and the
expressions reflect a high intelligence. The width and length of the top
skull should be equal. The muzzle should taper a little from base to
nose and is rounded at the tip. The ears are triangular and at full
attention break forward and over.
The Toy Australian Shepherd will be shown in the Herding group, but as
a household pet they might never cross paths with a farm animal.
Nevertheless, instinct prompts many of these dogs to gently herd their
owners. In general, these intelligent dogs make excellent companions and
respond beautifully to training. They are good natured and
even-tempered; may initially be reserved with strangers yet make a very
loyal companion. The Toy Aussie is an active dog with a happy and even disposition,
good natured, seldom quarrelsome and responds with enthusiasm to the
challenge and responsibility of having a job to perform.
Size, Proportion, Substance
The size range for the Toy Australian Shepherd is between ten and
fourteen inches measured at the highest point of the withers. The ideal
size being around twelve inches, dogs or bitches below ten inches will
be disqualified; any dog or bitch that is fourteen inches will be
considered a Miniature. Size consideration should never outweigh that of
type, proportion, movement and temperament. General appearance should
be that of a sturdy dog and must not appear to be either spindly or
coarse. The Toy Aussie is slightly longer than tall. The length of the
body from the point of the shoulder to the rear point of pelvis is
longer than the height of the body from ground to top of the withers Disqualification: Under ten inches
The head is in proportion to the size of the dog and the expressions
reflect their high intelligence. The width and length of the top skull
should be equal. The length of the muzzle should be equal to, or
slightly less than, the length of the top skull. The top skull should be
flat to slightly round with a moderate, well-defined stop. The lower
jaw should be evident when viewed from the side and the flews should be
tight. The muzzle should taper a little from the base to a rounded tip.
Severe Faults - An extreme domed head;
Faults-, lacking bottom jaw, when viewed from the side
The ears are triangular and, at full attention, break forward and
over. The ears set high on the head, are of moderate size with the ideal
length measured by bringing the tip of the ear around to the inside
corner of the eye. Ears may tip forward and over from inch to inch
above the base with the forward edge slightly turning to the cheek or to
the side as a rose ear. The tip of the ear leather should be rounded.
Severe Faults- Hound ears that have the absence of erectile power,
lying close to the side of the head. - Prick ears (straight up).
The eyes should show attentiveness and intelligence and be alert and
eager. The gaze should be keen but friendly. Eyes may be brown, blue,
amber or any variation or combination thereof, including flecks and
marbling; almond shaped; neither protruding nor sunken. The blue merles
and blacks must have black pigmentation on the eye rims. The red merles
and reds must have liver (brown) pigmentation on the eye rims.
Severe Faults- - Lack of eye pigment on the eye rim. - Large and/or round eyes.
Blue merles and blacks must have black pigmentation on the nose (and
lips). Red merles and reds must have liver (brown) pigmentation on the
nose (and lips). On the merles it is permissible to have small pink
spots on the nose; however they should not exceed 25% of the nose on
dogs over one year of age.
Fault- The butterfly nose is a fault, over one year of age.
Disqualification- A Dudley nose (flesh colored/ lacking pigment).
A full complement of strong white teeth should meet in a scissors bite..
Disqualifications— Undershot or overshot jaw greater than 1/16 inch. -
Teeth broken or missing by accident shall not be penalized.
Neck and Throat
The neck is strong, of moderate length, and is slightly arched at the
crest. The shoulders are strong in substance yet not loaded. The throat
is clear and free from folds of skin however a slight wrinkle below the
angle of the jaw is allowable.
Faults – Thick, short, stubby neck carried on a line with the top of
the shoulders. - Throat showing excessive folds of skin (throatiness).
The back is straight, strong, level and firm from withers to hip
joints. The croup is moderately sloped (Ideally being 30 degrees from
the horizontal). Chest is not broad but is deep with the lowest point
reaching the elbow. The ribs are well sprung and long, neither barrel
chest nor slab-sided. The underline shows a moderate tuck-up. Tail is
straight, docked or naturally bobbed, not to exceed two inches in
Faults –Gaily carried tail.
Serious Fault – roach back, a sway back or slab sided.
Shoulders—slopping yet clean, muscular but not heavy or loaded.
Shoulder blades are long, flat, fairly close set at the withers and well
laid back. The upper arm, which should be approximately the same length
as the shoulder blade, attaches at an approximate right angle to the
shoulder line with forelegs dropping straight, perpendicular to the
ground. Legs should be straight and strong. Bone is strong and oval
rather than round. Pastern is medium length and very slightly sloped.
Front dewclaws may be removed. Feet are oval, compact close knit, with
well-arched toes. Pads are thick and resilient.
Faults – Straight upright shoulders. - Chest disproportionately wide
or narrow with lack of depth. - Legs lacking in substance. - Splay feet.
The width of the hindquarters is equal to the width of the
forequarters at the shoulders. The angulation of the pelvis and upper
thigh corresponds to the angulation of the shoulder blade and upper arm,
forming an approximate right angle. Stifles are clearly defined, hock
joints moderately bent. The hocks are short, perpendicular to the ground
and parallel to each other when viewed from the rear. Rear dewclaws
must be removed. Feet are oval, compact with close knit, well-arched
toes. Pads are thick and resilient.
Fault – Straight in the stifle. - Long toes or open feet. - Cow hocks,
straight hocks, sickle hocks, or lack of muscling. - Standing wide.
Hair is of medium texture, straight to wavy, weather resistant and of
medium length. The undercoat varies in quantity with variations in
climate. Hair is short and smooth on the head, ears, front of forelegs
and below the hocks. Backs of the forelegs and britches are moderately
feathered. There is a moderate mane and frill, more pronounced in dogs
than in bitches. Ticking can occur on any color of dog, usually
appearing on the white
Severe faults- long flowing coat or a very short coat. – Any coat
texture, which detracts from the overall impression of the Australian
Shepherd Breed (i.e. very long, very short, very curly, etc.).
Blue merle, black, red merle and red - all with or without white
markings and/or tan (copper) points, with no order of preference. The
hairline of a white collar should not exceed the point of the withers at
the skin. White is acceptable on the neck (either in a partial or full
collar), chest, legs, belly, muzzle and blaze. White on the belly may
not extend more than two inches above a horizontal line at the elbow and
behind the point of the withers. White on the head should not
predominate, and the eyes and ears must be fully surrounded by color.
Merles characteristically become darker with increasing age.
Disqualifications- White body splashes in all colors– Lack of color
around the eyes or ears. – Other than recognized coat colors (Pattern
whites, yellows, sables, etc.)
The Toy Australian Shepherd has a smooth, free, easy gait and exhibits
great agility of movement with a well balanced, ground covering stride.
Fore and hind legs move straight and parallel with the centerline of
the body. The Toy Australian Shepherd must be agile and able to change
direction or alter gait instantly. As the dog moves into a trot, and
speed increases, the head lowers and becomes almost level with the back.
The back remains level and firm while moving freely throughout the
sequence of the two beat diagonal gait. The feet converge inward as
speed increases until the edges of the pads (front and rear) touch the
lateral centerline at a fast trot.
Severe Fault - Pacing (legs on the same side moving in unison, like a
locomotive). - Rolling across the shoulders, back or hips (often caused
by long coupling) – Crabbing (not tracking straight, often caused by
The Toy Australian Shepherd is an intelligent, active dog with an even
disposition; he is good natured, seldom quarrelsome. He may be somewhat
reserved in initial meetings and many have a tendency to grin, usually
accompanied with a body wiggle and squinting of the eyes.
Faults- Any display of shyness, fear or aggression is to be severely penalized.
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