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.
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