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I want a puppy for…(A specific activity), how do I select the right one? 

By knowing the personality, energy level, and many other things that is best suited for that activity. 

I have tried to organize this section based on what is best to look for in a puppy Australian Shepherd Herding Sheepseparated by the activity you are wanting to do with that puppy, to help guide you in a better choice from the beginning. When picking out the perfect puppy try to remember what you're getting the puppy for, herding, conformation, obedience, pet, etc. 

Australian ShepherdsIf you want a dog to help with the daily chores, such as moving livestock, you're not going to want to get a low energy, food driven puppy that won't be in charge of the herd.  On the other hand, if you want to enter your puppy in conformation shows, a lower energy puppy that is driven by food and doesn't care about being in charge, would be a good choice.

Here are the basic things that you need to consider when picking a puppy for a specific activity;

  1. Temperament
  2. If the puppy desires to please people or something else
  3. What motivates the puppy
  4. It's confidence level
  5. How high or low is its pain tolerance
  6. Energy level
  7. What is the puppy focused on
  8. What is its litter dominance
Australian Shepherd Puppy Conformation ShowI have also included what type of contract we use for each type of puppy here at Cloyd, what you need to learn, what you need to teach and do with your puppy after you get it home, and personality types best suited for that activity.

Use these as guides when contacting breeders, tell the breeder what you want to do with your puppy and tell them what type of puppy you are looking for.  The puppy you and the breeder pick might not meet every requirement, but you can try to get as close as possible with your initial selection if you make an educated choice and NEVER pick a puppy just based on its color.

Rev. 15 January 18

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