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Questionnaire for prospective puppy buyers

We ask you to carefully read all of the following information before downloading and completing our questionnaire.  We do not sell puppies to anyone not willing to complete our questionnaire or answer all the questions in a personal interview.  The reason for this policy is that the questions we ask are intended to give us a good all round idea of your lifestyle so that we may guide you toward making a decision as to the perfect puppy to add to your life.  Thank you!!


We welcome any serious inquiries from people interested in a strong working dog or a pup who has the breeding to become their next agility prospect...or for a great companion to share your life!


Our pups are VERY active and will need lots of love, attention and exercise of both their minds and bodies in order for them to be the good Aussie we know they can be!


If you are thinking about adding an Aussie pup to your home please also read

Is An Aussie Right For You?

If you are interested in being added to our notification list please complete the questionnaire (downloadable below) and send it to us now.


If you have other questions, please email us and we'll try and answer any questions you may have.


If you are interested in some help finding a breeder in your area please e-mail us but don't worry about filling in our questionnaire, every breeder has different things that they ask!



Thank you for your interest in a puppy from Mikatura!  We are dedicated Aussie lovers who participate in various dog related events and we breed occasionally to produce what we believe to be a quality Aussie that conform to the breed standard, are intelligent and able to do what the Aussie was meant to do - work and be your best friend! We focus on doing all we can to produce physically and mentally sound dogs.


Through our membership in both local and international Aussie clubs we are exposed to other points of view and educational programs, and we keep up on the rules and regulations governing these clubs. We firmly believe in the ASCA Code of Ethics and abide by the ASCA Rules and Regulations. Through our constant contact with other Aussie breeders all over the world we have the opportunity to share information and ideas concerning Aussies.


When we have puppies available we ensure that our puppies are only sold to loving committed homes and we do our best, though this questionnaire and other means, to ensure a good match between the personality of prospective owners and our puppies, that is why we ask you to fill in this questionnaire, to help us get to know you a little and to understand what you are looking for in a puppy.


We are very protective of our puppies...they are all raised in our home and are well cared for and socialized during their time with us. Each and every puppy receives a lot of love, play time and attention.  Even with all the attention, puppies going to a new home are not a trained, well-mannered finished product…they are puppies! They will have accidents and they will get in to mischief, all part of being a puppy. We expect new owners to finish the job we have started and help their puppy become a mature, well-mannered Aussie by being responsible for the further development of the puppy's personality through structured discipline, training, guidance and most of all, love.  Also we keep in close contact with our puppy buyers, they become part of our extended family!  We're always available to help you with questions or just about anything else!


This questionnaire serves the purpose of helping us become better acquainted with the people inquiring about our Aussies. It serves to present us with a more complete picture of what you are looking for in a dog and to help us match you, as a potential buyer, with a dog that will ultimately turn out to be what you are looking for. This questionnaire in no way constitutes a contract on our part that there will be an Australian Shepherd puppy available for you, nor do your responses serve as the sole determinant of whether or not a Australian Shepherd puppy will be offered.  Also there are no right or wrong answers!


Although we will always keep in mind the colour preference of our puppy buyers we DO NOT place our pups in homes based solely on colour choice.  We evaluate the pups from day 1 and puppies are placed based on a wide variety of things including temperament, natural instinct, and suitability.  If you are interested in a puppy from an upcoming litter we recommend you complete our questionnaire and speak with us (via phone, e-mail or in person) after that.  When we have a litter planned we will notify you and we will request a deposit from people interested in a pup.  A deposit ensures ONLY that you will be considered as a prospective home and we reserve the right to choose not to place a puppy in a prospective home at any time or for any reason.  Our first consideration is the safety and well-being of our puppies, from the day they are conceived until the day (hopefully long in the future) when they pass on.


Because of the over abundance of Aussies in rescue, our puppies are sold on a Limited Registration (non-breeding contract), requiring the dog to be spayed or neutered at or around six months of age.  This means that if the dog is bred, the resulting offspring will not be recognized or registerable with the ASCA, CKC, or AKC.  We will, under very special circumstances and with outstanding puppies, agree in writing to lift this Limited Registration allowing the puppies to be bred once certain criteria are met.  We will discuss this with you if you are interested in a breeding prospect pup.


Prior to taking the puppy home you will be given an copy of our "Puppy Info Pak", a wide variety of information on training and care of your puppy, a list of proper equipment and supplies to obtain prior to bringing your puppy home, a copy of the pedigree and you will be asked to sign a puppy purchase contract.  You will be given a copy of all applicable registration applications for papers, our health records and any other information we feel you may need.  Please note, we, as the breeders, will register the litter with ASCA but individual registration application papers must be completed and submitted by the new owner along with photos of the puppy .  This individual registration application will be supplied for you to register your puppy when we receive them.  Individual ASCA registration is around $20.00 and we highly recommend that you complete and submit them.  All our puppies are “identified” with an EIDAP microchip which is then registered with EIDAP in their database.  This ensures that should your puppy ever go missing any vet, humane society or rescue organization will be able to get in touch with you and arrange the return of your puppy.


As much as possible we evaluate each puppy's temperament and personality by observing them during their development. We attempt to match the puppy to the buyer to produce the best fit of puppy and family. The order in which you will be allowed to pick your puppy is determined by the order in which your name appears on our waiting list along with a deposit being received by Mikatura. Therefore, if having a number of puppies to choose from is of importance to you, it is in your best interest to complete and return this questionnaire in a timely fashion.


If, after completing the questionnaire and sending it, you don't hear from me within 3 or 4 days please contact me via email or phone...I will ALWAYS acknowledge receipt of a questionnaire no matter what, I have been through the agony of writing to a breeder and never hearing back and I will not do that to anyone!  If I am away, at a dog show or for any other reason, for more than 2 days, I usually remember to put an automatic reply on my email so you would get a note telling you when I'll be back.  The other way to contact us by phone at either of the following numbers, Jeni Cell ~ 403-877-4629 or  Foss Cell ~ 403-896-0724, if you get voice mail, please leave a message!


Downloads for the questionnaire are below.  Just in case there’s any glitch with the questionnaire, I recommend you download it and save it on your computer.  Fill it in and resave it (so you have the completed one) and then either attach it to a return email to mikaturaaussies@gmail.com or copy and paste it into the body of an email to us.  Usually there isn’t a problem but you just never know with computers! :-)


 If you have ANY problems with the questionnaire, or if your computer can't "read" it, please get in touch with me at mikaturaaussies@gmail.com If necessary I'd be happy to put the questionnaire in the body of an email for you...just let me know!


Foss & Jeni Gallichan


Written by:
Jeni Gallichan - Mikatura Australian Shepherds
Copyright© 1999


Questionnaire (Microsoft Word Document)

Questionnaire (.pdf document)


We make every effort to ensure that our puppies are free from any inherited defects, by screening our breeding stock for those problems common to our breed. However, due to complex genetic interactions and environmental factors beyond our control, we cannot guarantee that a puppy purchased from us will be completely free of genetic disorders.  If, at any time, your Aussie is diagnosed with any health problems, genetic or otherwise, we must be notified immediately of the full details so that we can make every effort to help with the situation.  Our puppies are sold with a guarantee against monorchidism, cryptorchidism, Hip Dysplasia, Iris Coloboma, Cataracts or CEA (Collie Eye Anomoly).


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