Louvre Australian Shepherds
We are located forty five minutes East of Cincinnati Ohio nestled in the small town of Bethel. We are a small hobby show breeder and the dogs here are our cherished and loved companions. I am an active member of our breed club Australian Shepherd Club of American and we enjoy competing in AKC events with our dogs. I am often accompanied to the events by my fiancé who loves the dogs as much as I do, though he prefers to stay behind the scenes when it comes to competing. We focus on quality and not quantity in our breeding program; this means that we do not always readily have available puppies and that we keep a small 20-30 person waiting list for available and planned litters. Each breeding is carefully and methodically planned and all health clearances are completed prior to these breeding's taking place.
What We Offer
Genetic testing - All of our adult dogs are fully health tested. What does this mean? This means that we perform a series of test on all of our dogs prior to breeding to ensure that they are genetically healthy. The Australian Shepherd health testing consist of a Full genetic panel through a genetics lab such as Canine Health check or Pawprint Genetics, OFA or Penn-hip x-rays taken by our veterinarian and then evaluated by the Orthopedic Foundation of American or Penn-hip, and a yearly eye exam done with our board certified ophthalmologist to rule out hereditary eye defects.
Temperament- As a herding breed correct temperament is crucial to the Australian shepherds ability to perform its job correctly and still be able to transition into the life of a house dog. Australian shepherds are a watchful breed, but they should never show aggression. Due to the popularity of the breed it is common to see less than desirable temperaments due to dogs being bred irresponsibly. Our dogs are our companions and they need to be stable companions because they accompany us out in public often. This means they need to be able to react with strangers, follow commands, and react to stress appropriately. We implement this into our breeding program by only breeding dogs with stable temperaments and excellent off switches. The key to breeding versatile dogs is balance and a dog needs to be balanced to be used in our breeding program.
Structure- I hear this all of the time " I don't need a show dog," but the truth is that you deserve one. You deserve to own a dog that was ethically and purposefully bred by a breeder that has dedicated their time to understanding the importance of their breeds health, and traits. You wouldn't rely on your florist to build your home, and you shouldn't rely on the novice to provide you with a stable dog. A dogs structure is essentially how your dogs body is built. The structure of your dog will have a hand in determining the long-term health of your pet. This is because a dogs structure determines, how they stand, how they move, how they twist and turn when doing what they were bred to do. A dog with poor structure is going to feel those effects earlier than a dog with correct structure and this may present as juvenile arthritis or elbow/hip dysplasia etc.
Lifetime Support- We don't just produce puppies, we stand behind each individual dog that we breed and we support the families that own them. For the lifetime of your dog Louvre will offer support, and guidance in whatever area you may need help with. When you take home your Louvre bred puppy you will also be taking home a lifetime of breeder support from not only me, but our Louvre puppy owners as well.
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