Australian Cattle Dogs

Please read below to find answers to
the most commonly asked questions about our puppies--
but if you have any more, please feel free to ask.

Read more about our program in this interview (CLICK HERE)

Things I Learned From
My ACD, Clover
The house is hers, but she lets us share it.

The new leather couch was brought in so she could nap comfortably.

Anything she chews is, by definition, a chew toy.

All chew toys belong to her.

German Shepherd Dogs are chew toys.

Cats are to be chased, but never, ever caught!

Cows are to be barked at from a distance.

Horses are to be barked at from close up.

Chickens are to be chased.

Guinea Fowl are to be herded.

Ducks are to be watched like a cartoon.

Wheel barrows are to be regarded with suspicion.

Cow poop is to be ignored.

Horse poop is to be eaten.

Chicken poop, only if fresh and gooey, is to be rolled in.

Clover has brought us laughter and joy. I never thought I would find a better breed than German Shepherds. I was wrong.

Thank you,
Larry Power
Do Dogs REALLY Need A Tail??
Below you can see Sheila using her tail for counterbalance as she reaches to heel the bull.  She's also using her dewclaws for stability in her rapid turn. 
Dogs use both tails and dewclaws like this for work AND play--so let them keep both!

Do You Have a Waiting List?
We always have a waiting list for available puppies.
Names are added to the Waiting List in the order in which I receive them. 
If you would like to be placed on our Waiting List submit a Puppy Application.
What About Pick of the Litter & Deposits?
Once I can confirm a pregnancy, I contact people in order on the waiting list until I have three litter picks reserved with a $200 deposit.   You are still welcome to add your name to our waiting list at any time, even if the litter pick spots have been filled (see more below).  We do reserve the right to close to waiting list if it should get too extensive.
You are only guaranteed a pick of a litter if you have been contacted by us about one AND a deposit has been received. 
Please do not just send money without contacting us first. 

When Do You Make Puppies Available?
Puppies are hearing tested, evaluated for physical structure, temperament and drive and priced at 6-8 wks old and are first made available to those with litter picks.  Availability of remaining puppies is a first come/first served basis to everyone on the Waiting List once those with reserved litter picks have chosen their puppies--we will send out an email to everyone on the list with info and pics of the available pups.   We reserve the right to hold puppies and/or entire litters for a longer period of time before making them available. 

I am also happy to refer you to other breeders that have puppies available, although researching each breeder and their dogs is a buyer's responsibility.   We reserve the right to refuse the sale of any dog/puppy to anyone for any reason at any time.  If for any reason you purchase a dog/puppy from us and can no longer keep them, that dog/puppy is always welcome back at the ranch, as per our contract.

Do You Ship Puppies?
We prefer to meet new families in person and have puppies picked up here at the ranch in WY. 

What Are Your Prices?

Puppies are $950 and up, Limited AKC registration, mandatory spay/neuter contract. 
Puppies will be BAER hearing tested, AKC registered, current on wormings/vaccinations.
Please click here to read our Puppy Contract HERE

   Puppies are registered with the AKC only and with Limited Registration.  Limited Registration means the dog itself is registered but that no offspring of this dog/bitch are eligible for registration, and the dog can compete in any AKC event except conformation shows.  We therefore require these pups to be spayed/neutered by one year of age, as per contract, which must be signed before any pups leave for their new homes.

What If I Don't Want To Spay or Neuter?  

If you are looking for a puppy that can remain intact for ANY REASON (full AKC registration), we will be happy to chat about that possibility with you, and why you are seeking full rights registration-please Contact Us for details--contract terms/requirements are much more specific, prices are by Private Treaty and by co-ownership only. 

Great article about Picking a Puppy/What to Expect From A Breeder
(Click HERE-- VERY informative!)
Why Do You Breed Your Dogs?

Our most serious considerations when breeding our dogs are
the correct physical structure, temperament, drive and ability for a working dog,
also known as the Breed (click HERE to read) & Working (click HERE to read)Standard.

Working, after all, what this breed was bred to do! Our dogs must have the physical structure, intelligence, temperament, endurance, work ethic, and implicit devotion to their job to be our great working partners AND family companions. We have dogs that have been bred and raised here on the ranch for generations, they all work cattle and are our family companions.  When it comes to working cattle, this breed has no peer.  Preserving that part of the breed standard before any other "ideals" is essential for us as cattle ranchers with a large herd.   All pups are guaranteed to have a natural desire to work stock and can learn to the best of one's ability to teach them.  I STRONGLY discourage people to use these dogs to work/herd horses.  If they are allowed to heel a horse, gather and herd them, how can you ever be 100% certain they won't do it with a rider aboard?  Its just asking for serious trouble, and a big absolute no-no on our place. 

There are numerous genetic issues in the ACD breed that we as breeders are able to test for, before breeding in order to produce healthy, durable puppies.
PRA/prcd: Progressive Retinal Atrophy: A genetic form of early onset blindness, (PRA) and late onset blindness (prcd4).  These are two seperate tests, for 2 different diseases, and therefore two different results are possible.  Dogs can test A (Clear-these dogs are not affected nor posess the genetics to pass to progeny), B (Carrier-these dogs are not affected by PRA or prcd4 but do have the genetics of the disease to pass to offspring) or C (Affected--these dogs will develop PRA or prcd4 and carry the genetics to pass to progeny).  B or C dogs should only be bred to A dogs. 
All our dogs are PRA  and prcd4 A or B.
For More Information on PRA/prcd4, go to

PLL: Primary Lens Luxation: Another genetic eye issue that can be tested for with results of PLL A (Clear) PLL B (Carrier) or PLL C (Affected).  PLL affects the lens of the eye falling out of place as a result of degeneration of the fibers holding it.  Vision loss can occur suddenly as a result.  All our dogs are PLL A or B.  You can find more info at the Optigen link above.

Hip/Elbow/Patella Dysplasia:  Dysplasia is a degenerative joint disease that can be xrayed in a dog at 2 yrs or older and evaluated by OFA in a vairety of grades (for hips): Excellent/Good/Fair are all passing grades for Hips.  Elbows and Patellas are passing if graded as Normal.  PennHip is another method of evaluation that is also acceptable.
All our dogs have OFA Normal Elbows/Patellas and are OFA Hips Fair, Good or Excellent
Find out more information about OFA , go to

Deafness: Puppies are hearing tested using the Brainstem-Evoked Auditory Response Test, or BAER test.  Bi-lateral puppies hear normally out of both ears, Uni-lateral puppies hear normally from one ear.  Deaf puppies are of course non hearing.  Puppies can be tested after 35 days old, but it is generally recommended around 8 wks old for consistent results.
  Many of our puppies have found homes on farms and ranches working with their families, some are having fun competing in conformation, herding, agility, obedience, disc, and other performance competitions, while others are just as happy providing loving companionship to active families in many states.  We have many references available upon request from families that use our dogs for work and pleasure.   We strive for dogs that have good natural working ability and ethic, but that are easy to live with and a pleasure to be around as a companion as well. 
  If you have never owned this breed of dog, please do your research-they are a great breed IF they fit your lifestyle, as they require a substaintial amount of daily mental and physical activity, as well as a solid, ongoing foundation of socialization and obedience training. and are two great websites that have a wealth of information about ACDs.
How Do You Socialize Puppies?

  We are just as excited to have puppies as you are to get them, and we make certain they have the best start in life possible.  When mother dogs come into the house to have their puppies, it is with great excitement and audience! Puppies are handled by my kids from the minute they are born- we refuse to own a dog that is not tolerant of children.   
    This is a ranch, so the pups are used to lots of noises and sights, both inside and outside- vacuum cleaners, slamming doors, radios, TV, kids, tractors, horses, cows, cats, goats, pickups, other dogs, etc.  We spend a lot of time with them- having puppies is lots of fun for all of us!  They are socialized to all aspects of life on the ranch-my kids often have a "puppy train" behind them once the puppies get big enough to follow us around. We learn each pup's individual personality and quirks, and this helps us better inform a buyer about each puppy's qualities. New pictures and videos of pups are posted at least once a week.  You can serach ksranchcattledogs on YouTube to find our channel of all videos.
   We also use the Bio Sensor program (AKA, the Super Dog), on all our puppies.  It takes only a few minutes each day, but I think really makes a difference.  For more info click here:   Breeding Better Dogs
I encourage you to ask us any (and many!) questions so that you will be confident
one of our pups is a good fit for your family.   Please do not hesitate to ask any questions you may have!
All of this information is provided because it is important to me that you are well-educated on my policies and puppies--that way no one is surprised, confused, or disappointed.  If we all know what to expect, then a puppy gets a new, loving home and everyone involved in that process is happy.  I am so excited to receive updates from puppies and their new families.  We consider these pups part of our family until they reach yours, so it is always fun to hear what they are doing and see how they have grown up!