SunBear Australian Shepherds
 "The Total Package"   Contact: 336-307-4575

SUNBEAR PUPPY INFORMATION:   From Birth to Departure

      Those interested in our pups are required to fill out our Questionnaire before our pups will be placed in their care.  We breed mainly for ourselves and reserve 1st pick or multiple picks from any of our litters before making final decisions.  Furthermore some people place a deposit on upcoming litters before they are born, and they will have first pick after us by date deposit was received.

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 All puppies whelped at SunBear Aussies are whelped inside our home.

     The mother to be is fed a high quality kibble, as are all the SunBears.  Then 2 weeks before her due date, she will be started on a special diet.  This diet consists of a premium puppy food ( ask us what brand ), canned Chicken or Lamb PUPPY food, plain yogurt, canine red cell and a product called Vibrant and/or vitamins in preparation for whelping.

     Once pups are whelped, the dam and puppies remain together until weaning time starts.  This is usually determined by the mother.  When mom begins staying away from the whelping box for longer periods of time. Mothers usually begin weaning pups at about 4 weeks of age.  At that time I begin introducing the puppies to a gruel mixture of rice baby cereal and canned puppy food with yogurt or milk replacer as a supplement.  By 5 weeks they are being puppy food moistened with milk replacer and water only.  By 6-7 weeks they are eating dry puppy food which helps with teething and in preparation for placement.  At 8 weeks of age our puppies can begin going to their new homes, based upon how each individual pup is doing.  

      I begin deworming at 2 weeks of age with Nemex wormer.  Deworming occurs in regular intervals of every two weeks until 8 weeks of age.  At 6 weeks the puppies are giving a dose of Fenbendazole (Panacur) for tapeworms, given over a 3 day cycle and another dose should be given 2 weeks later by your vet, or too any pups still at our home.

     For heart worm protection we recommend Sentinel from your vet or thru select mail order.  Some aussies can have a Deadly reaction to Ivermectin which is found in many common wormers, both at your vets office and over the counter.

VACCINE REGIMENT: 

As always and in regards to everything listed here,  we recommend that you follow YOUR trusted vets advice and vaccination protocol.

      We begin at 6 weeks with a 5-way vaccine.  This 5-way vaccine includes protection against: canine distemper, adenovirus type 1 (hepatitis), adenovirus type 2 (kennel cough), parainfluenza, and parvovirus.  We recommended that this 5-way be given by your vet again at 10 and 14 weeks and then again at 6 months of age and 1 year old.  Any pups still living here we will be given the vaccine again at 4 week intervals until the age of 14 weeks.

Your puppy is trusting you and your good judgement to keep them safe while he/she is developing an adequate immune system.

PLEASE REMEMBER YOUR PUPPY IS NOT SUFFICIENTLY PROTECTED AGAINST THESE DISEASES FROM THEIR **FIRST VACCINE.**  IN ORDER TO PROTECT THEM FROM PUPPY DISEASES,  WE RECOMMEND 2 OR 3 SHOTS BE GIVEN BEFORE EXPOSING THEM TO AREA'S WHERE MULTIPLE DOGS VISIT, INCLUDING YOUR VET'S OFFICE Visits: REMEMBER to Keep your pup in your arms or in a pet carrier/kennel.

We further recommend *NOT* subjecting your young puppy to PET TRAINING CLASSES, PET STORES AND/OR DOG PARKS until 2-3 puppyshots have been given.  

     Rabies Vaccine:  We recommend your pup be given this vaccine at 5 to 6 months of age, not any sooner. 

      In regards to our own aussies, we stop feeding puppy foods at 6 months of age and switch them to an ADULT food, so that they may grow at a slower, more even pace, rather than faster on the very high protein/fat ingredients found in most premium puppy foods.   

     All puppies leave with a gallon bag of current puppy food, health record with deworming and vaccination information and a contract that is signed by BOTH parties stating whether puppy is being placed on a PET Contract(Mandatory Spay/Neuter @ approx. 8-9 months of age and guarantee on Hips/Eyes) or a SHOW/BREEDING Contract, (guarantee on Hips/Eyes/Bite--and if a male both Testicles) In regards to SHOW/BREEDING pups, our contract may also contain individual provisions pertaining or a private treaty in some cases, to the placement of said pup and a "Return Clause" that is explained in our Questionnaire.

     Registration papers are provided at time of pick-up if available or mailed within two weeks once received.  Not all SunBear aussies are placed with registration papers as per agreement.

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