About Sunup Aussies

I am a small hobby breeder located in northeastern Pennsylvania and have owned Australian Shepherds since 1978. I purchased my first lovely, black-tri Aussie, Ochre, from a gentleman who had moved here from Georgia. Ochre’s father, Buck, was a phenomenal stock herding dog and Ochre definitely received those herding genes! Aussies typically herd as part of their natural instincts; as a general rule, they will herd you, children or any other animals in the household.

My dogs are housedogs and are a part of my family. They reside in the house and in a fenced-in yard where they romp all day. At night, they sleep in the house, sometimes on my bed but only if invited! At least five days a week we go to a 400 acre Christmas Tree farm nearby or down the road to a reservoir where they can stretch their legs, run, swim and snuffle to their hearts content. They are all enrolled in a variety of classes from puppy class to obedience, rally, agility and herding classes. I train them each week in a formal setting (class) and then work with them every day to ensure a well-behaved dog.

It wasn't until 2000 that I began to seriously consider breeding Aussies, a decision that should not be made lightly about any breed. There is so much time, effort and education that is a part of proper breeding decisions that it wasn’t until 2006, after years of searching for the right breeder, breeding lines and dog, that I purchased my first confirmation/show puppy, Sophie.

She is my foundation bitch and has performed in the confirmation ring (she is an AKC/ASCA Champion), currently performs in rally and obedience venues and had done herding as well. She can do it all! The second Aussie chosen for my breeding program, very carefully selected, came to Sunup Aussies in 2009. Gazey, so-named because she used to sit at the fence at the breeder’s home and intently watch the chickens, has become the clown of the household.

To ensure that one is breeding only good characteristics, all breeding stock here at Sunup Aussies has hip x-ray ratings from the Orthopedic Foundation For Animals (OFA), are hereditary cataract eye tested, have other eye clearances by certified ophthalmologists and are multi-drug resistance gene (MDR1) tested. Puppy litters are checked by an ophthalmologist at Cornell University before they are ready to go to their forever homes to certify that they are clear of eye defects.

To be a contributing part of any endeavor, one must continually educate oneself and also join with others who share the same passion. To that end, I belong to the following organizations:

  • USASA (United States Australian Shepherd Association)
  • ASCA (Australian Shepherd Club of America)
  • HONYASC (Heart of New York Australian Shepherd Club)
  • PENNYASC (New Australian Shepherd Club for southern NY and northern Pennsylvania)
  • NNJASC (Northern New Jersey Australian Shepherd Club)

My dogs are dual-registered with the AKC (American Kennel Club) and the ASCA (Australian Shepherd Club of America).

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