As you may have noticed, my Pet Portrait brand is fairly new, but I dove in head first and am so excited! I've taken photos of 50+ pups at the Pet Rock in the Park Photo Booth, I've been doing exciting dog photography in the studio, and working with hedgehogs, bearded dragons, and kitties! I recently had the pleasure of working with Sherry at Smiling Acres Farm, an Australian Shepherd breeder in Monmouth, Maine. I took a bunch of my gear over to Historic Monmouth, Maine (I'd never been, there's a serious piece of architecture, there!) and set up in the puppies' room. We met eight little puppies, all of whom already had their own distinct little personalities. Read on to see a profile of each pup, and to learn more about Smiling Acres and about the breed!
Tell me a little bit about your mission as a breeder.
"Our mission is to be an ethical Australian Shepherd breeder while promoting this amazing breed by maintaining their health, unique nature, temperament and personal characteristics. We strive to provide top quality dogs, with the main focus on excellent temperaments, to loving families and service homes throughout the country. We offer a lifetime guarantee against genetic conditions and defects. We also offer a one-year guarantee for all general health issues."
Where are you located and what is your facility like?
"Smiling Acres is located in Monmouth Maine. We are honest and dedicated to our Australian Shepherds. Each dog has been carefully chosen to join our breeding program and has been raised in a healthy, loving environment. In our personal opinion, there is no better dog in the world than an Aussie. Whether it be cuddles, walks, running, frisbee, hikes, swimming, riding, agility training or working livestock, an Aussie will be your sidekick for a lifetime."
Tell me about your health guarantee to your puppies.
"Our Australian Shepherds have been genetically tested and cleared through PawPrint Genetics Lab. We personally guarantee a happy and healthy puppy. It is strongly encouraged to continue proper nutrition through our premium pet food partnership.
We choose not to ship puppies and prefer to have face to face meetings with our puppy buyers. All puppies are vaccinated, dewormed, and seen by a licensed veterinarian before going to their new homes. Each puppy will come with a veterinary health certificate."
Now for the good stuff, let's get talking about this litter!
"This is the Yuppy Puppy Litter DOB: 08/16/19
This litter was bred by Outlaw’s Whispering Echo (dad) to Itty Bitty Scout (mom) at Smiling Acres. Both parents have excellent temperaments and are extremely affectionate. These babies will mature to be approximately the same size as the parents, which is 25 pounds and 16 inches tall. Echo carries the Natural bobtail gene and had two puppies with NBT, all other tails were docked at 3 days old, all dew claws were removed at the same time. If you want to learn more about the reason behind this breed standard, check out this ASPCA position."
Keep scrolling to learn more about each individual puppy!
These beauties will be ready for their forever homes on Friday 10/11/19 (Columbus Day weekend). Check out the available pups and learn more about Smiling Acres on their Good Dog profile.
Chanel is a stunning blue merle with both blue eyes and she has a natural bobtail like her mama. She's very s sweet and loves all of the human cuddles she can get. At three weeks, she's the biggest girl in the litter by a whole 2 oz.