My name is Shirley Novotnik and my wonderful, patient, dog loving husband's name is Ed. We live in the wonderful mountains of Western Maryland. We have been owned by Aussies since 1993. I enjoy showing our dogs in Conformation, Obedience and Agility I am very interested in herding also. I enjoy my dogs immensely they are like my kids. I usually breed when I want something for myself. My breeding philosophy is if you can't give the entire litter a permanent home in your house DON'T BREED!!! I breed for temperament and intelligence first with a keen eye for structure and movement, these are most important to me as the Australian Shepherd should first be a working dog and be able to perform his job with ease and also it is important to be a great family dog as I am a mother of 3 children and also a grandmother :) I hope you enjoy yourself on my site and check out my babies and my family too...
Our stand on Mini Aussies
The Miniature Australian Shepherd, North American Shepherd, North American Miniature Australian Shepherd, Miniature American Shepherd, and/or Toy Australian Shepherd breeds are not recognized as a variety of Australian Shepherd by ASCA. The club considers such dogs to be a distinct and separate breed and will not accept them into its registry.