Desert Willow Sales Policies

Placing the puppies we raise in their new homes is a responsibility we take very seriously. All our puppies are sold on a Companion Contract. Companion puppies are sold on a sterilization agreement. Companion puppies from Desert Willow are NOT the undesirable pups from a litter. They are simply pups who will not be used for breeding. We occasionally sell to breeders, however we prefer all our dogs to live in a home with you. Our Companion dogs are quite often show quality, and are sold with the same Guarantee.

If you are interested in one of our puppies, please take a minute to fill out our online questionnaire & we will contact you promptly.  References will be required.

Purchasing a "Desert Willow" puppy - The process starts here.
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Australian Shepherd Purchase Process & Terms

Reputation is Everything to us. The quality and health of the dogs we breed speaks louder than anything we could ever say. When it comes to breeding a sound and healthy Australian Shepherd, we make no compromises. Many "breeders" produce pups for one reason - Profit. Sadly, when this is the case, quite often dogs that should not be are bred; dogs that have health or genetic problems, but can still produce another couple litters.

If you're looking for a cheap pup, look elsewhere. Just keep in mind the difference between "Price" and "Cost". You can find an Australian Shepherd pup for a cheap price. The question to ask yourself NOW, is if saving a couple hundred dollars on the Price is worth the Cost. Is it worth the Cost of thousands of dollars in vet bills when your Aussie develops medical problems? Is it worth the Cost of watching your family's companion suffer because he was carelessly bred by someone out to "make a buck"? Is it worth the Cost of your children's tears when their beloved pet has to be put down at a young age because he can't walk or has severe seizures? PLEASE, before you compromise and purchase that cheaper pup for a lesser Price, ask yourself if it will really be worth the Cost in the end.

If you are looking for a healthy affordable quality dog, you're in the right place. Our Australian Shepherd pups are sold on a Contract, with a Full Health Guarantee.* Our contract is designed with the dog in mind, also to protect both buyer and seller. There is a lot of important information in our contract, please review it carefully. Our primary concern is the care of our pups. In the event of a health problem with your Desert Willow Australian Shepherd, our contract DOES NOT require you to return your loved pet to receive a refund/replacement. (Beware of any contracts that do require the dog's return, as a number of breeders will use this as a detriment to keep from actually having to replace the dog / refund your money.)

High Standards produce Quality Australian Shepherds. We have been asked why our prices are high. We would rather explain to you now why our price is high, than explain to you later why our quality was poor. We would rather explain to you now why we breed so selectively, than explain to you later why your loved family companion is sick. Quite often, you do "get what you pay for". We care about providing you with the Best Quality possible.

A Deposit of $200 is required to Reserve a Desert Willow Australian Shepherd puppy. The deposit will be applied toward the total purchase price.

Advance Reservations are accepted on a limited basis for each litter. Pups may be chosen at 3 weeks of age in the order reservation deposits were placed. Remaining pups will be made available on a first-come-first-serve basis to approved homes.

Shipping is available after your pup reaches 8 weeks of age if you are unable to personally pick up your new puppy. While you are welcome to come visit in person, we realize a trip to New Mexico is not feasible for everyone. We select the airline we ship on with the safety of the puppies in mind, and the care they will receive in route. We have never had a problem with the safety of our shipped puppies.

Shipping a Desert Willow Aussie

Transport is available after your pup reaches 8 weeks of age. While you are welcome to come visit in person, we realize a trip to New Mexico is not feasible for everyone and will work with you to make the face to face connection. We strongly encourage out of state Puppy Parents to fly in and meet us at the airport in Albuquerque. This is done in one day without you ever leaving the airport. We share a meal, take pictures and play with your puppy in the Pet Relief area and then you fly back home with your Puppy in tow. The airline charges a fee to carry your puppy on-board with you in a special soft carrier that is provided by Southwest Airlines for a small fee and tucks comfortably under the seat in front of you.

We are frequently asked:


"I was told traveling aboard a plane will be a bad/harmful/negative experience for my puppy, is this true?"

The opposite is true. When a puppy is put into the crate for the first time and travels in cabin with you, the experience becomes a bonding moment. Puppies tend to cry when first put in the carrier however much like a human baby going for a ride in the car, they are rocked to sleep by the movement of the plane and settle right down. They have your hand to comfort during the flight.

"Isn't it expensive to fly to you and pick-up my puppy?"

Because of our scheduling system that will be provided to you in the NEW PUPPY PARENT link once you are on our list for a puppy, we have set you up to know the date of the entire process for each litter, including the dates of Puppy Pictures being posted, Puppy Visit Day, Meeting you at the Airport Day, and Puppy Pick-up Day. The dates are scheduled within the first week of the birth of each litter. This allows time to book early for lower fares. If it does not work out for you to come here, then I will come to you and meet you at YOUR Airport. There are more details on us flying to you, please contact me for more information.

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A Home for Life. Every Desert Willow Australian Shepherd that we breed is guaranteed a home for life with us if needed. We believe that if we bring a dog into this world, we have the responsibility to make sure that dog always has a loving home and does not end up unwanted, abandoned, and spending its last days alone in a shelter run. The biggest and most important commitment a breeder can make is to take responsibility for the lives they produce. We do everything possible to ensure continued household placements for our puppies for life and have an agreement with every Desert Willow puppy parent. If an unforseen situation were to arrise in your life, we will assist in finding a new home for your Desert Willow Puppy. It's our promise to them!

Thank You for considering a Desert Willow Aussie!

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