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Below you’ll find answers to some of the most common questions we’ve been asked by prospective buyers. Whether small or large, we are happy to address any questions and concerns you may have.
ARE YOUR PUPPIES PUREBRED BORDER COLLIES?
ARE EMERALD PARK PUPPIES REGISTERED?
Yes. We are registered breeders with the Master Dog Breeders & Associates (Breeder number 14135). Emerald Park puppies are accompanied by a registered certificate from the MDBA. Our puppies are not registered for showing.
Emerald Park puppies are all also registered on the NSW Pet Registry, where transferal of ownership takes place.
AT WHAT AGE WILL EMERALD PARK PUPPIES BECOME AVAILABLE FOR SALE?
Puppies will be ready to join their new families from eight weeks of age.
This is the best age for forming strong bonds with people. Puppies are mentally mature enough to adjust to changes and to begin their training in manners.
WHAT WORMING PROGRAM DO YOU USE WITH YOUR PUPPIES?
Puppies should be wormed according to the instructions associated with the product being used.
There is a variety of suitable products available. Emerald Park puppies are de-wormed with Drontal suspension at two weeks of age and with Milbemax tablets at four and eight weeks. If puppies will be residing in a high paralysis tick area, Nexguard Spectra may be used from eight weeks of age.
WHY DON'T YOU WORM YOUR DOGS AND PUPPIES WITH NATURAL PRODUCTS?
We would love to use an effective natural product to worm our dogs. Unfortunately we have not been able to find controlled testing displaying before and after faecal eggs counts to support effectiveness.
WHY DO YOU RAW FEED YOUR DOGS AND PUPPIES?
Feeding a predominantly raw and meaty bones diet allows control over what our dogs consume. This enables an appropriately balanced diet to be fed.
Feeding bones and raw food has also been shown to lead to: strong pigmentation, healthy coat and skin, less allergies, healthy pancreas and kidneys, better immunity, higher energy levels, smaller stools and less aggressive and fearful behaviours (meat contains tryptophan - well known for its role in the production of nervous messengers, especially those related to relaxation, restfulness and sleep).
We are happy to guide new owners regarding raw feeding. The aim is to give dogs longer, healthier lives.
ARE EMERALD PARK PUPPIES VACCINATED AND MICROCHIPPED PRIOR TO PURCHASE?
Yes. All Emerald Park puppies are both microchipped and vaccinated prior to purchase. A vaccination certificate and microchip details are supplied with our puppies.
WE LIVE A LONG WAY AWAY; CAN YOU HELP WITH TRANSPORT OF A PUPPY TO US?
Yes ..... although we do prefer to meet our buyers in person. Our preference is road transport rather than flying.
We recommend Dogtainers for flight/road transport. Both Dog Movers and Sammi's Pet Express provide road transport.
ARE YOUR PUPPIES FREE OF GENETIC DISORDERS?
The full genetic analysis of our breeding dogs indicates that our puppies cannot be affected by the most well known genetic diseases of Border Collies. We are committed to genetic analysis of our dogs as new tests arise. There is no history of illnesses in our breeding dogs or in their ancestry. We are also aware of the need for genetic diversity to prevent the risk of inherited diseases. We will never inbreed (line breed) our dogs. Please contact us if you require further information.
DOES EMERALD PARK HIP/ELBOW SCORE THEIR DOGS?
No, Emerald Park has chosen not to hip/elbow score our dogs. All puppies are actually born with perfect hips/elbows.
We have considered the advice of varying professionals (Vets, Physiotherapists and Chiropractors) who felt that x-ray scoring would reveal the state of our dogs' hips and elbows, but would offer no clear guarantee of hip/elbow condition in puppies. Hip dysplasia actually has low heritability. The hips of the parents are not good predictors of what the hips of the puppies will be like. Environmental factors play a large part in the incidence of hip/elbow dysplasia. There are no known cases of hip dysplasia in our dog's lines. The incidence of hip dysplasia in Border Collies in Australia is actually low; and on Veterinary examination, we have been advised the chances of problems in our dogs is very low.
Please remember that hip scoring requires general anaesthesia and every anaesthetic event places a dog's life at risk. Our dogs are our family and we are not willing to take this risk when there is no clear guarantee of hip/elbow condition in puppies. There is no scientific evidence to support hip/elbow scoring. This is why hip dysplasia continues to be a problem, despite hip scoring and many generations of selective breeding towards low scores
DOES EMERALD PARK HAVE A FACEBOOK PAGE?
Yes, you will find Emerald Park Border Collies at: https://www.facebook.com/DyersCrossingNSW/
Should you have any other questions, please let us know!