Windy Mesa Australian Shepherds

Litter Plans


We have no litters planned at this time.

Thank you for your interest in one of our puppies! Please check back for more updates.




Please click here to view our Puppy Contract


Everyone interested in purchasing a Windy Mesa puppy must complete our Placement Questionnaire . A $100 deposit is required to hold the pup of your choice; puppies are picked in the order deposits are received.

Our puppies are born and raised inside our home under nearly constant supervision. From their first week, they are carefully handled, petted and their feet stroked to decrease sensitivity. We also administer the Early Neurological Stimulation exercises designed by Dr. Carmen L. Battaglia to help with each puppy's mental and physical development. During their time with us, puppies are exposed to any number of sounds, surfaces and people, plus our other dogs and a variety of toys. Potty training and crate training will be well underway, and leash training will begin at 6 1/2 to 7 weeks of age. Two temperament tests are given: one by the breeder at 5 to 6 weeks, and one by an outside party at 7 to 8 weeks. Structural evaluations will be performed at 7 1/2 or 8 weeks by a fellow Australian Shepherd breeder knowlegable in the Aussie breed standard and conformation.

All puppies will have their tails docked and dewclaws removed at 2-3 days old; anyone that wishes to have their puppy's tail and/or dewclaws left intact must choose their puppy and pay half the purchase price before they are 2 days old. Puppies will be vet-checked, dewormed, and shots will be up-to-date before going to their new homes. Eye clearances may or may not be administered, depending on if our CERF-certified ophthalmologist is in the area at that time, but we will try our best to make sure they've had an eye exam.

Puppies will be ready to go to their new homes at approximately 8 weeks of age. We recommend puppy buyers come pick up their pup in person, as we prefer not to ship our dogs (however, if you want to fly your puppy back with you as a carry-on, that is perfectly acceptable). This will also help you to choose firsthand the puppy that's right for you. If you are unable to travel this far, we may be able to make arrangements to meet with you somewhere in between. Shipping will be considered only as a last resort, and extra fees will apply to cover expenses to and from the airport, traveling crate, etc.

We strongly believe in responsible breeding. All of our breeding stock have a minimum of their hips and eyes checked before breeding, and each pedigree is carefully researched before breeding pairs are decided on. We try our best to make sure that every puppy we produce is physically and genetically sound, not only to benefit the buyer, but also for the benefit of the breed. We require that all potential buyers fill out a questionnaire to not only ensure that each Aussie puppy goes to a good home, but to the right home.
Please keep in mind that Aussies are not for everyone (please read the article below).

* * * We do not discriminate price based on sex, temperament, color, eye color, or trim, except when it conflicts with the breed standard * * *


Each puppy will go to its new home with an extensive Puppy Packet, which will include

* complete health record
* an original copy of the Sales Contract
* registration application papers (unless otherwise specified)
* pictures of the puppy, littermates and parents (available on CD upon request)
* copies of the dam and sire's health clearances
* five-generation pedigree
* bag of puppy food
* leash and collar
* familiar toy



The Cost of Producing a Quality-Bred Litter


* Health clearances for sire and dam - $700
   (hips, eyes, brucellosis, DNA certification, etc.)
* Quality Puppy Food for pups and extra food for dam - $160
* Vet expenses - $400
   (tails docked, dewclaws removed, dewormers, vaccinations, health checks)
* Puppy eye exams - $300
* Litter Registrations - $80
* Website costs and Management - $350
* Other miscellaneous care and expenses:
      * Stud Fee - $500-$1500
      * Shipping/Driving dam to and from stud - $100-$1000
      * Artificial Insemination - $250-$850
      * Progesterone Test - $25
      * Ultrasound - $250
      * Bedding Material for puppy area - $40
      * Puppy Training Pads - $40

Even if a litter consists of only 1 pup, that one puppy cost approximately $1,400 to produce and raise to 8 weeks of age, and this is if a home stud is used and the parents bred naturally, without assistance. Also take into account the time and effort put into properly houseing, raising, training, socializing and desensitizing a litter of puppies.

(Prices listed as of 2008)



How much do your puppies cost?
Our puppies generally cost $800, unless they are mismarked or have any other disqualifying fault according to the ASCA Breed Standard. We do not discriminate price based on sex, color, eye color, trim, or temperament, unless it conflicts with the Breed Standard. Mismarked or faulted puppies sell for $500 with Limited Registration and the agreement that it will not be used for breeding. In the rare event there is a puppy produced with a physical disability, the cost is $400 (half the regular price) with Limited Registration.

Why don't you sell puppies as Pet or Show Quality?
We don't believe that Show or Breeding Quality can be determined by 8 weeks of age. A seemingly sound puppy can appear to be such at 8 weeks, only to grow up to do poorly in the show ring, or possess characteristics that would make it unsuitable for breeding. Likewise, a puppy that may exhibit no special characteristics as a puppy may grow up to be an excellent candidate for the show ring, or have awesome potential as a breeding dog.

What is "Early Neurological Stimulation" and how is it beneficial?
ENS is a method developed by Dr. Carmen L. Battaglia. It is a series of exercises administered to each individual puppy once every day for 2 weeks starting when the litter is 3 days old. These excerises have been proven to improve a puppy's mental and physical development, by forcing it to respond to certain forms of stimulation and stress. Each exercise is non-threatening and lasts only a few seconds; it includes holding the puppy upright, upside down, on its back, on a cold damp towel, and tickling its feet with a Q-tip.

What are "Temperament Tests" and what do they involve?
Temperament Testing consists of a list of exercises used to evaluate how a puppy reacts under certain circumstances. In most cases, we use the Volhard Method. We administer two different tests ourselves at 5 and 6 weeks of age, to help us see in which areas each puppy may be lacking. Just before 8 weeks of age, the puppies are evaluated in a place they've never been by a person they've has never met. Tests include whether the puppy comes when called, follows its handler readily, its acceptance of human dominance, if it retrieves an object readily, how sensitive it is to loud noises, high or low prey drive, and pain tolerance. Testing helps evaluate whether the puppy is more suited to be placed in a home with an average home or if a handler with experience is required, if it is suitable for a home with young children or the elderly, how adaptable it is to new situations, whether it is dominant or passive, outgoing or reserved, etc.

What do you mean by "biddable"?
A biddable dog is one that is ready and willing to do your bidding. They're easy to work with and eager to obey their master.

What is "trainability"?
Trainability refers to how well the puppy responds to human leadership. A trainable puppy respects its human handler and will be easy to train. A not-so-trainable puppy will do what it wants instead of what its human handler wants it to do.

What is a "Structural Evaluation" and why is it important?
A Structural Evaluation is just that, it evaluates the structure of the puppy and determines whether it is structurally sound, or if it has slight faults or deviation from the Breed Standard. During this evaluation, everything about the puppy's body is checked, from head (skull shape, muzzle, stop, bite, dentition, occlusion) to tail (straight, proper croup). Neck length, depth of chest, shoulder angulation, topline, loin, rear angulation, and musculature are some of the parts that are checked. Proper structure is important for proper movement and carriage, and helps to avoid strain and injury. In herding breeds such as the Australian Shepherd, proper structure is necessary.

Why are eye exams important to have done on a puppy?
CERF Eye Exams should be performed on puppies between 6 and 8 weeks of age, before the lens closes over. During this time, the puppy may be checked for congenital defects related to CEA (Collie Eye Anomoly), iris coloboma and PPM (Persistent Pupilary Membrane). Such an exam should only be performed by a CERF-certified ophthalmologist; a simple look-over by a local veterinarian is unacceptable.

Where are you located?
We live in Bloomfield, New Mexico in the northwest corner of the state, about 15 miles east of Farmington.





For more information, please feel free to contact us.


Chris & Esther Ivey   *   P.O. Box 1216, Bloomfield, NM 87413   *   phone & fax (505)333-2662   *   cell & text (505)215-3287   *




Australian Shepherds : Should you own one?

An Australian Shepherd puppy is an adorable, wiggling, fuzzy ball of fur. It is so tempting to take one home with you! Before you do, please take a few moments to answer the following questions:

Can you keep your Aussie busy enough to stay out of trouble? Aussies are very intelligent and may find ways to entertain and exercise themselves if their humans don't. Barking, chewing, digging and escaping from the yard are all possibilities. Aussies can be quite creative! Participating in organized dog sports, such as agility, obedience or flyball, is a good way to keep their minds occupied and their bodies fit.

Can you manage a dog that is described in its breed standard as having strong guardian instincts and as being "reserved with strangers"? An Australian Shepherd should not exhibit unprovoked aggression, but many will defend their home, property and family against what they perceive as threats. They will not be everyone's friend.

Can you stand having a constant companion whose sole purpose in life is to be with you everywhere you go: from room to room, upstairs and down, into the bathroom and even the shower? Aussies are very devoted to their people and want to be with them.

Can you commit to daily exercise such as walking, running or throwing a ball or Frisbee for an hour or more? When you come home from a long day at work and want to relax, an Aussie will be ready to play.

Can you make sure that your Aussie is properly socialized? Correct, thorough socialization from a young age is crucial and may prevent future behavioral problems.

Can you handle a dog that may chase cats, livestocks, cars or the neighbor's kids if not properly trained? Some dogs may only want to play, but the desire to chase can lead to more serious problems. Aussies should never be allowed to roam loose unsupervised.

Can you train your Aussie puppy from the first day it arrives home? Attending one or more formal obedience class will help to turn that unruly pup into a well-mannered companion. Learning how to teach your Aussie to behave correctly is important.

Can you run a vacuum cleaner frequently? Aussies shed, sometimes copious amounts. They need regular grooming to remove dead hair and mats.

If you answered "no" to any of the questions, please consider a different breed. Aussie Rescue is kept busy with dogs abandoned by people who discovered that their cute, wiggling ball of fur required hard work, or because their lack of training resulted in an unruly juvenile delinquent.

Australian Shepherds aren't the right breed for everyone. But if you can answer all of these questions with a "yes", you may be the right person for an Aussie. You will be rewarded with a devoted, loving and loyal companion for the next ten to fifteen years. When looking for an Australian Shepherd, be sure to consider adopting from one of the many rescue organizations. If you are planning to purchase from a breeder, look for someone who places a high priority on honesty and who is breeding for sound temperament and good health.

Information provided by The Australian Shepherd Club of America.


For more information about the Australian Shepherd breed, please visit the sites listed on our Links & Resources page.



Past Litters


Beamer X Gabby 2008

Sonny X Leia 2014


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