Meet the Cottage Farm Aussies Family
Welcome to Cottage Farm Aussies! Thank you for visiting our site.
Our love of animals has been prevalent throughout our lives. Growing up around horses, dogs and cats taught us that if we cared for our animals throughout their lifetime they would provide a sense of comfort, loyalty and joy throughout our lifetime.
Our first Australian Shepherd came into our lives in early 2000 when the breeder surrendered their dogs due to ill conditions. I'll never forget going to their farm pick up our blue Merle we called Bear. Even in these poor conditions with very little hope of change, the dogs spirits prevailed and touched our hearts.
Early on, Bear had her challenges from being inbred. She would suffer from malnutrition, worms, no socialization and no human contact. Even with her rough start in life she became a cherished member of our family. So talented, athletic and brave she could do anything including a back gainer when catching her ball to climbing up a tree. She was a fierce protector of our farm, family and home to the point where she eventually was unable to leave the farm. That started our lengthy mission of studying and understanding the Australian Shepherd breed including their origin to becoming a popular family dog.
After more than a decade of owning, rescuing and rehoming many Australian Shepherds we decided we wanted to breed our two AKC registered females and set out on a search for the perfect male companion. We wanted a dog that had been breed by a responsible caring Breeder, that was at a minimum five generations out and that had a clear panel of the ten most common genetic defects that Aussies are prone to. We found that dog in Utah at Canyon Creek Aussies. He was a beautiful red merle puppy that we call Rainy, short for Canyon Creek The Rainmaker.
We had our first litter early 2019 with our girl Cottage Farm Thunder Rose. Rosie had seven beautiful puppies representing each color in the Aussie spectrum. We whelped our pups in our living room, exposed them to biosensor training (also know as "Super Dog" program developed by the Military), socialized them with children, adults and other animals both in the house and in the barn. We exposed them to load noises, unexpected situations, parades, fireworks, car rides, vacuuming and the like all to make them stronger, smarter and more tolerant dogs that will provide a lifetime of happiness to their new families. Guess what...it worked!
We plan to have two litters per year so we can continue the necessary activities to invest in our puppies future. Our goal is to provide high quality, well socialized puppies that, with the correct nurturing, will become incredible dogs and provide a lifetime of joy and happiness for their owners.
Our hope is that your love for the Australian Shepherd breed will grow as ours has.
- Marcia & Tom
Hello we are David and Erica Paul,
We are the breeders behind Cottage Farm East, located in Western Pennsylvania, just north of Pittsburgh.
Both my husband and I grew up with a variety of pets, everything from dogs and cats to bunnies and lizards, and have always loved animals, especially dogs, but with five young children we weren’t quite ready to bring a dog and the responsibility that comes with it into our family.
The years passed and our kids were a little older and ready to help with the responsibilities of dog ownership. After several years of our kids begging us to get a dog, my husband and I finally decided it was time.
Initially, we did a lot of research into the type of dog that would be best suited for us, discussing the pros and cons of several breeds. At that point we had never even heard of an Australian Shepherd, but I was instantly drawn to the beautiful and unique colors and the piercing blue eyes that Aussie’s produce. but while you cannot deny the beauty, we also really wanted to make sure it was the right fit for our family. After learning more about Australian Shepherd’s and what a great fit they could be for our family we began the search for a breeder.
Truthfully, we didn’t know much about what went into a good breeding program initially. After almost being scammed a few times and learning more about what a great breeding program actually entails along the way, we finally found Cottage Farm Aussies. Tom and Marcia’s love and care for their animals was evident in the tremendous efforts they put into their program and we knew instantly we had found the perfect breeder to invest in our family pets.
The weeks went by and it was finally time to go visit their facility and meet the litter. Initially, we went there for one pup and very quickly realized that with seven of us there would not be enough puppy for all the love we had to give. So we came home with two. Yes, our friends and family thought we lost it and quite frankly we probably did, but it was the best decision! I love that we have them and that they have each other.
A few months later we got a phone call from Tom and Marcia saying they had rescued a beautiful Red Tri Female, named Faith and were looking for someone to take her in. We loved the two we brought home so much and the love and joy the two pups had brought to our family was indescribable. So we quickly went from a no dog family to a 3 dog family in a matter of months and I wouldn't change it for the world.
Over the past year Tom and Marcia have become very dear friends. The kind of people you feel like you have known forever and now here we are, with their incredible guidance and mentorship expanding their amazing breeding program to form Cottage Farm East.
We are thrilled to partner with them on this journey and beyond excited to bless other families with the love and joy these pups have brought to our family!