Thanks for taking a look at my Aussies!
Thank you for visiting my website! I am Laura Baylis and I own Star Australian Shepherds, located in Northwest Lower Michigan just outside of Traverse City. As you can see I was named a Breeder of Merit by AKC and I am very proud of this accomplishment. I am also a proud member of USASA (United States Australian Shepherd Association) which is the AKC parent club for our breed and ASCA (Australian Shepherd Club Of America) which is the foundation club for our breed. I also have had one of my Dam's recently awarded with a ROM Award of Excellence for my putting AKC Titles on a numerous number of her progeny.
I began in Australian Shepherds in 1996 and have enjoyed every year since of having this breed in my home. All of my dogs live in my house and although it's a lot of work for a single working mom, I am so grateful for having found this breed, thanks to my Standard Poodle, Frankie Jr.
I strive to breed aussies for the everyday family. I focus, first and foremost, on temperament. I only breed aussies that I feel would make excellent family members as well as amazing show prospects, for myself. And although I do show my aussies, my preference is to send my puppies to homes with families, where my puppies will be the Princesses and Princes of their new castles.
I feed my dogs a Prey Diet, meaning they eat RAW! I also prescribe to the practice of limited vaccines. along with the guidance of my Veterinarian. I feel the combination of the two will help my dogs to have a stronger immune system and will make them less susceptible to diseases such as cancer, which is why I offer a 5 year Cancer Replacement Guarantee and a 2 year guarantee for Hips/Elbows and Eyes. I don't know of any other breeder that will offer you a better health guarantee. I'd love to talk to you about these guarantees if you own one of my puppies or are on the list for one of my puppies.
Finally, regarding health testing, I test my adult dogs before they are bred for the following:
OFA Hips, OFA Elbows, Cerf, HSF4, MDR1, CEA
I may occasionally test for something else, but these are the typical tests I perform on a dam/sire before they are bred. DNA testing is done to help me make decision about breeding, whether to breed a dog of mine and if I do, to who whom. I also test the puppies on occasion, but only for my own information to determine if I will be keeping them in my breeding program.
This is AKC Best In Show, multi Best In Specialty Show, multi Best In Show Veteran, Bronze Grand Champion, ASCA Champion, CKC Champion and multi Group Winner and Placing Star's Gold Ringer,
aka "James Bond".