We are Marshel (Butch) and Ann Warren and live in Berthoud, Colorado. We have been residents of the Loveland and Berthoud area since 1969. Our love of the Mini Aussies started in 2014, when we purchased our first little girl, Rylee. We started raising Mini Aussies in 2015, after we purchased Sherman, and the rest is history!
We raised Great Pyrenes and Arabian horses, along our journey. However, our passion is the Mini Aussies.
We have been so blessed to be mentored by Roni and Jim Hale, of Palisade, Colorado - who have raised Aussies for over 25 years. We got Sherman from them, and several other pups.
Please take the time to browse through this website, as there is a lot of information that will help you in making your decision to get a Toy or Mini Aussie. Whether you get your pup from us, or from another reputable breeder, we know you will fall in love with your pup, as well as the breed!
Be Blessed in your journey of finding the perfect puppy, and life companion!
Unconditional love is what these pups give each family they go to.
Both of these girls have been retired. They gave us many, many beautiful puppies and are
now enjoying life to the fullest!
I wonder if Christ had a little brown dog
All curly and wooly like mine;
With two silky ears, and a nose round and wet,
and eyes brown and tender that shine.
I'm afraid that He hadn't, because I have read
How he prayed in the garden alone,
For all of his friends and disciples had fled,
Even Peter, the one called a 'stone'.
And oh, I am sure that that little brown dog
With a heart so tender and warm,
Would never have left Him to suffer alone,
But, creeping right under His arm,
Would have licked those dear fingers in agony clasped,
And counting all favours but loss,
When they took Him away, would have trotted behind
And followed Him right to the cross.
- Author Unknown
Australian Shepherds have wonderful personalities and adapt well to families with children and other dogs. Despite being high-energy animals, these dogs are not aggressive and make ideal companions in an active household. Small children do need to be taught to respect any dogs’ space, and must be supervised around the puppies/dogs, especially when first introducing.
While they tend to herd or nip people, these traits are usually well managed with early training and lots of exercise each day. They do like to ‘herd’ their family members, and this can sometimes be taken as aggression. They will push their bodies into children, or perhaps lay their mouth on them to get them to move. However, this is not aggressive behavior of a puppy or dog, but it should be monitored. Families may find these dogs as excellent partners in playing fetch or running alongside a bicycle.
Aussies are one of the smartest breeds of dog. This, combined with their high energy personalities, make them ideal for learning tricks or tasks. Australian Shepherds do well with agility competitions or as active ranch herders.
With any high performing animal, owners must ensure a secured yard or leash is available, as the curious mind of an Aussie may lead to occasional escapes.
Australian Shepherds have an innate protective streak and may be wary of strangers, making them excellent watchdogs. With appropriate and early socialization, these dogs can learn to adapt to household guests.
Aussies thrive on human companionship and thrive when they are providing a service to their owners. They will make it their role to alert their pet parents to possible dangers or incoming strangers whenever possible.
All Aussies have a double-coat of fur which effectively protects the animal against all types of weather. A tougher outer coat acts as a water proof barrier, while the fluffier undercoat acts as insulation in either hot or cold temperatures. This makes the dog a hearty companion on farms or ranches, for outdoor sports, or for those living in regions with climate variations.
There are three sizes of an Australian Shepherd. Toy, Mini, and Standard. Toys range from 10 to 18lbs, and up to 12” tall. Minis range from 20 to 35lbs, and approximately 13” to 18” tall. Standard range from 35 to 65lbs, and approximately 19” to 23” tall.
Occasionally, a pup that was born of minis, could end up being a ‘small mini’, and could potentially be a toy, in size. Or a pup born of minis, sometimes ends up weighing close to 50lbs., and could potentially be considered a standard. Adult size of pups, can never be guaranteed by a breeder.
While Aussies can easily become overweight, their willingness and need for daily exercise makes weight-management easy to achieve.
The main reason so many of us have dogs is for love and companionship. While there are many factors to consider before choosing a pet, most owners would agree that the quirks, issues, and work involved with their dog were all worth it. Whether these issues are pros or cons in your mind, the real value is in the joy a dog brings to the family.
Australian Shepherds, bred to be working and herding dogs, are very high-energy animals and require daily exercise. Owners may find that a dog left alone or without adequate daily physical activity will bore easily and could cause destruction indoors.
With a daily routine of outdoor stimulation, these dogs will be excellent household pets.
Australian Shepherds have a lot of hair, and this means a lot of grooming. Most owners will find they need to do a thorough brushing each week o remove excess fur or release matted clumps. Also, twice yearly these dogs shed more excessively, so owners will want to increase the frequency of brushing, with frequent baths where possible.
While some dogs enjoy the grooming process, others will struggle, squirm, and want to get away from you. But starting early as a puppy will likely help.
Aussies are genetically predisposed to some serious eye diseases. These can include colobomas, cataracts, detached retinas, and other issues. To avoid these disorders, the breeder can provide reports from the parents’ recent eye exams. Owners of puppies can also ask their veterinarian about routine ophthalmology exams.
Just because a dog is more susceptible to a disorder, doesn’t mean it will happen. Most Australian Shepherds live fully content lives with none of these eye issues, but its important for potential owners to understand the risks.
Warren's Mini Aussies has NEVER had any eye issues in our breeding dogs or our puppies.
Hip dysplasia is a common genetic malformation in the hip socket of some dogs, including Australian Shepherds. Over time, improper wear and tear on the hip joint can lead to arthritis pain, and sometimes surgery.
Breeders should be able to provide medical confirmation of the parents’ hip health to potential buyers. Dogs who get adequate exercise and a healthy diet will also generally experience fewer issues.
Warren's Mini Aussies has NEVER had Hip Dysplasia in any breeding dogs, or puppies.