New science regarding the unintended health consequences associated with early spay-neuter.
Breeders are dedicated to producing healthier dogs. When new data and research is presented we listen. Not all health afflictions related to the Australian Shepherd are genetic. There are many conditions that are environmental, caused by myriad of factors. As breeders and owners we can do something about the environmental factors immediately.
As a result of current scientific evidence, it has been determined that early spay-neuter can have a huge impact on the rate of incidence of hip dysplasia. Based on this research and the advice of veterinarians, Stonepine Australian Shepherds is altering their puppy guarantee contract to reflect this evidence.