Our Story begins with a puppy named Holly. In 2013, after a lot research, we began our search for an Australian Shepherd. We found a darling pup in Wisconsin and brought her home in January 2014. On the way home from picking her up, the song Best Day of My Life by American Authors was playing on the radio. It quickly became "her song" and eventually inspired our kennel name. Holly is smart, sassy, and independent. We completely fell in love with the breed and knew we must have MORE!
At Bestday, we believe there are two ways to ethically bring a dog into your family. The first is adopting from a shelter or rescue. There are many animals in shelters that will make great pets and meet the needs of families looking to add a canine companion to their lives. Please consider contacting your local shelter in your search.
While we always recommend checking with local shelters first, we understand that some people prefer the peace of mind of knowing the health and emotional history of their new family member, as well as the health history and temperament of their parents. We also understand that people have a need and a desire for dogs with particular skills and characteristics. We encourage these people to seek out a responsible breeder.
We believe that a responsible breeder:
Is familiar with the breed standard (AKC or otherwise)
Knows how each of their dogs conform to the breed standard
Knows in which areas their dogs are deficient
Is familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of the breed
Can tell you in which ways their breeding program is attempting to address those weaknesses
Is familiar with and adheres to recommended breed testing and screening
Takes responsibility for each puppy that it brings into the world for the lifetime of that puppy
Is committed to not allowing any dogs produced by its kennel to end up in a shelter/rescue
Our mission at Bestday is to improve and advance the breed we love. This means we use our breeding program to address breed and individual weakness and place pups with active families looking for intelligent dogs to do a job. We follow the AKC breed standard and AKC recommendations for testing and screening. Additionally, we use other tools, research, etc to make breeding decisions. Our ultimate goal is to impact the breed in such a way that 100 years from now, Australian Shepherds are healthy, versatile, working family members.