Miniature American Shepherd

Type: Herding

Height: Males: 14 - 18 inches, Females: 13 - 17 inches. No more or no less

Weight: 15 - 35 lbs.

Life Span: 13 - 15 years.

Litter Size: 2 - 6 puppies.

Country of Origin: USA

Activity: Medium to High

Watch-dog: High. They are very alert and will bark to alert their owners of anything unusual.

Guard-dog: Medium. Although alert and wary with strangers, they should not ever be aggressive.

Description: The Miniature American Shepherd is a well mannered, good-natured, devoted, loyal and intelligent. The Miniature American Shepherd is a small size herding dog that originated in the United States. Is slightly longer than tall with bone that is moderate and in proportion to body size and height without extremes. Movement is smooth, easy, and balanced. Exceptional agility combined with strength and stamina allows for working over a variety of different terrain. This highly versatile, energetic dog makes an excellent athlete with superior intelligence and a willingness to please those to whom he is devoted. He is both a loyal companion and a biddable worker, which is evident in his watchful expression. The Miniature American Shepherds coat is medium texture, straight to wavy, weather resistant, and medium in length. He traditionally has a docked or natural bobtail.

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Other Names: North American Shepherd

Colors: Black, Blue Merle, Red (Liver) and Red Merle. The Merle has any amount of markings from marbling, blecks and blotches, without white and/or tan (copper) markings.

Coat: Double coat is medium length and straight to slightly wavy. It can be moderately harsh, with a dense undercoat.

Temperament: The Miniature American Shepherds are highly trainable, and a versatile family dog and companion. They are wary with strangers but never aggressive. Mini Aussies are very playful and affectionate with their owners, and get along well with children. They have a high prey drive, however, and are not trustworthy with smaller animals. They do, however, get along well with other dogs. They are very intelligent, with a strong instinct to herd and guard. They have high problem solving abilities, and are very obedient when trained. They actually enjoy obedience classes. Mini Aussies are enthusiastic dogs.

With Children: Yes, very good.

With Pets: Yes

Special Skills: Herding, working, companion and family dog.

Care and Training: Regular brushing and sometimes grooming as this dog does shed throughout the year. Very easy to train. This breed needs lots of exercise along with something to do as they are very helpful type of dog.

Learning Rate: High

Special Needs: Grooming: daily to weekly brushing and grooming from time to time. Exercise

Living Environment: A home with a fenced yard is essential. They would do better in a rural environment as they were bred to herd and guard the flock. The best owner for this breed would be an active individual or family who live in a rural environment. These are not apartment dogs.

Health Issues: Eye disorders such as Collie Eye Anomaly and PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), hip dysplasia, and allergies. Other than these, they are a relatively healthy breed.

History: Australian Shepherds are not, in fact, Australian at all! They are believed to have been brought to America by the Basques who, on their routes, stopped by Australia and picked up good herding dogs on their way to America. The Australian Shepherd arrived in the United States by the late 19th century where the dogs’ qualities became recognized by local ranchers, who used the dogs to work cattle, sheep and other livestock. The breed is well-believed to have come from the Berger des Pyréneés, as well as Smithfield, Collie and Border Collie. The North American Miniature Australian Shepherd was developed in 1968, when two small Australian Shepherds were bred. They were a scaled down version of the Australian Shepherd. The goal was to develop a small herder and guardian who had the qualities of the larger Australian Shepherd but was smaller in size.

First Registered by the AKC: 2016

AKC Group: Herding Group