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Miniature Australian Shepherd and North American Shepherd Combined Breed Profile
Description: The Miniature Australian Shepherd is a well balanced, athletic, and alert breed. The breed is sensitive, easily trained, a good guardian, confident, and devoted to their families. North American Miniature Australian Shepherds make fine companions and will also enjoy working small stock. They are used in search and rescue and as therapy dogs. They also have a playful side, and love to be around children. Mini Aussies are an exact replica of their larger counterpart, the Australian Shepherd, except for size. Some people consider the Australian Shepherd to have three separate sizes: Standard, Miniature and Toy. Other consider the Toy and Miniature to be in the same category. Regardless, they are all identical save for size. Mini Aussies have sturdy bodies with medium length covering the entire body, with markings and colors of blue merle, black, red, merle, totally red with or without white, with or without tan points. They are compact, quaint dogs with triangular drop ears. Their eyes can be of several different colors, including brown, blue, amber, or any combination of the three. Friendly, fun loving and hard working, the Miniature Australian Shepherd makes an excellent companion and friend.
Other Names: North American
Australian Shepherd, Mini Aussie, Toy Australian Shepherd
13 - 18 inches.
(TAS Height: Under 13 inches.
MAS Height: 14 - 18
merle, black, liver, red (liver) merle and all red with or without white
markings and/or tan points.
Miniature Australian Shepherd 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.
Watch-dog: High. They
are very alert and will bark to alert their owners of anything unusual.
Care and Exercise:
Regular brushing once or twice a week will help to minimize shedding of
the North American Miniature Australian Shepherds' coat and keep the skin
and coat healthy. As with any herding dog exercise is essential to maintain
a healthy, well-balanced dog. Daily walks, obedience training or giving
them a job to do is excellent exercise for this breed.
Activity: High. The
Miniature Australian Shepherd is a working dog with enthusiasm and spunk.
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.
Life Span: 12 - 13 years.
Country of Origin:
Miniature Australian Shepherd
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