Thinking about purchasing an Miniature Australian Shepherd? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Miniature Australian Shepherd breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Miniature Australian Shepherd owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Miniature Australian Shepherd and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Miniature Australian Shepherd Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Miniature Australian Shepherd and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Miniature Australian Shepherd Profile
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.
North American Australian Shepherd, Mini Aussie, Toy Australian Shepherd
NAS Height: 13
- 18 inches.
(TAS Height: Under 13 inches.
MAS Height: 14 - 18 inches.
Colors: Blue merle,
black, liver, red (liver) merle and all red with or without white markings and/or
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.
Miniature Australian Shepherd
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.
Miniature Australian Shepherd 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:
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