The miniature Australian Shepherd was developed by
selectively breeding small Australian Shepherds.
The dogs are fast growing in approval among those interested
in a compact dog with a hardy work ethic. They are notably
popular in dog agility, and do well in other dog sports,
including herding, obedience, frisbee, and many other
Miniature Aussies ranges in height from 13 to 18 inches (35 to 46 cm) at the
withers and weighs between 17 and 40 pounds (9 to 18 kg).
Coat colours are the same as those for Australian Shepherds, which are blue
merle, red merle, black tricolour, red tricolour, black bicolour, and red
Miniature Australian Shepherds are eager to work, which makes training and
interacting with them a pleasure, but their intelligence and drive require
obedience training and plenty of interesting activity. Mini Aussie's are
versatile and easily trained. Because they are herding dogs, they make good
guard dogs and excellent companion dogs for those who provide an adequate outlet
for the mini Aussie's physical and mental energy.
The history of the miniature Australian Shepherd is the same as that of the
Australian Shepherd until approximately the 1960s. Thereafter, fanciers formed
member clubs and registries to promote the smaller dogs in particular. While
there were at one point in the past a few enthusiasts who wanted to pursue
recognition as a separate breed, the fancy as a whole and the clubs that focus
on the smaller sized aussies consider the dogs merely a size variety of the
Australian Shepherd. The parent clubs of the Australian Shepherd however do not
recognize a size variety of the Australian Shepherd.
Miniature Australian Shepherds can be registered with the National Stock Dog
Registry (NSDR), MASCA, NAMASCUSA and a variety of other registries.
Recent studies suggest that Miniature Australian Shepherds are more likely
than their full-sized counterparts to carry the mutated MDR1 gene.
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