Toy & Mini Australian Shepherd History

                               Appearance

The Toy & Miniature Australian Shepherd has a medium-length coat. It comes in blue or red merle, red or black tricolor, all with white and/or tan markings. The hair around the ears and eyes should not be white. The coat may be straight or slightly wavy, and should have feathering on the back of the legs, and a mane and frill around the neck. Hair on the head, front of the forelegs and on the outside of the ears is shorter than the rest of the coat. The hindquarters are the same length as the forequarters. The top of the skull is quite flat and clean cut. The feet are oval and compact. The lips do not hang over the lower jaw.

                                  Temperament

Toy & Miniature Australian Shepherds are easygoing, perpetual puppies that love to play. Courageous, loyal and affectionate, they are excellent children's companions that are great with active children. A devoted friend and guardian. Unlike some other small dogs, who are relatively fragile, they are a good choice as a child's companion. Very lively, agile and attentive, they are eager to please with a sixth sense about what the owner wants. Toy & Miniature Australian Shepherds are highly intelligent and are easily trainable because they crave approval. They can become nervous and destructive if left alone too much without enough mental and physical exercise. They need a job to do, as the breed is very intelligent, active and thus easily bored. Socialize your dog well when it is a puppy to avoid it becoming suspicious of strangers. Some like to nip people‚Äôs heels in an attempt to herd them. They need to be taught herding humans is not acceptable. A fine companion, it also enjoys working small stock. They are quiet workers. This breed is not usually dog aggressive. Make sure you are this dog's firm, confident, consistent pack leader to avoid Small Dog Syndrome, human induced behavior problems. Always remember, dogs are canines, not humans. Be sure to meet their natural instincts as animals. The Toy & Miniature Australian Shepherd will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They are moderately active indoors and will do okay with a small yard. This breed will do well in cold climates.

                                                      Origin

A breeding program to develop the Miniature Australian Shepherd (North American Miniature Australian Shepherd) was begun in 1968 using small Australian Shepherds. Breeders bred them down in size to produce a smaller dog and today continue to strive to produce a mirror image of the Australian Shepherd in a size that fits well into today's lifestyle, without sacrificing instinct, ability or character.

The major club in the US is the Miniature Australian Club of the United States of America. MASCUSA, as the parent club, has petitioned the American Kennel Club for inclusion in AKC. The process of acceptance into AKC starts with registration into the AKC Foundation Stock Service. The Australian Shepherd Club of America has accepted the Miniature Australian Shepherd ONLY if the Miniature changes its name and has no reference of any kind to the Australian Shepherd or its history. A lot of Toy & Miniature Australian Shepherd owners are registering with ASDR, NSDR, AKC, FSS. The AKC's official name is Miniature American Shepherd.

                                                 Grooming

The Toy & Miniature Australian Shepherd needs little grooming and are an average shedder. Brush occasionally with a firm bristled brush and bathe only when needed.

                                        Size

Toy Australian shepherds stand between 10 and 14 inches tall at the shoulder when full-grown, weighing between 12 and 20 pounds.

Miniature Australian shepherds range between 15 to 18 inches tall at the shoulder, weighing between 20 to 40 pounds.

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Also Known As

Toy Aussie, Toy Australian Shepherd, Miniature American Shepherd, North American Miniature Australian Shepherd, Mini Australian Shepherd, Miniature Aussie Shepherd, North American Shepherd, Mini Aussie, Mini Aussie Shepherd, Teacup Australian Shepherd, Teacup Aussie Shepherd

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