A Family Friend
The Miniature Australian Shepherd’s eager attitude means that working
with the Mini Aussie is a joy, but their intelligence means that obedience
training is highly recommended. Because the Aussie was developed
both to herd and guard the flock, the Mini Aussies are entirely devoted to
their family and make excellent watch dogs and companions.
A Little History
During the 1960’s, an Australian Shepherd enthusiast acquired several
small working Aussies from the rodeo circuit. Intrigued by their compact
size, she worked with a veterinarian to develop a breeding program in
order to preserve the trait, which quickly resulted in litters producing
both dogs only 13 to 14 inches tall as well as larger Australian
Shepherds. The smaller dogs eventually became known as "miniature"
Australian Shepherds. The Mini Aussie soon attracted the attention of
experienced Australian Shepherd breeders and eager newcomers.
Herding instinct, intelligence and drive were preserved and many Mini
Aussies continue to work a variety of livestock today.
The Mini Aussie is a small Australian Shepherd with the Aussie's
attentive, energetic temperament, high intelligence and reservedness
towards strangers. The height of the Aussie is anything over 18 inches,
while the height of the Mini Aussie ranges from 13 to 18 inches and
weighs approximately 20 to 40 pounds. Toy Aussie is anything 13
inches and under in height and weighs less then 20 pounds. All
Aussies are extremely intelligent and active dogs that thrive on attention
and need to have a very close relationship with their human
companions. The Miniature Australian Shepherd lives for his job, which
still involves herding livestock and working as an all-purpose farm and
ranch dog. He needs a lot of activity and a sense of purpose to be truly
content. Today, due to the breed’s intelligence and versatility, Aussies
also excel in events such as agility, obedience and herding. Their coats
can be black, blue merle, red merle, and red with or without white
markings and copper points.
About the Miniature Australian Shepherd
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|Cowboy as a pup with Carissa.
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