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A Miniature Australian Shepherd is an intelligent working dog with strong herding instincts.


Q. I would really like to get a new dog, and I found the one I want. It’s called a Miniature or Toy Australian Shepherd. I would like to know about this breed’s behavior. Can you help me?

A. As the name suggests, the Miniature Australian Shepherd (also known as the “North American Shepherd”) is a scaled-down version of the familiar Australian Shepherd. However, at a height of 14 to 18 inches at the shoulder, this is not a “teacup” anything but a sturdy, mid-sized herding dog that needs regular exercise and an outlet for its energy. In fact, the breed standard accepted by ARBA (the American Rare Breed Association) disqualifies “Toy-like features” and describes the breed’s character as “…intelligent, [and] primarily a working dog of strong herding and guardian instincts.”

There are several national clubs for the breed whose websites you can visit to learn more about Mini Aussies, find out about upcoming rare-breed shows where you can see them live, and locate breeders in your part of the country.


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Donna   Nederland, Colorado

7/7/2015 6:27:01 AM

They are good family loving creatures. We have two and could not be happier. Their coat does not flare up my allergies and it is the first time I have ever been able to nuzzle with a dog in my life. Smart and intuitive learn really fast. Like to run and play together and with us. Great dogs and just the right size. Shed some but not as much as a toy fox terrier.

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Carol - 10030   Silver Spring, MD

7/2/2012 2:16:39 PM


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