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Miniature Australian Shepherd

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Miniature Australian Shepherd Facts

  • Group
  • Toys
  • Affiliations
  • No current affiliations
  • Height
  • 14" - 18"
  • Weight
  • weight proportionate to height.
  • Lifespan
  • 14 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • High - This breed requires vigorous daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Moderate
  • Colors
    • Various Colors
     
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Good with children
    • Should sleep indoors
 

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Alternate Names

North American Shepherd

Origin

This dog originated in the United states.

Date Of Origin

A breeding program was initiated in 1968, involving two small Australian shepherds. By 180 conformation was fixed.

History

This is a new breed created by combining two Australian shepherds under 18" tall. There has been much debate over the name of this breed. Because this dog is not recognized as a breed specific Australian shepherd, fanciers created a movement to re-name the breed the North American Shepherd. Today it goes by both names.

Description

The body is slightly longer than tall, and the chest is deep. The tail is longer than 3" and is a natural bobtail or docked. The eyes are almond shaped and brown, blue, amber, or marbled. The ears are folded. The coat is double with an undercoat that varies according to climate and a medium outer coat. There is feathering on the backs of the legs, the belly and the neck.

Temperament

Miniature Australian Shepherds are notoriously eager to work. They are very fun to play with and can be easily trained, but their intelligence and drive require obedience training and plenty of interesting activity. Once given a clear job to do, like guarding or companionship, they will thrive in a variety of environments, provided they have an adequate outlet for both physical and mental energy. If they are not allowed adequate room to play, they may become destructive. They are social dogs and form close attachments to their owner. As a result, some may suffer separation anxiety. Mini Aussies function well as a family dog, but their excessive energy may need to be checked around small children.

Uses

This breed is esteemed as a companion and a small stock herder, such as ducks.

Health Concerns

Eye problems, hip dysplasia, MDR1 gene.

Additional Information

This breed does best with an active owner or family.

Show Sources & Contributors +

Sources

The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

Wikipedia.com

Publisher: WikiMedia Foundation, On Going

Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/

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