Miniature Australian Shepherd
Red tricolor Miniature Aussie
|North American Shepherd (obsolete)
|Country of origin
|Classification and breed standards
|Not recognized by any major kennel club
|This breed of dog is
The Miniature Australian Shepherd is a
breed of dog
selectively breeding small
The breed is rapidly increasing in popularity among those interested in a
compact dog of strong work ethic. It is especially popular in
agility, and does well in other dog sports including herding, obedience,
frisbee, and many other activities.
The Miniature Aussie ranges in height from 14 to 18 inches (35 to 46 cm) at
and weighs between 20 and 40 pounds (9 to 18 kg). Coat colors are the same as
those for Australian Shepherds.
Mini Aussie dressed up and showing off its agility contact-zone skills
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. 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 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 dog as a separate breed.
The Miniature Australian Shepherd has been recognized as a separate breed by
the American Rare Breed Association (ARBA) and the National Stock Dog Registry (NSDR).
Dogs that are registered with the Miniature Australian Shepherd Club of America
(MASCA), North American Miniature Australian Shepherd Club of the USA (NAMASCUSA),
and NSDR may be registered with the United Kennel Club (UKC) as Australian
Shepherds only. The UKC does not recognize the Miniature Australian Shepherd
breed or a size variety of the Australian Shepherd.
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