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Origin / History The Miniature Australian Shepherd is a smaller version of the Australian Shepherd. These dogs were created during the 1960s. Those who fancied these smaller versions of the Australian Shepherd created clubs and registries to promote these dogs. Several enthusiasts wanted these dogs to be recognized as a separate breed, but many others considered these dogs to be just a size variety of the Australian Shepherd.

Miniature Australian Shepherds may be registered at the National Stock Dog Registry and at a wide variety of other registries. Breeders of Miniature Australian Shepherds are constantly trying to create a dog that is smaller than the Australian Shepherd without having to sacrifice the breed's character, instinct, or ability.

Appearance These dogs are well-balanced, medium-sized, and medium-boned. The coat of these dogs can be straight or slightly wavy, and is medium in length. The back of their legs have feathering, and they have a mane and frill around their neck. The hairs on their head, on the outside part of their ears, and at the front of their forelegs are shorter than the hairs on the rest of their body. Their hindquarters and forequarters are equal in length. The top of these dogs' skull is clean cut and relatively flat. These dogs have oval and compact feet. The lips of these dogs are not hanging over their lower jaw.

Colours All colours of these dogs are rich, clear, and strong. The acceptable coat colours are red merle, blue merle, solid black, and solid red, all of which can have white markings or tan points. The dogs that have black or blue merle coats also have clack colouring on their lips, eye rims, and nose. The red merle and solid red dogs have liver pigmentation on their eye rims, lips, and nose.

Temperament Miniature Australian Shepherds are intelligent. Their excellent guardian and herding instincts make them excellent working dogs. Despite this, though, they also make great companions. They form strong bonds with their family members. Although quite reserved with strangers, these dogs do not show shyness. They can also get along well with other dogs. Although these dogs are smaller than Australian Shepherds, they are still just as intelligent and as eager to work.

Height and Weight The height of these dogs ranges from 14 to 28 inches, and their weight falls between 17 and 35 pounds.

Common Health Problems Dogs of this breed that feature merle colouring are also more susceptible to becoming deaf or blind. Eye and hip problems can also affect this breed.

Living Conditions Being moderately active even when indoors, these dogs can be kept inside apartments just as long as they are given enough exercise.

Exercise Requirements It's important for these dogs to be taken out for long walks daily to satisfy their primal instinct for walking. These dogs will also do best when given a job to do.

Training Requirements Due to their herding instincts, these dogs may nip at people's heels in an attempt to herd them. Owners should teach their dogs that this kind of behavior is not acceptable. Owners should make sure to obedience train their dog and provide it with proper socialization at a young age. It's also important for owners to display strong leadership skills and make the dogs regard humans as being higher in pack rank than dogs are. Training methods should be administered with confidence, patience, firmness, and consistency.

Life Expectancy The life span of these dogs is approximately 12 to 13 years.

Grooming Being easy to groom and maintain, these dogs just need to be brushed occasionally. Bathing and dry shampooing should be done only when the dog is already excessively dirty. More frequent brushing should be done when the dog is shedding.

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