The Australian Shepherd is a well-balanced dog, no matter whether Standard, Miniature or toy. He is attentive and
animated, showing strength and stamina combined with unusual agility. Slightly longer than tall, he has a coat of
moderate length and coarseness with coloring that offers variety and individuality in each specimen. An identifying
characteristic is his natural or docked bobtail. In each sex, masculinity or femininity is well defined. Bone is moderate
and clean with coarseness, heaviness or lightness being undesirable.

The Australian Shepherd is intelligent, primarily a working dog of strong herding and guardian instincts. He is an
exceptional companion. He is versatile and easily trained, performing his assigned tasks with great style and
enthusiasm. He is reserved with strangers but does not exhibit shyness. Although an aggressive, authoritative
worker, viciousness toward people or animals is intolerable. Fault: Undue shyness.

Clean-cut, strong, dry and in proportion to the body. The top skull is flat to slightly rounded, its length and width
each equal to the length of the muzzle, which is in balance and proportioned to the rest of the head. The muzzle
tapers slightly to a rounded tip. The stop is moderate but well-defined.
Lips: Giving a dry appearance. Disqualification: Wet flews.
Teeth: A full complement of strong, white teeth meet in a scissors bite. An even bite is a fault. Teeth broken or
missing by accident are not penalized. Disqualifications: Undershot bites; overshot bites exceeding one-eighth inch.
Eyes: Very expressive, showing attentiveness and intelligence. Clear, almond-shaped, and of moderate size, set a
little obliquely, neither prominent nor sunken, with pupils dark, well-defined and perfectly positioned. Color is brown,
blue, amber or any variation or combination thereof including flecks and marbling.
Ears: Set on high at the side of the head, triangular and slightly rounded at the tip, of moderate size with length
measured by bringing the tip of the ear around to the inside corner of the eye. The ears, at full attention, break
slightly forward and over from one-quarter (¼) to one-half (½) above the base. Prick and hound-type ears are
severe faults.

The neck is firm, clean and in proportion to the body. It is of medium length and slightly arched at the
crest, setting well into the shoulders. The body is firm and muscular. The top line appears level at a natural four-
square stance. The chest is deep and strong with ribs well-sprung. The loin is strong and broad when viewed from
the top. The bottom line carries well back with a moderate tuck-up. The croup is moderately sloping, the ideal being
thirty (30) degrees from the horizontal. Tail is straight, not to exceed three (3) inches, natural bobbed or docked.

The shoulder blades (scapulae) are long and flat, close set at the withers, approximately two fingers width at a
natural stance and are well laid back at an angle approximating forty-five (45) degrees to the ground. The upper
arm (humerus) is attached at an approximate right angle to the shoulder line with forelegs dropping straight,
perpendicular to the ground. The elbow joint is equidistant from the ground to the withers. The legs are straight and
powerful. Pasterns are short, thick and strong, but still flexible, showing a slight angle when viewed from the side.
Feet are oval shaped, compact, with close-knit, well-arched toes. Pads are thick and resilient; nails short and strong.
Dewclaws may be removed.

Strong and muscular. Width of hindquarters approximately equal to the width of the forequarters at the shoulders.
The angulation of the pelvis and the upper thigh (femur) corresponds to the angulation of the shoulder blade and
upper arm forming an approximate right angle. Stifles are clearly defined, hock joints moderately bent. The metatarsi
are short, perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other when viewed from the rear. Feet are oval shaped,
compact, with close-knit, well-arched toes. Pads are thick and resilient; nails short and strong. Rear dewclaws are

Of medium texture, straight to slightly wavy, weather resistant, of moderate length with an undercoat. The quantity of
undercoat varies with climate. Hair is short and smooth on the head, outside of ears, front of forelegs and below the
hocks. Backs of forelegs are moderately feathered; breeches are moderately full. There is a moderate mane and
frill, more pronounced in dogs than bitches. Non-typical coats are severe faults.

All colors are strong, clear and rich. The previously recognized colors are blue merle, red (liver) merle, solid black
and solid red (liver) and with or without white markings and/or tan (copper) points with no order of preference. The
blue merle and black have black pigmentation on nose, lips and eye-rims; the red (liver) merle and red (liver) have
liver pigmentation on nose, lips and eye-rims.

Please note that we are in the process of adding some colors and patterns that have not before been recognized as
registerable colors. While we are not promoting breeding "for" these colors, we do however feel that they deserve
registration. We have also included a box on the puppy registration form for designating full or limited registration,
and promote early spay/neuter of dogs you don’t feel breeding quality. If you are in doubt how to classify a color or
pattern, please don’t hesitate to call us. You may also visit the following website that might help you clarify your
colors/patterns: http:// You will find it interesting reading even if you don’t have a
question on your dogs.

Smooth, free and easy; exhibiting agility of movement with a well-balanced, ground-covering stride. Fore and hind
legs move straight and parallel with the center line of the body; as speed increases, the feet, both front and rear,
converge toward the center line of gravity of the dog, while the topline remains firm and level. Joints do not bend or
twist when in motion.


STANDARD: Preferred height for both male and female is 18 inches up to 23 inches at the top of the withers.
MINIATURE: Preferred height for both male and female is 14 inches up to 18 inches at the top of withers.
TOY: Preferred height for both male and female is 10 inches up to 14 inches at the top of the withers.

It should be mentioned that in all classifications of Australian Shepherd quality is not to be sacrificed in favor of size.



Breed Clubs & Organizations

AKC - The American Kennel Club
ASCA - Australian Shepherd Club of America
USASA - United States Australian Shepherd Club
ARBA - American Rare Breed Association
IABCA - International All-Breed Canine Association
UKC - United Kennel Club


Health Links

OFA - Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
CERF - Canine Eye Registration Foundation
GDC - Institute for Genetic Disease Control
PennHIP - University of Pennsylvania Hip Program
Basic Aussie Information
National Animal Poison Control Center (NAPCC)
This is a non-profit , cost-recovery program at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801. The NAPCC has a wide
range of information specific to animal poisoning, not only from plants, but from pesticides, drugs, medications, metals, cleaning products and other
poisonous substances. If you suspect your pet has been poisoned, call your veterinary emergency clinic first! but, if you are having trouble getting
assistance, or need more information, you can call NAPCC.

This is not a free call. Be ready to provide:
bullet        Your name, address, and phone number.
bullet        The substance(s) your pets have been exposed to, if known.
bullet        Information concerning the exposure (quantity ingested, time since exposure, etc.)
bullet        The species, breed, age, sex, weight and number of pets involved.
bullet        The problem(s) your pets are experiencing.

888-4ANI-HELP (888-426-4435)
$45.00* per case (VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express). The Center will do as many follow-up calls as necessary in critical cases, and
at the owner's request will contact their veterinarian. The Center also provides via fax specific treatment protocols and current literature citations
when indicated.
$45.00* per case. The Center will do as many follow-up calls as necessary in critical cases, and at the owner's request will contact their
veterinarian. These follow-up calls can be made by calling 888-299-2973.

* rates are subject to change


Internet Discussion Lists

Discussion Lists - If you're interested in discussing your dogs on line, there are three e-mail discussion lists currently available for the Mini Aussie
breed. (This is NOT "Live Chat".)

In order to subscribe, go to or to one of the specific links below.
Namascusa list - - The primary purpose of this list is to discuss topics related to the North American
Miniature Australian Shepherd Club, of the USA, and is open to NAMASCUSA members only. This forum purpose is to make the NAMASCUSA
Officers and Board of Directors more available to the membership. It is intended to serve as a resource for members who have club-related
questions and we encourage your discussion, thoughts and opinions on any of these club related topics/issues.
Mini Aussie L list - - This list is for any type of discussion regarding the mini aussie in general.
Currently, there are over 300 members signed on to this list. You will find discussions in all topics. There are limited rules regarding posts to this
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Namas list - - This list has a similar format to the Mini Aussie L list. It is an open forum, and there are very limited rules.


Activities with your Mini Aussie
Herding on the WWWeb
USDAA-United States Dog Agility Assoc.
NADAC-North American Dog Agility Council
DogPatch-Agility on the WWWeb
AKC Beginners Guide to Dog Shows
Mary Jo's Herding Page
ASCA Event Calendar
AHBA Event Calendar
North American Flyball Association (NAFA)