Country of Origin: The Australian Shepherd (affectionately called an ‘Aussie’) does not actually originate in Australia. It is
believed that some Basque farmers brought ancestors of these dogs with them when they emigrated to Australia, then
subsequently to the United States during the 1849 California gold rush. However, the breed as it is known today was
developed in the American Southwest over the next few decades. The Australian dog was crossed with several breeds in an
effort to produce an animal able to deal with the harsh temperatures and demands of the American West. Breeding during this
period was mainly focused on ability—speed, agility, and endurance--rather than appearance, which delayed the Australian
Shepherd’s recognition as a breed. Australian Shepherds became popular pets after they were featured as rodeos performers
in the 1950’s, and later in Disney films such as ‘Run Appaloosa Run’. The Miniature Australian Shepherd was created by
selectively breeding small Australian Shepherds. It has increased in popularity in the last few years due to its combination of
small size with high energy level and endurance. PLEASE NOTE: This breed has been accepted for recording in the AKC
Foundation Stock Service (FSS). This is simply an avenue to maintain reputable records regarding the breed’s development.
This breed is not eligible for AKC (American Kennel Club) registration. In addition, since May 2011, the AKC recognizes this
breed as the Miniature American Shepherd.

Size: The Miniature Australian Shepherd has a shoulder height of 35-46 cm (13-18 in) and weighs 20-40 lbs. The Miniature
Australian Shepherd has highly set, triangular ears, a moderately defined stop (point at which the muzzle meets the forehead),
a scissors bite, and brown, blue, or amber eyes (or a combination thereof). It has a flat back, natural or docked bobtail, and
oval feet. The Miniature Australian Shepherd is slightly longer than it is tall.

Coat: The Miniature Australian Shepherd’s coat ranges from medium to long, with a dense undercoat. It can be straight or
slightly wavy, and is highly weather resistant. The coat is short and soft on the head and legs, with a thick mane around the
neck. The Miniature Australian Shepherd can be black, red, red merle (dark patches on a light colored background), or blue
merle. All may have white markings or tan points.

Character: The Miniature Australian Shepherd is intelligent and eager to learn. It is relaxed, loyal, and devoted, bonding
closely with family, even to the point of developing separation anxiety. Aussies are confident and lively; they are known to
behave like puppies.

Temperament: The Miniature Australian Shepherd is a great companion for children and other pets, especially if socialized as
a puppy. It can be shy around strangers, as it is territorial by nature. Miniature Australian Shepherds are affectionate and
kindhearted.

Care: The Miniature Australian Shepherd requires relatively little grooming, but a thorough combing is required when
shedding. Bathe only when necessary. Miniature Australian Shepherds can tolerate warm or cool climates, but must live
indoors as they require constant socialization. Aussies have a life span of 12-13 years and litters of 5-8 puppies.

Training: The Miniature Australian Shepherd is fun to train because it learns quickly and easily. Aussies are unusually eager to
please and adept at a wide variety of sports and games, such as herding, Flyball, and agility competitions.

Activity: Not only does the Miniature Australian Shepherd need a lot of exercise, it needs to be kept occupied. The Miniature
Australian Shepherd is an excellent companion for people that are active, particularly those who recreate outdoors. Miniature
Australian Shepherds are especially popular in dog agility competitions and other dog sports. Aussies will do okay in an
apartment if sufficiently exercised