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Miniature Australian Shepherd Dog Breed

This herding breed was developed in 1968 through a selective breeding program using small Australian Shepherds. There are two size varieties for the breed: the Toy with a height of 10-14 inches and weighing 12 to 17 pounds; and the Miniature variety with a height of 13 to 18 inches and weight of 20 to 40 pounds. Another variety being developed is the Tea Cup with a weight below 12 pounds. The coat is of medium length and slightly wavy. It is prescribed that there is feathering on the back of the legs and a mane and frill around the neck. Eyes come in a combination of brown, amber, hazel, blue or marbled. The colour of the nose depends on the coat colour. The colours are similar to that of the full size Australian Shepherd – blue or red merle, red or black tri-colour, and all with white or tan markings. There should be no white hair around the ears and the eyes.

The Miniature Australian Shepherd makes for a fine human companion. They are highly intelligent, easy to train and are not aggressive. They are like “perpetual puppies” – they love to play, very lively, agile and are great with active children. They are eager to please and can almost second guess what their owner wants or expects them to do. As this is a herding breed, they need to have a job to do, otherwise they get easily bored. They are quiet workers and do not bark excessively unlike other herding breeds. This breed also does well in cold climates and can live from 12 to 13 years.

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