Loyal, affectionate, brave
Country of Origin
Straight or wavy
Clubs, Registries & Associations
(Based on breed recognition. See store for details on this particular puppy.)
- Miniature Australian Shepherd Club of America
- National Stock Dog Registry
- America's Pet Registry, Inc.
- American Stock Dog Registry
- Dog Registry of America
Australian Shepherds of the miniature variety (mini Aussies) are herding dogs, historically used to aid ranchers working livestock in a variety of situations. Their natural instinct remains strong, and mini Aussies are well known for their intelligence, eagerness to please and trainability. Not only do they respond well to obedience training but it is highly recommended in order to direct their natural herding ability and inquisitive minds. Mini Aussies have a medium length coat that you most often find in blue or red merle or red and black tricolor - both with white and/or tan markings. The coat varies from straight to slightly wavy. This breed is highly intelligent and known for having a sort-of sixth sense about what its owner is thinking. This is what makes them so easy to train. Australian Shepherds really do well when you give them a job to do, as they are active and can get bored quite easily. They can also show signs of nervousness and destruction if left alone too long with no physical or mental stimulation. Overall, this will make a devoted family pet and does super well around children.
The mini Aussie requires moderate amounts of exercise. Although energetic, the mini Aussie’s size enables it to fulfill its exercise requirements somewhat more quickly than larger dogs of similar activity level. They are usually relaxed when inside with their family. Nonetheless, adult mini Aussies can enjoy more vigorous activities, such as jogging and hiking. Games of fetch or with a flying disk are a terrific way for an adult mini Aussie to exercise. Owners often teach their dogs to play “hide and seek” and offer interesting toys to prevent boredom when they are not able to provide physical exercise. Boredom is the leading cause of destructive behavior and problems such as excessive barking.
Miniature Australian Shepherds are easygoing puppies that love to play. Courageous, loyal and affectionate, they are excellent children's companions especially active children. They make devoted friends and guardians. Very lively, agile and attentive, they are eager to please with a sixth sense about what the owner wants. Miniature Australian Shepherds are highly intelligent and easy to train. They can become nervous and destructive if left alone too much without enough mental and physical exercise. They need a job to do, as the breed is very intelligent, active and thus easily bored. Socialize your dog well when it is a puppy to avoid it becoming suspicious of strangers. Some like to nip people’s heels in an attempt to herd them. They need to be taught herding humans is not acceptable. A fine companion, it also enjoys working small stock. They are quiet workers. This breed is not usually dog aggressive. Make sure you are this dog's firm, confident, consistent pack leader to avoid Small Dog Syndrome, human induced behavior problems. Always remember, dogs are canines, not humans. Be sure to meet their natural instincts as animals.
- The breed is not large so doesn't require a whole lot of living space; therefore, it can be suited for an apartment but it will need proper exercise to burn off energy. They are moderately active indoors and will do okay with a small yard. This breed will do well in cold climates.
- Not dog aggressive and does great with kids of all ages but keep in mind this is a herding breed, so some puppies will try to nip at your heels as they think it's their job to herd you. You need to teach them that herding humans is not acceptable.
- As a responsible owner of this breed, you must establish that you're the pack leader so as to avoid Small Dog Syndrome, a human induced behavior issue in small dogs leading them to think they are the leader if/when undesirable behaviors are not fixed at a young age.
- This breed sheds its undercoat twice yearly and shedding is moderate between these periods, although degree will vary with each individual dog. Regular brushing once or twice a week will help to minimize shedding and keep the skin and coat healthy. The mini Aussie’s coat is not long enough to require daily attention.
- Most mini Aussies are relatively quiet, unless something happens and they are warning their owners by acting with guard dog instincts. Usually, a bark or two will suffice so long as their people acknowledge the disturbance. They are not prone to excessive barking, however, are extremely people oriented and tend to suffer when shut out of family life, thereby possibly developing some unusual habits.