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Miniature Australian Shepherd

Breed origin: USA
Original purpose: Herding cattle, sheep, and other livestock.

AKC recognized: No

Size: Weight: 20 to 40 lbs
Size: Height: 14 to 18 inches
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Color: Blue merle, black, red merle, red - all with or without white markings and/or tan (copper) points. A special note about the merle gene: Two merle dogs should generally not be bred together. Such a mating will often result in one or more puppies that end up with two copies of the dominant merle gene. Those puppies are called homozygous merles and are often mostly white and can be deaf and/or blind. Sometimes an educated breeder may knowingly breed two merle dogs because of other desirable traits in those dogs, and euthanize any mostly white puppies. Beware of any breeder who tries to sell you a "rare" white Aussie without disclosing the potential health defects.

General characteristics/temperament: The Miniature Australian Shepherd is intelligent, active, loyal, attentive, animated, agile, and good natured. They have strong herding and guarding instincts, and have the stamina to work all day. They make wonderful family dogs when they are made an integral part of the family and involed in family activities. They may be somewhat reserved with strangers, but are extremely loyal to their families. They need a lot of mental and physical exercise and do best when given a job to do. They are highly trainable and eager to please, and tend to excel in many canine sports or activities. If allowed to become bored, they will become destructive and may bark excessively.

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Good with children? Yes

Protective? Naturally

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Intelligent? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: High

Good jogging partner? Yes

Suitable canine sports/activities: obedience, agility, herding, flyball, disc

Grooming requirement: The thick coat sheds heavily twice a year and moderately the rest of the year. Regular brushing once or twice a week will help to minimize the shedding.

Known health problems: Cataracts, blindness, hereditary eye anomalies, hip dysplasia, sensitivity to anesthetics or other drugs

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Recommended books for further reading:

Australian Shepherds (A Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
By D. Caroline Coile, Ph.D.
Published in 2009
112 pages

All About Aussies: The Australian Shepherd From A To Z
By Jeanne Joy Hartnagle-Taylor
Published in 2005
366 pages

Australian Shepherd (A Comprehensive Guide to Owning and Caring for Your Dog)
By Charlotte Schwartz
Published in 2003
158 pages

The Australian Shepherd
By Tracy Libby and Wayne Hunthausen
Published in 2007
207 pages

Other websites for additional information:

Miniature Australian Shepherd Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Miniature Australian Shepherd Club of America Rescue

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