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Mini Australian Shepherd Breed Info

Mini Australian Shepherds, also known as Mini Aussies, are fun-loving, playful, and happy-all-the-time dogs. They are adventurous, cuddly, sweet, great with kids, and friends to all. Some of their favorite activities include games of fetch, hikes, swims, tugs of war, and friendly chases with other dogs. When it comes to their family, Mini Australian Shepherd pups are affectionate, loyal, eager to please, and devoted. They are generous with love, attached, and watchful, and they make excellent family dogs.

BREED TYPE / MIX Purebred ENERGY Moderate SHEDDING Average TRAINING Responsive TEMPERAMENT Calm, Loyal, Affectionate, Playful ADULT WEIGHT 20-38 lbs ADULT HEIGHT 14-18 in LIFE SPAN 12-13 yrs

Mini Aussie Characteristics

  • The Mini Australian Shepherd is also referred to as Mini Aussie and MAS and is recognized by the American Kennel Club as Mini American Shepherd
  • Also known as Einstein dogs, Mini Aussies are brilliant, easy to train, and enthusiastic about learning
  • Vigilant and protective, the Mini Australian Shepherd makes an efficient watchdog
  • The Mini Aussie is an excellent companion pet for children of all ages
  • Energetic and eager for fun, the Mini Australian Shepherd makes a perfect hiking and adventure companion
  • Mini Australian Shepherds are highly adaptable pups. They are comfortable in both large and small homes
  • Good-natured, social, affectionate, and easygoing, the Mini Aussie is a wonderful family dog as well as an amazing companion pet for couples, singles, novice owners, and active seniors
  • Mini Australian Shepherds are strong, fast, and agile. They are great at canine sports and they fit best with active and moderately active owners
  • Always happy, bouncy, and eager to play and cuddle, the Mini Aussie is excellent for therapy work
  • Mini Aussies are comfortable in both hot and cold climates  

Mini Aussie Breeders

Like people, the most critical moments in a puppy's life starts in the beginning. It truly takes a special breeder to assist with nourishing and raising a Mini Aussie puppy properly. Only the nation's best Mini Australian Shepherd breeders can provide the best quality of life. Here at Premier Pups, we work hand-in-hand with our breeders. Providing a safe, natural, comfortable, and healthy environment for the nursing mother and her baby is essential. We only align ourselves with Mini Aussie breeders whose standards are much higher than the rest. We spend consistent on-site time with our selected breeders and can undoubtedly say that our puppies come from a caring environment.

Mini Aussie Appearance

The Mini Australian Shepherds are unique and charming little dogs. They exude joy and appear friendly and approachable. Their bodies are strong, muscular, and athletic, and their step is smooth and elegant. The Mini Australian Shepherds are sturdy-built and hardy, agile, and fast. They have slightly raised triangular ears and almond-shaped eyes that can either be blue, green, brown or display heterochromia which means that they can have different colored eyes (ex: one blue and one green).  

Small to medium in size, Mini Aussies stand at 14 to 18 inches tall and weigh between 20 to 40 pounds, with the female Mini Aussies being slightly smaller. They sport a luxurious double coat of medium length that is straight to wavy and soft. The Mini Aussie coat comes in combinations of black, blue, merle, and red, with white or tan spots and accents. The most popular Mini Australian Shepherd breed colors are blue and red merle, black and red tricolor, and bicolor combinations.  

Mini Aussie Temperament

Mini Australian Shepherds are good-natured, calm, and non-aggressive dogs. They are naturally sociable and obedient, and they make fast friends with everyone they meet. They get along great with other dogs and other household pets and are generally accepting of strangers. Mini Aussies are great with kids of all ages, being especially fun for young teens who share the same love for adventures.  

These stunning dogs absolutely love to be active. Their hobbies include running, exploring, swimming, hiking, playing in the snow, enticing their four-legged buddies in a friendly chase, fetching, playing Frisbee, and the list could go on for quite a while. As energetic and adventure-oriented dogs, Mini Australian Shepherds (or Mini American Shepherds) crave to be involved in every family outing. Some of their favorite places are dog parks, beaches, mountain trails, and wide fields where they can roam freely. They also enjoy competing in canine sports that include tracking, obedience, agility, and rally.

Mini Aussie puppies are adorable, fluffy, and joyful. They can at times be hyperactive and manifest their energy outlet through zooming and testing out their speed limit, as well as jumping and chasing. They are exceedingly bright, often referred to as Einstein pups, they are eager to please and effortless to train. Mini Aussie puppy hobbies include cuddling, pampering, belly rubs, interactive canine games, chewing, and playing with dog toys. Mini Australian Shepherd puppies are known to mature a tad slower than other breeds, retaining their playful disposition and puppy attitude up until 2 years of age.  

When it comes to their family/owner, Mini Aussies are fiercely loyal dogs. They are highly affectionate, protective, attentive, and devoted to their humans. Sometimes glued to the hip, Mini Aussies are very fond of being near their people whether on a morning jog or an evening cuddle on the couch.  

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Mini Aussie History

Mini Australian Shepherds, also known as Mini Aussies, Mas, and Mini American Shepherds, are amongst the most popular breeds in the United States ranking 34th in the AKC popularity chart.  

The Standard Australian Shepherds (the larger and equally charming counterparts of Mini Aussies) are believed to be descendants of Shepherd-type dogs from Australia. The Australian Shepherd ancestors arrived in Western America during the 1800s and became very popular with country folk who admired them for their great herding skills. Having proven to be highly intelligent, agile, and easily trainable, the Australian Shepherds were soon introduced to canine sporting competitions where they were met with instant fame. Having risen to great popularity very quickly, the Australian Shepherds spread out through Western America and were soon bred down in size to a Mini version. By 1970, the Mini Australian Shepherds became the most popular breed in California. These stunning and unique-looking dogs conquered the hearts and minds of cowboys and rodeo fans and are still considered the most famous breed of Western America. They are now remarkable companion pets, champions of dog sports, western movie stars, therapy dogs, and mini herders.  

The Miniature Australian Shepherd is recognized by the American Kennel Club as Mini American Shepherd and is a member of the AKC’s Herding Group.  

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference in Miniature "Australian" Shepherds and Miniature "American" Shepherds? Miniature Australian Shepherds were bred down from standard size Australian Shepherds to produce a smaller version of the beloved original. The AKC (American Kennel Club) decided that instead of registering the Miniature Australian Shepherds as a size variety, they would change the name to Miniature "American" Shepherds.

Are Miniature Aussies easy to train? With consistency, patience and positive reinforcement you will have no trouble training your Aussie quickly, as these little ones are very eager to please their owners.

Do Miniature Aussies get along well with children and other pets? This breed does very well with children. They also get along very well with other animals if they are introduced slowly. Socializing your puppy at a young age is key to bringing other animals into their space.

How big are Miniature Aussies? They range in height from 15 to 18 inches and in weigh on average between 25 to 40 lbs.

How much exercise does a Miniature Aussie require? Though they are miniature they still require a moderate amount of exercise. Mini Aussies can enjoy more vigorous activities, such as jogging, swimming and hiking. Games of fetch are a terrific way for an adult mini Aussie to exercise. They will also need daily walks and some free active play.

What colors are Miniature Aussies available in? Standard colors are Blue/Red merles and Black/Red tri's or bi's.

What is the difference in a Miniature and Toy Australian Shepherd and a standard Australian Shepherd? The only difference is size. If they are true quality Miniature’s, they should look identical to a The Standard Aussie.

Do all Aussie’s have blue eyes? No. Aussies can have shades of blue, green, brown or even a mixture. Some are even born with two different colored eyes.

Do Miniature Aussies Shed? This breed has a double coat which means they will shed. Some will shed less than others. Weekly and even daily brushing will help to minimize shedding and help to maintain a healthy and clean coat.

Do Miniature Aussies bark a lot? No. Most Aussies are relatively quiet, unless something seems amiss and they feel their family should be alerted. They are not prone to excessive barking.

What is the life expectancy of a Miniature Aussie? The average life expectancy is between 12 to 13 years.

Where does the Miniature Aussie rank in popularity with the AKC? The Miniature Aussie ranks number 34 out of 195 in popularity.

Are Miniature Aussies healthy dogs? In general, this is a healthy breed. Regular visits to the vet for checkups and parasite control help to ensure the dog a long, healthy life.

What breed category is the Miniature Aussie? The Miniature Aussie is recognized by the AKC as part of the herding group.

Are Miniature Aussies hypoallergenic? No. This breed does shed and, as a result, will cause pet dander in your home.

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