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Miniature American Shepherd Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Miniature American Shepherd so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the Miniature American Shepherd have? The dog breed also known as...
North American Shepherd, Mini American, MAS, Ameri
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Miniature American Shepherd recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group
Is Miniature American Shepherd recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Price
How much does the Miniature American Shepherd puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Miniature American Shepherd price:
$900-$1000
If you choose to purchase the Miniature American Shepherd, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Miniature American Shepherd for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Miniature American Shepherd gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Miniature American Shepherd size:
SmallMedium
Weight
How much does the Miniature American Shepherd weigh? Miniature American Shepherd weight:
15-35 pounds (6-16 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Miniature American Shepherd? Miniature American Shepherd average weight:
25 pounds (11 kg)
Height
How tall is the Miniature American Shepherd? Miniature American Shepherd height:
Male: 14–18 inches (36–46 cm), Female: 13–17 inches (33–43 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Miniature American Shepherd average height:
Male: 14–18 inches (36–46 cm), Female: 13–17 inches (33–43 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Miniature American Shepherd have? What does this canine coat look like?
Smooth
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Miniature American Shepherd's coat?
MerleBlue WhiteBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Miniature American Shepherd and how often?
Easy to groom: The Miniature American Shepherd doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Miniature American Shepherd is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Miniature American Shepherd dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the North American Shepherd? Miniature American Shepherd shedding level:
Miniature American Shepherds shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Miniature American Shepherd have? What characteristics does the breed have?
DevotedIntelligentEnergeticLoyal
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Miniature American Shepherd? Are they intelligent?
Average: Miniature American Shepherd's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Miniature American Shepherd dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Miniature American Shepherds are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Miniature American Shepherd is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Miniature American Shepherd sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Miniature American Shepherds don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Miniature American Shepherds are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the North American Shepherd need? Miniature American Shepherd social needs:
Miniature American Shepherds need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Miniature American Shepherd dogs bark a lot? Why does my Mini American bark?
Low to Average: The Miniature American Shepherd rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Miniature American Shepherd good as a watchdog?
Miniature American Shepherds are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Miniature American Shepherd dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Miniature American Shepherds are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Miniature American Shepherd bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the North American Shepherd? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Miniature American Shepherd? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Miniature American Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Miniature American Shepherd do?
Miniature American Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Miniature American Shepherds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Miniature American Shepherd to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Miniature American Shepherd roam?
Miniature American Shepherds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Miniature American Shepherd have high prey drive?
Miniature American Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Miniature American Shepherds are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Miniature American Shepherd good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Miniature American Shepherds are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Miniature American Shepherds don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't like moving from one place to another.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Miniature American Shepherd dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Miniature American Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Miniature American Shepherd dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Miniature American Shepherd and children:
Miniature American Shepherds are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Miniature American Shepherd dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Miniature American Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Miniature American Shepherd good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Miniature American Shepherd dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Miniature American Shepherds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Miniature American Shepherds good office dogs? Do Miniature American Shepherds make good office friendly dogs? Can Miniature American Shepherds be office dogs?
No
Miniature American Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Miniature American Shepherd dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the North American Shepherd temperament with senior people? Are Miniature American Shepherd dogs good for elderly owners?
Miniature American Shepherds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Miniature American Shepherd dogs get along with other pets? Are Miniature American Shepherd dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Miniature American Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Miniature American Shepherd breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Miniature American Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Miniature American Shepherd be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Miniature American Shepherd is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Miniature American Shepherd be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Miniature American Shepherd is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Miniature American Shepherd be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Miniature American Shepherd is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Miniature American Shepherd be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Miniature American Shepherd is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Miniature American Shepherd be a boat dog?
Not really
Miniature American Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Miniature American Shepherd be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Miniature American Shepherd is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Miniature American Shepherd dogs have health problems?
Miniature American Shepherds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Miniature American Shepherd dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Miniature American Shepherd be?
13-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Miniature American Shepherd breed hypoallergenic?
No
Miniature American Shepherds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Miniature American Shepherd have?
Miniature American Shepherds are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Miniature American Shepherd dogs require per day?
Miniature American Shepherds have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Miniature American Shepherds don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Miniature American Shepherd need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Miniature American Shepherd risk for obesity:
Average. The Miniature American Shepherd has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Miniature American Shepherd's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Miniature American Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Miniature American Shepherd drool?
The Miniature American Shepherd is a perfect example for low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Miniature American Shepherd could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Miniature American Shepherd. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Miniature American Shepherd pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Miniature American Shepherd pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Miniature American Shepherd: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Miniature American Shepherd have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Miniature American Shepherd have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
2-6 puppies

Pros & Cons of Miniature American Shepherd

Pros
  • Trainability: Miniature American Shepherds are very easy to train.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Miniature American Shepherd doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The Miniature American Shepherd is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
  • Child Friendly: Miniature American Shepherds are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Miniature American Shepherds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Miniature American Shepherds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Miniature American Shepherds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Mouthiness: Miniature American Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Miniature American Shepherds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Adaptability: Miniature American Shepherds don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Office Friendly: Miniature American Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Miniature American Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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