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Australian Shepherd vs Miniature Australian Shepherd vs Miniature American Shepherd Comparison - Dog breed selector: Aussie or Mini Australian Shepherd or North American Shepherd? Find the right dog for you

"Find similarities and differences between Australian Shepherd vs Miniature Australian Shepherd vs Miniature American Shepherd" Compare Australian Shepherd and Miniature Australian Shepherd. Which is better: Australian Shepherd or Miniature Australian Shepherd or Miniature American Shepherd?
Name Australian Shepherd Miniature Australian Shepherd Miniature American Shepherd
OriginsUnited States United States United States
Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs) Working Dogs
Popularity Rank1738135
Reviews310
User Ratings

Other Names Aussie, Little Blue Dog Mini Australian Shepherd
North American Miniature Australian Shepherd, Mini Australian Shepherd, Miniature Aussie Shepherd, North American Shepherd, Mini Aussie, Mini Aussie Shepherd
North American Shepherd, Mini American, MAS, Ameri
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1991 as a Herding breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Not recognized by FCI. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Dog Registry of America Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Australian Shepherd Club Of America
America's Pet Registry
American Canine Association, Inc.
No data available
Price $600-$800 $1000-$2000 $900-$1000

Australian Shepherd vs Miniature Australian Shepherd vs Miniature American Shepherd General Appearance & Basic Info Comparison

Size Large Medium Small
Medium
Weight Male: 50-65 pounds (25-29 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg) 20–40 pounds (9-18 kg) 15-35 pounds (6-16 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 57.5 pounds (27 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) 30 pounds (13.5 kg) 25 pounds (11 kg)
Height Male: 20-23 inches (52-58cm), Female: 18-21 inches (46–53 cm) 13–18 inches (33-46 cm) Male: 14–18 inches (36–46 cm), Female: 13–17 inches (33–43 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 21.5 inches (55 cm), Female: 19.5 inches (46–53 cm) 15.5 inches (39.5 cm) Male: 14–18 inches (36–46 cm), Female: 13–17 inches (33–43 cm)

Australian Shepherd vs Miniature Australian Shepherd vs Miniature American Shepherd Hair & Care Comparison

Coat / Hair Types Feathered Feathered Smooth
Colors Red
Blue
Merle
Black
Blue Merle
Red Merle
Red
White & Black & Tan
Merle
Blue
White
Black
Grooming
Average: The Australian Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Miniature Australian Shepherd requires average grooming effort.
Easy to groom: The Miniature American Shepherd doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Australian Shepherds shed moderately.
Miniature Australian Shepherds shed moderately.
Miniature American Shepherds shed moderately.

Australian Shepherd vs Miniature Australian Shepherd vs Miniature American Shepherd Characteristics Comparison

Temperament Active
Friendly
Intelligent
Loving
Affectionate
Good-natured
Protective
Active
Friendly
Intelligent
Loving
Affectionate
Good-natured
Protective
Devoted
Intelligent
Energetic
Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Australian Shepherd's has great intelligence.
Smart: Miniature Australian Shepherd's has great intelligence.
Átlagos: Átlagos intelligenciájú Miniature American Shepherd.
Trainability
Australian Shepherds are very easy to train.
Miniature Australian Shepherds are very easy to train.
Miniature American Shepherds are very easy to train.
Playfulness
The Australian Shepherd is a highly playful breed.
The Miniature Australian Shepherd is a highly playful breed.
The Miniature American Shepherd is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
Australian Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Miniature Australian Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Australian Shepherds are highly affectionate dogs.
Miniature Australian Shepherds are highly affectionate dogs.
Miniature American Shepherds are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Australian Shepherds are a social breed.
Miniature Australian Shepherds are a social breed.
Miniature American Shepherds need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The Australian Shepherd rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Miniature Australian Shepherd rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Miniature American Shepherd rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Australian Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
Miniature Australian Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
Miniature American Shepherds are average watchdogs.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Australian Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Miniature Australian Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Miniature American Shepherds are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Australian Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Miniature Australian Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Miniature American Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Australian Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Miniature Australian Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Miniature American Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Australian Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
Miniature Australian Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
Miniature American Shepherds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Australian Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Miniature Australian Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Miniature American Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Nem a legjobb választás Australian Shepherd, ha lakásban szeretnéd tartani, ugyanakkor alapos lemozgatással, napi többszöri sétával tolerálják a benti körülményeket is, így megoldható Australian Shepherd tartása lakásban.
Nem a legjobb választás Miniature Australian Shepherd, ha lakásban szeretnéd tartani, ugyanakkor alapos lemozgatással, napi többszöri sétával tolerálják a benti körülményeket is, így megoldható Miniature Australian Shepherd tartása lakásban.
Nem a legjobb választás Miniature American Shepherd, ha lakásban szeretnéd tartani, ugyanakkor alapos lemozgatással, napi többszöri sétával tolerálják a benti körülményeket is, így megoldható Miniature American Shepherd tartása lakásban.
Adaptability
Australian Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Miniature Australian Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Miniature American Shepherds don't adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Australian Shepherds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Miniature Australian Shepherds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Australian Shepherd vs Miniature Australian Shepherd vs Miniature American Shepherd Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Australian Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Miniature Australian Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Miniature American Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Australian Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Miniature Australian Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Miniature American Shepherds are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Miniature Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Miniature American Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Miniature Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Miniature American Shepherds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Australian Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Miniature Australian Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Miniature American Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Australian Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Miniature Australian Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Miniature American Shepherds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Australian Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Miniature Australian Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Miniature American Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Australian Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Miniature Australian Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Miniature American Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or 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.
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.
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.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) 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.
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.
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.
Boat Dog Not really
Australian Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Miniature Australian Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Miniature American Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Australian Shepherd vs Miniature Australian Shepherd vs Miniature American Shepherd Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
The Australian Shepherd is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Miniature Australian Shepherd is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Miniature American Shepherds tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Allergies
Cancer
Cataracts
Collie Eye Anomaly
Deafness
Detached Retina
Distichiasis
Drug Sensitivity
Elbow Dysplasia
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Nasal Solar Dermatitis
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Persistent Pupillary Membranes
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Drug Sensitivity
Glaucoma
Iris Coloboma
Juvenile Cataracts
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Retinal Dysplasia
No data available
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-13 years 13-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Australian Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Miniature Australian Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Miniature American Shepherds are high energy dogs.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
Australian Shepherds need a lot of exercises.
Miniature Australian Shepherds need a lot of exercises.
Miniature American Shepherds have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Australian Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Miniature Australian Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Miniature American Shepherds don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
Average to High.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Australian Shepherd can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Miniature Australian Shepherd can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Australian Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Miniature Australian Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Miniature American Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Australian Shepherd is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Miniature Australian Shepherd is an average drooler.
The Miniature American Shepherd is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

Australian Shepherd vs Miniature Australian Shepherd vs Miniature American Shepherd Reproducibility Comparison

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 6-9 puppies, average 7 2-6 puppies 2-6 puppies

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