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Miniature Australian Shepherd Information & Dog Breed Facts

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

Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
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OriginUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the Miniature Australian Shepherd have? The dog breed also known as...
Mini Australian ShepherdNorth American Miniature Australian Shepherd, Mini Australian Shepherd, Miniature Aussie Shepherd, North American Shepherd, Mini Aussie, Mini Aussie Shepherd
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Miniature Australian Shepherd recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Miniature Australian Shepherd recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Miniature Australian Shepherd breed?
America's Pet RegistryAmerican Canine Association, Inc.
Price
How much does the Miniature Australian 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 Australian Shepherd price:
$1000-$2000
If you choose to purchase the Miniature Australian 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 Australian Shepherd for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Miniature Australian Shepherd gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Miniature Australian Shepherd size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the Miniature Australian Shepherd weigh? Miniature Australian Shepherd weight:
20–40 pounds (9-18 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Miniature Australian Shepherd? Miniature Australian Shepherd average weight:
30 pounds (13.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Miniature Australian Shepherd? Miniature Australian Shepherd height:
13–18 inches (33-46 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Miniature Australian Shepherd average height:
15.5 inches (39.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Miniature Australian Shepherd have? What does this canine coat look like?
Feathered
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Miniature Australian Shepherd's coat?
Blue MerleRed MerleRedWhite & Black & Tan
Grooming
How to groom the Miniature Australian Shepherd and how often?
Average: The Miniature Australian Shepherd requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Miniature Australian Shepherd, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Miniature Australian Shepherd dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Mini Australian Shepherd? Miniature Australian Shepherd shedding level:
Miniature Australian 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 Australian Shepherd have? What characteristics does the breed have?
ActiveFriendlyIntelligentLovingAffectionateGood-naturedProtective
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Miniature Australian Shepherd? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Miniature Australian Shepherd's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Miniature Australian Shepherd dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Miniature Australian Shepherds are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Miniature Australian Shepherd is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Miniature Australian Shepherd sensitivity:
Miniature Australian Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Miniature Australian 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 Mini Australian Shepherd need? Miniature Australian Shepherd social needs:
Miniature Australian Shepherds are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Miniature Australian Shepherd dogs bark a lot? Why does my Mini Australian Shepherd bark?
Low to Average: The Miniature Australian 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 Australian Shepherd good as a watchdog?
Miniature Australian Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Miniature Australian Shepherd dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Miniature Australian Shepherd dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Miniature Australian Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Miniature Australian Shepherd can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Miniature Australian Shepherd will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Miniature Australian Shepherd bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Mini Australian Shepherd? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Miniature Australian Shepherd? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Miniature Australian 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 Australian Shepherd do?
Miniature Australian 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 Australian Shepherds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Miniature Australian Shepherd to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Miniature Australian Shepherd roam?
Miniature Australian Shepherds are not the biggest explorers. They have low wanderlust potential. Low chance for escaping from home with this breed.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Miniature Australian Shepherd have high prey drive?
Miniature Australian 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 Australian Shepherds are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Miniature Australian Shepherd good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Miniature Australian 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 Australian Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
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.
Fighting Dog
Where Miniature Australian 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 Australian Shepherds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Miniature Australian Shepherd dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Miniature Australian Shepherd and children:
Miniature Australian Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Miniature Australian Shepherd dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Miniature Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Miniature Australian Shepherd good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Miniature Australian Shepherd dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Miniature Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Miniature Australian Shepherds good office dogs? Do Miniature Australian Shepherds make good office friendly dogs? Can Miniature Australian Shepherds be office dogs?
No
Miniature Australian Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Miniature Australian Shepherd dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Mini Australian Shepherd temperament with senior people? Are Miniature Australian Shepherd dogs good for elderly owners?
Miniature Australian Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Miniature Australian Shepherd dogs get along with other pets? Are Miniature Australian Shepherd dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Miniature Australian Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Miniature Australian Shepherd breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Miniature Australian Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Miniature Australian 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 Australian Shepherd is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Miniature Australian 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 Australian Shepherd is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Miniature Australian 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 Australian Shepherd is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Miniature Australian 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 Australian Shepherd is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Miniature Australian Shepherd be a boat dog?
Not really
Miniature Australian Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Miniature Australian 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 Australian Shepherd is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Miniature Australian Shepherd dogs have health problems?
The Miniature Australian Shepherd is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Miniature Australian Shepherd breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Miniature Australian Shepherd breed? Health risks of Miniature Australian Shepherd:
Drug SensitivityGlaucomaIris ColobomaJuvenile CataractsProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)Retinal Dysplasia
Life Expectancy
How long do Miniature Australian Shepherd dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Miniature Australian Shepherd be?
10-13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Miniature Australian Shepherd breed hypoallergenic?
No
Miniature Australian 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 Australian Shepherd have?
Miniature Australian Shepherds are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Miniature Australian Shepherd dogs require per day?
Miniature Australian Shepherds need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Miniature Australian 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 Australian Shepherd need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Miniature Australian Shepherd risk for obesity:
Average. The Miniature Australian 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 Australian Shepherd's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
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.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Miniature Australian 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 Australian Shepherd drool?
The Miniature Australian Shepherd is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. 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 does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Miniature Australian 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 Australian 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 Australian Shepherd have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
2-6 puppies

Pros & Cons of Miniature Australian Shepherd

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Miniature Australian Shepherd's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Miniature Australian Shepherds are very easy to train.
  • Watchdog Ability: Miniature Australian Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Miniature Australian Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
  • Adaptability: Miniature Australian Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Miniature Australian Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Miniature Australian Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Miniature Australian Shepherds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Mouthiness: Miniature Australian Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: 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.
  • Office Friendly: Miniature Australian Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Miniature Australian Shepherds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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  • Aether

    Jun 19, 2020, 9:39:44 AM:

    Mini Aussies are super SUPER sweet, protective, and loyal dogs! Be prepared for their energy, but other than that, they're amazing dogs who need a person! ((PS: my mini aussie Kody, is asleep next to me.))