History:The Australian Shepherd (affectionately called an 'Aussie' ) does not actually originate in Australia. It is believed that some Basque farmers brought ancestors of these dogs with them when they emigrated to Australia, then subsequently to the United States during the 1849 California gold rush. However the breed as it is known today was developed in the American Southwest over the next few decades. The Australian dog was crossed with several breeds in an effort to produce an animal able to deal with the harsh temperatures and demands of the American West. Breeding during this period was mainly focused on ability-speed, agility, and endurance--rather than appearance, which delayed the Australian Shepherd's recognition as a breed. The Miniature Australian Shepherd was created by selectively breeding small Australian Shepherds. It has increased in popularity in the last years due to its combination of small size and high energy level and endurance.
Size:The Miniature Australian Shepherd has a shoulder height of 14-18" tall and weighs 20-40 lbs. The Miniature Australian Shepherd Â Toys are under 14" and weigh 10-15 lbs.Has highlyÂ
Coat:The Aussie's coat ranges from medium to long, with a dense undercoat. It can be straight or slightly wavy, and is highly weather resistant. The coat is short and soft on the head and legs, with a thick mane around the neck. The Aussie's come in four different colors black tri, red tri, red merle and blue merle.
Character:The Miniature Australian Shepherd is intelligent and eager to learn. It is relaxed, loyal and devoted, bonding closely with the family. Aussie's are confident and lively: they are known to behave very sweet like puppies.
Temperament:The Miniature Australian Shepherd is a great companion for children and other and other pets, especially if socialized as a puppy. It can be shy around strangers and also can be protective of its human family by barking at strangers not biting. Aussie's are very affectionate and kind hearted. "They love to have lots of love and attention".
Care:The Aussie's require relatively little grooming, but a thorough combing is required when shedding. Bath only when necessary. Aussie's can tolerate warm or cool climates, but can also be a indoor pet. Aussie's life time span is 12-13 years.
Training:The Miniature Australian Shepherd is full of fun to train because it learns quickly and easily. Aussie's are unusually eager to please and adapt at a wide variety of sports and games, such as herding, Flyball, agility competitions and sometimes used as a therapy dog.
Activity:The Australian Shepherd needs some exercise and likes to be occupied. Aussie's are an excellent companion for people that are active, particularly those who recreate outdoors. They will do ok in an apartment or home with sufficient exercise.