AKC PuppyFinder: Miniature American Shepherd Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Smart, watchful, lively; a loyal snuggler when off-duty
  • Energy Level: Very Active; enjoys physical activity and training
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Eager To Please
  • Height: 14-18 inches (male), 13-17 inches (female)
  • Weight: 20-40 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-13 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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This small herder is all-American, although he may have Australian Shepherd in his ancestry. The Miniature American Shepherd has the stamina and agility of an athlete paired with devotion to his people. He's also a great travel companion and is especially popular with equestrians who travel to horse shows. With his intelligence and eagerness to please, your Miniature American Shepherd puppy is a trainable and energetic companion. He's a loyal, versatile, can-do dog, ready to join his family in any activity.
History & Job
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Origin: United States

Year Recognized: 2015

Breed History & Job Description: In the 1960s, small-size Australian Shepherds found working the U.S. rodeo circuit were selectively breed to further reduce their size. The new breed was originally called the Miniature Australian Shepherd. “They became especially popular with equestrians traveling to horse shows, as their intelligence, loyalty, and size made them an excellent travel companion,” the experts at the Miniature American Shepherd Club of the USA say. “In this way their popularity spread across the country.”

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Miniature American Shepherds are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Miniature American Shepherds are healthy dogs.

Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • PRA Optigen DNA Test
  • MDR1 DNA Test
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Miniature American Shepherd Club of America
  • Breed Club Link: http://mascusa.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Herding
  • 2016 Popularity: 36
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  • Breed Club Rescue: Mini Aussie Rescue and Support
  • Breed Club Rescue Email: info@miniaussierescue.org
  • Breed Club Rescue Phone: Marla McCormick
  • Breed Club Rescue Link: http://mascusa.org/breed/rescue.html
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puppy's parentage, going back 3 generations,
earned an AKC Conformation Championship
and/or Grand Championship title.
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health testing standards and participate in continuing education.
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are members of AKC-licensed or member clubs.
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