Miniature Australian Shepherd
Miniature Australian Shepherds are smaller versions of the standard size. They have soft wavy or straight coats, feathering on the backs of their legs and a mane around their neck. Their muzzles are wedge shaped and they have round compact feet.
Country of Origin:
Miniature Australian Shepherds originated in the US.
Miniature Australian Shepherds are 13 to 18 inches (33 to 46 cm) high.
Miniature Australian Shepherds Weigh 20 to 40 pounds (9 to 18 kg).
Miniature Australian Shepherds come in blue merle, red merle, red or black tri-color, with or without white markings. Be very careful (see the AKC Aussie breed standard http://www.akc.org/breeds/australian_shepherd/index.cfm) with respect to white markings since certain white markings can indicate a high potential for serious health problems.
The miniature Australian Shepherd has an easy care coat and should only be bathed and brushed when necessary. This breed is an average shedder.
Sweet, easy going, highly trainable and naturally protective, Miniature Australian Shepherds are devoted and require plenty of exercise to keep them from getting bored. This breed is quiet and will sometimes try to herd people.
Miniature Australian Shepherds have various health concerns, the most common of which are eye problems including anomalies such as Iris Colobomas (IC), Juvenile Cataracts, Persistent Pupilary Membrane; some of which may lead to partial or total blindness.
Miniature Australian Shepherds can be expected to live about 12 to 13 years.
Miniature Australian Shepherds are very active and require daily exercise to stay happy and healthy. They can do well in apartments and a colder climate.
Miniature Australian Shepherds are not recognized.