|GENDER:||Male I Female|
|PUREBRED / HYBRID:||Purebred|
|ESTIMATED ADULT SIZE:||(2) Mini (1) Toy|
|DESCRIPTION:||(1) Red Tri (2) Chocoalte Tri|
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8874 Maximus Dr. Lone Tree, CO 80124
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The ‘Miniature Australian Shepherd’ was developed by breeding smaller Australian Shepherds. The Miniature Australian Shepherd is a compact type, with strong working dog behaviors, and is trained for dog agility trials and other dog sports including herding, obedience, disc dog, flyball, and other activities. The Mini Aussie is recognized by MASCA as well as the AKC.
The preferred height of this variety ranges from 14 to 18 inches (35 to 46 cm) at the withers and the weight is typically between 17 and 30 pounds (9 to 14 kg). Coat color combinations include 16 basic possibilities. “These combinations are the most common accounting for colors (red or black), coat pattern (solid or merle) and the degree of tan points and white markings.”  Combinations include: self black, black and tan, black bicolor, black tricolor, self blue merle, blue merle and tan, blue merle and white, blue merle and white and tan, self red, red and tan, red bicolor, red tricolor, self red merle, red merle and tan, red merle and white, and red merle and white and tan. These colors are known as black, black bi (two colors), black tri (three colors), blue merle, red merle, red, red bi, red tri, and pi bald. Eyes may be any combination of brown, amber, hazel, blue, or marbled. Some of these dog have eyes that are two different colors or may be marbled or swirled. Some may have a natural bobtail or the tail may be docked. The bobtailed is rare to be born with naturally but the tails are normally born at full length. The breeder then has them clipped or banded. This depends on breeder preferences and owner preferences.
Mini Aussies are very easily trained, but their intelligence and drive require that they be engaged in obedience training and plenty of interesting activities. They are easily trainable because they crave approval. Once given proper socialization they will thrive in a variety of environments, provided they have an adequate outlet for both physical and mental energy. If they are not allowed adequate stimuli they may become destructive. Because of their herding background, they also may have the tendency to try to herd people, especially small children, nipping at their heels. This instinct can be modified through early intervention and training. They are social dogs and form close attachments to their owner. As a result, some may suffer separation anxiety. Miniature Australian Shepherds function well as a family dog, but their excessive energy may need to be checked around small children. They are generally great house dogs but do require a large amount of exercise.