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Miniature Australian Shepherds show great variety in their eye colour. Dogs may have two green eyes, one green eye and one blue eye, a blue eye and a brown eye, two brown eyes, or two icy blue eyes. They may even have a green eye and a brown eye.
Miniature American Shepherd
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Follow Me Pretty Pauz Penny, “Penny” and
Follow Me Hershey, “Hershey”
looking up at their mother,
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The ideal Miniature American Shepherd is the mirror image of the Australian Shepherd in a smaller package.
These dogs were developed in the late 1960s by breeding small Australian Shepherds. Originally developed to herd and guard their flocks, their smaller size make them perfectly suited to our growing urbanization, as well as making them fine travelling companions.
Miniature American Shepherds have also been used in search and rescue work.
This breed was formerly known as the Miniature Australian Shepherd. In Canada, the CKC has received the Breed Standard for the Miniature American Shepherd and is going through the formal approval process.
Similar in respect to their forebears, individual dogs may vary in degrees of their activity level, and herding instinct. In general, they are very athletic with a very keen, intelligent mind.
They are sensitive, easily trained, and extremely devoted to their owners. These Shepherds are good with children and other pets. They will go to great lengths to please. However, they can be reserved with strangers and make good watch and guard dogs.
Photos displayed courtesy of Lisa Hartjes, Follow Me Aussies, Ontario
The Miniature American Shepherd’s height is 14 to 18 inches at the shoulder for males and 13 to 17 inches for the females. They have a medium-length coat that comes in blue merle, red merle, black, and red all with or without copper/tan and/or white trim. Their eyes may be blue, brown, amber or marbled.
These Shepherds have all the attributes of the Australian Shepherd with the added advantages of smaller size. As working dogs, they are happiest if they have something to do. They are seen in the conformation and obedience rings and are active in agility, flyball, and various kinds of therapy work, as well as working small stock.
Early training and socialization is important. As with other herding dogs, exercise is critical to maintaining their health and mental well-being.