- WEIGHT: 45 to 80 lbs
- HEIGHT: 23 to 27 inches
- COLOR(S): Deep, shiny coal black, without rustiness, and with lustrous tan (chestnut red) markings; black penciling on toes and black streak under jaw is permissible. Muzzle, feet and points on the chest hold the tan markings.
- BREED GROUP: Sporting
Australian Shepherd - Miniature
WEIGHT: 20 to 40 lbs
HEIGHT: 13 to 18 inches
COLOR(S): Black, red, blue merle, red merle with or without white markings and/or tan points.
Miniature Australian Shepherd puppies and dogs are very enthusiastic and make a versatile companion and family dog. They are affectionate with their owners and love to be playful, allowing them to get along well with children. However, they do have a high prey drive and are not trustworthy with smaller animals. Comparatively, Mini Aussies do get along well with other dogs. While they will never be aggressive, they are wary of strangers. Like their larger counterparts, the very intelligent Australian Shepherd miniature puppies and dogs have a strong instinct to herd and guard. Additionally, these dogs have acute problem solving abilities and will be very obedient when trained. Miniature Australian Shepherds will actually enjoy obedience classes and training.
To minimize shedding of the medium length double coat, regular brushing of the Miniature Australian Shepherd should happen once or twice a week. This will keep the coat and skin healthy. The Mini Aussie’s double coat can be straight to slightly wavy and is generally moderately harsh with a dense undercoat.
Other than a few health concerns, Miniature Australian Shepherd puppies and dogs are a relatively healthy breed. They may have several eye problems including Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) or Collie Eye Anomaly. This breed can also be prone to allergies and hip dysplasia.
Similar to most other herding dogs, the Mini Aussie needs exercise to remain healthy and well balanced. Exercise options for this breed can include daily walks, obedience training or giving the dog a job to do.
For Australian Shepherd miniature puppies and dogs, early socialization is necessary. This is a rather intelligent breed and should take well to obedience training. This type of training should come easily and even be enjoyed by Mini Aussies.
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