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Miniature Australian Shepherd

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Overview
Directly developed from the Australian Shepherd, the Miniature is a relatively new breed. Originating in the United States, the Miniature Australian Shepherd is rapidly becoming popular for their compact size and strong work ethic. They are extremely adept at herding, but are not yet recognized by the American Kennel Club.
Character
Commonly referred to as the Mini Aussie, this breed is sturdy, hardy, and medium sized. They are well balanced, extremely agile, and possess strength and stamina. Exceedingly versatile, this breed is highly intelligent, an exceptional companion, and a talented farm worker and guardian.

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Temperament
The Miniature Australian Shepherd is loyal, affectionate, and easy going. They are lively, playful, and alert. They are deeply devoted and naturally protective. This breed gets along well with older children. Their exuberance and herding instincts make them unsuitable for homes with young children. They are wary and suspicious of strangers and will warn their family of danger or unusual noises. They are typically not aggressive to other dogs.
Care
This breed is relatively easy to groom. Occasional brushing with a firm bristle brush will suffice. Bathing should only be done when necessary. The Miniature Australian Shepherd is prone to blindness, deafness, eye disorders, hip dysplasia, and luxating patella.

New dog owners, much like new parents, often have trouble deciding when it is necessary to seek medical attention for their dog or new puppy. The most basic rule of thumb is, if your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet. When is it time to see the Vet?
Coat
The Miniature Australian Shepherd is a double coat breed. The weather resistant outer coat is moderate in length and is straight to slightly wavy. The under coat is short and dense. The hair on the head, front of forelegs, and outside of ears is short and smooth. The hair on the back of the forelegs is feathered. The coat comes in such colors as red or blue merle and black or red tri-color; all have tan or white markings. The Miniature Australian Shepherd is an average shedder.
Training
Early socialization and obedience are necessary and beneficial for the Miniature Australian Shepherd. They are quick to learn and easy to train. They will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. This breed does best with firmness, fairness, reward, consistency, and positive reinforcement. They excel in agility, conformation, fly-ball, Frisbee, herding, and as a therapy dog. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Miniature Australian Shepherd puppy. However, if you’re looking for not just a housebreaking method, but are also interested in adapting your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons, crate training is for you.
Activity
Miniature Australian Shepherds require a lot of exercise and stimulation. They thrive on being given a job to do. The Miniature Australian Shepherd is easily bored and will become high-strung and destructive if left alone for an extended period of time without proper exercise. They enjoy family play sessions, long walks, and a securely fenced yard to romp and run in freely. They will do okay in an apartment dwelling provided they are sufficiently exercised and entertained. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy. You can help your pup learn to be friendly by properly socializing him/her to new people, places, and experiences.
Ownership
Help reduce the number of Miniature Australian Shepherd puppies in shelters by doing your due diligence. Many puppies are often purchased with little or no knowledge of what goes into parenting one. Uneducated decisions often leave the puppy in need of adoption and in the care of rescue groups. Bringing home a puppy into your family has many benefits but we first implore you to educate yourself. An informed decision will take into account the characteristics of the breed, your lifestyle, expected veterinary care, the demands and limitations of owning one, their activity requirements and levels of companionship required. Even the most responsible puppy owner makes mistakes. Read up on these 15 common dog owner mistakes. Sometimes it just takes changing your own behavior to make your dog a little angel.
Weight
20 - 40 lbs
Height
13 to 18 inches
Color(s)
Blue merle, black, red merle and all red with or without white markings and/or tan points.
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Anonymous asked:
We have a 5-year-old Queensland Heeler. She catches the frisbee and plays well with our 4-year-old daughter. Would a Miniature Australian Shepherd be a good friend to our dog and daughter?

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The Queensland Healer and the Miniature Australian Shepherd have close to the same energy level, so the mix would be good. As long as your dog is well socialized and will tolerate a puppy, I would say go for it.

Anonymous asked:
We have a 4 year old female Westie. We were thinking of getting a Miniature Australian Shepherd and wonder, 1) how they might get along, 2) could it be another female and 3) do they really have to have constant play and exercise or does that slow down when they become older? Thank you for any help you can give us.

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1. If the puppy and your dog are both well socialized then they should get along fine. Take your dog to meet your new pup several times before taking him/her home. 2. It could be another female as long as your Westie does not show same-sex aggression. 3. Yes, the Australian Shepherd, mini or not needs an average of 2 - 2 1/2 hours of exercise a day -- both walks/runs on and off leash. So be prepared to exercise the dog in that fashion for his/her entire life, until they get into their late senior years. I know one Mini Aussie whom is 10 years old and still needs 2 hours of jogging exercise every day, an hour in the morning and an hour at night.

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At what age should I start training (agility, commands, leash walking, etc.) the Miniature Australian Shepherd puppy I am about to buy?

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The moment your get your Miniature Australian Shepherd puppy you can start training your pup yourself. However, you should enroll your pup in a Puppy Obedience/Socialization class with your local Positive Reinforcement trainer. They will be able to tell you how old your pup has to be to enroll, normally about 4 months old as the pup must have all of his shots first.

Anonymous asked:
Can you breed a Miniature Australian Shepherd with a toy or can you breed two minis?

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If you need to ask this question, you are not ready to breed. You need to spend more time with a qualified, reputable, and responsible breeder of Mini Australian Shepherds. There is no 'Toy Australian Shepherd' breed recognized by any kennel club. The Miniature Australian Shepherd is a breed all it's own, so yes; you would breed a Mini to a Mini. But again, you are not ready if you have to ask that question. Please be responsible and contact a good breeder first.

Anonymous asked:
How can you tell when a Miniature Australian Shepherd is in heat?

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The vulva increases in size. Once that increases in size, blood will flow. That is a sign of heat. However, a bitch can have a silent heat. If this is the case, the vulva will swell with no discharge.

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Updated: 6/30/2015