Absolutely not. These are different breeds! The AKC just accepted into the FSS program what was formerly called the "Miniature Australian Shepherd" as the "Miniature American Shepherd". The "toy" is yet another breed. Kind of think of it as the Doberman Pinscher and the Miniature Pinscher. They resemble each other but are not the same breed nor are they size varieties of the same breed. Or Collies and Shetland Sheepdogs. Sure, they resemble each other but Shelties are not "mini collies."
You can look up this info on the AKC website if you want. There will still be "breeders" that insist the "toy" and "mini" are size varieties of the true Australian Shepherd, but both the AKC and ASCA standard are clear that there are no size varieties. The original breeder of the "mini" also called her creation a different breed, though she used some real Aussies in the development. She never intended it to be a size variety.
Answered by paws4hisglory - 2/29/2012 9:59:17 AM