Miniature Australian Shepherd Question

I am considering getting a mini-Australian Shepherd, for a pet, and possibly to use him working...

I am considering getting a mini-Australian Shepherd, for a pet, and possibly to use him working cattle, is a mini Aussie able to handle the work of working cattle like the standard Aussie? Does the Mini-Aussie able to handle the heat of summer time, and still be able to work cows? I live in south Louisiana, where its really humid and hot in summer.

    In Miniature Australian Shepherd - Asked by Anonymous - 5/24/2011 12:47:16 PM
Any Mini Aussie with the instinct to work can keep up with a standard aussie. I think that would be the same with the heat. Size shouldn't make a difference in tolerating extreme weather.
    Answered by nannettedespain - 6/5/2011 8:32:23 PM

My Mini-Australian Shepherd is just a happy dog who wants to play.
    Answered by Anonymous - 6/5/2011 10:10:13 PM

We were thinking of the same thing and even got into breeding them, so far we have found its very rare to find a Aussie with the instinct to work cattle. only the very outgoing dogs that don't listen well have had any desire to work cattle.
    Answered by Anonymous - 6/21/2011 2:49:44 PM

Our Mini Aussies love working cattle. I haven't had to teach them anything. It's completely instinctual and one of their favorite things to do. They are very happy when working in this capacity. I live in East Texas so I know the heat you are referring to. Our Mini Aussies handle it just fine. They will slow down during the heat of the day and find a shade tree, but in the morning and evening they are very active.
    Answered by 4seasonskennel - 6/27/2011 1:39:58 PM

Maybe an Australian Cattle Dog would be a better fit.
    Answered by Anonymous - 7/16/2011 2:23:06 AM

Just really watch your lines, most lines are now bred for show, companion or something along that line. There are several working lines still being bred but you are going to really have to look for a liniage to do what you are wanting them to do.
    Answered by Anonymous - 1/6/2012 2:52:10 PM