Miniature American Shepherd

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Breed Group: Herding
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The Miniature American Shepherd originated when Basque farmers brought ancestor dogs with them when they emigrated to Australia, then those ancestor dogs were brought to the United States during the time of the 1849 California gold rush. These ancestor dogs were then crossed with several breeds in an effort to produce a dog breed (the Australian Shepherd) that was able to deal with the harsh temperatures and demands of herding livestock in the American West. The abilities for the breed during this time were mainly focused on herding with speed, agility, and endurance. These dogs became popular for pets after they were featured as rodeos performers in the 1950's. In 1968, Doris Cordova, from Norco, CA, began a breeding program to produce the smaller sized Australian Shepherds. From her kennel, came a well-known dog named "Cordova's Spike". Doris Cordova (Cordova Kennel), Bill & Sally Kennedy (B/S Kennel), and Chas Lasater (Valhalla Kennel), developed the first miniatures of the Australian Shepherds that were under 17" who had heart, intelligence, and the drive to work stock, and be small for easy travel to stock shows and be a nice size for a house dog. In 1990, MASCUSA, the Miniature Australian Shepherd Club of the USA, was formed as the parent club to preserve, promote, and protect this lovely breed. This parent club is now the Miniature American Shepherd Club of the USA.
This breed is intelligent and a versatile working dog with strong herding and guardian instincts. It is an exceptional companion that is easily trained, performing the assigned tasks with style and enthusiasm. The Miniature American Shepherd is a relaxed, loyal, and devoted dog that bonds closely with family.
The Miniature American Shepherd is reserved with strangers but does not exhibit shyness. It is a great companion for children, especially if socialized as a puppy. This breed is affectionate, kindhearted, and attentive to their handler.
Grooming is minimal as this breed sheds the undercoat twice a year. Daily brushing will both help speed up the shedding as well as prevent mats from forming. The body coat should not be clipped. The hair may be trimmed only on the ears, feet, back of the hocks, the pasterns, and the tail. Untrimmed whiskers are preferred.
The Miniature American Shepherd has a moderate coat of a medium texture may be straight to wavy, weather resistant and of a medium length. The amount of undercoat will vary depending on the seasons and climate. Hair is short and smooth on the head and front of the legs. The back of the forelegs and breeches are moderately feathered.
Owners must devote time to socialization and training to direct this breeds strong working instincts and drive. The breed responds well to obedience training and has a natural sensitivity that makes it a good choice for therapy work, search and rescue, herding, flyball, disc dog, dock dog, and agility. An exceptional companion, he is versatile and easily trained, performing assigned tasks with great style and enthusiasm.
The Miniature American Shepherd is ideal for an active family that loves to walk, hike, run and play. He is a resilient and persistent worker who adjusts his demeanor and arousal appropriately to the task at hand.
20-40 lbs
Male: 14-18; Female: 13-17 inches
Black, blue merle, red, red merle. May have tan markings.
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How much do Miniature American Shepherd puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Miniature American Shepherd varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Miniature American Shepherd puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Miniature American Shepherds sold is $1,250.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Miniature American Shepherd with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $2,200 upwards to $5,700 or even more for a Miniature American Shepherd with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Miniature American Shepherds sold is $1,000.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $1,250.00
Average Price: $1,000.00
Top Quality: $2,200.00 to $5,700.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 753 Miniature American Shepherd puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning a Miniature American Shepherd puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Miniature American Shepherds true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

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Most Popular Miniature American Shepherd Names for 2021

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 753 Miniature American Shepherd dogs.
  • 1. Blue Merle
  • 2. Empress
  • 3. Fluff
  • 4. Tucker
  • 5. Fuzz
  • 6. Royal
  • 7. Cho
  • 8. Mocha's Pups
  • 9. Tilly
  • 10. Beau
  • 11. Bailey
  • 12. Duke
  • 13. Flash
  • 14. Hanna
  • 15. Huck
  • 16. None
  • 17. Puddle
  • 18. Sabrina
  • 19. Scout
  • 20. Shadow

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Schaefer's Miniature American Shepherds
Member Since: April 2020
Location: N/A
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I have trained, shown, and trialed the dogs I have owned in AKC, Canada, UKC, ASCA(Australian Shepherds), and USRC(Rottweilers), successfully since 2001. I currently only own AKC Miniature American Shepherds, although I have only owned this breed for a 6 years, I have owned Australian Shepherds since 2002 so I have a lot experience with where this breed has come from and want to assist in where this beautiful, smart breed is going. Before my dogs are considered for breeding, they have genetic health testing done, hips and elbows passed by OFA and they have had their eyes checked. However you will see several more health tests completed before the breeding ever takes place. I only breed dogs that I feel are a good representative of the breed, which includes temperament/health/breed standard, regardless of how many titles I have put on them or health tests they have passed. All puppies are raised following the Puppy Culture Program. They whelped and raised in the house under foot (not in a kennel), so they have plenty of socialization, are started on housebreaking through use of a dog door and crate training before leaving for their new home at 8 weeks. I am an AKC Breeder of Merit and an AKC Bred with H.E.A.R.T Breeder. I am also a member in good standing with Miniature American Shepherd Club Of The USA, the parent club of the Miniature American Shepherd for the American Kennel Club also a member of Affiliate Club - Southeastern Miniature American Shepherd Club.

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Anonymous asked:
How big do Miniature American Shepherd's get?

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The Miniature American Shepherd weighs in at between 9 - 14kg or 19 - 44lbs and stands between 35 - 46cm or 13 - 18 inches at the withers. The withers is the ridge between the shoulder blades of an animal, such as a dog or horse.

Anonymous asked:
What is the difference between the Miniature American Shepherd and the Miniature Australian Shepherd?



Both the Mini American Shepherd and the Mini Australian Shepherd breeds are quite similar in standard, however the breeds origin is the difference between these two.


Both are the same dog. The only difference currently is the registration through AKC. AKC is a closed registry. Once books close on the MAS, there will no longer be any dogs accepted into the genepool making a PURE BRED. The mini aussie is in an open genepool, not making it a PURE BRED. Anything can be added to the genepool as it is open. Over time, there will be a difference in the dog type.

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Updated: 4/17/2021