Miniature Australian Shepherd

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
20 - 40 lbs
13 to 18 inches
Blue merle, black, red merle and all red with or without white markings and/or tan points.
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How much do Miniature Australian Shepherd puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Miniature Australian 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 Australian Shepherd puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Miniature Australian Shepherds sold is $800.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Miniature Australian 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 $2,400 upwards to $10,000 or even more for a Miniature Australian Shepherd with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Miniature Australian Shepherds sold is $800.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $800.00
Average Price: $800.00
Top Quality: $2,400.00 to $10,000.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 13657 Miniature Australian Shepherd puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning a Miniature Australian 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 Australian 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 Australian Shepherd Names for 2020

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 13657 Miniature Australian Shepherd dogs.
  • 1. Bella
  • 2. Max
  • 3. Cowboy
  • 4. Tucker
  • 5. Ruby
  • 6. Hank
  • 7. Blue
  • 8. Annie
  • 9. Bear
  • 10. Coal
  • 11. Daisy
  • 12. Lucy
  • 13. Luke
  • 14. Reba
  • 15. Rusty
  • 16. Buster
  • 17. Molly
  • 18. Ranger
  • 19. Panda
  • 20. Rosie

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Anonymous asked:
We just got a 2 month old Mini Aussie, we also just got a 2 month old Himalayan kitten. What is the best method to get these two to get along? The puppy is mostly excited and jumps around at the sight of the kitten. The puppy did start barking at the kitten but was wanting to play with it. Also, what is the best way to potty train this puppy?

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First things first, as soon as your puppy has had its 2nd set of shots, start looking for a Positive Reinforcement dog trainer in your area. You are going to need to start early with your pup, as you have a major distraction and attraction in your home with having a new kitten. The Australian Shepherd, both the standard and the miniature have an extremely high prey drive and that is not going to change. The best thing to do is to teach your dog to respect the cat, and have a solid 'Leave It' cue. Next, make sure both your puppy and your kitten have individual time with everyone in the home, so crating the puppy, and having a separated space for the kitten is key. The kitten should have a separate space that only he / she can access to go away from the puppy if she / he feels like they need space. It should have access to food, water, a litter box, a scratching post, and a bed. It should not be 100 % ostracized from the family, as that is not fair to the cat. However, it can be in another room or somewhere a bit more quiet. One of the best ways to ensure that the dog views the kitten while being calm is to make sure you exercise your pup. Take him / her out for a good, long walk with training added in. When he / she is tired, give them a treat or bone, or toy that they will chew on their bed with you in the room. When the dog is in a state of calm and chewing on something to occupy its time, then bring the kitten into the room to interact with it. Do not entice the dog to come over and see the kitten, and if the dog does, take him / her back to their bed and have them go back to what he / she was chewing on. Calmly pet the kitten and spend time with him / her. Praise the dog verbally, and praise the kitten as well during this time so that they understand that the behavior that they are exhibiting at that time is the one you are pleased with and want more often. It will not be over night, but with work and patience, you can have two wonderful pets that are accepting and calm around each other. As for house training, using Positive Reinforcement techniques are the fastest and easiest. I also use a tether to me so that I can watch the dog at all times and know when they need to go out. I also have a timer that goes off every 2 hours in my home and everyone goes outside. No matter the age, the dogs are all praised when using the bathroom outside, so that the younger dogs learn from the older and no one is treated unfairly.

Anonymous asked:
We got a female Mini Australian Shepard about 2 months ago. The lady we bought her from promised she would be registered. To date, we don't have any registration paperwork. She said she would refund the amount that we think fair. We paid $800 for her. What is a fair amount for an unregistered puppy?

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When a litter is born, the breeder registers the litter at that time. If by the time puppies are leaving their mother / breeder and they are not registered, they most likely won't be. As the breeder obviously did not put in the effort to register the litter at birth and make sure that the paper work was there before the puppies left for their new homes. Normally, UPB's or Unregistered Purebreds are sold for roughly 2/3's or 1/2 of what the pup would cost when registered. As the registration papers not only cost money, but it means that the dog could be used as a breeding dog to continue the lines; or shown in confirmation shows, ect. I would suggest a refund of at least $200.00 - $400.00 for your pup, as she is now a pet-only dog and you as the owners should not have spent so much on a dog that is not registered. Normally, what a pet-only dog should be sold at is the price of what the 1st set of shots (vet visit not included, shots only) + what it would cost to spay / neuter in your area at an appropriate age. This is so the breeder knows that the owner can pay for such a important surgery, and is reimbursed enough to hopefully get their dog(s) spayed / neutered if they are not going to be a responsible and reputable breeder.

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What should I expect to pay for a Miniature Australian Shepherd with two blue eyes?

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The coloration of the dogs eyes should not be a reasoning behind the price of a pup. Though it may look 'exotic', it is not rare, it is quite well known in this breed so please don't be haggled into paying more just because the eyes of the pup are blue. The reason you should be getting a pup from any specific breeder is because of the health, temperament and pedigree of that pup. Depending on if you are getting a show quality, working quality or pet quality pup will depend on the price. It could be anywhere from $500.00 - $1,750.00 again depending on the quality, pedigree and the breeder itself.

We just got a Miniature Australian Shepherd. He is about 4 months old now. He sheds terribly!!!!! Is there anything we can do to help this??? We got a furminator and brush him 2-3x a week.... does not help. Everywhere I turn, there is hair. :( We vacuum and sweep 4x a day. All suggestions welcome!



In one word, nothing. The Australian Shepherd, both the miniature and the standard are both heavy shedders. The furminator will help and you can wash him with a shed-control shampoo; but other than that, you're going to have to live with it and learn to love it. Fur is a part of this breed and they have a lot of it.


Having had English Springer Spaniels for 20 years and English Setters for 10 years before that, we have always taken them to the groomer for a"horse cut, plus a little extra" every spring. They may not look as pretty for a couple of months, keep in mind this is not a shear cut, which is not good for a dog, but they always love it and by cool weather they will have their winter coats well on the way in. Just a suggestion, but it sure keeps my wife and I sane during that outer/inner shed every spring. I believe my wife and I are going for a mini-Aussie or Cavalier King Charles next.


Buy a roomba to run twice a day! We have two aussies in our home and three littles who were just born. I bought the roomba a few weeks ago because I was tired of sweeping twice a day and it helps so so much! I bought the iRobot 670 from Wal Mart.


I have a 4 year old mini/toy aussie, get top hair cut off in summer, helps alot. Also it grows fast and in few months will be back to long again. Really helps in summer to keep him cooler and once cut, no shedding to say. Plus, if you cut top coat(leave undercoat alone) they look like a hamster, so cute.


The fur on an Aussie is there to both keep them cool and warm. it is NOT meant to be cut and in doing so can ruin the coat for their lifetime.


I have a 5 months old Miniature Australian Shepherd on an all raw diet and he hardly sheds at all.

Anonymous asked:
What the difference between a Miniature Australian Shepherd and a Toy Australian Shepherd?

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There are two register-able sizes of the Australian Shepherd breed. The Miniature and the Standard. The word toy is used with breeders who want to convince people that their Miniature Australian Shepherds are the smallest of the small. The words toy, and teacup are used frequently to describe their specific dogs and have made a bit of confusion for people. The Miniature Australian Shepherd can range anywhere from 20 - 30 lbs, however a lot of breeders have gotten their adult dogs down to the 12 - 18 lb mark. These breeders are the ones using the Toy word to describe their dogs. However, they are not of a separate group, but smaller than standard Miniature Australian Shepherds.

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Updated: 10/30/2020