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 $825.00. 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 $2,200 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 $700.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $825.00
Average Price: $700.00
Top Quality: $2,200.00 to $10,000.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 11969 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 2018

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 11969 Miniature Australian Shepherd dogs.
  • 1. Bella
  • 2. Max
  • 3. Cowboy
  • 4. Blue
  • 5. Ruby
  • 6. Annie
  • 7. Coal
  • 8. Hank
  • 9. Tucker
  • 10. Rusty
  • 11. Bear
  • 12. Luke
  • 13. Panda
  • 14. Reba
  • 15. Daisy
  • 16. Rocky
  • 17. Buster
  • 18. Candy
  • 19. Lucy
  • 20. Ranger

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Our dogs are our pets. Puppies are raised in our home. They are the center of our living areas and receive lots of daily human contact. Pups receive early neurological stimulation are socialized with other dogs, both large and small as well as 2 dog friendly house cats. We strive to raise well adjusted, quality pups. Our goal is to provide happy, healthy puppies that will adjust well in their forever homes.

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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.

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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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What is the difference between a Miniature Aussie and a Miniature American Sheepdog?

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There is no register-able breed called the Miniature American Sheepdog. The breed coined as the Miniature American Sheepdog is a Miniature Australian Shepherd that cannot be registered with the AKC, CKC or UKC.

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Is it true that if Miniature Australian Shepherd dogs have white ears, they could be deaf? or what do we look for in the eyes?



The 'white' gene has always been a concern for many breeds of dogs, including the Miniature Australian Shepherd. The 'white' gene is a gene that does have deafness as a part of the genome in some dogs. Indicators that the dog may have hearing problems are an extreme amount of white on the dog and/or blue or pale eyes. It is best to have your breeder have all the pups BARE testing for their hearing before putting a deposit down on a puppy. Only the BARE hearing test done by a qualified vet will be able to determine if the puppy or dog has a genetic hearing disorder or has lost hearing because of an injury.


Hey, I recently, like yesterday, got a beautiful little mini Aussie without knowing about the "white" gene or the light eyes could be deaf puppy Gene's!! I've actually have had a suspicion all day that she is deaf! I've been testIng my theory all day by doing noise tests all day and I'm 99.9% sure she's deaf. I paid $800 dollars for her, what is a justifiable amount should I ask for back? We love her to pieces and want to keep her!!!

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I was recently diagnosed with PTSD, it was suggested that I get a service dog. Would a Mini Australian Shepherd be a good choice?



Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals are two very different things. E.S.A's are pets that a person already has that helps a person mentally by giving the person something to care for and have unconditional love for and from. However, a Service Dog is a dog that is specially trained to preform at least 3 specific tasks that make a person's life easier because of their disability. If you need an actual Service Dog, it is best to figure out the tasks that you need help with and go from there for breeds. The Mini Australian Shepherd is a very intelligent breed of dog that can be trained as a Service Dog. However, they are not very big and can not do a lot of physical things that some people with PTSD need help with. I have a client whom has PTSD and when she is having an attack, her dog will physically push her to a wall or anything that is sturdy and press against her until she gives the right signal word. A Mini Aussie would not be able to do that because of its size. My client has a Golden Retriever/German Shepherd cross.


PTSD dogs that are very in touch with people are Cattle dogs, these dogs are better with people than other dogs. One of my dogs went to Fort Lenerdwood No. Worth his owner with severe Ptsd. They requested the dog to come to hospital with the mason.

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Updated: 11/16/2018