Also known as the Miniature American Shepherd as he was officially recognized by the AKC in 2016, was bred in North America using small Aussies to breed this smaller version of the standard size breed. Weight will generally be between 15-30 pounds will stand 14-20 inches tall at the shoulder, this smaller version of the working Aussie is listed in the herding group.
Like his larger version, this breed has strong ties to being an active, working breed but he is versatile enough to be a devoted house companion. He enjoys top billing as an excellent choice for farm dog work throughout the world as well as agility, obedience, herding, flyball, and many other dog sports.
This breed will excel in any job given to him. Known as energetic, smart and loyal, this breed is shockingly intelligent and eager to please his master. The Mini's are great jogging companions, love to swim, hike, and are always up for a good game of fetch. It is said that a tired Mini Aussie is a good Mini Aussie. The breed is known to be devoted family dogs that love their family and generally do well with children and other pets. They do well in a variety of environments, cold or warm weather, apartment or home, single owner or large family, and bond deeply with their family.
Colors vary greatly from solids to merles of both red and blue, and tri colors. Shedding is considered to be moderate and the coat can be maintained through regular grooming sessions with a good brush to prevent matting and keep the coat in good condition. Ears can be down or stand erect, tails can be naturally long or bobtail.