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A Petite Athlete: A Breed Guide to the Miniature American Shepherd

Carrie Pallardy
 
Border collies or Australian shepherds are probably the breeds that come to mind when you think of a herding dog. But, the herding group has some smaller members. The Miniature American Shepherds are related to these larger pups but stand as their own distinct breed.
 

A Smaller Herding Dog

Miniature American Shepherds can be referred to as Mini Americans or Mini Aussies, the latter being a nod to the breed’s history. Miniature American Shepherds were first developed in California in the 1960s, likely bred from smaller Australian Shepherds, according to the Miniature American Shepherd Club of the USA. The breed gained popularity over time, and it was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 2015.
 

Physical Characteristics

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As a smaller version of their larger cousins, Mini Americans weigh in at only 20 to 40 pounds, according to the AKC. Males of the breed can be 14 to 18 inches tall, while females are 13 to 17 inches tall. These petite pups have an average lifespan of 12 to 13 years, during which they are devoted companions to their people.
 
Mini Americans have a double coat made up of a wooly base layer and a longer, smoother outer layer. With a good amount of fur, these pups need regular brushing and grooming to avoid tangles. Their coats can come in quite a few different colors, including black, red, red merle, and blue merle, according to The Spruce Pets. The coat color can be paired with tan and white markings.
 

The Mini American’s Personality

 
Miniature American Shepherds may be small, but it is important to remember that they still belong to the herding group. This means they have a high level of energy that they will want to put to good use playing with you and getting outside. These pups are also highly affectionate and loyal companions that develop strong bonds with their owners.
 

A Versatile Breed

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Mini Americans were bred to herd smaller livestock, such as goats, and they still have that drive today. But, their smaller size makes them a versatile dog that can adapt to life as a house pet. Just keep in mind, they do not do well on their own for extended periods of time; they are likely to act out and bark. With enough exercise and attention, these dogs can live pretty much anywhere. 
 
If you are looking to adopt, you can use resources provided by the Miniature American Shepherd Club of the USA or keep an eye out at local shelters. You can also do some research to find a reputable breeder.
 

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