The Miniature and Toy Australian Shepherd was developed by selectively breeding the Australian Shepherd breed of dog. Even though their name would suggest they originated in Australia, the Australian Shepherd actually originated in the 19th century in the United States.
Height: 14 to 18 inches
Weight: 15 to 40 pounds
Height: 10 to 14 inches
Weight: 10 to 25 pounds
Aussies are very intelligent and learn quickly, making them easy to train. Their instinct is to herd and guard the flock, making them very affectionate and incredibly devoted to their family. They need to be involved in family activities, and become a part of the family.
Aussies are a working breed, having a great deal of intelligence, energy, and drive. Because of their high intelligence and instinct to work, obedience training is highly recommended, and they respond to it well. Aussies are driven by instinct to have a job to do, and boredom can cause behavior problems.
Aussies require regular exercise, but the smaller size allows them to fulfill this exercise requirement more quickly than larger dogs. Playing with a frisbee or fetch are great exercise activities.
The ideal Miniature Australian Shepherd is a replica of the Australian Shepherd, only with smaller dimensions. The smaller dimensions then determine whether the Aussie is considered a minature or a toy.
The Australian Shepherd has four standard colors: black, blue merle (a marbling of gray and black), red (ranging from light cinnamon to liver), and red merle (marbling of red and silver or buff). An array of white and tan markings may appear on the face, chest, front and rear legs. The coat is of moderate length, with a texture that is straight to curly and resilient.
Aussies are healthy dogs with a life expectancy of over twelve years. Maintenance of an Aussie minimal. Brief brushing will aid in keeping the coat clean and free of mattes. Nail trimming is essential.