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Miniature American

The Miniature Australian Shepherd was developed by
breeding smaller Australian Shepherds for the desired
size.  The breed is rapidly increasing in popularity among
those interested in a compact dog with a strong dog
work ethic.  They are especially popular in dog agility,
and do well in other dog sports including herding,
obedience, disc dog, flyball and many other activities

The preferred height of this breed ranges from 14 to 18
inches (35 to 46 cm) at the withers and the weight is
typically between 17 and 30 pounds (9 to 14 kg). Coat
colors are blue Merle, red Merle, black, and red, all with
or without copper as well as with or without white trim.
Eyes may be any combination of brown, amber, hazel,
blue, or marbled. Some of these dog have eyes that are
two different colors or may be marbled.

These dogs are easily trained, but their intelligence and
drive require obedience training and plenty of interesting
activity. They have a sixth sense about what their
owners want and are easily trainable because they crave
Once given proper socialization they will thrive in a
variety of environments, provided they have an adequate
for both physical and mental energy. If they are not
allowed adequate stimuli they may become destructive.
Because of their herding background, they also may
have the tendency to try to herd people, especially small
children, nipping at their heels. As long as this behavior
is put in check when they are young, they will generally
be fine. They are social dogs and form close attachments
to their owner. As a result, some may suffer separation
anxiety. Minis function well as a family dog, but their
excessive energy may need to be checked around small
children. They are generally great house dogs but do
require a large amount of exercise. They are particularly
guarded with strangers.
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