MINIATURE AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD &
MINIATURE AMERICAN SHEPHERD
Height: 14-18″ (male), 13-17″ (female)
Miniature Australian Shepherd registries:
IMASC, CMASA, MASCA, NSDR, ASDR, NAMASCUSA
Miniature American Shepherd registries:
AKC, CKC, UKC, SDRS
Miniature Australian Shepherds vs. Miniature American Shepherds
The Miniature American Shepherd was developed in California during the late 1960’s with the breeding of small, unregistered dogs that were thought to be Australian Shepherds. These dogs were bred with a goal of maintaining their small size, active character and intelligence. These dogs were first registered with the National Stock Dog Registry in 1980 and was originally called the Miniature Australian Shepherd. By the early 1990’s, they had attained nationwide popularity. Several clubs promoted these small dogs, as they were registered and shown with various rare-breed organizations. The first parent breed club and registry, MASCUSA, was formed in 1990 and incorporated in 1993. The breed entered the AKC Foundation Stock Service as the Miniature American Shepherd in May 2011.
When the MAS became recognized by the AKC, fanciers of the smaller sized Aussies had to decide to either move their dogs to the AKC and accept a new breed status, or maintain breeding as a size variant. Each breeder did what they believed was right for their breeding program but it is important to note that the Mini Aussies who went AKC (now as Mini Americans) are legit a new breed and can never be bred back to Australian Shepherds. There exists responsible and ethical breeders of BOTH Miniature Australian Shepherds and Miniature American Shepherds and most pet or sport homes will be happy with either choice. Minis of Center Stage Canines are Miniature Australian Shepherds, though we will likely be focusing on AKC/CKC Australian Shepherds with future dogs.
Whether you are interested in an Australian Shepherd, a Miniature Australian Shepherd, or a Miniature American Shepherd, besides size and registry, you will find there is little difference:
ACTIVE & PLAYFUL
Strong, energetic and agile, these dogs love to play and require more than just a walk to be content. They were bred to be able to work all day and won’t be content to just sit inside and do nothing. Lack of adequate exercise can be frustrating for Aussies/MAS so those interested in adding one to their family should be prepared to provide plenty of active opportunities to their new canine friend!
HERDING & SPORTS
Natural herding instinct combined with strong work ethic make these dogs an excellent choice for life on the farm and for those with an active lifestyle and/or interest in dogsports. Aussie/MAS thrive when they have a job to do and have regular training opportunities to keep them busy and mentally stimulated.
BEAUTY & BRAINS
Not only are these dogs stunning to watch, but they are also known for their high level of intelligence. They are very biddable and easy to train which makes them highly sought after, but novice owners are often surprised when they learn that bored Aussies/MAS sometimes make their own fun that isn’t fun for them!
LOYAL & PROTECTIVE
Aussies/MAS are loyal and naturally protective companions that can make for outstanding family dogs. Owners with young children should be mindful of the breed’s energy level and herding instint, and both dog and children should be taught proper boundries and manners to avoid complications. Early socialization is necessary as Aussies/MAS can be wary of strangers.