Miniature American Shepherd

Miniature American Shepherd

Breed Description +

Lively, alert dogs with a quiet confidence. Highly intelligent and respond well to obedience training. May herd pets or small children. Loyal, devoted and protective companion with an eagerness to please their owner.
  • AKC Name:

    Miniature American Shepherd

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  • Observed Weight:

    25-36 lbs

  • Show Weight:

    20-31 lbs


Identifying Features:

Average Height: 13-18 in


Developed in the late 1960s in the United States, smaller sized unregistered Australian Shepherds were selectively bred resulting in a small, energetic, herding dog with high intelligence, agility, strong guardian instincts, and the motivation to please their owner. The breed has been used to herd sheep and goats, although it will also take on the challenge of larger livestock. These dogs also proved to be popular with equestrians attending shows, providing loyal support and companionship during the journey. The Miniature Australian Shepherd as they were originally known, were officially recognized in May 2011 by the American Kennel Club Foundation Stock Service and took on the new name of Miniature American Shepherd. This working breed is placed in the Herding group in the American Kennel Club.

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