Miniature and Toy Australian Shepherds were developed by breeding small size Australian Shepherds together until a desired size was reached. They were NOT crossed with toy breeds, and quality IS NOT sacrificed for size.
Australian Shepherds are a courageous, loyal and affectionate breed. Their love and devotion for their owners makes them excellent pets for both children and adults. Australian shepherds are highly intelligent animals and tend to be very easy to train. They are known to have a "sixth sense" about what their owners want. They are excellent candidates for herding, agility, fly-ball and obedience sports.
Aussies are an athletic and energetic breed. They need both physical and mental stimulation daily.
This is not a "couch potato" breed. They need dedicated owners who are willing to give them the daily exercise they need. This being said large backyards, daily walks, jogs, playing Frisbee and other physical activities can be enough.
Aussies need lots of socialization as young puppies, just as any other breed does. This includes friends, family and neighbors. We DO NOT recommend taking puppies out to dog parks, pet shops or groomers until they have acquired all of their puppy shots.
The average lifespan for an Australian Shepherd is 11-13 years of age. These guys are a lifelong commitment, and are not something that can be tossed when convenient! Please be committed BEFORE contacting breeders.
The Australian Shepherd breed has a double coat that needs very little maintenance. Occasional brushing with a firm bristle brush(such as a slicker brush) keeps the coat tangle and mat free. Areas around the ears and stomach tends to mat more commonly due to location and hair type. This breed is an average shedder, and tends to "blow" it's coat twice yearly.
THEY ARE NOT HYPO-ALLERGENIC!
NO BREED IS!
The Australian Shepherd is a well-balanced dog, no matter whether Standard, Miniature or toy. He is attentive and animated, showing strength and stamina combined with unusual agility. Slightly longer than tall, he has a coat of moderate length and coarseness with coloring that offers variety and individuality in each specimen. An identifying characteristic is his natural or docked bobtail. In each sex, masculinity or femininity is well defined. Bone is moderate and clean with coarseness, heaviness or lightness being undesirable.
The Australian Shepherd is intelligent, primarily a working dog of strong herding and guardian instincts. He is an exceptional companion. He is versatile and easily trained, performing his assigned tasks with great style and enthusiasm. He is naturally reserved with strangers but does not exhibit shyness. Although an aggressive, authoritative worker, viciousness toward people or animals is intolerable. Fault: Undue shyness.
Clean-cut, strong, dry and in proportion to the body. The topskull is flat to slightly rounded, its length and width each equal to the length of the muzzle, which is in balance and proportioned to the rest of the head. The muzzle tapers slightly to a rounded tip. The stop is moderate but well-defined.
Lips: Giving a dry appearance. Disqualification: Wet flews.
Teeth: A full complement of strong white teeth should meet in a scissors bite or may meet in a level bite.Teeth broken or missing by accident are not penalized. Disqualifications: Undershot bites; overshot bites exceeding one-eighth inch
Eyes: Very expressive, showing attentiveness and intelligence. Clear, almond-shaped, and of moderate size, set a little obliquely, neither prominent nor sunken, with pupils dark, well-defined and perfectly positioned. Color is brown, blue, amber or any variation or combination thereof including flecks and marbling.
Ears: Set on high at the side of the head, triangular and slightly rounded at the tip, of moderate size with length measured by bringing the tip of the ear around to the inside corner of the eye. The ears, at full attention, break slightly forward and over from one-quarter (¼) to one-half (½) above the base. Prick and hound-type ears are severe faults.
NECK AND BODY
The neck is firm, clean and in proportion to the body. It is of medium length and slightly arched at the
crest, setting well into the shoulders. The body is firm and muscular. The topline appears level at a natural four-square stance. The chest is deep and strong with ribs well-sprung. The loin is strong and broad when viewed from the top. The bottom line carries well back with a moderate tuck-up. The croup is moderately sloping, the ideal being thirty (30) degrees from the horizontal. Tail is straight, not to exceed three (3) inches, natural bobbed or docked. We do allow non docked dogs to accomodate our foreign breeders, as some countries do not allow docking of tails. We also recognize that some people choose not to dock for personal reasons.
The shoulder blades (scapulae) are long and flat, close set at the withers, approximately two fingers width at a natural stance and are well laid back at an angle approximating forty-five (45) degrees to the ground. The upper arm (humerus) is attached at an approximate right angle to the shoulder line with forelegs dropping straight, perpendicular to the ground. The elbow joint is equidistant from the ground to the withers. The legs are straight and powerful. Pasterns are short, thick and strong, but still flexible, showing a slight angle when viewed from the side. Feet are oval shaped, compact, with close-knit, well-arched toes. Pads are thick and resilient; nails short and strong. Dewclaws may be removed.
Strong and muscular. Width of hindquarters approximately equal to the width of the forequarters at the shoulders. The angulation of the pelvis and the upper thigh (femur) corresponds to the angulation of the shoulder blade and upper arm forming an approximate right angle. Stifles are clearly defined, hock joints moderately bent. The metatarsi are short, perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other when viewed from the rear. Feet are oval shaped, compact, with close-knit, well-arched toes. Pads are thick and resilient; nails short and strong. Rear dewclaws are removed.
Of medium texture, straight to slightly wavy, weather resistant, of moderate length with an undercoat. The quantity of undercoat varies with climate. Hair is short and smooth on the head, outside of ears, front of forelegs and below the hocks. Backs of forelegs are moderately feathered; breeches are moderately full. There is a moderate mane and frill, more pronounced in dogs than bitches. Non-typical coats are severe faults.
Smooth, free and easy; exhibiting agility of movement with a well-balanced, ground-covering stride. Fore and hind legs move straight and parallel with the center line of the body; as speed increases, the feet, both front and rear, converge toward the center line of gravity of the dog, while the topline remains firm and level. Joints do not bend or twist when in motion.
TOY: Height for both males and females is 10 inches up to 14 inches at the top of the withers.
Please note: Size of Mini and Toy Aussies cannot be guaranteed. As breeders we are able to give a rough estimate, but cannot GUARANTEE that your dog will not exceed a certain height. Genetics play a large role in this. Minis can produce toys, toy can produce standards and vice versa.
Australian Shepherds come in array of coat colours such as:
(A coat pattern that has a red base with red/brown streaks. MAY or MANY NOT have white or copper.)
(A coat pattern that has a blue-gray base with black streaks. MAY or MANY NOT have white or copper.)
(Black, Copper and White)
(Red, Copper and White)
(Red and Copper/ Red and White)
(Black and Copper/ Black and White)
AUSSIE EYE COLOURS
Australian Shepherd eye colours can vary from brown to hazel, amber or blue as well as marbling.
Often eyes can be two different colours or be a marbling of two. This is one of the intriguing things about the Aussie breed. Eye colour can vary, and no two seem to be the same!