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About The Breed

Miniature Australian Shepherds are easygoing, perpetual puppies that love to play. Courageous, loyal and affectionate, they are excellent children’s companions that are great with active children. A devoted friend and guardian. Very lively, agile and attentive, they are eager to please with a sixth sense about what the owner wants. Miniature Australian Shepherds are highly intelligent and easy to train.’

QUICK FACTS
• weight: 15 – 35 pounds:
• height:  13 – 18 inches
• life expectancy 12 – 13 years

IDEAL COMPANIONS
• Outdoorsy Types
• Active
• Families

TRADEMARK TRAITS
• Calm
• Playful
• Trainable
• Dependable
• Protective
• Intelligent

ABOUT THE BREED – Miniature Australian Shepherd is typically a very easy going dog that loves to be with people and all types of animals, although they. They are not dog aggressive at all and will stay in a house very comfortably with cats and even smaller pets, although socialization is important with any dog and other types of pets. The Miniature Australian Shepherd is a great companion dog for other breeds of dogs, even those that tend to be somewhat dominant.

BEHAVIOR
Miniature Australian Shepherds enjoy traveling and going new places. They are somewhat wary of new people and will often skirt around the edges of gatherings until they feel comfortable with the people. Socialization will help minimize this behavior. Miniature Australian Shepherds have excellent guarding instincts and a strong sense of loyalty to their families. They will definitely let you know if anything suspicious happens around the house.

PERSONALITY
The Miniature Australian Shepherd loves to be with the family, and is not recommended for families where it will be left alone for long periods of time. They are very well behaved dogs in the house and will quickly find a quiet out of the way spot to watch the family. They also love to play and be the center of attention when everyone is busy in the house. Training the Miniature Australian Shepherd is very easy and they can learn to do amazingly complex tricks with ease. They also love to be the center of attention and are naturally very playful and almost puppy-like in their behavior right up until they are very senior dogs. They are very affectionate with family members and seem to need to be physically close to the family without being demanding of attention.

CHILDREN
The Miniature Australian Shepherd is a wonderful dog with children of all ages. They are very active dogs requiring lots of daily exercise and they will run and play with children as long as the kids are busy. While a smaller dog they are not delicate and can handle romping and average types of play with kids of all ages. Since they are very compliant dogs and love to please the family they will listen to children and respond to commands from even the youngest kids.

TEMPERAMENT
The Miniature Australian Shepherd is a good watchdog and will bark whenever someone unknown approaches. They are not yappy like some of the miniature breeds and can easily and quickly be taught not to bark or to stop barking on command. One of the difference in the Miniature Australian Shepherd and other herding or working dogs is that it is quiet when herding and does not yap or bark at the animals.