Miniature American Shepherd Ratings:
|- Ease of Training: ||9/10|
|- Intelligence: ||9/10|
|- Shedding: ||8/10|
|- Watchdog: ||6/10|
|- Guard Dog: ||2/10|
|- Popularity: ||8/10|
|- Size: ||2/10|
|- Agility: ||9/10|
|- Good with Kids: ||10/10|
Miniature American Shepherd Attributes:
|Life Expectancy: 12-14 years|
|Litter Size: 2-6 puppies|
|Group: Miscellaneous Class|
|Recognized By: AKC|
|Color: The coloring offers variety and individuality. With no order of preference, the recognized colors are black, blue merle, red (liver) and red merle. The merle will exhibit in any amount, marbling, flecks or blotches. Undercoats may be somewhat lighter in color than the topcoat. Asymmetrical markings are not to be faulted. Tan Markings: Tan markings are not required but when present are acceptable in any or all of the following areas; around the eyes, on the feet, legs, chest, muzzle, underside of neck, face, underside of ear, underline of body, under the base of the tail and the breeches. Tan markings vary in shades from creamy beige to dark rust, with no preference. Blending with the base color or merle pattern may be present on the face, legs, feet, and breeches. White Markings: White markings are not required but when present do not dominate. Ticking may be present in white markings. White on the head does not predominate, and the eyes are fully surrounded by color and pigment. Red merles and reds have red (liver) pigmentation on the eye rims. Blue merles and blacks have black pigmentation on the eye rims. Ears fully covered by color are preferred. Severe Fault: White markings covering over 25% of an ear. White markings may be in any combination and are restricted to: the muzzle, cheeks, crown, blaze on head, the neck in a partial or full collar, chest, belly, front legs, hind legs up the hock and may extend in a thin outline of the stifle. A small amount of white extending from the underline may be visible from the side, not to exceed one inch above the elbow. The hairline of a white collar does not exceed the withers at the skin. If a natural undocked tail is present, the tip of the tail may have white. Disqualifications: Other than recognized colors. White body splashes, which means any conspicuous, isolated spot or patch of white on the area between withers and tail, on back, or sides between elbows and back of hindquarters.|
|Hair Length: Medium|
|Size: Toy/Small, Medium|
|Shedding: Moderate Shed|
| Male Height: 14-18 inches|
Male Weight: 20-40 pounds (9-18 kg)
Female Height: 13-17 inches
Female Weight: 20-40 pounds (9-18 kg)
|Living Area: |
indoor with a large yard for exercise and daily structured activities.
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Complete information about Miniature American Shepherd Breed: Overview :
This small, athletic breed has moderate bone and slightly rectangular proportions. The neck arches slightly into the shoulders, which blends into a sturdy, level back. The full chest reaches to the elbows. Forelegs are straight and strong, and front and rear angulation is balanced. Feet are compact and oval. The tail is typically a natural bobtail or docked to 3 inches or less. The proportionate head has a moderate stop and gently tapering muzzle. The nose is black (in blacks and blue merles) or liver (in reds and red merles). Eyes can be brown, blue, hazel, amber, or any combination thereof. Ears are triangular and high set. The breed has a watchful and intelligent expression.
The Miniature American Shepherd is a small size herding dog that originated in the United States. He is slightly longer than tall with bone that is moderate and in proportion to body size and height without extremes. Movement is smooth, easy, and balanced. Exceptional agility combined with strength and stamina allows for working over a variety of terrain. This highly versatile, energetic dog makes an excellent athlete with superior intelligence and a willingness to please those to whom he is devoted. He is both a loyal companion and a biddable worker, which is evident in his watchful expression. He traditionally has a docked or natural bobtail.
Miniature American Shepherd History :
It was bred first in the United States and was bred as a herding and working dog. The Miniature American Shepherd (at that time still the Miniature Australian Shepherd) was first developed in the late 1960s and by the mid-1970s the breed had reached its current desired size. In many areas and kennel clubs the Miniature American Shepherd is still used as a working breed in competitions.
The predecessor to MASCUSA was the Miniature Australian Shepherd Club of the United States, which used the same acronym the current club uses. The original club was founded in 1990. Also, in 1990 the AKC officially recognized the Australian Shepherd as a breed. The breed standard adopted by the AKC states for size: “The preferred height for males is 20-23 inches, females 18-21 inches. Quality is not to be sacrificed in favor of size.” Interestingly, deviation in size is not a disqualification, and this has been a debated issue.
In 1993 the original MASCUSA club was asked by the AKC to change its name. Additionally, Miniature Australian Shepherds could no longer participate under their chosen name as it was too similar to that of an AKC affiliated breed, so the Miniature Australian Shepherd became the North American Shepherd.
Blue merle Miniature American Shepherd
In 1993, MASCUSA (the original organization) became the North American Shepherd Club of America. For the next 15 years there were numerous clubs that were formed, reorganized, and defunct trying to come to a consensus concerning the emerging breed. Enough members were eventually interested in obtaining separate recognition, thus prompting members of NAMASCUSA to approach the AKC. Working as a team with AKC and USASA, the name and breed of Miniature American Shepherd was born. The Miniature Australian Shepherd community is still divided over this compromise. In May 2011, this resulted in the MASCUSA club being chosen by AKC as the parent club of the newly named Miniature American Shepherd recognized breed. The Miniature American Shepherd Club of the USA is currently working toward full, AKC recognition and acceptance.
Miniature American Shepherd Temperament and Character :
Intelligent, willing to please, and devoted, the Miniature American Shepherd is a herding dog that can be an excellent family pet. Owners must devote time to socialization and training to direct the breeds strong working instincts and drive. They are naturally wary of strangers but should not be shy, and they are able to adjust their demeanor to given situations, whether work or play. The breed responds well to obedience training and has a natural sensitivity that makes it a good choice for therapy work and search and rescue.
The Miniature American Shepherd is intelligent, primarily a working dog of strong herding and guardian instincts. An exceptional companion, he is versatile and easily trained, performing his assigned tasks with great style and enthusiasm. Although reserved with strangers, he does not exhibit shyness. He is a resilient and persistent worker, who adjusts his demeanor and arousal appropriately to the task at hand. With his family he is protective, good natured, devoted and loyal.
Miniature American Shepherd Health Care :
There are few Health concerns with the Miniature American Shepherd other than conditions of the eyes and joints. As with most of the Collie breeds Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA) a general term for many types of eye disorders as well as PRA, Progressive Retinal Atrophy may be present. In cases where a merle colored male and female are crossed the puppies may carry a recessive gene for Deafness and blindness, so merles should never be crossed with other merles. Canine hip dysplasia is also found in the breed although breeders are working to eliminate this problem.
Miniature American Shepherd Grooming :
The Miniature American Shepherd has an easy to care for coat that is not as problematic as some of the double coated breeds. The thicker, slightly coarse and straight outer coat is simple to brush using a pin brush or stiff bristle brush. Always start by grooming the outer coat in the direction of growth which is slightly back and down. After this is completed, start at the shoulders and push the longer hair forward, exposing the dense, downy undercoat, brush this again the direction of growth, moving down the back and sides. Pay particular attention to the hair round the neck, the furnishings on the legs and the hair on the rump as these can be areas for matting and tangling. Typically the Miniature American Shepherd is an average shedder however they will shed their coats heavily in the spring and fall. During these times the inner coat will come out in chunks or clumps and can become very matted. Daily brushing will both help speed up the shedding as well as prevent these mats from forming. If mats do form in the hair that is being shed they may need to be cut out using blunt ended scissors. The Miniature American Shepherd should not be clipped or trimmed for show and typically should not require any type of clipping or trimming. Puppies have shorter coats that will not reach their full adult coat length until about a year of age. The Miniature American Shepherd has natural oils in the hair to keep the dog dry and warm even in cold or damp conditions so it is not advisable to bathe this breed unless absolutely necessary. Dry dog powder is often used between wet baths just to help remove dirt from the hair.
Miniature American Shepherd Training :
The Miniature American Shepherd is really a treat to train. They are one of the very easiest dogs to housetrain and are extremely neat and clean. Even as puppies they naturally stay beside their owners and quickly learn what pleases the family. The very best possible training for these dogs in positive rewards in the form of verbal praise and petting. They will work as hard as they can to keep people in the family happy and love to be given commands and tasks to do. They also love to think and solve problems are great at games of hide and seek with favorite toys. The breed has an amazing ability for word recognition and therefore can be easily taught a huge number of tricks and training exercises. They excel at agility, obedience and trial type competitions including herding. The breed does need socialization in their training to avoid being somewhat nervous of new people or places. A Miniature American Shepherd should never be treated harshly or spoken to in a rough tone of voice as they can become timid and cowed if treated poorly. The Miniature American Shepherd is very loyal to their family and will bond very quickly with all people in their house. They often do not do well if re-homed or left with people they don't know. If you do have to leave your Miniature American Shepherd with someone else, be sure to introduce the dog and the family first and allow the dog to get to know them to help with the transition.
Miniature American Shepherd Activity and Exercise :
This breed is ideal for an active family that loves to walk, hike, run and play. These small dogs need a large amount of both physical and mental exercise to stay alert and well behaved in all conditions. A Miniature American Shepherd is considered a high exercise breed but doesn't need to be busy all the time as long as the exercise if regular and long enough in duration and challenge. Just taking these dogs for a walk is not likely to give them the stimulation that they need to get a mental workout, but having them work through an obstacle course, taking them on new routes where the are seeing and smelling new things as well as having them work through some training exercises will usually provide the right balance of physical and mental work. The Miniature American Shepherd is an ideal dog for obedience, agility and herding trials. Many people trail they Miniature American Shepherds in one of these events and take them to various events in their local communities or even in larger more national competitions and events. These wonderfully behaved and very social dogs make ideal event dogs as they rarely fight or show any signs of dog aggression.
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