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History of the Miniature Australian Shepherd

        During the 1960s, a Californian Australian Shepherd enthusiast acquired several small working Aussies from the rodeo circuit. Intrigued by their compact size, she worked with a veterinarian to develop a breeding program in order to preserve the trait, which quickly resulted in litters producing both dogs only 13 to 14 inches tall as well as larger Australian Shepherds. The smaller dogs eventually became known as "miniature" Australian Shepherds. The mini Aussie soon attracted the attention of experienced Australian Shepherd breeders and eager newcomers. Lines were researched and educated breeding to full-size Aussies was and is strongly encouraged to diversify the gene pool and improve conformation and type of the mini Aussies. Herding instinct, intelligence and drive were preserved and many mini Aussies continue to work a variety of livestock today. Characteristics The mini Aussie is exactly as its name implies: a small Australian Shepherd with the Aussie’s attentive, energetic temperament, high intelligence and reserve, but never shyness, towards strangers. But while the height of the Aussie varies from 18 to 23 inches, the height of the mini Aussie ranges from 14 to 18 inches with a corresponding weight of approximately 20 to 40 pounds. The Miniature Australian Shepherd’s eager attitude means that working with the mini Aussie is a joy, but their intelligence means that obedience training is highly recommended. The ownership of any dog, especially one of an intelligent breed, should not be taken lightly. Because the Aussie was developed both to herd and guard the flock, the mini Aussies are entirely devoted to their family and make excellent watch dogs and companions. As with all breeds, early socialization is of the utmost importance. The first registry to accept the Miniature Australian Shepherd was the National Stock Dog Registry (NSDR): the same to first recognize the Australian Shepherd.

Frequently I am asked the difference between the three sizes of Australian Shepherds. . .well, the truth is that "size" is the only difference.

Historical pictures from the 50's 60's and even the 70's show that Australian Shepherds under 18 inches at the shoulders were a naturally occuring size vareity within the breed. The Australian Shepherd Breed Standard was written to "prefer" dogs that were over 18 inches but with no height disqualification.
In the 60's a select few breeders decided they actually "prefered" their dogs under 18 inch.
These breeders decided that they would purposfully select the smallest Aussies they could find that were of true Aussie quality and they began breeding for the Miniature Size Variety of the Australian Shepherd.

No other breeds were mixed in to get smaller dogs. Reputable breeders selectively choose the smallest Aussies for our breeding programs over several years, the result is smaller size dogs.

The preferred height for each size variety is as follows....

•Toy Australian Shepherds are up to but not including 14 inches at the withers.
•Miniature Australian Shepherds are between 14 and 18 inches at the withers.
•Standard Australian Shepherds are 18 inches and larger at the withers.

 

Gunsmoke
Toy Australian Shepherd Male
11/15/2005
Blue Merle

Doc Ringo
Toy Australian Shepherd Male
02/11/2006
Red Tri

Kit Carson
Miniature Australian Shepherd Male
03/16/2006
Red Merle

Belle Starr
Toy Australian Shepherd
Female
Red Merle
03/13/2006

 

Calamity Jane
Toy Australian Shepherd
Female
Red tri
11/11/2005

Cattle Kate
Toy Australian Shepherd
Female
Black tri
11/25/2005

Freckles
Miniature Australian Shepherd
Black Bi Male
03/26/2004

Abbi-Gale
Miniature Australian Shepherd
Red Tri Female
11/03/2003

Jasmine
Toy Australian Shepherd
Red Merle Female
07/12/2005

Rusty
Miniature Australian Shepherd
Red Tri Male
06/07/2004

Bear
Miniature Australian Shepherd
Sable tri Male
06/29/2005

Pixie
Miniature Australian Shepherd
Red Tri Female
07/12/2005

Kandi
Miniature Australian Shepherd
Blue Merle Female
10/15/2005

Cheyenne Maiden

Blue merle Miniature Australian Shepherd

 

Cole with our red merle Standard Australian Shepherd named Pepper

 

Dusty Marie and Annie Oakley, black tri Standard Australian Shepherd females

Ranger, blue merle Standard Australian Shepherd male

 

Pepper, a red merle Standard Australian Shepherd female and Cactus Jack, a black tri Standard Australian Shepherd male

NOLAND'S LITTLE BIT SLY, A BLACK TRI TOY AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD MALE

NOLAND'S LITTLE BIT HALLIE, A BLACK AND WHITE FEMALE TOY AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD

Camryn and Belle Starr are best buddies.

Two New Additions at Reichel Farms
 

Meet Cinch, a handsome Blue Merle by Geis' Zip the Zipper and Geis Dusty Rusty that came to Reichel Farms from Sunflower Mini Aussies from Kansas. He is a little shy but is warming up to the routine and is getting along well with KC, Lucky Chance and Pixie

Belle Starr just loves napping in the cat tunnel.
but SHHHHHHHHHH! don't embarrass her!!!

Spoilng the puppies at Reichel Farms

 

Meet Reichel Farms Patches
our newest Standard Australian Shepherd
born to Dusty Marie and Ranger

Her unique coloring and one blue eye and one brown eye
made her a worthy addition to the crew

She is ACA registered and will be dual registered with APRI and CKC

 

Cactus Jack & Annie Oakley joined the crew at Reichel Farms in December and will be registered with CKC

 


Laramie & Kohle

Blue Merle Toy Australian Shpeherd w/Blue Eyes

Spoilng the puppies at Reichel Farms

 
Calamity Jane, a red tri female, and Gunsmoke alias Smokey, a blue merle male have joined the Reichel Farms household. They are Toy Australian Shepherds and should top out at about ten pounds when fully grown.
  

 


Cattle Kate


Cole and Bear took first place in a pet costume contest in the Most Creative division. Bear was dressed as a hunter in camouflage with his catch of the day, a mallard duck
   

More information on this breed . . .

The Toy Australian Shepherd has all the same qualities of the Australian or Miniature Australian Shepherds, but in a smaller package yet being less than 13 inches tall and weighing in at 15 pounds or less.

Description: The North American Miniature Australian Shepherd is compact, well balanced, athletic, and alert. The breed is sensitive, easily trained, guardians, confident, and devoted to their families. The North American Miniature Australian Shepherd makes a fine companion and will also enjoy working small stock. They are used in search and rescue and as therapy dogs.

Other Names: North American Australian Shepherd, Toy Australian Shepherd

Height: 13 to 18 in.

Weight: 15 to 40 lb.

Color: Blue merle, black, red merle and all red with or without white markings and/or tan points.

Coat: Double coat is medium length and straight to slightly wavy.

Temperament: Highly trainable, versatile family dog and companion.

With Children: Yes, gentle with children.

With Pets: Yes, good with other pets.

Watch-dog: High

Guard-dog: Medium

Care and Exercise: Regular brushing once or twice a week will help to minimize shedding of the North American Miniature Australian Shepherd coat and keep the skin and coat healthy. As with any herding dog exercise is essentially to maintain a healthy, well-balanced dog.

Training: A intelligent breed they enjoy obedience training. Early socialization is a must.

Learning Rate: High

Activity: High

Living Environment: A home with a fenced yard is essential. They would do better in a rural environment as they were bred to herd and guard the flock.

Health Issues: Eye disorders, hip dysplasia, allergies.

Life Span: 12 - 13 years

Country of Origin: United States

History of the Miniature Australian Shepherd: The Australian Shepherd arrived in the United States by the late 19th century where the dog's qualities became recognized by local ranchers, who used the dogs to work cattle, sheep and other livestock. The North American Miniature Australian Shepherd was developed in 1968, when two small Australian Shepherd were bred. They were a scaled down version of the Australian Shepherd. The goal was to develop a herder and guardian that had the qualities of the original Australian Shepherd but was smaller in size.

Class: Herding

Registries: NSDR, MASCA, NASCUSA

 

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