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Miniature Australian Shepherds

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Miniature Australian Shepherd Suffers from Popularity Problems

When most people think of popularity problems with a breed of dog, the automatic answer is to think of the Walt Disney animated movie, “101 Dalmatians.” The 1961 classic featured a large brood of Dalmatians, which grew to one hundred one by the end of the film when a dog-napping cottage industry was discovered and destroyed. But the bad news didn’t end with Cruella de Vil: After the movie came out, thousands of children across the country begged their parents for a Dalmatian puppy. And, inevitably, thousands of Dalmatians were abandoned, abused, or destroyed because families were quick to satisfy their children’s wants instead of preparing for a long-term commitment. [...]

Herding with the Miniature Australian Shepherd

As the breed’s name implies, the Miniature Australian Shepherd was born and bred to be a herder. Its natural instinct to herd can be traced, much like every other facet of the Miniature Australian Shepherd, to the Australian Shepherd, to which it shares a history until 1968, when the miniature breed was first created. [...]

Temperament of the Miniature Australian Shepherd

Fun-loving and easy-going, the Miniature Australian Shepherd is almost like having a perpetual puppy. One of its greatest characteristics, it’s seemingly non-stop energy, can be either a bonus or detriment to your family, depending on the activity level of your family. [...]

Miniature Australian Shepherd vs. the Standard Breed

To the casual or novice dog enthusiast, designations of different breeds of dogs can be quite confusing, especially when it comes to size varieties. Although the American Kennel Club recognizes only three breeds with the word “Miniature” in their official name, this doesn’t mean that it recognizes only three miniature breeds. [...]

About the North American Miniature Australian Shepherd Club of the USA

The first attempts of creating a parent organization for the Miniature Australian Shepherd came from the first people to specifically breed the size variation of the standard dog. Although Doris Cordova, Bill and Sandy Kennedy, and Chas Lasater, all of California, were unsuccessful in creating a club, they did succeed in forming a mission, which was picked up by later organizations. They wanted to produce an Australian Shepherd that was less than 17 inches that head the heart, intelligence, and drive to work stock, but be small enough to travel easily to shows and be a house dog. [...]

Miniature Australian Shepherds as Therapy Dogs

From before recorded history, dogs have been a constant companion to people. Dogs have worked besides people, but also have been welcomed into their homes as a member of the family. It’s not surprising, then, that dogs have also been called upon to assist people with physical disabilities and getting through tough times in their lives. [...]

Miniature Australian Shepherds Take to Flyball

Over the past 30 years, the have been many agility-based sports invented and organized throughout the United States and the world. One of those sports, Flyball, is an exciting, fast-paced event that draws thousands of competitors and fans every year. All dogs are welcome to participate in sanctioned Flyball events, and the Miniature Australian Shepherd excels in this event. [...]

Do Miniature Australian Shepherd Have the Same Barking Problems as Other Small D

Along with whimpering and a few other sounds, barking is a dog’s only means of verbal communication. Even dogs that supposedly do not bark create sounds. But some dogs bark more than others. And it’s commonly accepted that smaller dogs bark more – and sometimes more vigorously – than larger dogs. But the Miniature Australian Shepherd does not fit into that same mold. [...]

Miniature Australian Shepherd: Did You Know?

The Miniature Australian Shepherd in some ways has a short history, but in other ways, its history goes back a couple of hundred years. But for sure, the Miniature Australian Shepherd has an interesting history that is still being written. [...]

Are Miniature Australian Shepherds Good for Agility Training?

Bred to be a working dog, the Miniature Australian Shepherd is an athletic, agile dog that loves to be active. To that end, the Miniature Australian Shepherd excels in the sport of Dog Agility. Possibly the most recognizable sport for dogs, Dog Agility competitions are often shown on cable television. [...]

Are Miniature Australian Shepherds Good for Agility Training?

Bred to be a working dog, the Miniature Australian Shepherd is an athletic, agile dog that loves to be active. To that end, the Miniature Australian Shepherd excels in the sport of Dog Agility. Possibly the most recognizable sport for dogs, Dog Agility competitions are often shown on cable television. [...]

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