Teacup Australian Shepherd Information & Dog Breed Facts

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Origin United States flag United States
Other Names
What other names does the Teacup Australian Shepherd have?
Toy Blue Dog Toy Aussie
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Teacup Australian Shepherd Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Teacup Australian Shepherd puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$700-$800
If you choose to purchase the Teacup Australian Shepherd, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Teacup Australian Shepherd for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Teacup Australian Shepherd gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Teacup Australian Shepherd?
Rare: You may rarely see each other in everyday life, but you might catch a glimpse of each other at dog shows.

There are very few of them, and there have been times when they have almost drifted to the brink of extinction, so few are left.

Teacup Australian Shepherd Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Small
Weight
How much does the Teacup Australian Shepherd weigh? Teacup Australian Shepherd weight:
Male: 8-18 pounds (4-8 kg), Female: 7-17 pounds (3.5-7.5 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Teacup Australian Shepherd? Teacup Australian Shepherd average weight:
Male: 13 pounds (6 kg), Female: 12 pounds (5.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Teacup Australian Shepherd? Teacup Australian Shepherd height:
Male: 10-13 inches (25-33 cm), Female: 10-13 inches (25-33 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Teacup Australian Shepherd average height:
Male: 11.5 inches (29 cm), Female: 11.5 inches (29 cm)

Teacup Australian Shepherd Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Teacup Australian Shepherd have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Feathered
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Teacup Australian Shepherd's coat?
Red Blue Merle Black
Grooming
How to groom the Teacup Australian Shepherd and how often?
Average: The Teacup Australian Shepherd requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Teacup Australian Shepherd, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Teacup Australian Shepherd dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Toy Blue Dog?
Teacup Australian Shepherds shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Teacup Australian Shepherd need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Teacup Australian Shepherd every day?
6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible. For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

Teacup Australian Shepherd Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Teacup Australian Shepherd have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Active Friendly Intelligent Loving Affectionate Good-natured Protective
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Teacup Australian Shepherd? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Teacup Australian Shepherd's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Teacup Australian Shepherd dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Teacup Australian Shepherds are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Teacup Australian Shepherd is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Teacup Australian Shepherd sensitivity:
Sensitive: Teacup Australian Shepherds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits. This breed's emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Average to High: Teacup Australian Shepherds are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Toy Blue Dog need? Teacup Australian Shepherd social needs:
Teacup Australian Shepherds are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Teacup Australian Shepherd dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Toy Blue Dog bark?
Low to Average: The Teacup Australian Shepherd rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Teacup Australian Shepherd good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Teacup Australian Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Teacup Australian Shepherd dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Teacup Australian Shepherd dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Teacup Australian Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Teacup Australian Shepherd can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Teacup Australian Shepherd will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Teacup Australian Shepherd bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Toy Blue Dog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Teacup Australian Shepherd? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Teacup Australian Shepherd has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Teacup Australian Shepherd has a hard bite?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Teacup Australian Shepherd bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI. However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are. They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Teacup Australian Shepherd do?
Teacup Australian Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Teacup Australian Shepherds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Teacup Australian Shepherd to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Teacup Australian Shepherd roam?
Teacup Australian Shepherds are not the biggest explorers. They have low wanderlust potential. Low chance of escaping from home with this breed.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Teacup Australian Shepherd have high prey drive?
Teacup Australian Shepherds have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Teacup Australian Shepherds are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Teacup Australian Shepherd good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Teacup Australian Shepherd indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Teacup Australian Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Teacup Australian Shepherds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Teacup Australian Shepherd Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Teacup Australian Shepherd temperament with other people:
Teacup Australian Shepherds are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Teacup Australian Shepherd dogs get along with other pets? Are Teacup Australian Shepherd dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Teacup Australian Shepherds are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Teacup Australian Shepherd dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Teacup Australian Shepherd temperament with children:
Teacup Australian Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Teacup Australian Shepherd dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Teacup Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Teacup Australian Shepherd good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Teacup Australian Shepherd dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Teacup Australian Shepherds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Teacup Australian Shepherd breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Teacup Australian Shepherds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Teacup Australian Shepherds good office dogs? Do Teacup Australian Shepherds make good office friendly dogs? Can Teacup Australian Shepherds be office dogs?
No
Teacup Australian Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Teacup Australian Shepherd dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Toy Blue Dog temperament with senior people? Are Teacup Australian Shepherd dogs good for elderly owners?
Teacup Australian Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Teacup Australian Shepherd Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Teacup Australian Shepherd dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Teacup Australian Shepherd is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Teacup Australian Shepherd breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Teacup Australian Shepherd see the vet?
Average
The Teacup Australian Shepherd should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Teacup Australian Shepherd dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Teacup Australian Shepherd be? What is the age limit of the Teacup Australian Shepherd? How many years can the oldest Teacup Australian Shepherd live?
13-15 years
The average lifespan of Teacup Australian Shepherd: 14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Teacup Australian Shepherd breed hypoallergenic?
No
Teacup Australian Shepherds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Teacup Australian Shepherd have? What is the activity level of the Teacup Australian Shepherd?
Teacup Australian Shepherds are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Teacup Australian Shepherd dogs require per day?
Teacup Australian Shepherds need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Teacup Australian Shepherds don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Teacup Australian Shepherd need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Teacup Australian Shepherd risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Teacup Australian Shepherd's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Teacup Australian Shepherd's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Teacup Australian Shepherd can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Teacup Australian Shepherd has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Teacup Australian Shepherd drool?
The Teacup Australian Shepherd is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Teacup Australian Shepherd could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Teacup Australian Shepherd. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Teacup Australian Shepherd As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Teacup Australian Shepherd be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Teacup Australian Shepherd is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Teacup Australian Shepherd be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Teacup Australian Shepherd be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Teacup Australian Shepherd is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Teacup Australian Shepherd be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Teacup Australian Shepherd is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Teacup Australian Shepherd be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Teacup Australian Shepherd is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Teacup Australian Shepherd be a boat dog?

Not really

Teacup Australian Shepherd breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Teacup Australian Shepherd be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Teacup Australian Shepherd is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Teacup Australian Shepherd dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Teacup Australian Shepherd Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Teacup Australian Shepherd: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Teacup Australian Shepherd have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

Teacup Australian Shepherd Recognition

AKC Group
Is Teacup Australian Shepherd recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Teacup Australian Shepherd recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.

Teacup Australian Shepherd Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Teacup Australian Shepherd's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Teacup Australian Shepherds are very easy to train.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Teacup Australian Shepherd is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Teacup Australian Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Teacup Australian Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
  • Adaptability: Teacup Australian Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Teacup Australian Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Teacup Australian Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Teacup Australian Shepherds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Teacup Australian Shepherds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Teacup Australian Shepherd's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Mouthiness: Teacup Australian Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Teacup Australian Shepherds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Teacup Australian Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Teacup Australian Shepherd History

In spite of their descriptive name, the Australian Shepherd is not originated from Australia, it is an American-bred breed. The Australian Shepherd was initially developed in order to be a working dog, helping farmers and ranchers to herd livestock in the Western parts of the United States. The breed was so successful and talented in its job as a herder, that even nowadays, several ranches and farms use Aussies to help out around the flock. There are multiple theories around the Australian Shepherd’s exact ancestry, due to the lack of documentation. It is presumable that the breed’s ancestors included Shepherd-type dogs and several different Collies, which were imported to the United States on ships alongside sheep from Australia in the 1840s. Breeders always had the intention of enhancing and developing the breed’s herding abilities. Ultimately, they succeeded and created the perfect versatile, intelligent, and hard-working herder. The Australian Shepherd’s numbers started to increase significantly in the post-World War II days, thanks to the renewed interest in Western-style horseback riding. The fanciers of rodeos, or horse shows, and the viewers of the famous Western Hollywood productions, quickly became a fan of the signature athletic dogs that they saw working along with the cowboys. The AKC (American Kennel Club) recognized the breed relatively late, in 1993.

Regarding the Teacup Australian Shepherd, the breed is a fairly new one on the horizon. It was developed in 1968 by Doris Cordova of Norco, California. This breeding program aimed at the creation of a smaller version of the Australian Shepherd, while preserving the breed’s greatest qualities. They did this, by crossing smaller specimens of the Australian Shepherds. Eventually, the program succeeded, and Cordova with other breeders managed to develop and maintain the Teacup version’s size while preserving the important qualities of the parent breed. Today the breeders continue to strive to produce a mirror image of the Australian Shepherd in a small size that fits into the city lifestyle, without sacrificing any ability, instinct, or character.

Despite the short history of the Teacup Australian Shepherd, there have been many controversies around them. The NSDR (National Stock Dog Registry) considered both the Teacup and the Miniature version of the Australian Shepherd a size variant of the parent breed. Meanwhile, the Australian Shepherd Club of America considered these versions a fully separable, distinct breed. For many decades, the clubs, and organizations did not agree on the categorization of the Teacup Australian Shepherd. Both the UKC (United Kennel Club) and the AKC grouped them with the parent Australian Shepherd breed. Eventually, in 2011 the AKC admitted the Teacup Australian Shepherd to the Foundation Stock Service. Owing to their original place of birth, under the name Miniature American Shepherd. Later, in 2015 the club granted full recognition for the breed.

Nowadays, as hybrid breeds and miniature versions of purebred are getting more and more popular, the Teacup Australian Shepherd is also loved by many people. Although their original herding purpose is not used as it was earlier, they serve as a fun and loyal family companion, and as an intelligent, very talented agility dog. 

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  • Amy

    Jun 21, 2021, 9:00:41 PM:

    Best breed ever