Miniature Australian Shepherd Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Miniature Australian Shepherd so you can get to know the breed more.

Group Pastoral / Herding Dogs
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OriginUnited States flagUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the Miniature Australian Shepherd have?
Mini AussieMini Aussie ShepherdMini Australian ShepherdMiniature Aussie ShepherdNorth American ShepherdNorth American Miniature Australian Shepherd
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Miniature Australian Shepherd Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Miniature Australian Shepherd puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Miniature Australian Shepherd in the United States? How much money is a Miniature Australian Shepherd?

Where to buy a Miniature Australian Shepherd with a good pedigree?

$1000-$2000
If you choose to purchase the Miniature 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 Miniature Australian Shepherd for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Miniature Australian Shepherd gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Miniature Australian Shepherd? How many Miniature Australian Shepherd are there in the world?
Average: The Miniature Australian Shepherd is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Miniature Australian Shepherd Size

Size
Is a Miniature Australian Shepherd small, medium or large dog?

How big do Miniature Australian Shepherd get?

What is the average size of a Miniature Australian Shepherd?

Medium
Weight
How much does the Miniature Australian Shepherd weigh? How much should a Miniature Australian Shepherd weight? What is the normal weight of a Miniature Australian Shepherd? How much does a full-grown Miniature Australian Shepherd weight?
20–40 pounds (9-18 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Miniature Australian Shepherd?
30 pounds (13.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Miniature Australian Shepherd? Miniature Australian Shepherd height:
13–18 inches (33-46 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Miniature Australian Shepherd?
15.5 inches (39.5 cm)

Miniature Australian Shepherd Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Miniature 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 Miniature Australian Shepherd's coat?
Blue MerleRed MerleRedWhite & Black & Tan
Grooming
How to groom the Miniature Australian Shepherd and how often? How often should I take my Miniature Australian Shepherd to the groomer?
Average: The Miniature 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 Miniature 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 Miniature Australian Shepherd dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Mini Aussie? Do Miniature Australian Shepherd dogs shed a lot?
Miniature 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 Miniature Australian Shepherd need a bath? How often should you give a Miniature Australian Shepherd a bath? Can I bathe my Miniature 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.

Miniature Australian Shepherd Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Miniature Australian Shepherd have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
ActiveFriendlyIntelligentLovingAffectionateGood-naturedProtective
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Miniature Australian Shepherd? Is the Miniature Australian Shepherd breed dumb or smart?
Smart: Miniature Australian Shepherd's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.

The Miniature Australian Shepherd is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.

Trainability
Are Miniature Australian Shepherd dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Miniature Australian Shepherd?
Miniature Australian Shepherds are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Miniature Australian Shepherd is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Miniature Australian Shepherd sensitivity:
Sensitive: Miniature 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? Is a Miniature Australian Shepherd a good family dog?
Average to High: Miniature 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 Mini Aussie need? Miniature Australian Shepherd social needs:
Miniature Australian Shepherds are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Miniature Australian Shepherd dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Mini Aussie bark?
Low to Average: The Miniature 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 Miniature Australian Shepherd good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Miniature 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 Miniature Australian Shepherd dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Miniature Australian Shepherd dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Miniature Australian Shepherds are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Miniature Australian Shepherd can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Miniature Australian Shepherd will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Miniature Australian Shepherd bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Mini Aussie? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Miniature Australian Shepherd? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Miniature 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 Miniature Australian Shepherd has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Miniature Australian Shepherd? How much bite force does a Miniature Australian Shepherd have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Miniature Australian Shepherd bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Miniature Australian Shepherd, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Miniature Australian Shepherd do?
Miniature 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 Miniature Australian Shepherds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Miniature Australian Shepherd to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Miniature Australian Shepherd roam?
Miniature 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 Miniature Australian Shepherd have high prey drive?
Miniature 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 Miniature Australian Shepherds are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Miniature Australian Shepherd good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Miniature Australian Shepherd in an apartment?
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 Miniature Australian Shepherd indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Miniature 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
How long can a Miniature Australian Shepherd be left alone? How long can you leave a Miniature Australian Shepherd alone?
Miniature 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.

Miniature Australian Shepherd Good With

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

Miniature Australian Shepherd Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Miniature Australian Shepherd dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Miniature Australian Shepherd is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Miniature Australian Shepherd breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Miniature Australian Shepherd breed? Most common health risks of Miniature Australian Shepherd:
Drug SensitivityGlaucomaIris ColobomaJuvenile CataractsProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)Retinal Dysplasia
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Miniature Australian Shepherd breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Miniature Australian Shepherd see the vet?
Average
The Miniature 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 Miniature Australian Shepherd dogs live? How old can a Miniature Australian Shepherd be? What is the age limit of the Miniature Australian Shepherd? How many years can the oldest Miniature Australian Shepherd live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Miniature Australian Shepherd?

How long is the lifespan of a Miniature Australian Shepherd?

9-13 years
The average lifespan of Miniature Australian Shepherd: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Miniature Australian Shepherd breed hypoallergenic?
No
Miniature 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 Miniature Australian Shepherd have? What is the activity level of the Miniature Australian Shepherd?
Miniature Australian Shepherds are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Miniature Australian Shepherd need? How much exercise do Miniature Australian Shepherd dogs require per day?

Do Miniature Australian Shepherd dogs need a lot of exercises?

Miniature 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 the Miniature Australian Shepherd breed need?
Miniature 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 a Miniature Australian Shepherd need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Miniature Australian Shepherd breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Miniature Australian Shepherd? How much food should I feed my Miniature Australian Shepherd?
1 to 2 cups 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? Miniature Australian Shepherd risk for obesity:
Average: The Miniature Australian Shepherd has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks 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 Miniature 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 Miniature 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 Miniature 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 Miniature Australian Shepherd drool?
The Miniature Australian Shepherd is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Miniature Australian Shepherd As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Miniature 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).

Miniature Australian Shepherd is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Miniature Australian Shepherd be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Miniature Australian Shepherd be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is 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 people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Miniature Australian Shepherd is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Miniature 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.

Miniature Australian Shepherd is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Miniature 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 Miniature Australian Shepherd is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Miniature Australian Shepherd be a boat dog?

Not really

Miniature 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 Miniature 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.

Miniature Australian Shepherd is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Miniature Australian Shepherd dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

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

Miniature Australian Shepherd Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Miniature Australian Shepherd pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Miniature Australian Shepherd breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Miniature 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 Miniature Australian Shepherd have in a litter? How many puppies can the Miniature Australian Shepherd breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Miniature Australian Shepherd have? How many puppies can a Miniature Australian Shepherd give birth to?
2-6 puppies

Miniature Australian Shepherd Recognition

AKC Group
Is Miniature Australian Shepherd recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Miniature Australian Shepherd recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Miniature Australian Shepherd breed?
America's Pet RegistryAmerican Canine Association, Inc.

Miniature Australian Shepherd Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Miniature Australian Shepherd's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Miniature Australian Shepherds are very easy to train.
  • Watchdog Ability: Miniature Australian Shepherds are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Miniature Australian Shepherds are not the biggest explorers.
  • Adaptability: Miniature Australian Shepherds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Miniature Australian Shepherds are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Miniature Australian Shepherds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Miniature Australian Shepherds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Miniature Australian Shepherds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Mouthiness: Miniature Australian Shepherds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Miniature 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: Miniature Australian Shepherd is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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Miniature Australian Shepherd Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Aether

    Jun 19, 2020, 9:39:44 AM:

    Mini Aussies are super SUPER sweet, protective, and loyal dogs! Be prepared for their energy, but other than that, they're amazing dogs who need a person! ((PS: my mini aussie Kody, is asleep next to me.))