Where are they from?
The Miniature Australian Shepherd (commonly known as the Mini Aussie) never originated in Australia. Some Basque farmers may have brought along ancestors of these dogs they left for Australia, then to the United States at the time of the 1849 California gold rush. But, Australian Shepherds today developed in the Southwestern United States. This dog was bred to handle the temperatures and demands of the American frontier. Breeders focused on abilities: agility, speed and endurance.
How big are they?
The Mini Aussie generally has a shoulder height of (14-18 in) and weighs between 25 and 50 pounds. The Mini Aussies we have for sale all have many different ear sets, triangular ears, rose-bud style and standard fold. , scissors bite, and brown, blue, or amber eyes. Some eyes may be different one from the other. Your dog will have a flat back, docked bobtail, and adorable oval feet. The Mini Aussie is a little longer than tall.
Mini Aussies are a variety of black, red, red merle (dark patches on a light-colored background), or blue merle. They sport white markings.
Our Mini Aussies come from good stock and are intelligent and eager to learn. They are relaxed, loyal and bond closely with family. They are always youthful and will miss you when you leave. They are great for children and other pets, especially if properly introduced as a puppy. They may be shy around strangers, and are somewhat territorial.
Affectionate and kindhearted but easily bored…
They need a family and people around to be happy. You must be able to provide these things to get a Mini Aussie puppy from us. Although they are good watch dogs, they are not a good dog to leave alone for long periods of time.
What else do I need to know?
Mini Aussies live between 12 and 13 years on average. They learn easily and have won a number of national agility competitions in recent years. You will have a lot of fun training your puppy to catch, jump, and even to learn herding if you have the livestock. (As you may know, they herd people too, so be prepared!)