WHAT IS A MINIATURE AMERICAN SHEPHERD?
The Miniature American Shepherd descends directly from the Australian Shepherd. Despite their name, the Australian Shepherd (also called Aussies), originated from ranches in the USA around the 1800s, with the Miniature American Shepherd bred from smaller Aussies starting in the 1960s. Like Australian Shepherds, these dogs are known for their trainability, intelligence and energy. Miniature American Shepherds are outstanding agility dogs, striving for the approval of their owner. This highly versatile, energetic dog makes an excellent athlete with superior intelligence and a willingness to please those to whom he is devoted, while also maintaining an 'off' switch. He is both a loyal companion and a biddable worker, which is evident in his watchful expression. This Miniature American Shepherd has a double coat which can be either solid, patterned or merle. They traditionally have a docked or natural bobtail, however many do have and keep long tails. Miniature American Shepherds are highly versatile dogs excelling in many different family environments, whether as a working dog or a happy family companion.
FACTS ABOUT THE MAS
The Miniature American Shepherd is often referred to as the MAS.
They were originally called Miniature Australian Shepherds, however, when AKC accepted them into their registry in 2015, their name officially changed to Miniature American Shepherd.
MAS come in a variety of coat and eye colors, they can even have multicolored eyes!
Some MAS are born with a naturally short bob tail.
They are currently the 34th most popular breed with AKC.
MAS are in the herding group.
MAS became especially popular with equestrians traveling to horse shows, as their intelligence, loyalty, and size made them an excellent travel companion!
They were AKC's 186th breed!
Currently, MAS are recognized with the Canadian Kennel Club as a 'listed' breed, which means they can still be shown, however, Canadian breeders and owners are working to get full CKC recognition for the MAS.
What is a breed standard?
The purpose of a breed standard is to provide a written blueprint of what a breed should be, it’s also to keep breeders (and judges) on the same page about what a breed should be. Every purebred dog has their own unique breed standard that describes what the ideal dog in that breed should look like, as well as their ideal temperament and movement.
Please Click Here to view the American Kennel Clubs breed standard for the Miniature American Shepherd
Please Click Here to view the Canadian Kennel Clubs breed standard for the Miniature American Shepherd
Please Click Here to watch a video and 'meet' the MAS!