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The Miniature American Shepherd, a dog with an expressive character

It is less known than its ancestor, the Australian Shepherd. And yet, the Miniature American Shepherd has what it takes to seduce dog lovers. Of small size, it develops an expressive character and a lot of good mood. It also has the advantage of being able to evolve in small spaces. But be careful not to lock him up all day long. The Miniature American Shepherd needs to take the air very often to be happy and in shape.

Characteristics of the Miniature American Shepherd

The Miniature American Shepherd Dog is a breed that is still not very common, belonging to the category of sheepdogs and cattle dogs. It is recognizable by its size making between 35 and 45 cm to the withers for a weight from 8 to 18 kg according to its sex and its age. The animal has a head relatively proportional to the rest of the body and shows a domed skull that can also be flat. Almond-shaped, the eyes express mischief, vivacity and softness. They are revealed in brown, amber or blue colors. Sometimes the dog also has speckled or minnow eyes. As for his ears, they are set high, triangular and slightly drooping. Like the Australian Shepherd from which it originated, the American Miniature Shepherd has a medium length coat, wavy or straight. The coat can be red, red-merle, black or blue-merle.

History of the Miniature American Shepherd Dog

To know the history of the Miniature American Shepherd, it is enough to refer to the history of the Australian Shepherd from which it results. The latter is developed in the United States and would descend from sheepdogs from Australia. The American Miniature Shepherd was born from a selection made with several small Australian shepherds. It had to be named as such to be able to compete in competitions, as these events forbid competition to breeds with similar names. It took a long time to establish the characteristics of this breed. The recognition by the American Kennel Club (AKC) was only recently achieved. On the other hand, no recognition from the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) has been formalized so far.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Miniature American Shepherd

The Miniature American Shepherd has many qualities. It is an intelligent, attentive and alert animal. It is also very good at herding and guarding due to its shepherding instinct. This dog is known to be active. He will not like to evolve with sedentary masters, because he needs to be constantly exercised. As it is a rather obedient animal, the Miniature American Shepherd remains easy to train. It is also very calm and this can help to conduct work sessions easily.

Diet and major health problems of the Miniature American Shepherd

The Miniature American Shepherd can be affected by certain pathologies typical to the canine species such as elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia or eye diseases. The best thing to do is to take out a health insurance policy for your dog, which will reimburse all veterinary expenses incurred by your dog. As for his diet, there is nothing special about it. Kibbles will do, but they must be of excellent quality.