About the Australian Shepherd Breed


During the 1960’s the Miniature American Shepherd were developed. They were bred with a goal of maintaining their small size, active character, and intelligence. Their height ranges from 14- 18 inches. In 1980, the breed was registered with the National Stock Dog Registry. The Miniature American Shepherd Club of the USA (MASCUSA) was founded in 1990, and in 2011 the breed entered the AKC Foundation Stock Service. The Miniature American Shepherd was officially recognized in 2015 as part of the AKC’s Herding Group

Breed Characteristics

Australian Shepherds — affectionately called Aussies— were developed to herd livestock and work as an all purpose farm and ranch dog. Many Aussies are still used as herding dogs but the breed earned recognition in a variety of other roles such as therapy dogs, Search and Rescue dogs, agility, and drug detection dogs. They are highly regarded for their skills in the competitive sports of obedience, agility, and flyball. Most of all, they are beloved family companions.


Aussies are “people dogs”. They have an intense need to be near their owner. Properly trained, Aussies are the ideal family dog. They are gentle guardians of small children and enthusiastic playmates of older children and adults. 


Most Aussies are energetic dogs that require vigorous daily exercise to keep them healthy and happy.  Running, playing with another dog, retrieving a ball or Frisbee, swimming are some ways to provide your dog with the exercise they need.


A healthy Aussie’s coat, sheds dirt and does not require a great deal of maintenance. Weekly brushing with eliminate mats and tangles while also removing dander and dust. Weekly toenail trimming and teeth cleaning should also be part of your dogs grooming routine.

Training and Activities

Basic Obedience training is an essential part of responsible dog ownership. It will make your dog become a better companion and grow a stronger bond between the two of you. Positive training methods using lots of positive praise works very well with most Aussies