History and origin: developed in California in late 1960’s with the breeding of small, unregistered dogs that were thought to be Australian Shepherds. The goal was maintenance of small size, active character, and intelligence. Known as Miniature Australian Shepherds and especially popular with equestrians traveling to horse shows, as their intelligence, loyalty, and smaller size made them an excellent travelling companion. In the early 1990’s several breeders imported them from the USA to Canada. Recognized by AKC in 2015 and currently on the CKC Miscellaneous /Listed breed list and awaiting full status soon.
General Appearance: Slightly longer than tall, moderate bone, tail docked or natural bobtail. May have full tail. Eyes almond shaped. Teeth meet in a scissor bite. Ears dropped or rosed. Back is level. A small herding breed, that is agile and energetic. Size: males 14-18 inches Females 13-17 inches.
Coat and Colour: Hair is of medium texture, and length, straight to wavy, weather resistant. Short and smooth on the head and fronts of the leg, .moderately feathered on backs of legs and rear area. Mane and frill heavier in males than females . May be solid coloured or merle ( a blotchy or somewhat spotted appearance to the coat) with or without white and/or tan (copper) markings. Recognized colours are black, blue merle, red and red merle, but other colours such as yellow or sable may occur. The breed does seasonally shed.
Feeding: Will do well on any high quality kibble or Raw. This breed best fed twice daily.
Training and Obedience: Early puppy training is recommended. Highly intelligent breed and easy to train. The breed can excel in most performance sports such as agility, rally, herding, obedience, etc.
Activity: This breed requires daily exercise by walking or hiking or playing in the back yard. Because of their stamina, a good breed for joggers or cyclists.
Temperament: Primarily a working dog of strong herding and guardian instincts. An exceptional companion, he is versatile and easily trained. May be reserved with strangers but should not be shy. He is a resilient and persistent worker. Devoted and loyal family dog. Sweet natured and kindly attitude.