- Other names:
- Mini Aussie
- Teacup Australian Shepherd
- Toy Australian Shepherd
As the name implies, the Miniature Australian Shepherd, is a smaller but visually similar version of the Standard Australian Shepherd. The capability to work and willingness to please the owner has been retained in this smaller breed. Mini Aussies have a striking coat and eyes that can be marbled or even of different colors entirely.
This breed is apprehensive and reserved around strangers but makes a very close and loyal bond with their owner or family. This pet is not recommended for people that do not have time to truly make a pet part of their family, as they may suffer from separation anxiety. Miniature Australian Shepherds get along great with any other pets and make a wonderful playmate and watchful eye for children, as long as they are trained at an early age.
Twice yearly this breed sheds, but brushing a couple times per week should lessen this as well as prevent mats and tangles. Members of this breed have no serious health issues; various eye problems are to be monitored for. When searching for a pet of this breed it is always a good idea to check authoritative registries such as the Canine Eye Registry Foundation for breeders that have been cleared for correct adherence to standards.