ABOUT AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERDS & MINI AUSSIES
Basis Aussie Facts & Information....
One Myth Concerning Australian Shepherds is that They Come from Australia....That is Completely False! Australian Shepherds are believed to originate in the area of the Pyrenees Mountains between Spain and France. This would explain their ability to travel and compete in Agility in high altitudes without getting altitude sickness.
Size & Characteristics...
Males Weigh 50 - 65 Pounds & Are 20 - 23 Inches Tall
Females Weigh 30 - 45 Pounds & Are 18 - 21 Inches Tall
ASCA requires Standard Aussies to stand between 18 to 23 inches at the withers.
Aussies Life Span is 12 - 18 Years.
Aussies are highly intelligent as well as highly energetic, therefore they are exceptionally easy to train.
Australian Shepherds are notorious for "Smiling". They curl there lips and show there teeth...becareful, your friends or relatives may think your dog is growling at them!!
Docked tails that create a "bobbed" tail are characteristic of the breed.
Aussies can be born with naturally bobbed tails, mid-size tails or long tails. The desired appearance calls for tails that are not naturally bobbed to be docked at two notches.
Dogs with naturally born docked tails can face health problems if the tail is too short due to a nerve that runs down the vertebra which controls bowel movements.
AKC ASCA NAMASCUSA & ASDR
Australian Shepherds are relatively new to the American Kennel Club or AKC. Aussies joined the stud books of the AKC in 1991 and became part of the herding group of the AKC in 1993.
ASCA or the Australian Shepherd Club of America is the oldest group governing the Australian Shepherd, and it works diligently to preserve the breed's standards. Only 100% pure Australian Shepherds whose lineage can be traced back to foreign registry can be registered with the ASCA.
For Australian Shepherds, ASCA is the highest form of single registry. An Aussie can have an AKC registration, however if it is NOT 100% pure in lineage it will NOT be allowed to be registered with the ASCA.
Both AKC & ASCA require DNA of both parents prior to reproduction.
The ASDR or American Stock Dog Registry was started to register proven purebred Australian Shepherds whose size did not meet the breed standard in ASCA and/or AKC. IABCA, and ICKC (NAKC), and ARBA all recognize ASDR in their show venues. With ASDR Aussie owners were able to register the Mini Aussies and ultimately the Toy Aussies. One thing to understand about the Mini and Toy Aussies is that they are 100% Aussie with all of the same traits in a smaller package. Mini and Toy Aussies can have Standard size parents and Toy Aussies can have Standard size puppies!
Where Did the Name American Shepherd Come From?
In 1993 AKC recognized the Australian Shepherd as a breed. The Miniature Australian Shepherd was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 2015 and is the club's 186th breed. AKC would only accept the Miniature Australian Shepherd into their organization if the breed name was changed to the American Shepherd. In September 2019, the Fédération Cynologique Internationale(FCI) officially accepted the breed.
The Miniature American Shepherd Club of the USA (MASCUSA) was selected in May of 2011 as the parent club of the Miniature American Shepherd for the American Kennel Club. The breed was formed by a split of the Australian Shepherd breed in AKC, and the incorporation of dogs previously known as Miniature Australian Shepherds and also known as North American Shepherds. MASCUSA was originally known as the Miniature Australian Shepherd Club of the USA, and then the North American Miniature Australian Shepherd Club of the USA, and was founded in 1990 as original parent club for the Miniature Australian Shepherd.
MASCUSA represents AKC Miniature American Shepherd breeders and owners across America and around the world. We are dedicated to promoting, preserving, and protecting our dogs and their owners. MASCUSA promotes sound and responsible breeding practices dedicated to the improvement and advancement of the Miniature American Shepherd. We advocate the highest ethical standards among breeders, owners and fanciers and encourage a spirit of sportsmanship and cooperation among the membership. The Club supports education and education events for its members, judges, dog fanciers, and the general public, and conducts AKC sanctioned competitive events including conformation, herding, obedience, rally, agility, and tracking. MASCUSA supports its members by encouraging the development of local and regional member clubs. We encourage the promotion of the abilities of the Miniature American Shepherd through participation at specialty shows, obedience trials, working trials, and performance events throughout the country.
Aussies have several color combinations..... Black with White Trim (Black Bi)
Black with White & Copper Trim (Black Tri)
Blue Merle Blue Merle with White Trim (Blue Bi)
Blue Merle with White & Copper Trim (Blue Tri)
Red with White Trim (Red Bi)
Red with White & Copper Trim (Red Tri)
Red Merle with White Trim (Red Merle Bi)
Red Merle with White & Copper Trim (Red Merle Tri)
Should always be black as adults! ASCA requires the nose to be completely filled in by age one. AKC requires the nose to be completely filled by age two.
Australian Shepherds in Nebraska