Miniature American Shepherd

About the Breed

The Miniature American Shepherd is a medium-sized working dog that has recently become popular in the United States. These loyal, intelligent, and active dogs are quickly becoming a favorite amongst families, making them an ideal addition to any home. History The Miniature American Shepherd (MAS) originated in California during the late 1960s as a smaller version of the Australian Shepherd. MAS were bred to be small enough to fit into households but still retain the herding instincts of their larger counterparts. By 1990, the breed had gained recognition by several kennel clubs and organizations, including the United Kennel Club in 2011 and they are now recognized by all major kennel clubs around the world. Temperament The MAS is well known for its intelligence and loyalty. They are highly trainable and make excellent family companions due to their affectionate nature and desire for human companionship. Theyre also very active dogs that require plenty of daily exercise to stay healthy both physically and mentally. Due to their herding instincts, they may nip at peoples feet or bark when left alone or when feeling threatened or anxious so some basic training is recommended for them from an early age. Ideal Owners The MAS is an ideal breed for those looking for an intelligent companion who enjoys being active with them on a daily basis. They do best with owners who have experience with dogs or can provide proper training from puppyhood on how to handle various situations they may come across in life such as meeting strangers or other animals on walks etc This breed also thrives when given plenty of attention so those who have plenty of time to devote to their pet would be best suited for this particular breed. Healthy Weight The average healthy weight range for a Miniature American Shepherd is 25-35 pounds depending on gender and age group (puppies typically weigh less). Its important that these dogs stay within this healthy weight range in order to ensure proper nutritional balance for optimal health over time. Feeding high quality food designed specifically for this size/breed type will help keep your MAS within its optimal weight range while providing adequate nutrition needed throughout its life stages. Health Checks Regular veterinary visits should be scheduled every 6-12 months depending on age/health status of your pet which allows your vet to monitor any changes over time while providing preventive care as needed such as vaccinations etc Its also important that routine blood/urine tests are completed annually which can help detect underlying health issues before they become serious problems later down the road with your pets overall health/wellbeing. Regular eye exams should also be performed due common inherited diseases such as Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) which can impact vision later in life if not detected early on. The Miniature American Shepherd makes an excellent companion dog due its loyalty, intelligence,and willingness to please. With regular exercise, positive reinforcement training,and regular veterinary visits,your pet can enjoy many happy years spent together!

Healthy weight:

12-18 pounds

Recommended Food

Medium or Large breed dog food such as Royal Canin Golden Retriever or Hills Science Diet

Breed Colors

  • Black
  • Blue
  • Red
  • Sable
  • Liver
  • Cream
  • Fawn
  • Chocolate
  • Gray
  • Silver
  • White

Ideal for owners that

  • Patient
  • Active
  • Loving
  • Responsible
  • Committed to Training
  • Adaptable
  • Able to Exercise Patience
  • Knows Basic Grooming Requirements

Health Considerations

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Eye Issues
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Autoimmune Thyroiditis
  • Collie Eye Anomaly
  • Allergies
  • Epilepsy
  • Cataracts
  • Hypothyroidism

This breed may be cute, but these are some of their common health issues to be aware of.

Temperment & Skills


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