The Miniature Australian Shepherd was developed by selectively breeding small Australian Shepherds.
The dogs are rapidly increasing in popularity among those interested in a compact dog with a strong work ethic. They are especially popular in dog agility, and do well in other dog sports including herding, obedience, disc dog, and many other activities.
Miniature Aussies ranges in height from 13 to 18 inches (35 to 46 cm) at the withers and weighs between 17 and 40 pounds (9 to 18 kg). Coat colors are the same as those for Australian Shepherds, which are blue merle, red merle, black tricolor, red tricolor, black bicolor, and red bicolor. There is even a very rare type of coat color: Brown & white. The eye colors may vary; dogs may have two green eyes, one green & one blue, a blue& a brown, two browns, or two icy blue eyes. Even a green eye & a brown one is possible. With an Aussie anything is possible!
Miniature Australian Shepherds are eager to work, which makes training and interacting with them a pleasure, but their intelligence and drive require obedience training and plenty of interesting activity. Mini Aussie's are versatile and easily trained. Because they are herding dogs, they make good guard dogs and excellent companion dogs for those who provide an adequate outlet for the mini Aussie's physical and mental energy. Aussies provide playful companions for young children, though should be watched until you are sure the two get along well. Sometimes gets rough, but if you handle the puppy correctly he/she shall become a good full-grown dog. The breedare purebreds, as some people may not think. They are NOT a breed of dog that came from Australian Shepherds and a smaller dog; farmers wanted a smaller herding dog (Aussies are still today used for herding ducks, sheep, cattle, etc...), so they bred the smallest STANDARD Aussies, and voila; came up with the mini aussie! They are very energetic dogs and therefore aren't good for families who will chain them up all day. They need to run they need to run they need to play they need to RUN they need to...sleep. if you leave them alone all day they will become neurotic and bored and may chew up. Some Aussies (like mine) may have separation anxiety. While you are gone (if your dog is in the house) call and leave a message. The dog may be comforted by your voice and may or may not disrupt anything. With an Aussie that has separation anxiety, I advise you to put away any expensive shoes behind locked doors or any other special things because they may be destructive. Always leave a few Kong toys stuffed with treats or food with them. Aussies are so smart they may get the food out in a few minutes, but it gives them something to do.