This breed’s temperament is just like that of the full-size Australian Shepherd. They have a strong work ethic and love herding livestock. They are very easily trained and are loyal to their owners. They have a strong desire to please and be praised.
Sometimes called the Teacup Australian Shepherd, the Mini Aussie will differ depending on the method used to create them. One of the defining features of this breed is its beautiful coat. They come in a variation of black, blue merle, red, and red merle. They may also have tan or white markings.
Due to their small size, the Mini Aussie is an ideal pet for a smaller home such as an apartment. They are great pets for children, and they are a good choice for the elderly as well. Taking them on regular walks can help to keep you or your senior relative active. However, just like their full-sized counterparts, they do need a lot of stimulation to keep their mind occupied so regular walks and some play is required to keep them from picking up bad habits to relieve their boredom.
Origin of the Mini Aussie
The Mini Aussie or Miniature Australian Shepherd’s origins date back to the early 1960 when Australian Shepherds were bred specifically for their smaller size. There were various methods of creating this breed such as crossing to smaller breeds such as the Yorkie, breeding runts, or introducing dwarfism. The result of all methods is different takes on a miniaturized Australian Shepherd.
Is a Mini Aussie right for me?
If your breed of choice is the Mini Aussie, you will have a sweet, loving, and loyal miniature version of the popular Australian Shepherd. With a wiggling rump and a big smile, they will love to go on walks in the park or play out in the back yard, or lounge after a long day with their favorite people.
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