Australian shepherds are smart, agile herding dogs recognized by their spotted, fluffy merle coat and floppy ears. You don't have to have a sprawling farm to keep this working breed. Mini Aussies are pint-sized versions of the classic midsize Australian shepherd.
Miniature Australian Shepherd
Australian shepherds were first bred in the late 1800s in the American Southwest. In the late 1960s, the miniature Australian shepherd was created by breeding small Australian shepherds. Just like their larger cousins, minis are intelligent, hard-working canines with lots of energy. They can be effective herding dogs or active family pets.
The only difference between the miniature and classic varieties of Australian shepherd is size. The traditional Aussie measures 18 to 23 inches tall and weighs between 40 and 65 pounds. The miniature version is 14 to 18 inches tall and weighs a little less, too, between 20 and 40 pounds.
By Melissa Schindler
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