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Old 04-27-2014, 10:12 AM
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Default Mini Ausses/Mini Americans

Just an FYI since I've seen this around this forum and my other a bit recently. Mini aussies have been accepted into the AKC Foundation stock service program under a new name- the Miniature American Shepherd.

Breed club here: http://www.mascusa.org/
https://www.akc.org/breeds/miniature...herd/index.cfm

The breed standard is 13-18" and 20-40 lbs. The reason for the name change is because the ASCA does not accept a size variant in their breed and the AKC no longer accepts varieties for previously accepted breeds. So the MASCUSA decided to set off to make their dogs their own breed, known as the Miniature American shepherd. MASCUSA studbooks close in Dec 2014. As of right now you can transfer dogs registered as aussies to MAS.

There is a breed club that disagrees with minis becoming their own breed separate from aussies and thus they have chosen to NOT change their dogs' names and not register with the AKC FSS program. They view their dogs as a size variety of the aussie. That breed club is this one: http://mascaonline.com/

These are separate from the 'toy aussies' completely. I know nothing about these dogs but their club is here: http://whoward.homestead.com/
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Old 04-27-2014, 12:40 PM
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Old 04-27-2014, 09:58 PM
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I fully agree with the Mini American Shepherd bit(I have zero problems with new breeds if they own up to it), but not the sticking to mini Aussie bit. I'd also love to own a Mini American one day.... BUT I know they currently have a major crapshoot on personalities(toys even more so). In the beginning they were so focused on size the temperment kinda flew out the window. I think it will be interesting to see how the Mini American develops, hopefully they wil start focusing more on temperment now. I have met some really great ones... But I've also met a lot of not-so-great ones. LOL.
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Old 04-27-2014, 10:05 PM
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I was super confused for a while but I think I get it now. The Mini American Shepherd is a definite possibility for me. I, for one, am glad for the smaller version as an option, as size has been a huge halt in me adding a herder. But I still can't decide between 3 breeds anyway buuutt MAS is high up there.

Thanks for the info. I've found a few breeders I really like.
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Old 04-27-2014, 10:38 PM
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I'm cool with this. I was really looking into mini Aussies before we got Lucy (sooo... probably 9 years ago?!) and seem to recall getting some flack for that on here! I've liked the ones that I've met.
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Old 04-27-2014, 10:45 PM
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Old 04-27-2014, 10:51 PM
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In a hundred years everyone will look back and think WTF?
And wonder why there are Miniature American Shepherds but no American Shepherds (at least if things remain as they currently stand)
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And wonder why there are Miniature American Shepherds but no American Shepherds (at least if things remain as they currently stand)
Nah I doubt it, no one ever wonders why there are no "Pinschers" even tho there are Miniature Pinschers. People just assume Min Pins are Miniature Doberman Pinschers LOL!
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Old 04-28-2014, 05:30 AM
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If I ever end up with a smaller purebred dog, Mini American Shepherds are on the (very) short list! I definitely support their breeding.
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