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Old 09-28-2006, 07:43 AM
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Australian Shepherd Club of America's Statement:
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Those who oppose the promotion of Miniatures feel that breeding a smaller size is unnecessary when a smaller dog can be found among the general population. They are concerned that the act of breeding selectively for size comes at the possible expense of health and structure. The final concern is that by breeding smaller dogs, the Mini breeders are targeting urban pet owners who have little space (small yards, apartment dwellers) and misrepresenting the true nature of a herding dog.

The Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA) has taken the position that they do not wish to recognize distinct variations in sizes because there is already an accomodation for that in their breed standard. ASCA will not allow the registration of any dog who is also registered under another breed name or size variation. Naturally, there is the occasional unethical breeder who attempts to ride both sides of the fence by intermingling modern Australian Shepherd lines with Miniature Australian Shepherd bloodlines. This behavior only adds fuel to the arguement that there is no need for a size variations under a different name and those breeders who are caught registering their dogs with both ASCA and a Mini registry are subject to having their registry rights suspended if caught.
United State's Australian Shepherd Association and AKC's Statement:
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Recently there has been a rise in the movement to breed miniature and toy versions of the Australian Shepherd.

The Miniature Australian Shepherd and the Toy Australian Shepherd are not recognized or considered varieties of the Australian Shepherd by this organization, the United States Australian Shepherd Association, Inc. (USASA), or by the American Kennel Club (AKC). Since these dogs are not AKC registered, they cannot be verified by USASA as purebred, and therefore are not considered Australian Shepherds by this organization.

The USASA does not support the purposeful breeding of Miniature Australian Shepherds and Toy Australian Shepherds, and expects all members who have breeding programs to breed to the USASA/AKC recognized standard of excellence. The USASA further expects all members to be ever vigilant in the preservation and protection of the Australian Shepherd.
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Old 09-28-2006, 06:16 PM
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Okay .
Trust me guys, I already own a relatively large-sized dog, and am not AT ALL interested in them because they are some fad, or 'fashionable' to have.
As I said before, we have one in our agility class and she is a beautiful, intelligent young girl.
I knew that poodles have different sizes, so I was wondering if it was the same case with these.
Obviously not .
Ah well... Maybe one'll pop in the nearby shelter .

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Old 09-29-2006, 01:50 AM
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Mini Aussies are a breed, just not an AKC registerable breed. I see them all the time being shown at the International Dog shows.
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Old 09-29-2006, 02:17 AM
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^^ So it would'nt be like a 'mini rottweiler' or some fad made up thing? They are a proper breed? Isn't that kind of like the JRT? I belive they arent registered with the AKC... Is that correct?

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Old 09-29-2006, 02:26 AM
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There is a lot of controversy surrounding the Miniature Australian Shepherd. It still is an Aussie, just a bit smaller than what you'd be used to seeing. A lot of BYBs have started breeding them as they attract tons of attention, but there are also good breeders who are breeding mini Aussies for sport and working homes. Toy Aussies are the ones you have to look out for, in my opinion. I don't really see anything wrong with the mini Aussie, as it is exactly the same as the regular Aussie..just smaller. Lots of times you can can end with a litter of full sized and mini Aussies together. Of course, this is all just my opinion.
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Old 09-29-2006, 08:22 PM
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Hey,

I own a Mini Aussie from Rafter Bottle Ranch in Oregon, they are actually BYB we didnt really know much at the time butI love the breed. They are just smaller versions of the Australian Shepherd, they are not recognized by AKC but they ARE recognized by the UKC which is where Im thinking most or all of their titles are from. They also have MASCA which does some things. I understand many people dislike the miniaturizing fad, which I do agree, some breeders are doing toys that look like merled chihuahuas or something, but I think if bred properly they are amazing dogs that can do the same as a ful size aussie and be just as versatile and enjoyable. I think they are here to stay not part of the 'toy' fad, JMO. If you are thinking now that you would rather rescue one, they do have MARS, Mini Aussie Rescue and Support and this is the website:

http://www.miniaussierescue.org/whatIsMA/whatIsMA.html

I also have to say, Jake is GORGEOUS!!!

If you have any questions about the breed PM me!

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Old 09-29-2006, 08:29 PM
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What I don't understand is why people feel the need to breed the mini Aussie? The regular Aussie standard has no size disqualification.
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Old 09-29-2006, 08:37 PM
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Some say they are a better size to herd certain livestock I dont know exactly I think cows, because if they kick out they are less likely to be kicked... I think part of it is also the Agility world, I compete alot and I have noticed border collies are also getting smaller out there as well, smaller dogs that still ahve the speed of the aussie or border are super dogs lol. I dont know the exact reasons but I know, if properly bred, they are still bred with working instinct and such... as far as size disqualifications I am not sure... it may just be they want a "new" herding breed or something... I dont do akc showing lol but rarely see registered akc aussies too far under the size suggestions...
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Old 09-30-2006, 10:08 PM
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I own a Miniature Australian Shepherd - actually, we have three. My boy, Morrie, actually is slightly "above" the standard height limit for Mini Aussies at about 19". He has his puppy championship in conformation with NAMASCUSA ( http://www.namascusa.com/ ), acquired in Denver, CO from his breeder before he came to us. NAMASCUSA supports the outcrossing of miniature aussies to standards to "define" the conformation, etc.

I have seen my share of BAD mini aussies and my share of REALLY GOOD ones. The bad ones generally are bred for size, but I think the permission to outcross to standard aussies to improve conformation really sets them apart from other "mini" breeds. They are not a fad breed, they've been around for ages. The toys are really the ones to watch out for, they often get crossed with poms and are just rotten looking - an ideal mini aussie should be an exact replica, except smaller.

I don't know the reasons behind it, but I do know that, as with every breed, you get the good and the bad. Generally watch out if, when looking for this breed, you come across a site selling them with pics of them as young puppies, when you can see absolutely nothing about conformation and only color - THOSE are the ones I worry about. We have had experiences with both ends of things - our two girls came from what appeared to be a reputable kennel, but the experience there turned out to be horrific - dogs arrived with kennel cough, tape worm, were eating their own feces, had no discretion about where they expelled waste... and then when we got Morrie, it was a completely different experience. We're glad to be a part of the breed.

I don't know about the different size for different animals to herd, but I know our guys can do a number on goats, sheep, etc - they try with the horses, lol, but just a teeny bit too small! They're also fantastic agility dogs - Zoey will be wonderful as she'll be in the 12" - 16" height class but Morrie will be a bit more difficult in the more competitive 22" category.
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Old 09-30-2006, 10:19 PM
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As a sidenote, the website says that they were bred smaller for portability, and to make them better housedogs. I am just wondering what you all think of miniature poodles and the like? Does everyone have the same view of every miniature breed, even if they're recognized by AKC??

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