About Miniature American Shepherds
Formally known as Mini Aussies
History: The Miniature American Shepherd was developed in California
during the late 1960's with the breeding of small, unregistered
dogs that were thought to be Australian Shepherds.
These dogs were bred with a goal of maintaining their small size,
active character, and intelligence. During this time they were known as Miniature Australian Shepherds by various Breed Clubs.
The breed became especially popular
with equestrians traveling to horse shows, as their intelligence,
loyalty, and size made them an excellent travel companion.
In the early 1990's several breeders imported them from the USA to Canada.
The Miniature American Shepherd entered the Canine Developmental Health and Performance Registry, (CDHPR) and received full United Kennel Club (UKC) recognition in January 1, 2015.
On July 1, 2015, the Miniature American Shepherd was designated to the Herding Group in the American Kennel Club (AKC.)
Miniature American Shepherds are now listed on the Miscellaneous/Listed Breed list by the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) as of Sept. 10, 2017. Eligible to compete in
Conformation events starting July 1, 2018.
MASCAN, our Canadian National Breed Club is applying to CKC and should have the breed fully recognized by the end of 2023.
Penny x Jynx
Miniature American Shepherd
The MAS is a herding dog. Active and very smart. Highly trainable and loyal. Can be reserved around strangers. Positive early socialization is a must with this breed.