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Miniature/MAS-type Australian Shepherd

Miniature/MAS-type Australian Shepherd

Miniature American Shepherds (also known as Miniature Australian Shepherds, or Mini Aussies) have the trainability, intelligence and energy of the larger Aussie cousins, and excel at outdoors activities and agility competitions.

Illustration courtesy of the Swedish Kennel Club

About this Breed

The Miniature American Shepherd descends directly from the Australian Shepherd, the 17th most popular dog in the United States. Despite their name, the Australian Shepherd originated from the ranches of the United States around the 1800s, with the Miniature American Shepherd bred from smaller individuals starting in the 1970s. Like Australian Shepherds, these dogs are known for their trainability, intelligence and energy. Miniature American Shepherds are outstanding agility dogs, striving for the approval of their owner.

This group of shepherds contains some dogs that are their own AKC group (“Miniature American Shepherds”) as well as other dogs whose breeders and owners have chosen not to join the MAS AKC club and still prefer to be called Miniature Australian Shepherds, or simply Australian Shepherds.

Miniature/MAS-type Australian Shepherds on Embark

Explore some Embark dogs that share Miniature/MAS-type Australian Shepherd ancestry.

  • Ludo

    Ludo

    Koda

    Koda

    Snickers

    Snickers

    Oboe

    Oboe

  • Berlin

    Berlin

    Argo

    Argo

    Raven

    Raven

    Kimba

    Kimba

  • Cricket

    Cricket

    Scamp (a.k.a. Skamp)

    Scamp (a.k.a. Skamp)

    Bentley

    Bentley

    Hollie

    Hollie

Favorite Names

For Male

  1. Cooper
  2. Finn
  3. Charlie
  4. Max
  5. Milo
  6. Tucker
  7. Bear
  8. Bandit
  9. Koda
  10. Ollie

For Female

  1. Luna
  2. Bella
  3. Piper
  4. Willow
  5. Daisy
  6. Lucy
  7. Molly
  8. Sadie
  9. Penny
  10. Ruby