Species group: Unrecognized and Rare Breed dogs
Other name(s): Toy Aussie
According to the Toy Australian Shepherd Association of America, "The Toy Australian Shepherd is a smaller version of the Standard ranging from 10"-14" in height. The breed name "Toy Australian Shepherd" refers solely to the dogs diminutive (or smaller) size, and in no way implies "toyish" features. The Toy Australian Shepherd is a small to medium sturdy little herding dog that could do a day's work and must not appear weak, spindly or coarse."
In other words, this highly intelligent animal may be smaller than the standard Australian Shepherd but it is still a working dog with a working dog's energy. Don't expect a couch potato happy to snooze alone for hours during the day.
If showing your dog is important to you, be aware that the Australian Shepherd Club of America does not recognize the Toy Australian Shepherd or the Miniature American Shepherd (13-18") as varieties of the Australian Shepherd. Toy Australian Shepherds can be registered with the American Stock Dog Registry (ASDR).
Appearance / health:
The Toy Australian Shepherd is a well-balanced herding dog of small to medium size. It has a bone structure that is moderate and well proportioned to body size. The length of the dog is more than its height. It has a coat of moderate length.
The Toy Australian Shepherd is an average shedder and requires an occasional brushing with a firm bristle brush. Bathing is done only when it is necessary.
Certain lines in this breed are prone to deafness / blindness. Other health problems that are found in the breed will be similar to those found in the breeds that went into the development of this breed. Please refer to “Health Issues” found in the Breed Descriptions for the Australian Shepherd Dog, Pomeranian and Shetland Sheepdog.
Behavior / temperament:
Toy Australian Shepherds are a playful breed with a lot of energy. They need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. With proper training, these dogs excel at sports, obedience tests, and agility. Being primarily herding dogs, they make good guard dogs and excellent companion dogs. The tendency to nip at people's heels is also seen. Separation anxiety is seen in these dogs when left alone for too long. It is important to note that the addition of the Pomeranian and Shetland Sheep Dog into the bloodlines that eventually produced the Miniature Australian Shepherd has resulted in a temperament that is not the same as the Australian Shepherd Dog.
They are intelligent and easy to train. They learn fast with training that requires them to use their intelligence.
watchdog sense, adored, playful dog, excellent house manners, wonderful family pets
Skittish, high shedding breed, strangers
shepherd herding instincts, therapy dog, obedience
Always Wonderful, Sometimes Neurotic Aussie Shepherd
I had an incredible talent for convincing my family we need more animals, and that's how Charlotte came into our lives. I worked at a horse barn and one of our suppliers from Missouri dropped off a litter of puppies one day. I wish we had considered more the fact that these mini aussies were born of a working mother. She was in charge of herding horses and cattle, and I think looking back these dogs definitely are better off with a job. While we took Charlotte out constantly and she got plenty of exercise, she definitely got stir crazy. As she's aged, her neuroticism and barking have improved immensely. The only major issue we still have is she is incredibly protective of my mother, to the point that if she takes Charlotte for a walk, Charlie will growl at other dogs and does not like bikers. With other people she's fine, but shepherds are definitely tasked to take care of their flock and this is no exception with Charlotte. Otherwise, she is a blast and has had no serious health problems. I would suggest this dog only for people who have lots of land or a type of job where the dog can be around you all the time. I wish we had spent more time socializing her but she's improved as she's gotten older. I have a running bet with my friend who owns a Weimaraner about which dog would be faster. Charlotte would be (obviously) and just as a compare and contrast to a Weimaraner, Charlotte is much more friendly and also much smarter. Shepherds are known for their intelligence, and the miniature version is no different. So if you're looking for a running buddy who is too smart for their own good (Charlotte quickly realized that our neighbor's dog has an electric fence, so she loves to stand right out of reach just to tease the poor dog) then this is a great breed for you..
From liza647 Aug 29 2016 6:58PM
Important for every dog, extremly important for dogs with osteoarthritis
Best way to prevent, or at least prolong the time before your old dog becomes arthritic is to keep them lean and strong. This is also important for longevity and overall health, so it should be your main goal if you want to keep your dog alive and well for as long as possible. I can't stress the importance of keeping your dog fit and strong if it has osteoarthritis. If your dog is overweight joints have to bear more weight, and if it's muscles aren't strong joints bear even more weight then they should, which leads to increased friction and damage of the joints. If your dog is in perfect physical condition (body condition score 4-5 on 9 point scale) joints bear minimum amount of weight they have to, and if it's muscles, tendons and ligaments are strong they reduce weight bearing of the joints even more. This is important for overall health, as well as in cases of osteoarthritis and other orthopedic conditions. So keep your dog fit and strong. .
From Vuk Ignjic DVM 126 days ago
Choke collars are not the best tools to use for dogs who pull. How many times have you seen people walking their dogs on a choke collar and the dog pulling?! This is because to properly use a punishment device, which is what a choke collar is, you should only have to give 3 or 4 firm, appropriate corrections and then your dog should never repeat the behavior again. People do not have the stomach to give their dogs a stiff enough correction to work in 3 or 4 trials. Further, weaker handlers do not have the strength to give their (large) dogs a strong enough correction for them to understand. Hence, while the correction will work in the short term, all too soon, the dog is back to pulling again and that level of correction has become simply a nag. Then the correction will need to be stronger to get them to attend to it.
For a dog who outweighs or out-muscles its handler, the use of a head halter is a better choice, as it gives one greater control of the weakest part of the dog's body, their head. Just as we can use a halter to guide a horse, so can we use the same technique to guide a dog.
Laura Garber, CPDT-KA, CC, FFCP
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