Toy Australian Shepherd

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Is the Toy Australian Shepherd right for you?

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Other name(s): Toy Aussie

The basics:
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

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Toy Australian Shepherd

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