Miniature American Shepherd
Estados Unidos FCI 270 . Sheepdogs

Miniature American Shepherd

With his alert expression, attentive and intelligent, the Miniature American Shepherd has all the qualities of Sheepdogs

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History

In forty years, los estadounidenses han logrado fijar las características de esta nueva raza, from the strains of small Australian Shepherds. Recently, the American Kennel Club (AKC) agreed to integrate and, therefore, recognize the Miniature American Shepherd as a race in its own right, integrating it into the Pastoral Group “Sheepdogs” … next to his ancestor, the Australian Shepherd.

In the decade of 1960, the little ones Australian Shepherd que trabajaban en el circuito de rodeo de los Estados Unidos fueron criados selectivamente para reducir aún más su tamaño. The new breed was originally called the “Australian Shepherd” in miniature. “They became especially popular with riders who traveled to horse shows, since his intelligence, lealtad y tamaño los convertían en un excelente compañero de viaje”, say the experts of the Club del Miniature American Shepherd from the USA. “De esta manera su popularidad se extendió por todo el país.

Currently, the breed is recognized by the FCI (International Cynological Federation), en vista del número de criaderos que se están embarcando en la selección de esta raza de perro en Europa.

Photo: Buddy” Miniature American Shepherd – Lost Island’s Roy ‘Arsenal’ Harper – bred by: Julia Bettendorf, Lost River Miniature American ShepherdsJugabe3b, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Physical characteristics

The Miniature American Shepherd comparte muchos rasgos físicos con su antecesor el Australian Shepherd, only on a smaller scale. The females measure between 33 – 43 cm at shoulder; the males between 35,5 – 46 cm.. Despite its size, son cada centímetro un verdadero perro de pastoreo: energetic, versatile, robust and extremely bright. Striking fur comes in black, blue merle, red and red merle. (Merle exhibits any amount of marbling, spots or mottling.) The Miniature American Shepherd se mueven con el paso suave y ágil de un perro construido para el trabajo duro en terrenos difíciles.

Character and skills

With his alert expression, attentive and intelligent, dogs Miniature American Shepherd they have all the qualities of a little Shepherd dog, with a pronounced instinct to lead and watch over the herds. Easy to train, able to respond to a variety of demands that allow them to evolve in different sports disciplines. the Miniature American Shepherd However, they are reserved for people who are not familiar to them.. But once the “known”, becomes a wild playmate, and capable of real feats, thanks to its agility and small size.
Like all working dogs, especially those able to work in their original profession, when in a situation with a herd of animals, their behavior changes and they become attentive and tireless helpers.

Its small size, su aseo reducido al mínimo, their adaptability and listening skills, greatly facilitate your life and your education in the city. But, like all shepherds, need to spend and “empty” su energía desbordante. Beautiful walks and runs in the forest are essential to maintain your tone, su forma física y su carácter juguetón.

Health and nutrition

This solid and sturdy dog, just like their ancestors, no plantea ningún problema particular en la alimentación. His health is that of a dog from generations of working dogs, aunque muchos compradores dan el paso de tener un perro de compañía con el que es fácil vivir. Never forget where it comes from, ya que merece una actividad física regular para mantener su figura y su fuerza.

The Miniature American Shepherd is generally a healthy dog, and responsible breeders test their breed for health conditions, comunicándose con otros criadores dedicados a trabajar juntos para la salud de la raza y la preservación de las cualidades únicas de la misma.

Although the Miniature American Shepherd it is a relatively healthy breed, the following complications have been observed:

  • Juvenile cataracts
  • PRA (progressive retinal atrophy)
  • Iris Colobomas
  • PPM (persistent pupillary membrane)
  • Regular visits to the vet for checkups and parasite control help ensure a long and healthy life for the dog.

    Grooming

    The Miniature American Shepherd has a double coat, with a longer outer coat and a wool underlayer. The breed shows a good amount, más aún durante la temporada de desprendimiento, which can happen once or twice a year. Weekly brushing, daily during molting season, will help remove dirt and loose hair and keep the dog looking its best. Balls or tangles can be resolved with a finer brush or metal comb. As in all races, nails must be trimmed regularly, too long nails can cause discomfort to the dog.

    Training

    As in all races, early socialization and training classes for puppies are recommended, which help to ensure that the dog becomes a well-adjusted and well-behaved companion. Smart and willing to please, the Miniature American Shepherd is highly trainable and will reach its best potential as a partner when taught at least basic obedience.

    Ejercicios físicos

    The Miniature American Shepherd he is active and athletic, and requires a moderate amount of exercise but is also very adaptable to your family's way of life. They do well as city dogs as long as their owners provide them with enough exercise.. They enjoy outings with their people that will occupy both their mind and their body. They enjoy and excel at many dog ​​events, including obedience, agility and tracking.

    Characteristics "Miniature American Shepherd"

    Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed "Miniature American Shepherd" you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, you must take into account his character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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    Images "Miniature American Shepherd"

    Photos:

    1 – Blue Merle Miniature American Shepherd by Lextergrace, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    2 – Miniature American Shepherd with Frisbee by Mullinspw, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons
    3 – Miniature american shepherd puppy by TanSinVic, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    4 – Miniature american shepherd by TanSinVic, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    5 – Miniature American Shepherd, blue merle, female by Canarian, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
    6 – American miniature shepherd by https://pxhere.com/en/photo/1029669

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    Type and recognitions:

    • FCI CLASSIFICATION: 270
    • Group 1: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)
    • Section 1: Sheepdogs. With proof of work..

    Federations:

    • FCI
    • AKC


    FCI breed standard "Miniature American Shepherd"

    FCIFCI - Miniature American Shepherd
    Pastor

    Alternative names:

      1. Miniature Australian Shepherd, MAS (English).
      2. Miniature Australian Shepherd (French).
      3. Miniature Australian Shepherd, Mini-Aussie (German).
      4. Miniature Australian Shepherd (Portuguese).
      5. Miniature Australian Shepherd (español).
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