Miniature Australian Shepherds are not only cute but they have many advantages over their larger counterparts. They are smaller than their big brothers and they do not require much space. They need less food and water because they eat mostly grasses and herbs instead of grain like most dogs do. Miniature Aussies tend to live longer lives than other breeds of dog, which makes them ideal companions for those with arthritis or other health problems. These dogs are also very social animals and enjoy spending time with humans.
The Miniature Australian Shepherd (or Mastiff) is one of the smallest breeds of dog. Their height ranges from 24 inches up to 32 inches tall. They weigh between 25 pounds and 35 pounds, depending on breed.
They usually stand at around 16 inches high when standing upright, though some can reach 18 inches high without any assistance from their owners.
They are known for being loyal, affectionate and loving. They love to please their owners and will always try to make them feel better. They are good watchdogs because they don’t bark too much, but if someone tries to harm them they may bite back with deadly force.
These dogs come in all colors including black, brown, chocolate, chestnut, cinnamon red and even white! There are also various types of markings such as blue eyes or spotted coats. There are three accepted coat types: smooth coats, dense coats and coarse coats.
They all have thick double coats with wooly undercoats that protect them from the cold.
This breed is intelligent and can be trained easily with positive reinforcement dog training techniques. They also have strong herding instincts and may try to herd children, other dogs or other animals, so it is important to start training and socialization early in their lives so they know how to act around other animals and people. Mini Aussie dogs are very active and energetic, so they need to get lots of outdoor exercise every day or they tend to become bored and start finding their own ways to entertain themselves, which isn’t always good!
Regular exercise will keep them happy and healthy, as well as prevent destructive behavior in the house like chewing on furniture or your shoes.
Because they come from working stock, they need jobs to do. Mini Aussies love to run around all day and then sleep all night, so if you can take them jogging or biking with you, they’ll be happy. If you can’t do that, a couple of long walks every day should keep them satisfied.
A fenced-in backyard just won’t cut it for these dogs because they were meant to have work to do and lots of space to run around in! If you don’t have the time to take them jogging with you, getting one of those portable dog runs and throwing a tennis ball in it so they can run back and forth catching it would also make them happy. Without something to keep them busy they may begin to tear up your house looking for something fun to do.
These dogs need a dominant owner who is willing to establish themselves as the “alpha dog” right from the beginning. Miniature Aussies are very intelligent and will attempt to dominate owners that show any signs of weakness. They are not recommended for first-time dog owners because they do require a great deal of responsibility.
Miniature Aussies love to bark and need lots of attention, otherwise they will make their own fun by barking at anything and everything that passes by. Because of this tendency towards barking, Mini Aussies are not recommended for apartment living.
If you like the look of the typical Australian Shepherd but aren’t looking for a dog that’s large enough to earn its keep on a farm, then the Miniature Aussie may be just what you’re looking for! These small dogs have all the good traits of their larger counterparts and very few of the bad. Be sure to give lots of exercise, attention and discipline to keep this dog happy and healthy!
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