Miniature American Shepherd

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Miniature American Shepherd

Miniature American Shepherd Overview

When it comes to dog breeds, Miniature American Shepherds are the new kid in town. Officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015, these dogs are said to have originated in 1960s California by selectively breeding smaller Australian Shepherds. The result: the same intelligence, agility and good temper, just more compact. Today, Miniature American Shepherds are their own distinct, dynamic breed known for their sportiness and herding instincts, but also for being playful and loyal companions to humans and other animals (that is, when they aren’t herding them).

Born and bred for the rodeo circuit and farm life, Miniature American Shepherds are working dogs who excel at herding, agility, obedience and canine sports such as flyball and dog disc. They also have a strikingly rustic look, with multicoloured coats and mismatched eye colours. This breed never outgrows its puppy playfulness, and is best suited for outdoorsy and sporty people who can give them the exercise and mental stimulation they need. Regular long walks are a must, but any Miniature American Shepherd would be psyched to get involved in sports. These herding dogs instinctively want to guard their flock and might bark at human or animal visitors, but they’re not aggressive—a well-trained Miniature American Shepherd will be good natured and devoted.

Did you know?

Because they’re agile and obedient, Miniature American Shepherds are really good at “musical canine freestyle,” aka dog dancing, a popular competitive sport with competitions around the world.

Miniature American Shepherd Stats

  • Kid-Friendly Kid-Friendly

  • Good with other animals Good with other animals

  • Intelligent Intelligent

  • Easy to train Easy to train

Popularity ranking**
13-18 in / 20-40 lbs (M)
Average lifespan
12-13 years
Activity level
Little to none
Barking level
Little to none
Coat length

Caring for your breed

Daily serving

Daily kibble serving

3-5 cups

Daily exercise

Daily exercise

2 hours


Grooming frequency

Brushed Regularly

Dog Food

Feeding your Miniature American Shepherd

It might seem like puppies grow up fast, but Miniature American Shepherds really do. They can reach their adult size by 8-10 months old, so you can switch them from puppy to adult dog food around that time. They might be “mini,” but don’t feed them food meant for toy dogs—Miniature American Shepherds need food formulated for active dogs and their high-energy lifestyle. They do best on a diet of high-quality protein. Active dogs can still overeat, so Miniature American Shepherds benefit from the structure of regular feed times.


*Contrary to popular belief, there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs. There are breeds, however, that have non-shedding coats and are suited well to allergy sufferers.
**The breed popularity ranking is based on the most current ranking of the American Kennel Club (AKC)

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