ALL ABOUT AUSSIES

By my heritage, we are a herder and guardian. Sometimes our instinct to
herd can be mistaken as "meanness" when we are trying to herd other
animals and/or children. Nipping at the ankles is not an uncommon trait in
young Aussies with herding instinct, but is easily discouraged with a gentle
shake and an "ah-ah" sound.  Aussies, properly trained and socialized make
wonderful companions; we are highly intelligent, loyal, affectionate and
protective of our property and our
human family. Our high-spirits and eagerness to please make us an easy to
train dog who will generally show great enthusiasm for learning new things
and being challenged on a daily basis. Aussies excel in the show ring, trial
arena, obedience ring, and they can be wonderfully athletic agility and fly
ball dogs. Our high energy makes us a serious candidate for lots of daily
exercise and play. Aussies are generally good with children and other pets,
although they usually try to keep the "herd" together! With strangers,
Aussies can be aloof and show reserve but this should not be taken as
shyness, they are generally just keeping an eye on things and making sure
that the new person is acceptable before making them a friend. As a rule if
you, as their owner, tell them the person is acceptable they will accept your
word for it. Once an Aussie makes a friend, they are a friend for life.

Miniature and Toy Australian Shepherds have all the same attributes as the
Standard Australian Shepherds including excelling in:  herding, agility,
conformation, obedience, and tracking and as an active intelligent
companion.  

They then also have the advantages of small breed dogs. They are the
perfect size to jump up in your lap and be a lap dog.  They can jump in your
truck and easily travel and stay with you on the road.  
   
Mini Australian Shepherds weigh between 15 to 40 lbs at maturity they range
from 13'' to 17''.   Toy Australian Shepherds are 13'' and under.  They have
blue Merle, red Merle, black or red TRI or bi coat colors with some
variations.   Most toy Australian Shepherds and Miniature Australian
Shepherds have copper and white trim. And their eyes may be blue, brown,
hazel, amber and green, one of each, flecked or marbled.

The disposition of these small to medium breed of dogs is calm and
confident, but suspicious of strangers.   The Toy Australian Shepherds and
Mini Australian Shepherd are entirely devoted to their owner and will go to
great lengths to please, they are easy to train.
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