Welcome to the World of Aussies - Is a Mini Aussie Right for You?
Miniature Australian Shepherds are loving and devoted companions to their families, but are generally reserved with strangers. The mini Aussie is a herding dog with strong natural instincts. Of course, you will need to train them properly as what is appropriate to herd. They are not a "busy" dog but they are a high energy dog that needs purpose. Obedience is strongly recommended and playing and exercise should be a daily routine. Welcoming a mini Aussie into your home will give you a life long friend that is fun, intelligent, highly motivated, and most importantly part of the family. For more great information about this breed visit Australian Shepherd Lovers.
The single most important decision we can make for our puppies is to determine whether each puppy is structurally sound enough to do what we will ask of it in its lifetime. We strive to ensure that all of our puppies will be happy, healthy, life long companions for your family. All breeds are predisposed to certain inherited diseases and genetic defects. Through DNA testing, veterinary evaluations, and careful planned breedings, these risks can be greatly minimized and sometimes eliminated. All the dogs at Schaffert's have undergone the necessary evaluations to ensure that our puppies are the healthiest they can be. We test all our dogs and puppies for PRAPRCD, HC, and MDR1.
Australian Shepherd History & Genetics
The most commonly held belief on the origins of the Aussie begin in the late 1800’s when western ranchers were importing sheep from Australia. During this period the most popular sheep were being imported into Australia from the Basque regions of Spain. When the herds were shipped, their shepherds were sent with them to manage and care for the flocks on the journey. As the Australian’s reputation for quality sheep grew, the demand for their sheep grew also and American ranchers began importing them. The livestock were shipped to the Americas, again accompanied by the Basque shepherds and their herding dogs. Ranchers of the American west were reportedly very impressed with the working ability of these "little blue dogs" and began interbreeding them with their own shepherd dogs. For genetic information about the Austrailan Shepherd click here.
Registries / Clubs
Registering your dog is an important step in buying a puppy. Not only does registering your pet provide you assurance of accurate genealogy, it is also a record of documentation which is equivalent to a birth certificate of a child or a title to a new car. By registering your dog, your pet record will be kept in a database and each dog is issued its own identifying pin number for tracking. In case your pet is lost or stolen, your registration will record proof of ownership.
- North American Miniature Australian Shepherd Club of the USA - Mini Aussies
- International Miniature Australian Shepherd Club - Mini Aussies
- American Stock Dog Registry - Toy Aussies, Mini Aussies, Standard Aussies
- National Stock Dog Registry
- Toy Australian Shepherd Association of America - Toy Aussies
If you are interested in showing your new Aussie, here are some links to find out more information: