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|Miniature Australian shepherds are a working breed. We are located in Arizona and my puppies are sold as
The Australian shepherd, commonly known as an Aussie, is a breed of dog that was developed on ranches
in the western United States. Despite its name, the breed was not developed in Australia, but rather in the
United States where they were seen in the West as early as the 1800s. The breed rose gradually in
popularity with the boom of western riding after World War I. They became known to the general public
through rodeos, horse shows, and Disney movies made for television. For many years, Aussies have
been valued by stock men for their versatility and train ability. While they continue to work as stock dogs
and compete in herding trials, the breed has earned recognition in other roles due to their easily being
trained and eagerness to please, and are highly regarded for their skills in obedience. Like all working
breeds, the Aussie has considerable energy and
drive, and usually needs a job to do. It often excels at dog sports such as dog agility, fly ball, and frisbee.
They are also highly successful search and rescue dogs, disaster dogs, detection dogs, guide, service,
and therapy dogs.
AKC has accepted the recognition of a new breed recently. Some breeders
decided to take their dogs into AKC as an entirely new breed: Miniature American Shepherd. They have
forfeited their heritage and are becoming a new breed of dog all together. We chose to stay with our past
heritage as an Australian Shepherd of the miniature variety. Mini Aussies are supported by many breeders
and can still be registered with MASCA, IMASC, NSDR, and
ASDR. We register our dogs with MASCA and/or IMASC. Show venues include ICKC, IABCA, ARBA, and
Miniature Australian Shepherds?
Where and Why
The Australian Shepherd: The history of the North American/Miniature Australian Shepherd actually begins
with the history of the Australian Shepherd. Though most facts are shrouded in time, 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. The result was the Australian Shepherd.
In 1976, a single Breed Standard for the Australian Shepherd was adopted and in 1980 the two major breed
clubs consolidated to become the Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA). Unrecognized by the
American Kennel Club (AKC) at that time, ASCA not only provided a registry for the Aussie, but held
conformation, obedience, agility, and working trials. Although the AKC now recognizes the Australian
Shepherd, ASCA continues to provide these activities to the Australian Shepherd and is currently the
largest single breed registry in the United States.
The Miniature Australian Shepherd was developed directly from the Australian Shepherd. Throughout the
history of the Aussie, small (under 18") dogs can be seen in historical photographs. Many believe that the
original Aussie was selectively bred larger as sheep ranching decreased and cattle ranching increased.
Cattle ranchers preferred a larger dog to work the larger stock. Some Aussie owners have continued to
prefer the smaller sized Aussie while others prefer the larger.
In 1968 a horse woman in Norco, California, began a breeding program specifically to produce very small
Australian Shepherds. Her name was Doris Cordova, and the most well known dog from her kennel is
Cordova’s Spike. Spike was placed with Bill and Sally Kennedy, also of Norco, California, to continue to
develop a line of miniature Aussies under the B/S kennel name. Another horseman, Chas Lasater of
Valhalla Kennels soon joined the ranks of mini breeders.
Cordova, Lasater and the Kennedy’s together attempted to form the first parent club for the miniatures.
Although the club never quite got off the ground, their stated purpose for developing the miniatures was to
produce an Australian Shepherd under 17" who had the heart, intelligence and drive to work stock, and yet
be small enough to travel easily to stock shows and be a "house" dog.
Cordova’s dogs were registered through the National Stock Dog Registry (NSDR) and eventually NSDR
came to be the first registry to recognize and register the mini as a size variety of the Australian Shepherd.
Originally recognized in (1989 - 1990) they were shown with the RBKC of Southern California (Rare Breed
Kennel Club) as Miniature Australian Shepherds. The miniature gained in popularity and the owners and
breeders missed the cohesive nature of a parent club dedicated to the miniature, so in 1990, the Miniature
Australian Shepherd Club of the USA (MASCUSA) was formed. Kathy Croswhite (Munson), Jeanine Perron,
Florence Toombs, Susan Sinclair and Richard VanBurkleo served as the first Board of Directors, and one
of MASCUSA’s most notable early achievements during that time, was to gain recognition of the miniature
by the American Rare Breeds Assc. (ARBA) to provide a Nationally recognized conformation show venue.
Now with the recognition of the American Rare Breed Association (ARBA) the Miniature Australian
Shepherds showed along side the Australian Shepherd until 1993, when the AKC officially recognized the
Australian Shepherd. The American Rare Breed Association's policy at that time was not to allow any
breed of dog to show with them (except in exhibition) that had the same name as an AKC affiliated breed
and suggested that we change our name. Amid mixed reactions MASCUSA opted to change the name of
our dogs from Miniature Australian Shepherd to North American Shepherd, for the sole purpose of keeping
ARBA as one of our main show venues. At the same time, the club amended its name to North American
Miniature Australian Club, USA, while also retaining the name Miniature Australian Club, USA as an a.k.a.
The breed flourished over the next five years and grew under this name both in the US and Canada.
In the beginning of 1998, ARBA changed their breed name policy and through much consideration and
discussion on the part of our club members and the Board of Directors of NASCUSA, formerly MASCUSA,
Miniature Australian Shepherd was incorporated back into the name of our dogs, thus becoming the North
American "Miniature Australian Shepherd".
Today, breeders of the Miniature Australian Shepherd continue to strive to produce Aussies of a smaller
stature. Preservation of the herding instinct as well as the intelligence and athleticism of the mini is a
priority in breeding programs, as well as continuing the reputation for health and easy companionship that
the mini enjoys.
Miniatures are quickly gaining in popularity among Agility, Flyball and Disc competition enthusiasts as their
attributes of small size and amazing athletic ability makes them very competitive and easy to travel with. In
the suburbs and cities, families wanting a big dog are attracted to the "big dog" qualities of the miniature
Australian Shepherd, in a smaller package.
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|We are a Miniature Australian Shepherd hobby breeder located in Arizona and only have quality working miniature
australian shepherd puppies for sale. We strive to produce puppies with sound structure, good temperaments, and correct
aussie type in order to perform their job accurately. Our mini aussie puppies are handled daily on an individual basis so we
get to know their personalities and can help place them in a suitable family. Our puppies are well socialized, up to date on
immunizations and worming, healthy, raised with children and come with a health and temperament guarantee.
Our adult dogs have their hips OFA certified and eyes cleared before breeding. They enjoy 4
acres to run and play on as well as going camping, hiking and going to barrel races. Our australian shepherds of the
miniature variety are registered with the International miniature australian shepherd club (IMASC) and the Miniature
Australian Shepherd Club of America (MASCA)
Australian shepherds of the miniature variety retain the same traits and working ability as the standard Australian shepherd
but in a smaller package. They range in height from 14 to 18 inches
and generally weigh between 17 and 35 pounds. Our dogs can do a full days work, compete in agility, showing, herding,
flyball, and therapy as well as be your constant shadow and best friend. Whatever venue you choose, your mini australian
puppy should excel.
Thank you for stopping buy to see the puppies here at A Kings Castle Miniature Australian Shepherds. This breed was
developed by breeding smaller Australian Shepherds for the desired size. They are increasing in popularity among those
interested in a compact dog with a strong work ethic. They can also serve well as service or therapy dogs. Our puppies
come with a full genetic health guarantee and come very well socialized.