|MASCA Blue Ribbon Breeder
|A Kings Castle Miniature Australian shepherds, which are a miniature variety of the AKC Australian shepherd and not to be confused
with miniature American shepherds, is located in Marana, AZ. We have quality working standard and miniature Australian shepherds
and strive to produce mini Australian shepherd puppies with sound structure, good temperaments, and correct aussie type in order to
perform their job accurately. Our 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 guarantee.
Our dogs enjoy 4 acres to run and play on as well as going camping, hiking and going to barrel races. Our mini Australian shepherd
puppies are registered with the IMASC, MASCA, ASDR, and/or AKC.
Mini Australian shepherds 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.
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.
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, AKC, and ASDR. Show venues include ICKC, IABCA, ARBA, and ASDR.
Inquiries to: 520-780-9029
Just a couple of pictures to share with you.
Keegan is an absolute love! She went right to the
sliding door, went outside and did her business.
She sleeps on daddy's tummy and has about a
million toys to keep her busy . Thank you so much!
We love her!
Do you think she's a little spoiled? My mother in law
makes these greeting cards with her picture (look at
the back of them too). She's made our world so
beautiful! Thank you.
Owned and loved by
The Dempsey Family
I wanted to share some more recent pictures of this beautiful boy! We
love him so much and he is such a cuddle bug! He fits in with the
family and my older Aussie adores him. They are a perfect fit! He is
such a happy and fun boy. I always tell people about your website
and love to look at other puppies.
Thank you again for this perfect addition to our family
Taylor & Dillon
A Letter to Breeders
Dear Dog, and other animal, Breeders,
Over the past few years, dog breeders have been included in much controversy, and I want to take a minute to address all “serious” dog breeders
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You have so deeply enriched and improved my life, and the lives of nearly every person I know, and I want to
encourage and implore each and every one of you to keep breeding and know that your efforts are well recognized and understood by many of
us, even if that truth is sometimes lost in the clamor…
Dog breeders are often vilified by Animal Rights zealots, by well-meaning but woefully misguided members of the public who have been persuaded
that breeders are causing overpopulation and filling shelters, by rescuers and shelter workers whose views of the world have become so skewed
by the war they are waging that they have lost all perspective, and by those in the media who prefer drama to truth.
Breeders are the solution, not the problem. You are the true heroes stewarding the present and the future of dogs. You are the ones creating
healthy, well-structured animals with great temperaments and excellent early socialization. You are the ones funding health research. You are the
ones devoting your lives and resources to the betterment of the species. You are the ones who put in twenty hour days giving your puppies
everything and then wake up three times during the night to check on them. You are the ones whose dogs are virtually never in shelters because
you do such a good job screening and placing and taking back dogs. You are the ones who have virtually eliminated overpopulation within your
realm and in fact created a shortage of good dogs such that it often takes years of waiting before a puppy is available.
That another, completely unrelated, group of idiots allows their dogs to keep reproducing for no good reason and filling shelters; that a few profit-
driven miscreants breed countless dogs in horrid conditions; that rescues and shelters keep placing horrific dogs in homes so that they bounce
back and keep the system full; that naivety motivates the unnatural and unsustainable notion of no-kill, that by nature dogs produce more puppies
than are needed and so some excess and attrition are unavoidable—these things are not your fault!
Yes, there are issues that breeders need to improve—breeding towards extremes, prioritizing the wrong goals, breeding too young, over-breeding
certain lines, placing excessive value on breed purity, hostility towards differing opinions, elitist attitudes, undervaluing balance—and I hope
breeders will continue to improve. And yes, there are some awful breeders out there. But all in all, it is you who have created the wonderful dogs
of today, and you who will create the wonderful dogs of tomorrow, and my gratitude for that is nearly boundless. And while there are some lovely
accidentally bred dogs in shelters (I have a few!), and some awful dogs being produced by breeders, at the end of the day the quality of dogs
generally being produced by careful breeders is leaps and bounds higher than what is generally available in shelters.
All the mindless anti-breeder rhetoric is nothing more than misleading hate-mongering that points the blame in the wrong direction: if breeders,
and the public, buy into this mindless propaganda, we will lose all the good dogs in a few years, with virtually no reduction in the number of poorly
bred dogs filling the shelters.
So please, keep up the good work and know how much you and your hard work are appreciated. And above all, know that the fabulous creatures
you produce are dearly loved and valued.
Taken from talentedanimals.com
Owned and loved by
Taylor & Dillion
Owned and loved by
He's doing very well. He's willful and adorable and very trainable. We are
working on potty training and cuddling and holding. Tomorrow he's going to
7/8/16 - Vet Visit
He got an A+
We have had him for 1 week now and he is settling in. Already knows his name,
sit, come, kiss, shake and drop it. Although he doesn't always drop it. He knows
when he's being bad and he quite enjoys that. He plays fetch too. Great
progress for such a short time. We're working on house breaking. He's a love!!!!
Hi Yvonne, this is Kathy Hill, we bought a puppy from you in March of 2015,
she was born January 17, 2015. We call her Harper! I just thought I would send
you a picture I posted yesterday for national dogs day! She is so beautiful and
such a sweetheart❤️ Thank you again for such a beautiful dog ❤️
thinks she is the boss and momma to both these boys! We love
them So much!!
Hi Yvonne! Just wanted to check in and make sure we are getting the
right food for little Salem (Jana)- she has adjusted fabulously and we
are enjoying her so much. She fits right in and is loved by all. Drs appt
went well and we will keep her up to date w shots etc....
We got the food and she is doing great- learning something new
everyday and doing well with her potty training. Here is a cute pic of
her I thought I would share:
Thought you might like an update on Lacee. She is growing like a
weed has a great personality she just loves ever body. Lacee has a lot
of energy and love to play. We are enjoying her so much. Hope you
and your family are doing well.
I wanted to send you a picture of our baby Athena aka Shiloh ( we
adopted her last June from you ) . We love her!!!! . She is so feisty and
only weighs 11lbs! Teddy loves his baby sister ,they play all the time
and enjoy going to dog park.
We are so happy we got to adopt her ..
|CIncy, Lady Lux, and Ace
Owned and loved by
The Hendershott Family
Owned and loved by
The Hill Family
Owned and loved by
The Adams Family
Owned and loved by
The Nell Family
Owned and loved by
The Heild Family
Owned and loved by
The Hathaway Family
I hope you and your family had a nice Thanksgiving with that delicious cheesecake. We
arrived home late Saturday. Calvin (now renamed Kona or as my husband likes to say,
"A Kings Castle Merlin's Magical Cuppa Cappuccino.") I think Kona works fine tho I was
always partial to Cappuccino or Cappy for short.
Kona is a really good traveler and is a magnate to everyone who passes by. He is getting
a lot of socialization! We saw the vet on Sunday (11/27) who says he looks great and he
is impressed with his temperament. Our cats are not sure yet but so far so good. He is
now 10 pounds.
He is settling into our home quite well and is sleeping a good 5 hours straight at night
and rarely whines which is awesome....
All in all, things are going well with our new family member. Thank you again for raising
such a beautiful, happy, playful little boy. We are over the moon!
We found out are next door neighbors just got a 16 week old Westie, so
she has a new playmate. She is amazing and so smart. We can't wait to
Rosie has just finished her first round of training and was the star. In the fall we are
starting the second level. She is the most amazing and loving dog we have owned.
There may be a second one in our future. Thank you.
Owned and loved by
The Ousounis Family
If you think PETA really cares about animals, think again!
“The cat, like the dog, must disappear… We should cut the
domestic cat free from our dominance by neutering, neutering, and
more neutering, until our pathetic version of the cat ceases to
exist.” –John Bryant, Fettered Kingdoms: An Examination of A
Changing Ethic (Washington, DC: People for the Ethical Treatment
of Animals (PeTA), 1982), p. 15.”
“Let us allow the dog to disappear from our brick and concrete
jungles–from our firesides, from the leather nooses and chains
by which we enslave it.” –John Bryant, Fettered Kingdoms: An
Examination of A Changing Ethic (Washington, DC: People for the
Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA), 1982), p. 15.
“You don’t have to own squirrels and starlings to get enjoyment
>from them … One day, we would like an end to pet shops and the
breeding of animals. [Dogs] would pursue their natural lives in
the wild .. they would have full lives, not wasting at home for
someone to come home in the evening and pet them and then sit
there and watch TV,” — Ingrid Newkirk, national director, People
for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA), Chicago Daily
We have no ethical obligation to preserve the different breeds of livestock produced through selective breeding …One
generation and out. We have no problems with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective
breeding.” – CEO Wayne Pacelle, as reported in Animal People News, May1993
“I don’t have a hands-on fondness for animals. I did not grow up bonded to any particular nonhuman animal. I like them and I pet
them and I’m kind to them, but there’s no special bond between me and other animals…” – CEO Wayne Pacelle in Bloodties,
1994 The AR’s anti-pet ownership Agenda.After
|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
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
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
|Bringing Best Friends
A Kings Castle Miniature Australian Shepherds
is located in Arizona. Our dogs are part of our
family and live with us or in co-own homes. We
strive to maintain the substance and type of
the standard Australian shepherd but in a
smaller package. Our mini aussies can do a
full day's 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 aussie should
I just wanted to share how incredibly happy we
are with our handsome little aussie pup. From
the get go we could tell that he had a great
temperament and knew he was going to be a
great dog. Zuko has grown to be an incredible
companion to us. From day one he was sweet
and friendly with everyone and everything and
has grown into a very well behaved, well
socialized, and extremely fun addition to our
family. He is also by far the most handsome
red tri that I’ve ever seen personally.
"Zuko" Owned and loved by Aaron and Christa
Thank you for considering a Kings Castle
puppy! We strive to produce puppies with
sound structure, good temperaments, and
correct aussie type. Our 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 placed on a spay/neuter contract They
are well socialized, up to date on
vaccinations and worming, and
come with a health guarantee. Our mini
Australian shepherds are registered with
IMASC, MASCA, ASDR, and/or AKC as
Australian shepherds not miniature