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THIS PAGE CONTAINS THE OFFICIAL DEFINITION OF THE BREED
The Miniature Australian Shepherd
"The Miniature Australian Shepherd is a well balanced dog of medium size and bone. He is attentive
and animated, showing strength and stamina combined with unusual agility.
Slightly longer than tall, he has a coat of moderate length and coarseness
with coloring that offers variety and individuality in each specimen. An
identifying characteristic is his natural or docked bobtail. In each sex,
masculinity or femininity is well defined."*
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The following is Judging Criteria
for the breed.
Use this information as a guideline when selecting
your perfect companion. But remember- there's no substitute for a
great personality. If you develop a bond with a puppy or dog, or
prefer a certain personality type, appearance means nothing.
The North American Shepherd is intelligent, primarily a working dog of
strong herding and guardian instincts. He is an exceptional companion. He is
versatile and easily trained, performing his assigned tasks with great style
and enthusiasm. He is reserved with strangers but does not exhibit shyness.
Although an aggressive, authoritative worker, viciousness towards people or
animals is intolerable.
Clean-cut, strong, dry and in proportion to the body. The top skull is
flat to slightly rounded, its length and width each equal to the length of
the muzzle which is in balance and proportioned to the rest of the head. The
muzzle tapers slightly to a rounded tip. The stop is moderate but well
Very expressive, showing attentiveness and intelligence. Clear, almond
shaped, and of moderate size, set a little obliquely, neither prominent nor
sunken, with pupils dark, well defined and perfectly positioned. Color is
brown, blue, amber or any variation or combination, including flecks and
A full compliment of strong, white teeth meet in a scissors bite. An even
bite is a fault. Teeth broken or missing by accident are not penalized.
Disqualifications: Undershot bites; overshot shot bites exceeding 1/8 inch.
Set on high at the side of the head, triangular and slightly rounded at
the tip, of moderated by bring the tip of the ear around to the inside
corner of the eye. The ears, at full attention, break slightly forward and
over from one quarter to one half above the base. Prick ears and hound type
ears are severe faults.
NECK AND BODY
The neck is firm, clean and in proportion to the body. It is of medium
length and slightly arched at the crest, setting well into the shoulders.
The body is firm and muscular. The topline appears level at a natural
foursquare stance. The chest is deep and strong with ribs well sprung. The
loin is strong and broad when viewed from the top. The bottom line carries
well back with a moderate tuckup. The croup is moderately sloping, the
ideal being thirty (30) degrees from the horizontal. The tail is straight
not to exceed four (4) inches, natural bobtail or docked.
The shoulder blades (scapula) are long and flat, close set at the withers,
approximately two fingers width at a natural stance and well laid back at an
angle approximating forty-five (45) degrees to the ground. The upper arm (humerus) is attached at an approximate right angle to the shoulder line
with fore legs dropping straight, perpendicular to the ground. The elbow
joint is equidistant from the ground to the withers. The legs are straight
and powerful. Pasterns are short, thick and strong but still flexible,
showing a slight angle when viewed from the side. Feet are oval shaped,
compact, with close-knit, well-arched toes. Pads are thick and resilient;
nails short and strong. Dewclaws may be removed.
Width of hindquarters approximately equal to the width of the forequarters
at the shoulders. The angulations of the pelvis and upper thigh (femur )
corresponds to the angulations of the shoulder blade and upper arm forming
an approximate right angle. Stifles are clearly defined, hock joints
moderately bent. The metatarsi are short, perpendicular to the ground and
parallel to each other when viewed from the rear. Feet are oval shaped,
compact, with closeknit, wellarched toes. Pads are thick and resilient;
nails short and strong. Rear dewclaws are removed.
Of medium texture, straight to slightly wavy, weather resistant, of
moderate length with an undercoat. The quantity of coat varies with climate.
Hair is short and smooth on the head, outside of the ears, front of forelegs
and below the hocks. Backs of forelegs are moderately feathered; breeches
are moderately full. There is a moderate mane and frill, more pronounced in
dogs than in bitches. Nontypical coats are severe faults.
All colors are strong, clear and rich. The recognized colors are blue
merle, red (liver) merle, solid black and solid red (liver) all with or
without white marking and/or tan (copper) points with no reference. The blue
merle and black have black pigmentation on the nose, lips and eye rims; the
red (liver) and red (liver) merle have liver pigmentation on nose, lips and
eye rims. Butterfly nose should not be faulted under one year of age. On all
colors, the areas surrounding the ears and eyes are dominated by color other
than white. The hairline of a white collar does not exceed the point of the
Disqualifications: Other than recognized colors. White splashes.
Smooth, free and easy; exhibiting agility of movement with a
wellbalanced, groundcovering stride. Fore and rear legs move straight
and parallel with the center line of the body; as speed increases, the feet,
both front and rear, converge toward the center line of gravity of the dog,
while the topline remains firm and level.
Preferred height at the withers for males and females is 13 to up to 18
inches but not including. Quality is not to be sacrificed in favor of size.
Extreme deviation of preferred size should be severely faulted. Toys are 13
inches and under.
Monorchidism and Cryptorchidism
Toy-like Characteristics, I.E. dome head, bulging eyes.
Overshot or undershot bite
Other than recognized color: white body and/or splashes of white