Good for Novice Owners:
- Average Size: Small
- Average Lifespan: 12-13 years
Miniature Australian Shepherd Mix Dog Breed Information
A Miniature Australian Shepherd Mix, or Miniature American Shepherd Mix, is a cross between a Mini Australian Shepherd, also called a Miniature American Shepherd, MAS, or Mini Aussie, and another dog breed. Because a mix can end up with any combination of traits from one or both parents, it’s important that you ask the breeder about the other parent breed.
Miniature Aussies tend to be small, energetic, playful, and affectionate dogs. They tend to be loyal and loving dogs that love nothing more than being with their families or working with their families. Should a Mini Australian Shepherd Mix take after their MAS parent, you should be able to expect something similar from them.
Miniature American Shepherds have energetic and playful personalities. Because of this, they tend to retain a puppylike demeanor and playfulness throughout their life. They get along fantastically with children and other pets. But, as a herding breed, they may attempt to herd the family when they are bored. Early training and socialization are a big help in curbing this behavior.
Because the other parent breed may introduce other potential traits that could affect temperament, you do want to ask the breeder about them. You can also meet the mother dog in person to see what sort of temperament she is modeling for the puppies. But, once you get the puppy home, it’s up to you to continue socializing and training them so they continue to grow into a well-rounded dog.
The MAS is a highly adaptable dog breed. They are usually easygoing, even though they are are high-energy dogs. Mini Aussies can adapt well to apartments as well as larger homes as long as they get enough exercise and mental stimulation.
Because they love being with their families, they don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time. As long as the other parent breed has a similar level of adaptability, you should be able to expect the same in a Miniature Australian Shepherd Mix.
Are mixed-breed dogs healthier than purebred dogs? It’s true that mixes can sometimes be healthier than their purebred counterparts, but it is not a guarantee. The reality is that a mix can inherit any combination of potential health concerns common to one, both, or neither of their parents.
From a Miniature Australian Shepherd, potential health concerns to be aware of include hip dysplasia and cataracts. If they or their parents have the merle color coat combination, their hearing and sight should be tested as the gene for that gorgeous coat can also carry a factor that causes blindness and/or deafness.
Reputable breeders will screen their dogs to avoid passing issues on to puppies. So, you want to make sure you ask the breeder about the health and genetic history of both of the parents. You can also ask to see any relevant health clearances or test results.
Mini Australian Shepherds are highly trainable dogs that are a good fit for owners of any experience level. They are highly intelligent, eager to please their owners, are often in-tune with them, and learn very quickly.
The other parent breed could affect this, so you do want to ask the breeder about them. If they are also a highly trainable dog, then you can expect a Miniature Australian Shepherd Mix to be the same. If the other parent breed tends to be more difficult to train, has a stubborn streak, or an independent nature, then you may want to prepare to enroll in puppy training classes.
Regardless of how easy a dog breed is to train or how experienced an owner is, puppy training classes are still a great idea. Not only is this another way to strengthen the bond you have with your puppy, but the classes also tend to offer opportunities to socialize a puppy.
Grooming requirements will vary depending on coat type. Because a Miniature Australian Shepherd Mix can inherit a coat just like one parent breed or a coat that is some combination of both, you’ll want to ask about the other parent breed to get an idea of what sort of range to prepare for when it comes to grooming level.
Should they inherit a Mini Aussie coat, they will have a fluffy double coat that will shed moderately year-round and heavier during seasonal changes. Brushing once or twice a week normally, brushing more often during seasonal shedding, and the occasional bath is usually enough to keep a Mini Aussie coat looking great.
In addition to coat care and maintenance, you will also need to care for your Miniature Australian Shepherd Mix’s nails, ears, and teeth. Monthly nail trimming is usually enough to keep nails from growing too long. But, some dogs’ nails grow faster than others, so you may need to cut your dog’s nails more often.
It’s also a good idea to perform weekly ear checks and to carefully clean your dog’s ears as needed. Ears should be dry, clean, and clear of debris or pests. If you see redness, irritation, discolored or smelly discharge, excess wax, or other concerning things, it’s time to visit the vet.
Although your dog’s teeth and gums need care just like yours, many dog owners overlook dental care for dogs. Because of this, gum disease is one of the most common health issues in dogs. By using an enzyme toothpaste or brushing your dog’s teeth every day, you can help prevent painful dental diseases later in life.
Miniature Australian Shepherds may be small, but they are bundles of energy. These high-energy dogs need daily walks plus playtime, some time to run, and/or extra activity to stay happy and healthy.
If the other parent breed is also a high-energy dog, then you can expect a Mini Aussie Mix to also be high-energy. If the other breed has a lower energy level, it’s possible for a MAS Mix to inherit that lower energy level. But, you will still need to be prepared for the potential of a high-energy dog.
A Mini Aussie usually stands 13-18 inches tall and weighs 20-40 pounds once fully-grown. The other parent breed can affect this, so you want to make sure you ask the breeder about them.
Also, pay attention to which breed is the mother as this will often have a big effect on the size of a mix. Although it’s not always a sure thing, you can also meet the mother dog in person to get an idea of what size to expect once a Miniature Australian Shepherd Mix is fully-grown.
A Miniature Australian Shepherd tends to live for 12-13 years. Although the other parent breed may affect this slightly, you should be able to expect a similar life span in a Mini Aussie Mix.