Oh douh, yes I've heard of them (*smacks self*) but thought the Mini Aussie was now being called the American Shepherd? Not true?Not getting into the ethics (because this is a pic thread) but toy/mini aussies are increasingly popular around here with a certain type of breeder. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miniature_Australian_Shepherd I am guessing the OP is talking about a mini-aussie. Of course I see breeders calling them "toy aussies" too.
As far as I know they haven't been approved for full AKC recognition yet. Can't find anything on AKC's FSS news page, nor on the breed clubs news page about it. It hasn't even been two years since they moved into Misc.The miniature american shepherd is fully AKC accepted I believe starting the beginning of next month- May 2014. The toy is not AKC accepted.
I've seen a few breeders mention full acceptance in 2014. WIll have to keep looking around...As far as I know they haven't been approved for full AKC recognition yet. Can't find anything on AKC's FSS news page, nor on the breed clubs news page about it. It hasn't even been two years since they moved into Misc.
OP: very cute pup.
My future Toy/Mini Aussie breeder uses her dogs for flyball. The sire of her last litter was from Emberview Aussies -- Dundee, a toy size, is used for herding on their farm.I would be interested to hear more about them as well. What is their drive like. Hubby as approved my youngest for a puppy and he is pretty set on a miniature poodle because of size and trainability but this might open up more options for him (I admit I'm a little nervous about grooming with a poodle of any size). Most of the toy aussies seen locally are actually BYB or puppy mill dogs so that would be concern.
My concern would be too high of drive really. He is 8 and this is his first personal dog. Obviously I will be helping but I don't want him to get frustrated trying to manage a really high drive dog that doesn't listen to him, or a dog that doesn't want to do anything. We were aiming for something in the 30lb and under range to make the dog manageable size wise, tolerant of other dogs (because we have 4), and reasonably easy to train. He is interested in doing agility or disc dog but I don't want him to get a dog that needs to go, go, go all of the time. I don't want to choose a dog with agility in mind, more pick a dog with ease of training in mind and work from there. The dog doesn't have to be perfect at agility just willing to try.My future Toy/Mini Aussie breeder uses her dogs for flyball. The sire of her last litter was from Emberview Aussies -- Dundee, a toy size, is used for herding on their farm.
They have good drive. Well her dogs anyway Really great flyball dogs.
The breeder describes them as just regular Aussies but smaller.