The Miniature American Shepherd also known as the MAS is a small-sized herding breed, which was developed in the California region in the latter part of 1960s. This exceptionally agile and high stamina breed is characterized by a longish body stature, clean-cut head as well as neck in proportion to its body, almond-shaped eyes, triangular ears which are set high to the side of its head, and also a tail that may be naturally bobbed or docked. Because of its flexibility and active nature, the Miniature American Shepherd is trained to participate in a variety of dog sports like obedience, flyball, agility and disc dog.
|Other names||Mini American, MAS|
|Coat||Double coat of medium coat ( long outer and wooly undercoat)|
|Color||Black, red, red merle, blue merle (may or may not have tan/ and or white markings)|
|Lifespan/ Life Expectancy||12 to 15 years|
|Height||Male: 14 to 18 inches
Female: 13 to 17 inches
|Weight||20 to 40 pounds|
|Litter size||2 to 6 puppies|
|Behavioral Characteristics||Intelligent, loyal, enthusiastic, loyal, protective, devoted, energetic, hardworking|
|Good with children||Yes|
|Shedding (Does it shed)||Moderate to High|
|Competitive Registration Qualification/Information||AKC, UKC|
Small sized dogs which were speculated to be Australian Shepherds were instrumental in the development of the Miniature American Shepherds. In fact, the Australian Shepherds that worked in the rodeo circuits of the U.S.A were bred selectively to bring in a reduction in their size but maintain their active disposition and intelligence.
Initially registered in the year 1980, under the National Stock Dog Registry as the Miniature Australian Shepherd, the new breeds emerged as great travel mates for the equestrians heading towards horse shows, with their small size, intelligent demeanor, and loyal nature. Gaining popularity by the first half of the 1990s, these breeds began to be promoted by several clubs. As several Australian Shepherd enthusiasts objected to these dogs’ association with their breeds, the name was initially changed to the North American Shepherd and ultimately the Miniature American Shepherd. The MASCUSA (Miniature American Shepherd Club of the USA) established in 1990 and came into function in 1993 is the national parent club of this breed as designated by the AKC. The American Kennel Club registered it in its FSS (Foundation Stock Service) group in the year 2011 and also acknowledged MASCUSA as the member of its herding group in 2015, July. At present, this breed has gained prominence not only in the United States but also in other parts of the world, famous for its versatility at the ranch and also as house pets.
These highly energetic, playful breeds are loyal and always eager to please their masters. These herding dogs are greatly devoted towards the members of their family, always keen to protect them as well as their property whenever the need arises. They are friendly towards kids, emerging as their perfect playmates, and also get along well with other canines and felines, mainly if brought up with them since their puppy days. The Miniature American Shepherd may be wary towards strangers, but not shy or aggressive. Being a herding breed, he would always be eager for a job and perform it to his utmost capacity. Having a high level of intelligence, the MAS, is brilliant in problem-solving and performing tricks.
Their intelligence in combination with their eagerness to please would make training the Miniature American Shepherd an easy task indeed.
The Miniature American Shepherd should be fed with good quality dog food. You can even incorporate human food into his diet to make up for the vitamin and protein requirements, though in measured amounts so that he does not end up in being obese.