Australian Shepherds come in several sizes, colors, and unique personalities. However, most people have not heard of the Miniature American Shepherd. Continue reading to learn what the Miniature American Shepherd is and how it relates to Mini Australian Shepherds.


What Is A Miniature Australian Shepherd?

While exploring dog breeds that meet your desires and lifestyle, you may have stumbled upon the newer breed called the Miniature American Shepherd. The American Kennel Club (AKC) officially recognizes Miniature Australian Shepherds as Miniature American Shepherds. If you own a mini Australian Shepherd, you can get your furry friend registered with the AKC under the breed “Miniature American Shepherd.

The Miniature American Shepherds originated in California, USA in the 1960s. The Mini American Shepherd quickly became popular around horse shows. Because of their undying loyalty and eagerness to please their owners, they quickly became traveling companions. Unsurprisingly, the Mini American Shepherd is commonly used on farms for smaller animals, sheep, ducks, goats, etc.

Just like the Australian Shepherd, Mini-American Shepherds have lots of energy and need to get it out daily. They are incredibly smart and quick learners. 


Australian Shepherd Vs Miniature American Shepherd Compared

Mini American Shepherd

To give you a better idea of how the Miniature American Shepherd compares to the Australian Shepherd, we’ve created this easy-to-compare comparison table. 



The American Kennel Club has changed the Miniature Australian Shepherd to a separate breed, now known as the Miniature American Shepherd. This new breed is defined by its smaller size and herding ability. If you are interested in owning a Miniature American Shepherd, be sure to do your research to find a reputable breeder.