Mini Australian Shepterrier

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15-25 lbs
13-17"
United States
Australian Terrier
Miniature Australian Shepherd
The Mini Australian Shepterrier is a hybrid of the Australian Terrier and the Miniature Australian Shepherd. These breeds are small to medium in height and appear to always have long fur coats that can either be wiry or straight. As these are new designer breeds, the exact history of this hybrid remains unclear. Nevertheless, it can be speculated that the hybrid may be native to the United States due to its recognition with many American Clubs. The Mini Australian Shepherd is a high energy dog and will be best suited to active households.
Purpose
Companionship
Date of Origin
2000s
Ancestry
Australian Terrier and Miniature Australian Shepherd

Mini Australian Shepterrier Health

Average Size
Height: 14-18 inches Weight: 15-35 lbs
Height: 13-17 inches Weight: 15-25 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Retinal Dysplasia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Kidney Disease
  • Cherry Eye
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA)
Occasional Tests
  • Optical Examination
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Regular Full Physical Examination By Veterinarian

Mini Australian Shepterrier Breed History

The Mini Australian Shepterrier is a new hybrid that has only recently become popular. As such, the history of the Mini Australian Shepterrier is not yet in the history books so looking to the parents will be the best way for familiarizing yourself with your new pet. The Mini Australian Shepterrier is currently only recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club and the Dog Registry of America. Based on their area of recognition it can be speculated these designer breeds may have likely originated from the United States within the last decade. The intelligent Miniature Australian Shepherd is a relatively new breed that was founded in the 1960s in California. These breeds seem to have been created through the outcrossing of the Australian Shepherd with various other small breed dogs, resulting in a small miniature version of an Australian Shepherd. As this breed shares common ancestry with the Basque Shepherd and the Australian Shepherd, they are widely recognized as an excellent herding dog. The Australian Shepherd originated in the United States during the Gold Rush. The Australian Shepherd Club of America was formed in 1957 and this breed joined the American Kennel Club's roster in 1993. Despite its small size, the Australian Terrier was considered a courageous little dog that was believed to have been a native to Tasmania. These spunky little dogs were first traced back to the 1800s and share common ancestry with the Dandie Dinmont, Skye Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier, Manchester Terrier and Yorkshire Terrier. Owners will definitely see that their hybrid will have a strong drive to please their owners through herding or hunting small vermin much like their parent breeds, as well as being a faithful companion.

Mini Australian Shepterrier Breed Appearance

The Mini Australian Shepterrier is a small to medium sized dog that often can have a very rugged appearance. These hybrids have coats that can be either wiry or straight and may be harsh to the touch. Their muzzles are medium to long in length and their ears are set high on their head but are semi-folded downwards. Their eyes are often brown and almond shaped but can come in other colors such as blue, hazel and even amber. These hybrids tend to have long bodies and short legs. They can often be described as having muscular, lean bodies and strong hind and forequarters.
Eye Color Possibilities
Blue
Hazel
Brown
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
Blue
Red
Black
Silver
Brindle
Fawn
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Mini Australian Shepterrier Breed Maintenance

An average maintenance dog, the Mini Australian Shepterrier does not require much when it comes to grooming. They may be seasonal shedders but if they retain their Terrier coat, then shedding is often infrequent. During the summer months these hybrids may shed more often and so will require weekly deshedding in order to remove loose fur. This hybrid is not prone to matting and may only need to be brushed once a week. In terms of bathing, these dogs can get away with a few baths throughout the year. Over bathing your hybrid may result in dry skin, causing various skin problems to occur. Teeth should be cleaned weekly in order to prevent dental disease, ears should be monitored and cleaned out in order to prevent ear infections, and nails should be trimmed if not worn down.
Brushes for Mini Australian Shepterrier
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Mini Australian Shepterrier Temperament

Loyal and easy to train, the Mini Australian Shepterrier is a loving companion that can do great in households with children. Due to their herding and high prey drive, this breed may not be well suited to households with other, smaller pets. When encountering a new face, your hybrid may bark a lot in order to warn you of a strangers presence. These pups are extremely alert and make great watchdogs for this reason, though they very rarely will show aggression towards people. Nevertheless, the Mini Australian Shepterrier is one of the more easier to train dogs who loves to learn! Training these pups at a young age will enable them to be better socialized and tolerant to people and other pets.

Mini Australian Shepterrier Activity Requirements

The Mini Australian Shepterrier is a high energy little breed that will require a minimum of 90 minutes of daily physical activity. They often are quite adaptable breeds and so can do well in urban, rural or suburban environments. These hybrids may have a high prey drive - a trait retained from their Terrier nature. They will enjoy activities that offer them mental stimulation; these include various games such as fetching and herding. They can be quite social and so will love visits to the dog parks.  Due to their constant need to be on the go, owning a Mini Australian Shepterrier can be hard work and they are best suited to owners with an active lifestyle.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Mini Australian Shepterrier Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$25 - $35

Mini Australian Shepterrier Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 12 lbs
Height: 11 inches Weight: 12 lbs
12 Months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 22 lbs
Height: 14 inches Weight: 20 lbs
18 Months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 25 lbs
Height: 14 inches Weight: 25 lbs

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