Mini Yorkshire Aussie

10-40 lbs
United States
Miniature Australian Shepherd
Yorkshire Terrier
The Mini Yorkshire Aussie is a hybrid mix of the Miniature Australian Shepherd (Miniature American Shepherd) and the Yorkshire Terrier.  The Aussie side of this hybrid has an interesting history which may not even have originated in Australia!  This hybrid mix is a compact version of two purebred canines which were both bred for hunting activities of various types...yes, even that adorable little Yorkie was initially a hunter.  And, these two hunting breeds have been combined to create a loving and protective family companion.
purpose Purpose
Companionship, Watchdog
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Miniature Australian Shepherd (Miniature American Shepherd), Yorkshire Terrier

Mini Yorkshire Aussie Health

Average Size
Male Mini Yorkshire Aussie size stats
Height: 8-18 inches Weight: 10-40 lbs
Female Mini Yorkshire Aussie size stats
Height: 8-18 inches Weight: 10-40 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Deafness
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Tracheal Collapse
  • Portosystemic Shunt
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Microphthalmia
  • urolithiasis
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA)
  • Canine Cushing‚Äôs Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Entropion
  • Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA)
  • Persistent Pupillary Membranes (PPM)
  • Pannus
Occasional Tests
  • Urinalysis
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Brain Auditory Evoked Response (BAER)
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Blood Work and Serum Chemistry Tests
  • Ultrasonography
  • X-rays of various parts of the skeletal system
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging
  • Abdomen and Blood Tests
  • Echocardiography (ultrasound)

Mini Yorkshire Aussie Breed History

The Mini Yorkshire Aussie, a mix of the Miniature Australian Shepherd  (sometimes called the Miniature American Shepherd) and the Yorkshire Terrier, is a newer hybrid which has little information available about the hybrid itself.  To get an idea about the history of the breed, we'll need to look at the histories of the parent breeds.  The Miniature Australian Shepherd breed parent has an interesting history.  Contrary to origins the name may imply, the larger Australian Shepherd breed (the breed from which the mini version is derived) is not believed to have originated in Australia, having instead emanated from the basque regions between France and Spain.  The "Australian" part of the name seems to have come from the fact that the basque shepherds actually came from Australia, bringing their working dogs with them.  These dogs were initially bred for shepherding activities and, in the 1800's, came to the Northwest United States with immigrant shepherds.  The Australian Shepherd of those days looked a great deal different than the larger version does today, with functionality being more important than appearance. Over time, breed characteristics of the Australian Shepherd became more standardized and the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1991 as a distinct canine breed.  In the 1960's, a Californian became quite interested in several small Aussies that she received from the rodeo circuit.  Amazed by their compact size, she teamed up with a veterinarian to put together a breeding program which resulted in litters containing Aussie pups of both larger and smaller sizes.  This eventually intrigued the professional breeding communities and more effort was put into the development of the "mini" Aussie we see today.  However, recognition as a separate and distinct breed was a longer and harder road to travel for the Mini Aussie enthusiasts.  After much deliberation and discussion over the name and breed standards, it wasn't until 2015 that the AKC recognized the mini version but not without a name change to Miniature American Shepherd.  Accordingly, you may find a Mini Yorkshire Aussie who is the result of breeding a Miniature American Shepherd with a Yorkshire Terrier...but be assured, it is the same sweet, intelligent and cuddly hybrid that we are writing about today.  The Yorkshire Terrier parent breed history isn't quite so colorful or tumultuous. Originating in the county of Yorkshire, England in the 19th century, this, a larger version at that time, was bred to hunt and eliminate rats and other vermin who infested clothing mills.  The breed origins can be traced to the Waterside Terrier, the Manchester Terrier and the Paisley Terrier and was, in the beginning, generally owned by the working class, especially those whose trade was weaving. It is believed by some that other breeds may also have had a contribution to the Yorkie development:  Maltese, Skye Terrier, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, the rough black and tan English Terrier, the Leeds Terrier and the Clydesdale Terriers (the latter two of which are now extinct).  This tiny canine breed was a member of the English Kennel Club from its inception in 1873, coming to the United States in the 19th century to become an extremely popular  "portable pup" to this very day.  The Yorkshire Terrier was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 and has been the darling of untold thousands ever since.

Mini Yorkshire Aussie Breed Appearance

Your Mini Yorkshire Aussie is a mix of the Miniature Australian Shepherd (or Mini American Shepherd) and Yorkshire Terrier and, as such, can take on the appearance traits of one or both of the parent breeds.  Your hybrid family pet can stand from 8 to 18 inches tall at the withers and weigh from 4 to 40 pounds, depending upon which parent breed has dominance in the bio pool.  Your pet can have a body that is small and compact or medium boned and proportionately built, eyes which are in proportion to the size of the head and are dark brown, blue, hazel or amber. The ears may be moderately sized, triangular in shape and set high on the head, with a fold, or v-shaped small ones set high on the head and held erect. The muzzle is often of medium length with a scissors bite.  The canine's feet will likely be small and compact with thick pads and arched toes.  The tail is medium in length, if not docked, can hang in a gentle curve or be carried erect.  The coat can be medium in texture, straight to wavy, medium in length and weather resistant or it can be glossy, silky and fine in texture and of moderate length.  The colors your hybrid could be: black, blue merle, red (liver), red merle or black and tan.
Eye Color Possibilities
blue Mini Yorkshire Aussie eyes
hazel Mini Yorkshire Aussie eyes
brown Mini Yorkshire Aussie eyes
amber Mini Yorkshire Aussie eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Mini Yorkshire Aussie nose
Coat Color Possibilities
blue Mini Yorkshire Aussie coat
red Mini Yorkshire Aussie coat
brown Mini Yorkshire Aussie coat
black Mini Yorkshire Aussie coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Mini Yorkshire Aussie straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Mini Yorkshire Aussie Breed Maintenance

Your Mini Yorkshire Aussie is a hybrid mix of the Miniature Australian Shepherd and the Yorkshire Terrier and is considered to be in the moderate to high category of maintenance.  Both parent breeds are moderate in the shedding category, making only the Yorkie side hypoallergenic, making them not the best breed to have in your home if you have a family member who has breathing problems or asthma.  Your pet should be brushed several times a week to remove loose hair and debris and to distribute the oils through the coat.  Bathing is recommended only as needed so that those same oils are not stripped away, compromising the weather resistance of the Aussie side.  Weekly ear checks and cleaning without insertion of anything into the ear canal will help reduce the chance of infection and, while you're checking the ears, check those toenails, too.  Trimming of the toenails should be done as needed unless your pet is able to keep them worn down in his daily exercise activities.  Dental checkups and cleanings are recommended, as well as at home teeth brushing two to three times (if not daily) per week to reduce the potential for periodontal disease development along with its accompanying tooth loss. The drooling potential is low as is the smell potential in this hybrid.
Brushes for Mini Yorkshire Aussie
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Mini Yorkshire Aussie requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Mini Yorkshire Aussie Temperament

Your Mini Yorkshire Aussie hybrid is a great furry family member! Some of the terms used to describe the temperament of these breeds are:  alert, energetic, gentle, courageous, independent, intelligent, loyal, loving, playful, protective, quiet, social and outgoing.  Have we completed your list of "must haves" in your desired family pet yet?  If not, then how about the fact that this hybrid can be quite the entertainer, the cute and cuddly playfulness capturing the heart of anyone who has one (a heart, that is).  This hybrid is affectionate with its human family and the Aussie side helps to make it better with children, the family cat and other dogs. The hybrid is friendly with strangers but will likely be wary of them until they are comfortable with the safety of the human family.  Early socialization will help modify some of these traits.  Both parent breeds contribute high levels of intelligence but, along with that high level of intelligence comes a moderate level of train-ability and independence.  It is vital that you establish, early in the training, who is in charge as both breeds can be dominant.  Both breed parents contribute higher levels of energy as well so be prepared to adapt and maintain an appropriate exercise regimen which challenges both the physical as well as the mental, since no pet parent wants to deal with the annoying destructive behaviors which can accompany boredom and being left alone for long periods of time.

Mini Yorkshire Aussie Activity Requirements

Your Mini Yorkshire Aussie is a moderately active hybrid, getting high energy levels from both sides of the bio equations.  Long daily walks, playing and romping in the dog park or the fenced back yard, games of fetch and Frisbee, earth dog games, agility and obedience training are some great ways to keep your pet properly exercised and occupied.  He doesn't like being left along for long periods of time as he loves to be near his beloved human family.  Because of the activity levels of the Aussie side, he may not be the best choice for apartments or condos unless you're totally committed to assuring he gets appropriate daily exercise.  The Yorkie side contributes a higher barking level, so this also should be taken into consideration if you live in an apartment or condo where noise is restricted.  This hybrid can live in urban as well as rural settings in an apartment or condo (with the above consideration) or family home with or without a fenced yard.  Depending on which parent breed has the most influence in the bio mix, your hybrid family member may or may not tolerate temperature extremes but rather will be happier and healthier in moderate climate zones.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Mini Yorkshire Aussie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Mini Yorkshire Aussie Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Mini Yorkshire Aussie size stats at six months
Height: 11.0 inches Weight: 16.5 lbs
Female Mini Yorkshire Aussie size stats at six months
Height: 11.0 inches Weight: 16.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Mini Yorkshire Aussie size stats at 12 months
Height: 13.0 inches Weight: 22.0 lbs
Female Mini Yorkshire Aussie size stats at 12 months
Height: 13.0 inches Weight: 22.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Mini Yorkshire Aussie size stats at 18 months
Height: 13.0 inches Weight: 22.0 lbs
Female Mini Yorkshire Aussie size stats at 18 months
Height: 13.0 inches Weight: 22.0 lbs

Mini Yorkshire Aussie Owner Experiences

6 Months
2 People
Long hikes
Looks exactly like an Australian Shepard, but barks as frequently as a yorkie. Aggressive side of yorkie shows more frequently than relaxed Aussie. Very easily excitable while playing, tends to get aggressive after playing for too long with humans and bigger dogs. Her favorite dog to play with at the dog park is a Newfoundland, and she looks forward to seeing her every day, she gets very excited when the Newfoundland shows up. Her size is more relatable to yorkie, as of today she is 10 pounds at 6 months.
5 years, 10 months ago
12 Weeks
3 People
He looks more like an Australian Shepherd. He is super smart and intelligent and quickly learned how to sit. We are working on lay down and pay which he gets sometimes. He is so lovable and cuddly. Very attached to me. Still a puppy but we are so excited for our life with him and excited to see how he grows! He is very small and at 12 weeks only 4 pounds. I’m not sure how big he will get, but I’m thinking maybe 10 pounds.
3 years, 6 months ago
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