Miniature Ausseippet

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20-40 lbs
14-22"
Unknown
Whippet
Miniature Australian Shepherd
The Miniature Ausseippet, a hybrid mix of the Miniature Australian Shepherd (a.k.a. Miniature American Shepherd) and the Whippet, is a very interesting breed, with the Whippet resembling a medium-sized Greyhound and the Miniature Australian Shepherd having a colorful history which brought about a name change to "Miniature American Shepherd".  These two very active parent breeds have been combined to create an active, multi-talented canine who can participate in virtually any activity you wish for him, the friendly and social traits of the Aussie combining with the calm and reserved traits of the Whippet allowing for the creation of a versatile and loving family pet.
Purpose
Hunting, Shepherding, Companionship
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Miniature Australian Shepherd (Miniature American Shepherd), Whippet

Miniature Ausseippet Health

Average Size
Male Miniature Ausseippet size stats
Height: 14-22 inches Weight: 20-40 lbs
Female Miniature Ausseippet size stats
Height: 14-22 inches Weight: 20-40 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Phosphofructokinase (PFK) Deficiency
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA)
  • Persistent Pupillary Membranes (PPM)
  • Corneal Dystrophy
  • Pannus
Occasional Tests
  • Brain Auditory Evoked Response (BAER)
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Various Blood Testing Modalities
  • X-rays of various parts of the skeletal system
  • Eye and Ear Examination

Miniature Ausseippet Breed History

The Miniature Ausseippet hybrid is a mix of the Miniature Australian Shepherd and Whippet.  There is no information available on the hybrid so we'll have to get our hybrid history from the parent breeds.  The Miniature Australian Shepherd has an interesting history to be sure.  For starters, it doesn't hail specifically from Australia, as its name would suggest, but rather is the result of shepherds from the basque region of France and Spain bringing their working dogs from the European continent to northwest part of North America in the 19th century. These shepherds are said to have come from Australia and that is suggested as the reason for the "Australian" part of the moniker.   These working dogs were bred for a variety of shepherding tasks, at which they excelled.  When they were brought to the United States, their hard working traits were utilized in much the same way as from whence they came.  Eventually, the breeding characteristics of the Australian Shepherd, which were quite different in the early years, were standardized and the larger breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1993.  In the 1960's, a Californian obtained several smaller Australian Shepherds, their small and compact size getting her interest and capturing her heart.  She began to work with local veterinarians to create a smaller version of the larger breed.  She did manage to get litters which contained both larger and smaller versions of the Australian Shepherd, which caught the interest of professional breeders.  They got into the fray and worked to create the smaller "mini" version and to develop standardized breed characteristics for this new mini breed.  But, the road to gaining American Kennel Club recognition of this new mini breed wasn't easy.  After much arguing and deliberation among the larger Aussie breed fanciers and the AKC, the Miniature Australian Shepherd was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015 but it necessitated a name change to "Miniature American Shepherd".  This mini version is currently quite popular as family companions, in agility and obedience competitions.  The Whippet parent breed is one which originated in the United Kingdom in probably the 19th century.  While its ancestry and actual date of origination is shrouded in mystery, small dogs resembling Greyhounds have been found depicted in pictures and artistic carvings for centuries prior to this.  Additionally, some believe that breeds in its ancestry could include small Spaniels, the Italian Greyhound and possibly the Manchester Terrier.  Another theory or explanation for the smaller size of the Whippet rests with the breeding practice of using the smaller "runts" of the litter as breeding stock to reduce the size of the offspring.  Regardless of which theory one buys into, the official facts revolve around the breed being developed in England in the 19th century for purposes of rabbit-luring activities. This compact canine breed quickly became popular with the working class as well as the rich, royal and famous.  They valued them for their hunting abilities as well as their speed on the racing track.  The Whippet breed made its way to the United States with English immigrants in the New England area in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  The qualities of the breed quickly caught on in the United States and it was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888.

Miniature Ausseippet Breed Appearance

The Miniature Ausseippet is a hybrid mix of the Miniature Australian Shepherd (Miniature American Shepherd) and the Whippet and, as such, can take on the appearance characteristics of one or both parent breeds.  Accordingly, your hybrid could stand from 14 to 22 inches tall at the withers, weigh between 20 and 40 pounds and have the appearance of a medium-boned, solid body build that is in proportion to the weight and height of the canine or that of a medium-sized hound with a sleek, muscular body.  Your hybrid can have a head which is clean cut and in proportion to the body, an expression of alertness and intelligence, eyes that are dark and oval in shape or brown, blue, amber or hazel and almond in shape. Ears may be moderate in size, triangular, v-shaped and set high on the head or rose ears which are small, fine and held in repose and thrown back and folded along the neck.  His muzzle could be of medium length and thickness or long and powerful looking with teeth in a scissors bite and a nose which is black or red or the nose can be black, dark blue or dark brown.  The feet of your hybrid could be oval in shape, compact with well arched toes with thick pads or hare-like in shape with long, well arched toes with thick pads.  The tail, though usually docked in the Mini Aussie parent, can be long and curved, carried low or be long and tapering.  The coat can be medium length and textured, straight to wavy and weather resistant with a varying thickness of undercoat or short, close, smooth and firm in texture and can be seen in any combination of the these colors:  blue merle, black, red merle, red (liver) with marbling, flecks or blotching of colors in the merles.
Eye Color Possibilities
blue Miniature Ausseippet eyes
Blue
hazel Miniature Ausseippet eyes
Hazel
brown Miniature Ausseippet eyes
Brown
amber Miniature Ausseippet eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
blue Miniature Ausseippet nose
Blue
black Miniature Ausseippet nose
Black
brown Miniature Ausseippet nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
pied Miniature Ausseippet coat
Pied
red Miniature Ausseippet coat
Red
blue Miniature Ausseippet coat
Blue
black Miniature Ausseippet coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Miniature Ausseippet straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Miniature Ausseippet Breed Maintenance

Your Miniature Ausseippet hybrid is one which will require very little grooming, the parent breeds having coats which require only weekly brushing to remove loose hair, debris and matting and infrequent bathing to preserve the oils needed for the weather resistance contributed by the Mini Aussie parent. Both breed parents are considered minimal to moderate shedders; neither breed is hypoallergenic.  Both parent breeds are considered low in the smell and drooling rating as well.  While you're brushing your hybrid family member every week, be sure to check the ears and clean them as needed without insertion of anything into the ear canal.  Also, it is a good idea to check the toenails during this weekly grooming session and trim them as needed.  While daily teeth brushing is highly recommended for almost all dog breeds and hybrids, this realistically may not be possible in all situations.  However, it is important to brush them two or three times weekly as well as keep up with the dental checkups and cleanings with your veterinary professional to avoid periodontal disease development which is accompanied by tooth loss over time.
Brushes for Miniature Ausseippet
Pin Brush
Flea Comb
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Miniature Ausseippet requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Miniature Ausseippet Temperament

Your Miniature Ausseippet hybrid will make a great family pet. As a hybrid mix, the Mini Ausseippet can take on the breed temperaments of one or both of the parent breeds.  Both parent breeds have been described as: affectionate, energetic, courageous, cheerful, intelligent, friendly, loyal, gentle, quiet, protective and social.  Early socialization is recommended to achieve the best results when living with children, the family cat and other animals.  Though neither parent breed is particularly aggressive, both are protective of their human families, bonding closely with them.  As such, don't be surprised if your normally quiet and friendly furry family member becomes vocal and agitated when confronted with strangers in the presence of family or in the family home.  He will likely be wary of strangers until he is assured that the family is safe.  Because they bond closely with their family members, both parent breeds are known to develop separation anxiety when left alone for long periods of time.  Their high intelligence level, which is contributed by both bio parents, makes it essential that they be kept mentally challenged as well as physically challenged in their daily activities.  Though he is eager to please, he will likely be moderately difficult to train and may attempt to be in charge of the situation.  It then becomes necessary that, when training,  the identity of who is really in charge be established and maintained.

Miniature Ausseippet Activity Requirements

Your Miniature Ausseippet hybrid is an active one, a high activity and energy levels coming from both sides of the bio mix.  It will be important that he be exercised both mentally and physically on a daily basis to keep him happy, fit and content, avoiding boredom and the annoying destructive behaviors that accompany it.  Long daily walks, romping and playing in the dog park or fenced back yard, games of fetch, fly ball and Frisbee, coupled with agility and obedience practice and games and earth dog activities will go a long way toward keeping your hybrid mentally and physically challenged.  Your hybrid will likely tolerate hot weather better than colder weather unless the Mini Aussie parent has dominance in the bio mix.  He can live in an urban or rural setting in an apartment or condo or family home with or without a fenced yard provided there is a commitment to appropriate daily exercise for him.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Miniature Ausseippet Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Miniature Ausseippet Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Miniature Ausseippet size stats at six months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 22 lbs
Female Miniature Ausseippet size stats at six months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 22 lbs
12 Months
Male Miniature Ausseippet size stats at 12 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 30 lbs
Female Miniature Ausseippet size stats at 12 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 30 lbs
18 Months
Male Miniature Ausseippet size stats at 18 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 37 lbs
Female Miniature Ausseippet size stats at 18 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 37 lbs

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