The breed was first registered with the National Stock Dog Registry in 1983 and was originally called the Miniature Australian Shepherd. By the early 1990s, the breed had attained nationwide popularity.
Care and Health
The breed sheds a fair amount, even more so during shedding season, which can occur once or twice a year. Weekly brushing—daily during shedding season—will help to remove dirt and loose hairs and keep the dog looking his best. Mats or tangles can be worked out with a slicker brush or metal comb. As with all breeds, the nails should be trimmed regularly, as overly long nails can cause the dog discomfort. This breed is generally a healthy breed, regular checkups are recommended.
This bree became popular with equestrians traveling to horse shows, as their intelligence, loyalty and size made them an excellent travel companion.
The breed has been used for herding smaller stock such as sheep and goats, although they have the heart to tackle larger stock as well.
Good-Natured, Intelligent, Devoted
Size medium, medium Fur,