Also Known As Miniature Australian Shepherds


This breed is intelligent and a versatile working dog with strong herding and guardian instincts. It is an
exceptional companion that is easily trained, performing the assigned tasks with style and enthusiasm.
The Miniature American Shepherd is relaxed, loyal, and devoted dog that bonds closely with family.

The Miniature American Shepherd originated when Basque farmers brought ancestor dogs with them
when they emigrated to Australia, then those ancestor dogs were brought to the United States during
the time of the 1849 California gold rush. These ancestor dogs were then crossed with several breeds
in an effort to produce a dog breed (the Australian Shepherd) that was able to deal with the harsh
temperatures and demands of herding livestock in the American West. The abilities for the breed
during this time were mainly focused on herding with speed, agility, and endurance.

These dogsbecame popular for pets after they are featured as rodeos performers in the 1950's.
In 1968, Doris Cordova, from Norco, CA, began a breeding program to produce the smaller sized
Australian Shepherds.  From her kennel, came a well-known dog named "Cordova's Spike".

Doris Cordova(Cordova Kennel) Bill & Sally Kennedy (B/S Kennel), and Chas Lasater (Valhalla Kennel),
developed the first miniatures of the Australian Shepherds that were under 17" who had heart, intelligence,
andthe drive to work stock, and be small for easy travel to stock shows and be a nice size for a house
dog. In 1990, MASCUSA, the Miniature Australian Shepherd Club of the USA, was formed as the parent
club to preserve, promote and protect this lovely breed.  This parent club is now the Miniature American
Shepherd Club of the USA.







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