Top Ten Cool Toy Australian Shepherd Facts
The Toy Australian Shepherd is getting incredibly popular so we thought we’d provide a few fun facts about this unique breed.
1. A Toy Australian Shepherd is not a Toy!
We know the name is confusing, in fact it was a little confusing when we first heard of this breed. They were so cute and interesting so we researched the breed and found that there are actually 3 sub-types of the smaller Australian Shepherds, called: Teacup Shepherd, Toy Shepherd and Miniature Shepherd with the Teacup being the smallest breed and Miniature the largest. Voilà!
2. Toy Australian Shepherds are not from Australia
We know this is another weird fact, isn’t it? According to the most current explanation they originated in the Basque country in Western Europe who may have spent some time in Australia before moving to the United States. These settlers have had a role in creating a new breed of shepherd dogs as an independent new breed which then became known as Australian Shepherds.
3. Their nickname is the Toy Aussie
Americans generally like everything from Australia. And, as Australians often call themselves and all Australian stuff “Aussie” this also goes for the dogs (no matter whether they are real Australian dogs or not). So, both the Mini and the Standard size Toy Australian Shepherds are called “Aussies”.
Although their personality and outlook strongly resemble their taller relatives there are still plenty of breeders of normal Aussie Shepherds who will not acknowledge the mini breed as part of the Aussie family.
5. It took 11 other breeds to create the Toy Australian Shepherd
Strange but true: There are 11 breeds which are involved in creating the Mini Aussie Shepherds. These include the following: English Shepherds, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Border Collies, Springer Spaniels, Pyrenean or French Shepherds. To make the breed miniature: Pomeranian, Chihuahua, Poodle, Yorkshire terrier, Collie and Cheltenham Terriers. Must have been a long process if you ask us, but that’s the way with creating new breeds.
6. Toy Aussies are full-blown Shepherd Dogs
As you can see from their ancestral lineage, these dogs are shepherd dogs. This means extra time, extra care and at lots of exercise is needed for this breed than other, more sedentary dogs.
7. Toy Aussies are very family oriented
These mini dogs have the soul of a big dog. They want to take care of the whole family and they do become a fully-fledged member of the family. They are not dogs to constantly leave outside the house or to keep separated.
8. Toy Australian Shepherds are not aggressive
This is great news and that is why this breed is so good for families with kids. This breed is inherently non aggressive.
9. Toy Aussies need extra care
Take an Aussie Shepherd into your family only if you can spend lots of time with him/her. Otherwise, these cute little dogs will be lonely and start to find themselves things to destroy.
10. Toy Australian Shepherds are great travel companions
Thanks to their size and friendly nature, an Aussie Shepherd is just the perfect travel companion. They love movement, an active lifestyle with plenty of activities, as long they can be with you. They are a real family member and once you fall in love with them, they will deserve their place there.