This little dog is getting incredibly popular in this day and age therefore I thought to sum up some key information what you need to know about them. I hope this will help everyone to learn about this unique breed.
1. A Toy Australian Shepherd is not a toy
I know the name is confusing, in fact it greatly confused me, when I first heard of these dogs. Then learning more I have found that there are 3 subtypes of the smaller Australian Shepherds and these are called: Teacup, Toy and Miniature with the Teacup being the smallest breed and Miniature the largest. Voilà!
2. Toy Australian Shepherds are not from Australia
I know this is another weird thing isn’t it? Well, according to the most current explanation Boorish and then Australian settlers have a role in creating a new breed of shepherd dogs as an independent new breed naming them Australian Shepherds.\
3. Their nickname is 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 they are real Australian or not). So both the Mini and the Standard size Toy Australian Shepherds are called “Aussies”
Although their personality and outlook strongly resemble 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 breed to create the Toy Australian Shepherds
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 gruesome process if you ask me, but that’s the way with creating new breeds.
6. The Aussies are full-blown shepherd dogs
As you can see their line of ancestry, these dogs are shepherd dogs. This means extra time, extra care and at least double chance for running around then for other dogs.
7. 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 leave outside the house or to keep separated.
8. Aussies are not aggressive
This is great news and that is why this breed is so good for families with kids. This breed is inherently not aggressive with anyone ever.
9. Aussies need extra care
Get an Aussie only if you can spend lots of time with him/her. Otherwise these cute little dogs will be depressed and start to find themselves things to destroy.
10. Aussies are great travel companions
Thanks to its size and its nature, an Aussie is just the perfect travel companion for you. They love movement, active lifestyle, activities, so long they can be with you. They are a real family member and they highly deserve to be kept so.