Origin: United States
Dog Breed Group: Working Dog
Life Span: 13-15 years
Weight: Male: 10-18, Female: 9-15
Height: Male: 14-18, Female: 13-17
Origin of Name: The Miniature American Shepherd was developed in California during the late 1960s.
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In the 1960s, small-sized Australian Shepherds found that American rodeo circuits were working, selectively bred to further reduce their size. The new breed was originally called the miniature Australian shepherd. He became particularly popular with equestrians visiting horse shows, as his intelligence, loyalty and size made him an excellent travel companion, thus spreading his popularity across the country.