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~The Mini Aussie~

Herding Dogs 

Just like the Standard Australian Shepherd, the Miniature Australian Shepherd was bred to be a working dog. They are typically very easy going dogs that love to be around people and all types of animals; many will naturally try to herd almost anything they see, including children, people and other pets. 

With Children 

Overall, the Mini Aussie is a wonderful dog with children of all ages. They are very active dogs requiring lots of exercise and they will run and play with children as long as the kids are busy. Although a smaller dog, they are not delicate and can handle romping and average types of play with kids of all ages. Since Mini Aussies are very compliant dogs and love to please their family, they will listen to children and respond to commands from even the youngest kids. 

With Other Pets 

Usually Mini Aussies are not dog- aggressive and will stay in a house very comfortably with dogs, cats and even smaller pets. However, socialization is important with all dogs and other types of pets. In general, the Miniature Australian Shepherd is a great companion dog for other breeds of dogs, even those that tend to be somewhat dominant.


As Watch Dogs 

The Mini Aussie is a good watchdog and will bark whenever someone unknown approaches. They are generally not yappy like some of the other miniature breeds and can easily and quickly be taught not to bark or to stop barking on command. One of the differences in the Mini Aussie from other herding or working dogs is that they are relatively quiet when herding and rarely yaps or barks at the livestock animals.



The Mini Aussie loves to be with family, and is not recommended for families where it will be left alone for long periods of time. They are very well behaved dogs in the house and will quickly find a quiet out-of-the-way spot to watch the family.



Mini Aussies also love to play and be the center of attention when everyone is busy in the house. They are very smart dogs and love a job to do. Training can be easily accomplished and this breed can learn to do complex tricks with ease. 


They love being the center of attention and are naturally playful right up until they are very senior dogs. Mini Aussies are very affectionate with family members and seem to need to be physically close to the family without being demanding for attention. Since Mini Aussies are a working breed, they do need to have something to do every day, even if it is just going for a walk or going through a training routine. When not challenged or stimulated mentally, the Mini Aussie will turn their energy and natural curiosity into more destructive behaviors such as chewing, finding out how to get into the cupboards, and other areas of the house. With attention, exercise, proper training, and stimulation this is very rarely an issue with this breed. 


Mini Aussies enjoy traveling and going to new places. They are somewhat wary of new people and will often skirt around the edges of gathering until they feel comfortable with the people. Proper socialization at an early age will help minimize this behavior. It is important to never force your Mini Aussie to interact as this can lead to distrust and fear of strangers or even of family members.

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