General Appearance: The Miniature American Shepherd is a small size herding dog that originated in the United States. He is slightly longer than tall with bone that is moderate and in proportion to body size and height without extremes. Movement is smooth, easy, and balanced. Exceptional agility combined with strength and stamina allows for working over a variety of terrain. This highly versatile, energetic dog makes an excellent athlete with superior intelligence and a willingness to please those to whom he is devoted. He is both a loyal companion and a biddable worker, which is evident in his watchful expression. The double coat of medium length and coarseness may be solid in color or merled, with or without white and/or tan (copper) markings. He traditionally has a docked or natural bobtail.
Size, Proportion and Substance: Size - Height for dogs is 14 inches up to and including 18 inches at the top of the withers. Height for bitches is 13 inches up to and including 17 inches at the top of withers.
Temperament: The Miniature American Shepherd is intelligent, primarily a working dog of strong herding and guardian instincts. An exceptional companion, he is versatile and easily trained, performing his assigned tasks with great style and enthusiasm. Although reserved with strangers, he does not exhibit shyness. He is a resilient and persistent worker, who adjusts his demeanor and arousal appropriately to the task at hand. With his family he is protective, good natured, devoted and loyal.
The Miniature American Shepherd Club of the USA (MASCUSA) was selected in May 2011 as the parent club of the Miniature American Shepherd for the American Kennel Club. The breed was formed by a split of the Australian Shepherd breed in AKC, and the incorporation of dogs previously known as Miniature Australian Shepherds and also known as North American Shepherds. MASCUSA was originally known as the Miniature Australian Shepherd Club of the USA and was founded in 1990 as original parent club for the Miniature Australian Shepherd.
MASCUSA represents AKC Miniature American Shepherd breeders and owners across America and around the world. We are dedicated to promoting, preserving, and protecting our dogs and their owners. MASCUSA promotes sound and responsible breeding practices dedicated to the improvement and advancement of the Miniature American Shepherd. We advocate the highest ethical standards among breeders, owners and fanciers and encourage a spirit of sportsmanship and cooperation among the membership. The Club supports education and education events for its members, judges, dog fanciers, and the general public, and conducts AKC sanctioned competitive events including conformation, herding, obedience, rally, agility, and tracking. MASCUSA supports its members by encouraging the development of local and regional member clubs. We encourage the promotion of the abilities of the Miniature American Shepherd through participation at specialty shows, obedience trials, working trials, and performance events throughout the country.