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Blue Moon Mini American Shepherds are great for agility, fly ball, Frisbee, obedience, rally, and most of all, your new best friend!​
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Miniature Australian Shepherds are now AKC Recognized as
Miniature American Shepherd

Is the MINATURE AMERICAN SHEPHERD right for me?

The Miniature American Shepherd is prized as a working dog, often excelling as a search and rescue dog, as well as a disaster dog, therapy and a guide dog. They are versatile and athletic and excel in events such as agility, obedience competition, and flyball as well. But even more so, they are an excellent family pet. As long as they are involved with their "human", this breed does well in any setting. The Miniature American Shepherd is a medium-sized, well-balanced dog. The large ears are set high on the head and are triangular in shape. The overall appearance of the Mini American Shepherd is similar to the Border Collie, and of course the Australian Shepherd, which this breed is derived from. The coat is of moderate length and is straight and smooth, and it can be wavy as well.

 The MAS is loyal and affectionate towards its owners and those it knows. It can be wary of strangers and may display cautious or guarding behavior when in the presence of unfamiliar people. It is highly intelligent and easy to train. They are eager to please and loves to play. If neglected, the MAS can make its own fun, which may result in destructive behavior. If socialized from a young age, the MAS can bond well with children and other pets and dogs. The breed should show no signs of aggression. They crave human companionship at all times.

Our puppies are raised in our home as part of our family.
Our pups are not kennel puppies.
We invite you to come and see the difference for yourself. ​​

So... Why A Blue Moon Mini Australian Shepherd?
Blue Moon Mini American Shepherds are bred for intelligence, conformation, athleticism, health, and a great personality while maintaining the best representation of the AKC Australian Shepherd.   
I am truly a small hobby breeder and have a few litters a year. All puppies are born and raised in our home & played with daily from birth until they leave for their new homes. Pups are raised as part of our family and are well socialized with other animals, all kinds of people and kids, and different environments. I do this because I love puppies! 

As a buyer, you will be assured of a puppy that has received appropriate veterinary care, up to date vaccinations and worming schedule. Our dogs are fed Life's Abundance Premium Pet Food, started on housebreaking, crate training, using a doggy door and lots of socializing!  They come with puppy support, health records, and a puppy kit to get you started on the right foot.

I want my puppy owners to be happy and assured they made a great decision to choose a Blue Moon Mini American Shepherd. 


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Miniature American Shepherds - Like No Other!
General Appearance
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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.
The Miniature American Shepherd also known as the Miniature Australian Shepherd is exactly as its name implies: a small Australian Shepherd with the Aussie’s attentive, energetic temperament, high intelligence and extreme loyalty to their family with reserve towards strangers.   But while the height of the Aussie varies from 18 to 23 inches, the height of the Mini Aussie ranges from 14 to 18 inches with a corresponding weight of approximately 20 to 40 pounds. 

In 2013, the Miniature Australian Shepherd was accepted into the American Kennel Club, but the breed name was changed to Miniature American Shepherd. There are many reasons behind this, but a quick answer is that the Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA) does not recognize a size variation of the Australian Shepherd. Therefore, to move forward with obtaining recognition through AKC, the Miniature Australian Shepherd Club of the USA (NAMASCUSA), with membership vote, chose to change the name of the breed to the Miniature American Shepherd, as well as the the club name to Miniature American Shepherd Club of the USA (MASCUSA), and create a separate breed standard to recognize this awesome breed!
Owning a MAS is like having a perpetual puppy-you will be stopped everywhere because people want to meet your  "puppy". Their interesting color patterns and eyes, medium build, intelligence, and fun-loving attitude make the Mini American an ideal package!
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All dogs need to be engaged with their humans and provided with positive stimuli. Providing your dog with toys, chewies, training (tricks are fun) and a variety of activities will greatly reduce any normal negative puppy behaviors. Many puppy antics stem from boredom and not enough attention. Take your dog to training classes and you will be rewarded with a well mannered, socially accepted pet. More importantly, a valued companion and family pet!
HISTORY…
Despite his name, the Australian Shepherd that we know today was developed in the United States. It is believed that Australian Shepherds originated in the Basque region between France and Spain.   In the 1800s, Basque sheepherders came to the United States from Australia with their herds. With them, they brought their herding dogs. American farmers need an intelligent, versatile dog to manage their flocks. They bred the Australian herding dogs with American herding dogs to create a well-rounded working dog. Exactly what breeds were used to develop the modern day Australian shepherd or Aussie, are unknown.​​

Miniature Australian Shepherds were bred from Australian Shepherds and they have a shared history. 


A woman named Doris Cordova from Norco, California began breeding Australian Shepherds with the aim of developing a miniature size variation in 1968. Her goal was to create a dog with the characteristics that made the Australian Shepherd great, but in a package small enough (under 18") to better allow them to be house dogs and to make travel to stock shows easier.

 
One of the most well-known dogs from her Cordova kennel was 'Cordova Spike' who was placed with Miniature Australian Shepherd enthusiasts, Bill, and Sally Kennedy. They continued to develop the miniature at their B/S kennels.


Not long after, another breeder, Chas Lasater of Valhalla Kennels also began to produce Mini Aussies. Cordova, Lasater and the Kennedy's were instrumental in the creation of the breed.


The mini Aussie soon attracted the attention of experienced Australian Shepherd breeders and eager newcomers. Lines were researched and educated breeding to full-size Aussies was and is strongly encouraged to diversify the gene pool and improve conformation and type of the Mini Aussie's. Herding instinct, intelligence, and drive were preserved and many mini Aussie's continue to work a variety of livestock today. They are durable and full of energy if bred correctly; they're a smaller version of the Australian Shepherd.



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