Miniature Australian Shepherd /
North American Australian Shepherd

Standard
Miniature Australian Shepherd Club of America, Inc.

GENERAL APPEARANCE
The Miniature Australian Shepherd is a well-balanced dog of medium size and bone. He is attentive and animated,
showing strength and stamina combined with unusual agility. Slightly longer than tall, he has a coat of moderate length
and coarseness with coloring that offers variety and individuality in each specimen. An identifying characteristic is his
natural or docked bobtail. In each sex, masculinity or femininity is well defined. Bone is moderate and clean with
coarseness, heaviness or lightness being undesirable.

CHARACTER
The Miniature Australian Shepherd is intelligent, primarily a working dog of strong herding and guardian instincts. He is
an exceptional companion. He is versatile and easily trained, performing his assigned tasks with great style and
enthusiasm. He is reserved with strangers but does not exhibit shyness. Although an aggressive, authoritative
worker, viciousness toward people or animals is intolerable. Fault: Undue shyness.

HEAD
Clean-cut, strong, dry and in proportion to the body. The topskull is flat to slightly rounded, its length and width each equal
to the length of the muzzle, which is in balance and proportioned to the rest of the head. The muzzle tapers slightly to a rounded tip. The stop is moderate but well-defined. Lips: Giving a dry appearance. Disqualification: Wet flews.
Teeth: A full complement of strong, white teeth meet in a scissors bite. An even bite is a fault. Teethbroken or missing by accident are not penalized. Disqualifications: Undershot bites; overshot bitesexceeding one-eighth inch.
Eyes: Very expressive, showing attentiveness and intelligence. Clear, almond-shaped, and of moderate size, set a little obliquely, neither prominent nor sunken, with pupils dark, well-defined and perfectly positioned.
Color is brown, blue, amber or any variation or combination thereof including flecks and marbling.
Ears: Set on high at the side of the head, triangular and slightly rounded at the tip, of moderate size with length measured
by bringing the tip of the ear around to the inside corner of the eye. The ears, at full attention, break slightly forward and
over from one-quarter (¼) to one-half (½) above the base. Prick and hound-type ears are severe faults.

NECK AND BODY
The neck is firm, clean and in proportion to the body. It is of medium length and slightly arched at the crest, setting well
into the shoulders. The body is firm and muscular. The topline appears level at a natural four-square stance. The chest
is deep and strong with ribs well-sprung. The loin is strong and broad when viewed from the top. The bottom line carries
well back with a moderate tuck-up. The croup is moderately sloping, the ideal being thirty (30) degrees from the
horizontal. Tail is straight, not to exceed three (3) inches, natural bobbed or docked.

FOREQUARTERS
The shoulder blades (scapulae) are long and flat, close set at the withers, approximately two fingers width at a natural
stance and are well laid back at an angle approximating forty-five (45) degrees to the ground. The upper arm (humerus)
is attached at an approximate right angle to the shoulder line with forelegs dropping straight, perpendicular to the ground.
The elbow joint is equidistant from the ground to the withers. The legs are straight and powerful. Pasterns are short, thick
and strong, but still flexible, showing a slight angle when viewed from the side. Feet are oval shaped, compact,
with close-knit, well-arched toes. Pads are thick and resilient; nails short and strong.
Dewclaws may be removed.

HINDQUARTERS
Strong and muscular. Width of hindquarters approximately equal to the width of the forequarters at the shoulders. The angulation of the pelvis and the upper thigh (femur) corresponds to the angulation of the shoulder blade and upper arm forming an approximate right angle. Stifles are clearly defined, hock joints moderately bent. The metatarsi are short, perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other when viewed from the rear. Feet are oval shaped, compact,
with close-knit, well-arched toes. Pads are thick and resilient; nails short and strong. Rear dewclaws are removed.

COAT
Of medium texture, straight to slightly wavy, weather resistant, of moderate length with an undercoat. The quantity of
undercoat varies with climate. Hair is short and smooth on the head, outside of ears, front of forelegs and below the hocks. Backs of forelegs are moderately feathered; breeches are moderately full. There is a moderate mane and frill, more pronounced in dogs than bitches. Non-typical coats are severe faults.

COLOR
All colors are strong, clear and rich. The recognized colors are blue merle, red (liver) merle, solid black and solid red
(liver) and with or without white markings and/or tan (copper) points with no order of preference. The blue merle and black have black pigmentation on nose, lips and eye-rims; the red (liver) merle and red (liver) have liver pigmentation on nose,
lips and eye-rims. Butterfly nose should not be faulted under one year of age. On all colors, the areas surrounding
the ears and eyes are dominated by color other than white. The hairline of a white collar does not exceed the point
of the withers. Disqualifications: Other than recognized colors, white body splashes, Dudley nose.

GAIT
Smooth, free and easy; exhibiting agility of movement with a well-balanced, ground-covering stride. Fore and hind legs
move straight and parallel with the center line of the body; as speed increases, the feet, both front and rear, converge toward the center line of gravity of the dog, while the topline remains firm and level. Joints do not bend or twist when in motion.

SIZE
Preferred height at the withers for males is fourteen (14) to eighteen (18) inches; that for females is fourteen (14) up to but
not including eighteen (18) inches. Dogs or bitches above these measurements should be faulted to the degree of
variance; however, quality is not to be sacrificed in favor of size. Disqualification: Below 14" at the withers.

OTHER DISQUALIFICATIONS
Toy-like characteristics (i.e. domed head, bulging eyes, fine bone), monorchidism or cryptorchidism. Note: The Miniature Australian Shepherd should be judged as if it were an Australian Shepherd in all respects other than size. The Miniature Australian Shepherd's conformation, moderate coat, efficient yet driving movement and stable temperament should all
imply a herding dog capable of working long hours in a variety of conditions. Shown in near to natural state. Hair may be trimmed away from and around the pads. Whiskers may be trimmed or untrimmed (never removed on a dog to work stock). Pasterns may be trimmed between carpal pad and heel. Hair along hock and long hairs on docked or bobbed tails or
sparse, stray or straggly hairs may also be trimmed to make a neater outline.