Marsh's MINIATURE AMERICAN SHEPHERDS, "Marsh's MAS" Located in Nova Scotia, Canada. Contact us: marshsmas@gmail.com


 The Miniature American Shepherd Breed History 

(According to Canadian Breeders & Fanciers)


The Breed History in Canada (According to Canadian Breeders & Fanciers): 

The Miniature American Shepherd was initially known as the Miniature Australian Shepherd and first developed in California during the late 1960's with the breeding of small dogs that were considered to be smaller Australian Shepherds. These dogs were bred with a goal of maintaining their small size, active character and intelligence. These smaller dogs continued to breed with larger Australian Shepherds to help maintain type up until December of 2014.

The breed was first registered with the National Stock Dog Registry in 1980 as Miniature & Toy Australian Shepherds. By the early 1990's, they had attained nationwide popularity.

In the early 90's several breeders in Canada imported these smaller dogs from the USA. Several clubs promoted and registered these small dogs, as they were shown with various rare-breed organizations. Under the parent breed club MASCUSA, the breed entered into AKC FSS in 2011 and got a new name, the Miniature American Shepherd.

The "Mini Aussie" as historically referred to, has been used for herding smaller stock such as sheep and goats, although they have the heart to tackle larger stock as well. Their small size was looked upon with favor, as they could more easily double as a household pet. They became especially popular with equestrians traveling to horse shows, as their intelligence, loyalty, and size made them an excellent travel companion. In this way their popularity spread across the country. Today, the Miniature American Shepherd is established across Canada, the U.S. and Internationally. It is a breed with a unique identity - an eye catching, versatile little herding dog, equally at home, on a ranch or in the city.

As of July 1, 2015, The Miniature American Shepherd is a fully recognized breed designated to the Herding Group in the American Kennel Club. The breed also entered CDHPR and received full UKC recognition in January 1, 2015.







  AKC History of the 

Miniature American Shepherd


 The Miniature American Shepherd was developed in California during the late 1960's with the breeding of small, unregistered dogs that were thought to be Australian Shepherds. These dogs were bred with a goal of maintaining their small size, active character and intelligence.

   The breed was first registered with the National Stock Dog Registry in 1980 and was originally called the Miniature Australian Shepherd. By the early 1990's, they had attained nationwide popularity. Several clubs promoted these small dogs, as they were registered and shown with various rare-breed organizations. The first parent breed club and registry, MASCUSA, was formed in 1990 and incorporated in 1993. The breed entered the AKC Foundation Stock Service as the Miniature American Shepherd in May 2011. The Miniature American Shepherd Club of the USA (MASCUSA) is the designated national parent club of the American Kennel Club.

   The breed has been used for herding smaller stock such as sheep and goats, although they have the heart to tackle larger stock as well. Their small size was looked upon with favor, as they could more easily double as a household pet. They became especially popular with equestrians traveling to horse shows, as their intelligence, loyalty, and size made them an excellent travel companion. In this way their popularity spread across the country. Today, the Miniature American Shepherd is established across the U.S. and internationally. It is a breed with a unique identity - an eye catching, versatile little herding dog, equally at home on a ranch or in the city.

   The Miniature American Shepherd is a herding dog to be designated to the Herding Group in the American Kennel Club.


Marsh's MINIATURE AMERICAN SHEPHERDS, "Marsh's MAS" Located in Nova Scotia, Canada. Contact us: marshsmas@gmail.com