|Barked: Wed Oct 17, '12 10:30pm PST |
|Thanks guys- I am planning on bringing Kityra to meet the pup at the breeder's home. I agree on the opposite sex part too. She's very fond of male dogs of any age, but could care less for other females... unless they were puphood (childhood?) friends already. We're actually going to bring Kityra to meet a male Sheltie pup this Saturday, so I'm super stoked for that.
Hmmm... Nikki, I agree there are many backyard breeders who ride the Mini Aussie trend coat-tails, and spotting one of those is quite clear. But Mini Aussies DO have established breed clubs and dog shows. There are responsible people are breeding them, though for different purposes than the standard Aussie... Most that are reputably bred come from homes that are into dog sports and also aim for pet quality, and less of the overwhelming herding instinct (aiming for high-drive)
Officially, they are purebred Aussies in a smaller size. The ones called "Toy Aussies" are small mutt versions often sold in pet stores and are not a breed... mixed with Papillons, Shelties, and the like. Those "toys" are the ones you are referring to, and yes, they are indeed puppy mill and backyard breeder fodder.
But Miniature Australian Shepherds are definitely a real breed by now, except they now titled the North American Shepherd.
“The NAMASCUSA Board and the appointed AKC Committee are currently in negotiations with AKC / USASA for the AKC recognition of the Mini Aussie”
NAMASCUSA, one of the parent clubs for mini-Aussies (there is also MASCA) became the parent club for AKC registrations. The president of NAMASCUSA became the president of MASCUSA transferring over everything except the "aussie" name.
Here's actually quite a lengthy and in-depth thread discussed last year about the recognition of the Mini Aussie. Just putting this info out there for the uninformed, since the breed is still indeed a "developing breed", and therefore can get a little controversial (though hopefully not catty).
Edited by author Wed Oct 17, '12 10:39pm PST
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