|Barked: Mon Jun 4, '12 10:23am PST |
|I am an Aussie enthusiast...I like my Aussies as Aussies and constantly am fighting the battle that two of my dogs are Aussies and not MAmS.
Within the Aussie standard it specifically states that "quality is not to be sacrificed in favor of size" so I think creating a new breed was a bit much. I have seen 17" Aussies do just fine is the ASCA ring (I won't start on AKC).
I have nothing wrong with MAmS, but I stand by my parent clubs on the whole "not a variety" thing (both ASCA and USASA are against it). Yes, Aussies were the foundation stock for the MAmS, but to consistently get the sizes that some of these MAmS breeders are getting that had to be many generations ago. I think the thing that really bugs me is that my girl is over 18" and still is called a "mini" and my boy is just on the smaller size as he is 18" as well, then the fact that I now have a beast of a girl that measures in at 20" they look tiny! I rarely get the average dog owner guessing the correct breed...I mean Aussies have been around for a long time.
I only know a few MAmS breeders I would ever recommend to people...there are sadly too many breeders that got on the bandwagon and just throw the small dogs together to get smaller dogs with no concern to temperament, instinct, or type. The vast majority of the Minis I have met have been ridiculously out of whack in the temperament department. They may be small, but I swear they have larger exercise requirements than my Aussies (even the MAmS from good breeders are still too busy for me).
I remember when I was researching breeds and started to look up the Mini, my neighbor had two and neither dog was my cup of tea. I was worried that the typical Aussie would not work despite Maggie being my dream dog (my neighbors owned her at first)...but it has worked out (plus the Mini rescue, MARS, flat out said I was not a fit owner for a dog after I filled out an app to adopt...lets just say that ARPH was happy to have me).
If you are interested in the MAmS, be prepared to slog through bad breeder after bad breeder to find that wonderful golden egg. If I pull up a local search (within 100 miles) I can only find a small handful of breeders I would go with...but I could find more than 3 dozen breeders that are not at all good. They seem to be a popular puppy mill dog as well...so really have to be careful in that department as well.
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