Miniature American Shepherd

USD $900-$1000 Price Avg.

Working Dogs



Breed Type

Small, Medium


13-15 years


Breed Information

Group Working Dogs
Popularity/Rank 35
Origin United States
Other Names Ameri, MAS, Mini American, North American Shepherd
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $900-$1000
How much does it cost to buy a Miniature American Shepherd?
Miniature American Shepherd are usually priced differently from breeder to breeder and from place to place. As a rough guide, you can expect to pay between $900 to $1000 if you purchase your dog from a reputable breeder. The price will increase if the dog has a fantastic pedigree. Dogs that already have basic training maybe even more expensive. But, most Miniature American Shepherds can be adopted through a shelter for a lower fee.
Size Small, Medium
Weight 15-35 pounds (6-16 kg)
Height Male: 14–18 inches (36–46 cm),
Female: 13–17 inches (33–43 cm)
Lifespan 13-15 years
Recognized by AKC
The American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Herding breed. And Not recognized by FCI.
Purpose Herding
Date of Origin 1960s
Ancestry Australian Shepherd, Basque Shepherd

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Smooth
Coat Colors Black, Blue, Merle, White
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Brown, Blue, Amber, Hazel, Green, Grey, Black
Nose Color Possibilities Black, Brown, Liver, Blue, Isabella, Red
Coat Color Possibilities Black, Blue, Red, Sable, Cream, Silver, Gold, Chocolate, Tan, Fawn, Merle
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Medium
Coat Texture Double-Coated
Recommended Brushes Slicker brush, pin brush, shedding blade, undercoat rake, mat comb, nail clippers.
Brushing Frequency

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Dedicated, Devoted, Energetic, Intelligent, Loyal
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners No
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 30-60 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 1.5 cups
Daily Cost $20-$50
Monthly Cost $50-$100


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Miniature American Shepherd have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 2-6 puppies (Once a year.)


The Miniature American Shepherd is a small-sized herding dog that has become increasingly popular in recent years. This breed is known for its intelligence, loyalty, and athleticism. The Miniature American Shepherd has a unique appearance that sets it apart from other breeds. It has a medium-length coat that can be either straight or wavy and comes in a variety of colors including black, blue merle, red merle, red tri-color, and sable. The eyes are almond shaped and the ears are triangular with rounded tips.

The lifespan of the Miniature American Shepherd is between 12 to 15 years when properly cared for. They typically weigh between 20 to 40 pounds and stand at 14 to 18 inches tall at the shoulder.

The personality of the Miniature American Shepherd is one of intelligence and loyalty. They are highly trainable dogs that thrive on positive reinforcement training methods such as clicker training or reward-based training methods. They are also very active dogs who need plenty of exercise to stay healthy both physically and mentally.

Miniature American Shepherds are friendly with other dogs, cats, children, and other animals when properly socialized from an early age. They have an even temperament which makes them great family pets as they do not tend to be overly aggressive or shy around strangers or new environments.

The health of the Miniature American Shepherd is generally good but there are some health issues that can affect this breed such as hip dysplasia, eye problems like cataracts or progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), allergies, skin problems like mange or dermatitis, epilepsy seizures etc.. Regular vet checkups should be done to ensure your pet stays healthy throughout its life span .

The adaptability level of the Miniature American Shepherd is high due to their intelligence which allows them to quickly learn new commands and adjust easily in different environments if given proper socialization from an early age . The benefits of having this breed as a pet include their loyal nature , intelligence , athleticism , low maintenance grooming needs ,and their ability to get along well with children , cats ,dogs ,and other animals .


The Miniature American Shepherd is a relatively new breed of dog, having only been around since the 1960s. Despite their name, they are not actually American in origin, but rather were developed in Germany from a cross between the Australian Shepherd and the Miniature Australian Shepherd.

The breed was developed with the intention of creating a smaller version of the Australian Shepherd that would be more suitable for living in urban areas. However, due to their small size and high energy levels, they quickly became popular as companion dogs and soon began to spread to other parts of the world.

Despite their popularity, the Miniature American Shepherd nearly became extinct in the early 2000s due to a lack of interest from breeders. This was largely due to the fact that they were not yet recognized as an official breed by any major kennel club. However, thanks to the efforts of a few dedicated breeders, the Miniature American Shepherd was eventually recognized by both the United Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club in 2012.

Since then, the breed has continued to grow in popularity and is now one of the most popular companion dog breeds in America. Thanks to their friendly nature and loyalty, they make great family pets and are well-suited for almost any lifestyle.