Herd About Miniature American Shepherds
updated Sept 15, 2015
Welcome. Whether you are shopping for your next best friend or looking just for fun, we hope
you enjoy meeting our toy and mini aussies-who now are known by the new name "Miniature
American Shepherds." Same breed, same dogs, just a different name since they have been
recognized by AKC.
By way of introduction, we are Lani Morris and Pat Greer and we live on a farm 25 miles
southeast of Owensboro, Kentucky.
We have been breeding toy and mini aussies since 2007 and have placed puppies with great
people from coast to coast in the US as well as in Sweden, Germany, Canada, Mexico and
Herd About toy aussies have earned conformation championships, rally and obedience titles,
competed successfully in agility, and have careers as assistance and therapy dogs.
While we have a blast showing our dogs and enjoy their success, we never lose sight of our
primary goal: raising puppies who grow up to become superb pets and family members who
enhance the lives of their people.
Characteristics of the Breed
As a potential owner of a toy/mini aussie/mini american, you need to know what to expect from the breed. While
we do not use our dogs to herd livestock, they retain those instincts and buyers tell us their dogs "herd" them,
their kids, and other dogs. They have a high level of intelligence. They are naturally cautious with strangers and
for this reason they require a lot of socialization from puppyhood on.
They also require plenty of exercise, interaction, and mental stimulation. While they are highly adaptable to
almost any living situation, their bodies do need exercise in order for their minds to be calm and content. Any
exercised dog is more balanced mentally. This breed is no different. We believe walks with our dogs keep them
happy and calm.
We recommend that you take your puppy through puppy kindergarten and obedience. This will keep your puppy's
mind stimulated and will build a basis of communication with you as the leader. Establishing yourself as a
trustworthy, fair leader is important with these dogs who possess big personalities. If you fail to lead them, they
will lead you.
These dogs want to be with their owners! They can develop separation anxiety. You will want to learn about
crate training as a means of not only potty training your puppy, but also as a way of protecting your puppy from
the potential mischief he can get into if he is left unrestrained in your home. You will also want to learn about
rewarding calm behavior and not reinforcing anxious behavior in your puppy.
If you can provide adequate exercise, are willing to teach and learn new things by attending obedience classes
with your puppy, and will step up to assume the leadership role in the relationship, this is a most gratifying breed
to live with. We have placed our dogs with people in a variety of living situations-in cities, in the country, as
travelling companions, they can adjust beautifully if they are given adequate exercise, attention and training.
Not only are they gorgeous, they are brilliant, funny, loving, loyal and brave. They will start conversations
everywhere you take them as few people can resist them.
These dogs offer something for everyone's tastes-with their wide array of colors, gorgeous eyes, and variety of
sizes-10" up to 18", 7 pounds up to 30 pounds-there is no doubt a toy/mini who will be perfect for you.
They come in four basic colors: black tri, red tri, red merle and blue merle. They can have copper
highlights on their faces, legs and chest, or they may not. (If not, they are bi-colored rather than tri.)
They can have white markings, or may not. According to the standard, they should have color over
both ears and both eyes, with no splashes of white on their bodies more than two inches above
where their legs meet their bodies. Once in a while there will be a mismarked puppy, which will make
it ineligible to show-but it will still make a great pet!
Their eyes are incredible! They can have blue eyes, brown eyes, amber, hazel, gold, green-and any
combination thereof. Their eyes are perhaps their most stunning feature.
It's so much fun having puppies-like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates, you never know what you're
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We are proud to be backyard breeders. Our puppies are raised in our yard, our home, our
laps and arms, not in cages.
We average four litters a year. We breed to show but our top priority is getting all of our
puppies into excellent, lifetime homes. If you want to show, we will do our best to sell you a
show quality puppy. If you are looking for a pet/companion/family dog, we consider that
every bit as important a job for one of our puppies as being a show dog.
We consistently get reports from our puppy owners that our puppies fit themselves
seamlessly into their lives. We believe it is because of our philosophy of breeding and living
with dogs and the early lives our puppies lead before they leave us to go to their new
We are lucky enough to have the room for our dogs to run free safely and we spend time
every day walking with our dogs. We travel as a pack! Everybody goes, from the puppies to
the old dogs. They have a blast stretching out and running as fast as they can, chasing
birds, digging out moles and swimming in the creek.
Although they are running free, they still observe pack order and are obedient. Puppies in
this scenario learn that people are pack leaders, they experience the real world with all its
sights, sounds and smells and they learn every day. They learn that outside is the place to
potty. That the cat is a friend and is not to be chased. That you don't just walk up and start
eating somebody else's food without repercussions. They learn social skills with other dogs,
cats, and people.
When we get back from our walks, our dogs are mellow and happy to spend time in their
indoor/outdoor paddocks. At night, they retire to our climate controlled building where each
dog has his or her own condo. They eat, sleep, and have individual down time.
Each dog we own is interacted with, hands on, every day. They are part of our family and in
return for our care they provide us with happiness and unconditional love.
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Our first litter of AKC Miniature Americans has arrived. If you are shopping for a toy or
miniature australian shepherd, you are in the right place! Mini aussies have been
renamed Miniature American Shepherds and gained entrance into AKC.
We are excited to welcome a litter of 8 born September 4 to Lily and Jake. Three merles
and 5 black tris. Incredibly gorgeous. Inquiries invited! See them on the For Sale page.
New Mom Lily
New dad Jake