Miniature American Shepherd Puppies for Sale in Iowa, IA

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03/02/2021

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A bit pricey, but my experience was great! Customer service was on point and the pet taxi that delivered to my door obviously cared about pets

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Miniature American Shepherd Characteristics

Miniature American Shepherds are smart, self-motivated workers and extremely loyal companion dogs who have an affinity for horses and herding in general. These purebreds share many visual similarities with the Australian Shepherd, but on a smaller scale. These are dogs who live to herd but can also make great family companions with proper training and socialization.

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The Miniature American Shepherd stands quite a bit shorter than the Australian Shepherd at around 13-18 inches to the shoulder. These dogs come with thick double coats and shed a good deal. Mini Aussie owners should plan frequent grooming and regular brushing to keep their coats healthy and shedding to a minimum. 


The Miniature American Shepherd has abundant energy and a personality of playful joy. If you decide to adopt one of these extraverted pups, plan for plenty of exercise, whether through long walks and running, herding, ranch work, or canine performance sports training. Keeping your Mini cooped up in the house all day while you're at work will likely result in her feeling distressed and potential escape attempts. As long as their exercise needs are met, the Miniature American Shepherd is small enough to make a good apartment companion and tolerates smaller spaces well.


Nearly all purebred dogs are predisposed to developing certain genetically linked health conditions. The Miniature American Shepherd inherited some conditions from its ancestor, the Australian Shepherd. Owners should be prepared to help prevent hip dysplasia and a number of eye diseases. It is important to research your breeder before purchase to ensure healthy and ethical breeding. Make sure you keep regular visits to the vet and care well for your Aussie.

The Miniature American Shepherd remains a top choice for those looking for a running buddy, potential ranch-hand, and family friend in a more portable frame than its Australian ancestor.

How dog-friendly is Iowa?

Iowa is a dog-friendly travel destination and has a lot of dog-lovers. But a few issues cause the state to rank rather poorly for dog-friendliness, particularly its lax animal welfare laws. 


We investigated two big studies ranking all 50 states by important pet-friendliness factors. The studies looked at things like pet-friendly accommodations, pet care and services, the number of dog parks or outdoor space, and animal welfare laws. 


The first study, by animal safety group Pawsafe, ranked Iowa as the 41st most pet-friendly state. The second study, by consumer safety group Safewise, ranked it as the 43rd most pet-friendly state in the country. The state scored poorly for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.


Combining these two studies together shows Iowa towards the bottom of the list of pet-friendly states.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in Iowa

It’s not all bad news for dog-lovers in Iowa! BringFido lists Iowa as a pet-friendly travel destination with almost 900 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Racoon River and Lake Red Rock as top dog-friendly activities.


Thirty-six percent of Iowa residents own a dog. This is below the national dog ownership rate of 40%, but not by much!


What kinds of dogs do Iowans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Iowa are Labradors, Retrievers, and Huskies. Other popular breeds include Beagles, Basset Hounds, and Collies. 


Animal welfare & dog shelters in Iowa

Iowa saved 33,222 dogs and cats during 2020. However, 2,350 animals were reported killed over this same period. 


Thirty out of 61 of the animal shelters within Iowa are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is average, and the state has an average save rate of 85%. This is below the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state, but getting closer!

 

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