Miniature American Shepherd Puppies for Sale in Minnesota, MN

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03/02/2021

Miniature American Shepherd

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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.

Fast Facts

  • Energy High
  • Size Medium
  • Trainability Accommodating

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 Minnesota?

Minnesota has some excellent dog-friendly accommodations and services and is well on its way to becoming one of the more pet-friendly states. It’s a great place to own a dog!


We evaluated scores across two primary studies to get accurate state rankings. Both studies ranked states according to various pet-friendly criteria like animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations and services, and the number of hiking trails and dog parks.


The first study, by animal advocacy group Pawsafe, ranked Minnesota as 14th most pet-friendly state. This includes a good ranking for its animal welfare laws which evaluate laws against abuse, neglect and fighting.


Safewise, a national safety evaluator, ranked Minnesota as the 26th most pet-friendly state. A little lower than Pawsafe, but still doing pretty well comparatively. 


Combining these two studies together puts Minnesota towards the middle of the pack of pet-friendly states.

Are cities in Minnesota pet-friendly?

The personal finance site Wallethub ran a study to evaluate cities for pet-friendliness. They reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country. Here’s how Minnesota’s biggest cities stack up.

Minneapolis

Minneapolis ranked 28th on the list, scoring 63rd place for pet budget, 25th for pet health and wellness, and 25th for outdoor pet-friendliness. 


A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study reviews the nation’s 100 largest cities to see which has the most dog parks per capita. Minneapolis ranked 27th on the list at 1.7 dog parks per 100,000 people.

St. Paul

Even though Minneapolis and St. Paul are known as the Twin Cities, they rank differently in terms of pet-friendliness. St. Paul also ranked well, but just a few spots lower than Minneapolis at the 33rd spot for overall pet-friendliness.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in Minnesota

BringFido lists Minnesota as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1800 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Minnehaha Park and Minnesota Point as popular dog-friendly attractions in the area.


Thirty-five percent of Minnesota residents own a dog. This is below the national dog ownership rate of 40%, but not a whole lot lower. 


What kinds of dogs do Minnesotans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Minnesota are Labradors, Retrievers, and German Shepherds. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Beagles, and French Bulldogs. 

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Minnesota

Minnesota saved 52,742 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 3,380 animals were killed over this same period. 


Thirty-two out of 90 of the animal shelters within Minnesota are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is rather low, but the state has an above-average save rate of 83%. This is short of the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state but is improving.

 

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