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03/02/2021

Miniature American Shepherd

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.

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 Rhode Island?

Rhode Island is a beautiful state with wonderful stretches of waterfront and outdoor public land to enjoy life with your pup. The state does have some areas of improvement and ranks fairly average for pet-friendliness relative to other states. 


One of the leading studies for pet-friendly places to live comes from Pawsafe, an animal advocacy group. In their study, Rhode Island ranks as the 33rd most pet-friendly state. While this score is pretty average, the state did score well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.


Another great study comes from Safewise, a safety review website for different places to live. They ranked Rhode Island similarly in the middle – as the 25th most pet-friendly state in the country. 


Both studies evaluated several factors, including animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.

A few more facts for dog-lovers in Rhode Island

BringFido lists Rhode Island as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 400 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. Their most recommended spots for dogs are Compass Rose Beach and Sachuest Beach, both popular dog-friendly destinations for Rhode Island.


Rhode Island has a below-average dog ownership rate. Twenty-six percent of Rhode Island residents own a dog, compared to the national rate of 40%. 


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

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Rhode Island

Rhode Island saved 5,282 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 18 animals were killed over this, same period. 

Twenty-seven out of 30 of the animal shelters within Rhode Island are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is high, and the state has an above-average save rate of 92%. This is a great number since it’s above the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state.

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