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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 Virginia?

If you’re looking to adopt a pup in Virginia, we have good news for you – the state stacks up well in terms of pet safety and dog-friendly establishments.


Pawsafe ranked Virginia the 7th most pet-friendly state in the country. The site conducts research into factors like animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails. 


They found that Virginia has 728 pet-friendly accommodations and 180 restaurants, along with 357 unique attractions for visiting pets. In the same study, the state ranked 14th for pet services and 15th for pet-friendly accommodations. The state also ranked 12th for pet-friendly trails.


Safewise, another great research site, conducted a similar study that ranked Virginia 20th for pet-friendliness. One of the state’s strengths is its animal cruelty laws. The majority of these laws are related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.

How pet-friendly are cities in Virginia?

Arlington

SmartAsset reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. In their study, Arlington was ranked quite high at 13th. The city has 12 dog-friendly shopping centers and a high number of parks, with 3.5 per 100,000 residents.

Chesapeake

WalletHub also ranks the country’s biggest cities for their pet accomodations. In it, Chesapeake ranks 48th for pet-friendliness. Specifically, it ranks 21st for outdoor pet-friendliness, 81st for health and wellness, and 58th for pet budget.


The city of Chesapeake also has the 20th highest dog parks per capita, with 2 per 100,000 residents.

Virginia Beach and Norfolk

A few other Virginia cities made it lower on the list. Virginia Beach is ranked 60th, and Norfolk is ranked 92nd.


However, a Trust for Public Land (TPL) study shows that Norfolk has the 4th highest number of dog parks per capita, with 4.8 dog parks per 100,000 residents. 

A few more stats for Virginia’s pets

Only 35% of Virginia residents own a dog. This is below the national average of 40%. 


According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Virginia are German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, and Beagles. The official state dog is the American Foxhound. In the Arlington area, the most popular dogs are Labs, Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, and Poodles.

Animal welfare & dog shelters in Virginia

Virginia is average when it comes to animal welfare and saving lives. The state saved 96,044 dogs and cats during 2020. Approximately 7 were killed during the same period. Out of 151 animal shelters, 93 have a no-kill policy. The overall save rate for the state is just below 85%. With that, Virginia has some work to reach 90% to become a no-kill state. We hope to see continuous improvement in this area!

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