For decades, the Australian Shepherd was a popular dog among livestock professionals and horse enthusiasts. In the 1960s, these groups started to develop a miniaturized version of the energetic breed. These smaller dogs had the same attributes of larger Aussies, but their size made them much easier to travel with. Miniature Aussies became especially popular on rodeo circuits where cowboys traveled from one show to the next with their livestock. Eventually, the smaller Aussie became an official, recognized breed. The breed associations encouraged breeders to rename this new breed to avoid confusion. The AKC’s official name for the breed is the Miniature American Shepherd.
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