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How Can You Tell The Difference Between An Australian Shepherd And A Miniature?

by Heather
(Terre Haute IN, USA)

I just rescued what was said to be a Mini Australian Shepherd. He is adorable I think he is great. I have been researching on the net. All the pics I have seen of pups of what they said a 4 month old pup he looks more like an Australian Shepherd than a Mini. I would like to know is there a look or size difference at this age? I love him no matter what I am just curious.

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full size will be the bottom line
by: Anonymous

the bottom line is tha a mini will not grow as big as an australian shepherd. australian shepherds tend to be about 65 pounds, and are taller; where as a mini may be as much as 35 pounds and a little shorter. everything else is basically the same as far as temperament, characteristics, etc., why they are not recognized as the same breed is beyond me.

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