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Miniature Australian Shepherd?

by Anthony Domino



Jasper is about an 8 month old deaf Australian Shepherd. He was given to me when he was about 9 weeks old. Right now he weighs about 15 pounds and his growth has slowed down quite a bit. Would anyone happen to know from the picture if he is a miniature?

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by: Wilda

He's probably a Toy Aussie, if he doesn't get much bigger. Toys are usually smaller in weight and height than the miniture. I had an [Australian Shepherd], and he passed away in Sept., so I now got a Toy, because I love the breed, and their temperment, and also because our Chihuahua couldn't handle a big dog(we tried, we got a rescue Aussie, and had to return her); but now with the toy, its better, still not great,but I'm hopeful at least. I got the toy from a breeder, he's only about 5 pounds now, at 3 and half months, she told me he wouldn't get bigger than 18-20 pounds. Minutures can go as high as 35 pounds, and the standards as high as 65 pounds for the males. I wish you the best with your boy, I'm sorry he's deaf, but I'm sure since you've had him since he was 9 weeks old, you and he probably have a relationship, where he can just watch you(which they do anyway) for signals.

Mini Aussie?
by: Anonymous

These are the height and weight for Mini and Toy Aussies:

Toy - Height: 10-14 inches (26-36 cm.)
Toy - Weight: 12-17 pounds (5.5-8 kg.)
Miniature - Height: 13-18 inches (33-46 cm.)
Miniature - Weight: 20-40 pounds (9-18 kg.)

My Toy is 13" and 16 lbs and my Mini is 17" and 26 lbs.

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