Miniature American Shepherds aka Miniature Australian shepherds are herding dogs by nature. They are enthusiastic, affectionate, athletic and super smart. This combination of traits means Mini Americans are equally adept in the showring, in obedience trials, running agility, working cattle, sheep ect, Mini Americans make great family pets, and are incredibly loyal a well-bred Mini American can be a bit reserved with strangers- at least until you tell them everything is okay.
General Appearance ( per AKC)
The Miniature American Shepherd is a small size herding dog that originated in the United States. He is slightly longer than tall with bone that is moderate and in proportion to body size and height without extremes. Movement is smooth, easy, and balanced. Exceptional agility combined with strength and stamina allows for working over a variety of terrain. This highly versatile, energetic dog makes an excellent athlete with superior intelligence and a willingness to please those to whom he is devoted. He is both a loyal companion and a biddable worker, which is evident in his watchful expression. The double coat of medium length and coarseness may be solid in color or merled, with or without white and/or tan (copper) markings. He traditionally has a docked or natural bobtail.
( per AKC)
Size, Proportion and Substance ( per AKC)
Size: Height for dogs is 14 inches up to and including 18 inches at the top of the withers. Height for bitches is 13 inches up to and including 17 inches at the top of withers. Disqualification: under 14 inches and over 18 inches for dogs; under 13 inches and over 17 inches for bitches. The minimum heights set forth in this breed standard shall not apply to dogs or bitches under six months of age. Proportion: Measuring from the point of the shoulder to the point of the buttocks and from the highest point of the shoulder blade to the ground, he is slightly longer than tall. Substance: Solidly built with moderate bone in proportion to body height and size. Structure in the dog reflects masculinity without coarseness. Bitches appear feminine without being slight of bone. (per AKC)
DISQUALIFICATIONS (per AKC)
Under 14 inches and over 18 inches for dogs; under 13 inches and over 17 inches for bitches. The minimum heights set forth in this breed standard shall not apply to dogs or bitches under six months of age.
Over 50% un-pigmented nose leather.
Undershot or overshot bite.
Other than recognized colors. White body splashes, which means any conspicuous, isolated spot or patch of white on the area between withers and tail, on back, or sides between elbows and back of hindquarters.
A reputable breeder will take the time to explain what their breeding program is about. Why they are breeding the dogs that they are, and what their program is doing to help improve their breed. They should have a good knowledge of their dogs, their positive and negative traits and the temperament history of their pedigrees.
Responsible breeding, only produces a litter with the goal of improving their breed. ItThe mind of a puppy is a result of good bloodlines as much as good body structure. You should receive at least a three generation pedigree with your puppy.
you should not be offended when asked about your lifestyle. The conscientious breeder may ask you questions to find out if their puppy is a puppy that will fit well into your lifestyle and family.
All of our dogs come from excellent proven foundation stock. Our dogs bloodlines are all proven athletes with great genetics and multiple Champions.
We have our breeding dogs tested for PRCD/PRA, HC, DM and MDR1
No dog with a positive reading to any of these genetic eye defects is allowed into our breeding program,
All active Flat Mountain dogs are currently AKC registered and are eligible now to compete in all AKC sports venues: agility, obedience, herding and tracking.
As the AKC transition progresses, all Flat Mountain kennels dogs will also be eligible to compete in AKC conformation as well!