Mini Ausses/Mini Americans

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  1. Oko

    Oko Silence, peasants.

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    At a glance, 4Clover is breeding a bitch with puppies due in June, that doesn't turn 2 until the end of November, Dynasty just had a litter where the Sire isn't 2 until August, and didn't look at WiggleButt (lol). I don't know if that's common in the breed or what, but something to think about.
     
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  2. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    I will PM you Jackson's mom. I'm not a big fan of talking about breeders online too much.
     
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    Yeah I meant to say if any one wants to PM me...
     
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    Laur, if you know some breeders with well-adjusted dogs I'd love their names. I really like the idea of the minis... Just haven't met any around here I'd want. But I have zero qualms buying a dog outside of my area, to me suitability trumps all.
     
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    Likewise!
     
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    Fran101 Resident fainting goat

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    Good for them for their own breed,I guess time will tell.

    I've met one with a stable temperament, just a really great dog (from WB) and the rest...um..just kind of the worst aussie traits in a smaller version with strange head shapes. Then again most I've met are toys (/chihuahua mixes I'm sure)

    I have no problem with the idea, there is a market for them and the one I know is a really great little guy temp/structure wise.

    and PLEASE LET THIS MEAN THE END OF PEOPLE ASKING IF MERLIN IS A "STANDARD" OR "REGULAR SIZED" AUSSIE.
    HE IS THE ONLY SIZE OF AUSSIE THERE IS! Oy vey.
     
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    Southpaw orange iguanas.

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    I remember first looking at this breeder back in the day: http://www.birchviewkennel.com/

    Don't know anything about them but when I was 14 I was completely SOLD on them lol.
     
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    She was showing Tux in CPE when I was showing Bailey. We saw her at a couple trials.
     
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    With just very quickly browsing their site and not reading much, her dogs are GORGEOUS imo
     
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    Southpaw orange iguanas.

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    Seem like a nice dog? He was super cute.

    Yeah I like that they look like... just a small Aussie lol. So many look like mixes (probably they are?) with weird shaped heads!

    There's a mini in Juno's agility for fun class and I'd totally take her home with me. Friendly, enthusiastic, hardworking little dog... I like her. If she has "quirks," she doesn't showcase them during class at all.
     
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    It was many, many years ago now, haha! If I'm remembering correctly though, he wasn't a very quick dog. Could have been training though, too.
     
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    Were they doing agility?
     
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    A lot of the minis I'm seeing on websites have really poor rears. Or are just generally not well balanced.
     
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    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    Honestly, stick straight rears are one of my main sticking points in aussies and MAS. Most aussies I see around have terrible rear angulation.
     
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    Yeah the ones I know have broken down early (rear) or had temperament issues or both. Performance dogs. I've seen individuals online that looked and sounded great, but the ones I've met in person are generally a bit of a mess :/
     
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    I've actually noticed this too. And I'm not savvy at all in dog structure.
     
  18. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    There were a bunch of MAS at the trial this weekend. Hmmm

    They were all over the place. One dog I honestly had met before and had no idea it was a MAS. I thought it was a corgi mix. :eek: Drive was all over the place, some were very very slow. There were two that stood out to me- one was very fast (and barky) and was around 17". Rear angulation still bothered me lots and the dog seemed very heavy/clunky for the size. There was a precious little tri that was super gorgeous and well built. Medium drive but somewhat underconfident. I think she'd be a good mid level sports dog and she was young. Very pretty dog though.

    I didn't see any scary temperaments in the MAS though.

    I kind of left thinking shelties are much more my thing though.
     
  19. AmandaNola

    AmandaNola Wanna Pet My Wiener?

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    Pike is a MAS. He's almost 14 weeks, and has a fantastic temperament. Just superb. Confidant without being...pushy? Obnoxious? Bounces right back from anything that does startle him. High energy, but not as high as Nola. Smart, although he's in that dumb boy puppy phase. Great tug drive, great affection drive, medium food drive.
    He barks, but only during serious play with Nola. Clingy, but not up in your face 24/7 if you tell him not to. He is a tripping hazard, though.
    Temper is rock solid. Calm for his energy level (if that makes sense?), very people and dog friendly but not all over them, gentle, easy to train, just an all around easy puppy. House training is going great.

    Structurally, I like him overall. His coat isn't too extreme. His head is turning into a herding looking head. Stands squarely. Lithe movement. His rear legs are a little straight, but not nearly as bad as other MAS I've seen, and even a lot of Aussies.
     
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    That's awesome. Where did you get him? I would caution you against recommending the breed TOO strongly based on your experience of your 14 week old pup. But I'm glad you're enjoying him.
     

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