Statement concerning the
Miniature Australian Shepherd, and the Toy Australian Shepherd.
Recently there has been a rise in the movement to breed miniature
and toy versions of the Australian Shepherd. The Miniature Australian
Shepherd and the Toy Australian Shepherd are not recognized or
considered varieties of the Australian Shepherd by this organization,
the United States Australian Shepherd Association, Inc. (USASA), or by
the American Kennel Club (AKC). Since these dogs are not AKC registered,
they cannot be verified by USASA as purebred, and therefore are not
considered Australian Shepherds by this organization.
The USASA does not support the purposeful
breeding of Miniature Australian Shepherds and Toy Australian Shepherds,
and expects all members who have breeding programs to breed to the USASA/AKC
recognized standard of excellence. The USASA further expects all members
to be ever vigilant in the preservation and protection of the Australian