|Teacup miniature Australian
shepherds did Boldheart mini
Aussies proud at NAMASCUSA
and MASCAS national with
Boldheart Western Justice and
Boldhearts Kingdoms Treasure.
Thank you Kim Gardner of Teacup
|Miniature Australian Shepherds of superior
type, structure,health and temperament are
raised here. If you are looking for an awesome
family/working addition you have come to the
right place. Please have a look around..
|If you come to Arizona, come visit the
mini aussie dogs @ Boldheart
Miniature Australian Shepherds
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|Thank you for stopping buy to see the australian shepherd puppies/dogs here at Bold Heart Miniature Australian Shepherds. If you are looking for a
fantastic miniature australian shepherd please have a look at my mini aussies. I am honored to have won the Breeders Showcase Breeders Cup
Award at the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 & 2015 miniature australian shepherd nationals. Our puppies come with a full genetic health
and temperament guarantee, are hand raised in our home and come very well socialized. My primary goal is to raise mini australian shepherds with
the best genetic health possible and with the best temperaments. I have all of my dogs OFA'd and eye's certified before breeding along with other
health test. All of our miniature australian attain there championship titles before producing a litter. We strive to breed to the standard and like
dogs with good bone and substance. I do not raise toy australian shepherds and there are no teacup australian shepherds but I do occasionally
produce some that mature under 14"s. I have blue merle, red merle, black tri and red tri females and males available in my litters. My mini aussie
dogs work cattle and go riding with me out in the mountains on a regular basis. They love to play in our 7000 gallon koi pond and love playing
frisbee and fetch. If you are interested in living with an incredibly intelligent dog that will be an awesome family companion look no further. I breed
for intelligence and good looks along with athleticism. The miniature aussie pups in Arizona here at Bold Heart can and will do it all. We prefer you
come pick your miniature australian shepherd up at our home but can meet you at the airport.
|Hand raised, well socialized puppies
Miniature Australian Shepherds?
Where and Why
The Australian Shepherd: The history of the North American/Miniature Australian Shepherd actually begins with the
history of the Australian Shepherd. Though most facts are shrouded in time, the most commonly held belief on the
origins of the Aussie begin in the late 1800’s when western ranchers were importing sheep from Australia. During this
period the most popular sheep were being imported into Australia from the Basque regions of Spain. When the herds
were shipped, their shepherds were sent with them to manage and care for the flocks on the journey. As the Australian’s
reputation for quality sheep grew, the demand for their sheep grew also and American ranchers began importing them.
The livestock were shipped to the Americas, again accompanied by the Basque shepherds and their herding dogs.
Ranchers of the American west were reportedly very impressed with the working ability of these "little blue dogs" and
began interbreeding them with their own shepherd dogs. The result was the Australian Shepherd.
In 1976, a single Breed Standard for the Australian Shepherd was adopted and in 1980 the two major breed clubs
consolidated to become the Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA). Unrecognized by the American Kennel Club
(AKC) at that time, ASCA not only provided a registry for the Aussie, but held conformation, obedience, agility, and
working trials. Although the AKC now recognizes the Australian Shepherd, ASCA continues to provide these activities to
the Australian Shepherd and is currently the largest single breed registry in the United States.
The Miniature Australian Shepherd was developed directly from the Australian Shepherd. Throughout the history of the
Aussie, small (under 18") dogs can be seen in historical photographs. Many believe that the original Aussie was
selectively bred larger as sheep ranching decreased and cattle ranching increased. Cattle ranchers preferred a larger
dog to work the larger stock. Some Aussie owners have continued to prefer the smaller sized Aussie while others prefer
In 1968 a horse woman in Norco, California, began a breeding program specifically to produce very small Australian
Shepherds. Her name was Doris Cordova, and the most well known dog from her kennel is Cordova’s Spike. Spike was
placed with Bill and Sally Kennedy, also of Norco, California, to continue to develop a line of miniature Aussies under the
B/S kennel name. Another horseman, Chas Lasater of Valhalla Kennels soon joined the ranks of mini breeders.
Cordova, Lasater and the Kennedy’s together attempted to form the first parent club for the miniatures. Although the
club never quite got off the ground, their stated purpose for developing the miniatures was to produce an Australian
Shepherd under 17" who had the heart, intelligence and drive to work stock, and yet be small enough to travel easily to
stock shows and be a "house" dog.
Cordova’s dogs were registered through the National Stock Dog Registry (NSDR) and eventually NSDR came to be the
first registry to recognize and register the mini as a size variety of the Australian Shepherd.
Originally recognized in (1989 - 1990) they were shown with the RBKC of Southern California (Rare Breed Kennel
Club) as Miniature Australian Shepherds. The miniature gained in popularity and the owners and breeders missed the
cohesive nature of a parent club dedicated to the miniature, so in 1990, the Miniature Australian Shepherd Club of the
USA (MASCUSA) was formed. Kathy Croswhite (Munson), Jeanine Perron, Florence Toombs, Susan Sinclair and
Richard VanBurkleo served as the first Board of Directors, and one of MASCUSA’s most notable early achievements
during that time, was to gain recognition of the miniature by the American Rare Breeds Assc. (ARBA) to provide a
Nationally recognized conformation show venue.
Now with the recognition of the American Rare Breed Association (ARBA) the Miniature Australian Shepherds showed
along side the Australian Shepherd until 1993, when the AKC officially recognized the Australian Shepherd. The
American Rare Breed Association's policy at that time was not to allow any breed of dog to show with them (except in
exhibition) that had the same name as an AKC affiliated breed and suggested that we change our name. Amid mixed
reactions MASCUSA opted to change the name of our dogs from Miniature Australian Shepherd to North American
Shepherd, for the sole purpose of keeping ARBA as one of our main show venues. At the same time, the club amended
its name to North American Miniature Australian Club, USA, while also retaining the name Miniature Australian Club, USA
as an a.k.a. The breed flourished over the next five years and grew under this name both in the US and Canada.
In the beginning of 1998, ARBA changed their breed name policy and through much consideration and discussion on
the part of our club members and the Board of Directors of NASCUSA, formerly MASCUSA, Miniature Australian
Shepherd was incorporated back into the name of our dogs, thus becoming the North American "Miniature Australian
Today, breeders of the Miniature Australian Shepherd continue to strive to produce Aussies of a smaller stature.
Preservation of the herding instinct as well as the intelligence and athleticism of the mini is a priority in breeding
programs, as well as continuing the reputation for health and easy companionship that the mini enjoys.
Miniatures are quickly gaining in popularity among Agility, Flyball and Disc competition enthusiasts as their attributes of
small size and amazing athletic ability makes them very competitive and easy to travel with. In the suburbs and cities,
families wanting a big dog are attracted to the "big dog" qualities of the miniature Australian Shepherd, in a smaller
|We could not make Nationals in
2012. Please check out the
"Brags" page and be sure to
click on each picture.
Recently, AKC has accepted the recognition of a new breed and some
breeders have chosen to take their dogs into AKC as the Miniature
American Shepherd. We have chosen not to seek AKC recognition for
our mini aussies, but stay with our past heritage as an Australian
Shepherd of the smaller variety. The Miniature Australian Shepherd is
still supported by many breeders. There are many show venues as well
as the same registries as in the past. The Miniature Australian
Shepherd remains the same. Miniature Australian Shepherds can still
be registered with MASCA, IMASC, ASDR, NSDR. We choose to
register our dogs with MASCA / IMASC. Show venues include MASCA
and it's affiliate clubs, ARBA, ICKC, IABCA, ICE, ASDR. Have
questions about Miniature Australian Shepherds vs Miniature
American Shepherds? Just ask!
|Puppies are HERE :)
|Hand raised, nose to tail health and temperament guaranteed, miniature australian shepherd puppies.
Puppies are guaranteed for 7 years against hereditary disease that is not age or injury related.
|2 older dogs available. Both are available to the right Breed / Show
home or Pet home. Please go to the "Older Dogs" page for more info.