|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 mini aussies ( australian shepherd puppies ) dogs located here in Arizona at Boldheart 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 & 2016. 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. We aim for our miniature australian shepherds to attain a
championship title 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. Many of my tri aussies have blue eyes. 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 frizbee and
fetch and just being your best buddy. They make great hiking / running companions also. 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. I'm proud to say that the many generations of breeding for quality
shows up in some of the top dogs, mini aussies and mini americans. I do not raise Miniature American Shepherds but the top dogs since the
mini aussi breed split and part of the fancy took their dogs into AKC as the New Breed "Miniature American Shepherds" in 2011 have one thing
in common. All of the Mini Americans that have won Westminster, Eukanuba and their Miniature American Shepherd nationals since 2011 with
the exception of 3 of them, when they went into FSS in AKC as the new breed, have Boldheart dogs in their pedigree, sometime many many
times over. If you decide to welcome a well bred Boldheart aussie into your life we prefer you come pick your australian shepherd up at our
home but can meet you at the airport. MAS puppies available now.
|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.
I did not go to 2017 MASCA Nationals
and there was no 2018 Nationals.
Please check out the "Brags" page and
be sure to click on each picture.
In 2011 AKC 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 IMASC, MASCA, ASDR, NSDR. We choose to
register our dogs with IMASC/ MASCA. 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 :)
|Miniature Australian Shepherd puppies, also known as mini aussies. Located in Arizona.
Hand raised, nose to tail health and temperament guaranteed, Puppies are guaranteed
for 5 years against hereditary disease that is not age or injury related. Email for details.
|I’m starting a new program. Any dog that has me on there papers as Breeder or is sired by one of
my dogs (has to have Boldheart kennel name on sire and/or dam).
$25 dollars for each Qualifying title below. I will send a check once I receive copies of each
completed title certificate and a copy of the dogs MASCA registration. All dogs must be MASCA
registered at the time they earn the titles. If showing in AKC you need to put Australian Shepherd
on your paperwork for Pal program so they do not put your dog in as a mini american as that
would disqualify your Boldheart bred dog from this program. You also have the option of showing
as American Bred in AKC and that would not disqualify your dog. "If you have any questions,
contact me directly"
QUALIFYING TITLES: (Equivalent titles for different venues do not count.) Agility: ASCA: RS-
O or RV-O or RJ-O, AKC: OA or OAP , CPE: CLR-4, NADAC: OAC, USDAA: AAD or ASA or
PDII or PDSII, MASCA A-PA Obedience: CDX or other equivalent Champion Dog Excellent
title from accepted venues (ASCA, AKC, MASCA UD-M, UKC) Rally O: ARCh or other
equivalent champion title from accepted venues (APDT, AKC, MASCA RO-A) Tracking: CD/ TC
or TDX or other equivalent Tracking Dog Excellent title from accepted venues (note: TD
accepted in combination with CD title, otherwise only TDX is accepted) Nosework: CH or
equivalent title from accepted venues (MASCA SCT-CH, ect..) Stockdog: Up to 3 herding titles
per dog count towards Qualifying Titles (any stock). This includes multiple levels/same stock.
MASCA: HD-L2 or higher or F/R-1 or higher, ASCA: STD or higher, AHBA: HTDI, HTAD, or
HRDI or higher, AKC: HS or higher Conformation: MASCA CH or ALT-CH or Grand CH
|IMASC Vice President
Australian Shepherd Club