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9 Miniature Dog Breeds That Stay 'Miniature' Forever

If you reside in an urban area and don't have much space, a miniature dog might just be the perfect match for you. The term "Miniature" generally refers to dog breeds that are smaller in size. For example, the French Bulldog, Yorkshire Terrier, Pomeranian, and Bichon Frise can all be referred to as miniature dog breeds due to their tiny stature. However, smaller versions of certain breeds are officially called "Miniature." In other words, these dog breeds have "Miniature" in their name, unlike other toy dogs. For example, the Dachshund has a 'miniature' version called "Miniature Dachshund." Generally speaking, small breeds are some of the cutest dogs out there. As I pointed out earlier, miniature dogs generally don’t require much space or exercise. Because of that, they're naturally great for apartment living, particularly the ones that are less vocal and calm. However, if you have little kids, you might want to check whether the
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Are Mini American Shepherds and Mini Australian Shepherds The Same?

Yes, the Miniature American Shepherd and the Miniature Australian Shepherd are one and the same. The Miniature American Shepherd was first developed in the U.S. in the late 1960s. Originally, it was called the Miniature Australian Shepherd as it was bred from small-sized Australian Shepherds. By the mid-1970s the Mini Australian Shepherd had reached its current desired size. In 1993, the Mini Aussie was renamed the North American Shepherd , as it was too similar to that of an AKC-affiliated breed. Subsequently, the North American Miniature Australian Shepherd Club of the United States (NAMASCUSA) was created. The NAMASCUSA was the first Parent club registry for the breed. The second club was the Miniature Australian Shepherd Club of America (MASCA), which was founded in 1996. In May 2011, the NAMASCUSA, the AKC, and the USASA worked as a team and renamed the breed the Miniature American Shepherd . In 2015, the Miniature American Shepherd became AKC's 186th breed. In September 2019

8 Best Small Herding Dog Breeds (With Photos)

Herding dogs come in different sizes and shapes. There are large herding breeds, medium-sized herding breeds, and small herding breeds. However, regardless of size, all herding breeds share an instinctual ability to control sheep and cattle movement. Herding breeds were created to muster, herd, and protect livestock. These breeds' herding instinct is so strong that they have been known to gently herd their owners when kept as pets. Generally, herding breeds are very smart and full of energy. As such, they make excellent companions for active people. Consider the following small herding dogs if you are seeking a herding dog breed but prefer a smaller size. These breeds may be small but they have big personalities. 1. Welsh Corgi Welsh Corgis are built long and low but don't let their compact size fool you. These dogs are surprisingly quick and agile. They are one of the most popular herding dog breeds on earth. Also, Welsh Corgis are among the most agreeable of all small house d

4 Different Types of Heeler Dog Breeds

In the canine kingdom, some dogs are referred to as " heelers ." These canines are usually herding dogs. The name heeler derives from the fact that they nip at the heels of the livestock they are herding, hence, "heeler." In this post, you'll find information regarding four different types of heeler dogs. 1. Blue Heeler The blue heeler, aka the Australian cattle dog, is a force to be reckoned with. It is a sturdy, energetic, and smart breed native to Australia. It is described by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as a "hard-muscled herder of strength and agility." Australian cattle dogs are born with a white coat that turns either blue-gray or red as they mature. A blue Australian cattle dog is called a "blue heeler" whereas a red Australian cattle dog is called a red heeler. The blue heeler's coat color may feature distinctive mottling or speckling patterns. According to the AKC, blue heelers are smart enough to routinely outsmart their own

Top 4 Dog Brushes For a Miniature American Shepherd

Frequently abbreviated MAS, the Miniature American Shepherd is a true herder despite its compact size. It was formerly called the Miniature Australian Shepherd before being renamed in the 2000s. Miniature American Shepherds have an eye-catching double coat that comes in black, blue merle, red, and red merle. The MAS's double coat means it's a serious shedder. Their double coat consists of a wooly undercoat and a longer outer coat. MAS shedding is year-round, albeit you'll notice a surplus of shedding during shedding season, which can occur once or twice a year. Weekly brushing is recommended for this breed to prevent matting in their fur and keep their coat looking shiny and healthy. During the shedding season, daily brushing is recommended. This will help to remove dirt and loose hairs and keep your mini dog looking his best. In addition, it will keep your home hair-free. The AKC recommends a slicker brush or metal comb for the Miniature American Shepherd. Furthermore, th

Top 9 Dog Ownership Statistics in The United States

Over the past three decades, dog ownership in the United States has increased significantly. Currently, the United States has the highest number of pet dogs. The most popular pet in the U.S. is the domestic dog. This shows how much Americans love dogs, for the same reason people in other cultures do. What's more, a third of Americans admit to thinking they love their dog more than their partner! Most American dog owners believe their pets are loyal, cute, protective, and capable of feeling love. In this post, I'll be providing you with the top nine dog ownership statistics in the U.S. 1. There are more dogs in the United States than any other nation The United States currently has the highest number of pet dogs, leading with almost 90 million dogs, per  AVMA 's report. Forbes reports that 65.1 million households own a dog in the U.S. According to the report, 42% of U.S. dog owners got their pets from a store while 38% got theirs from an animal shelter. 58% of U.S. dog owne

Adopting a Dog From a Shelter vs Buying One From a Breeder

Choosing to bring a dog into your life is a major decision with many of options. The breed, size, and decision to buy the dog from a breeder or adopt it from a shelter are common examples of these options. Adopting a dog from a shelter or buying one from a breeder are both worthwhile choices. Thus, to decide, you must be aware of the distinctions. And when making this choice, you and the dog's best interests must come first. Below, we'll look at the differences between shelter and breeder dogs. In addition, we will look at the variables that might help you make an informed decision. Breeder dogs vs. Shelter dogs A dog breeder is any person or corporation that breeds and sells particular dogs to new owners. Breeders typically offer purebred dogs. In other words, dogs whose parents are of the same breed. Purebred dogs have the exact or very similar physical and behavioral traits to their breed's foundation stock. As a potential owner, you're aware of the typical behavior

Top 3 Dog Shows in Alabama in 2024

As a dog owner or handler, a dog show provides you with an opportunity to present your dog and compete against others. As a spectator, a dog show provides you with an opportunity to get more information about breeds you are interested in. Plus, a dog show is one of the wholesome events to attend in Alabama. With all that in mind, mark your calendar for the following dog shows set to take place in different locations in Alabama this year. 1. Gulf Coast Classic Dog Show Mark your calendar for this year's Gulf Coast Classic Dog Show! The dog event will be held from  September 5 to 8, 2024 at the GROUNDS located at 1035 Cody Rd, Mobile, Alabama 36608. The event is held annually by the Mobile Kennel Club, which is dedicated to promoting AKC sports and activities. For additional details on the 2024 Gulf Coast Classic Dog Show, please refer to the show's  website . 2. Trussville Dog Daze The Trussville Dog Daze is set to take place on  September 14, 2024 , at 10:00 am, at 225 Parkway

Top 8 Dog Shows in Florida in 2024

If you're a dog breeder, owner, or enthusiast in Florida, a dog show is one of the wholesome events you can attend. These canine-friendly events showcase purebred dogs' beauty, intelligence, and talent. At a dog show, you'll get more information about breeds you are interested in. What's more, dog shows are also a great way to discover your dog's hidden talents and to meet other canine enthusiasts. With all that in mind, below are some dog shows to attend in Florida in 2024. 1. Dog Agility Competition of Florida (DACOF) The DACOF is a dog-friendly event typically held at the end of June or the beginning of July every year. It is an agility team competition, which is not sanctioned by any organization but generally follows AKC rules. Participants can just be a group of individuals who train together or are sponsored by clubs. This year's event will be held from June 29 to June 30, 2024, at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, FL. Large coolers, outside Food &

Top 4 Dog Harnesses For Australian Shepherds

Australian Shepherds or Aussies are known for being highly intelligent and energetic. They love running, playing, and accompanying their humans on long walks or, better yet, hikes. Although their energy is inspiring, it can sometimes be a lot to manage on a leash. That's when a dog harness can be useful. In fact, one of the must-have pieces of equipment for dogs is a harness. In addition to providing safety and comfort during walks, a harness can be helpful for handling and travel. Harnesses are safer than collars, says The New York Times , citing dog experts. For one thing, a harness doesn’t put strain directly on your dog's neck. For another, it contains your dog more securely. However, finding the right dog harness for your Aussie isn't always a cinch. Selecting the wrong harness can affect your Aussie’s freedom of movement, reducing comfort during the dog’s activities. Most Aussie owners recommend a harness with adjustable straps to ensure a snug fit. To help you choose