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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

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