ShowSight Presents The Miniature American Shepherd

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BY KAREN KELLER-ROSS PRESIDENT, MINIATURE AMERICAN SHEPHERD CLUB OF THE USA;TIMELESS MINIATURE AMERICAN SHEPHERDS MINIATURE AMERICAN SHEPHERDS

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Left: Australian Shepherd, Right: Miniature American Shephard

KC approved the split of the Australian Shepherd by pheno- type into two breeds

in May of 2011, now known as the Australian Shepherd and the Min- iature American Shepherd. The phenotype being size. In May of 2011, the American Kennel Club also approved MAS- CUSA as the parent breed club to represent the Miniature Ameri- can Shepherd. The model that was used to split the Australian Shepherd breed was the Norfolk and Norwich Terrier. The phenotype that split these Ter- riers into two breeds was their ear set. Initially, AKC recognized these two breeds as one breed, the Nor- wich Terrier, until 1979, when divi- sion by ear carriage became official. The drop ears are now recognized as the Norfolk, while the prick ears remain Norwich in AKC. Prior to AKC recognition, the Miniature American Shepherds were known as Miniature Austra- lian Shepherds, North American Shepherds or Mini Aussies. MAS- CUSA, the AKC parent breed club, has been around since 1990 with the sole purpose to promote and advance the Australian Shepherds smaller than the preferred height of 18 inches. MASCUSA was originally formed in 1990 and incorporated

PRIOR TO AKC RECOGNITION, THE MINIATURE AMERICAN SHEPHERDS WERE KNOWN AS MINIATURE AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERDS, NORTH AMERICAN SHEPHERDS OR MINI AUSSIES.”

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