Mini Aussie Temperament

Miniature Australian Shepherds As Herding Dogs

Just like the Standard Australian Shepherd, the Miniature Australian Shepherd was bred to be a working dog. They are typically a very easy going dog that loves to be with people and all types of animals although many will naturally try to herd almost anything they see including children, people and other pets.


Miniature Australian Shepherds With Children

Overall the Mini Aussie is a wonderful dog with children of all ages. They are very active dogs requiring lots of daily exercise and they will run and play with children as long as the kids are busy. While a smaller dog they are not delicate and can handle romping and average types of play with kids of all ages. Since Mini Aussies are very compliant dogs and love to please the family they will listen to children and respond to commands from even the youngest kids.


Miniature Australian Shepherds With Other Pets

Usually Mini Aussies are not dog aggressive at all and will stay in a house very comfortably with dogs, cats and even smaller pets.  However, socialization is important with any dog and other types of pets. In general, the Miniature Australian Shepherd is a great companion dog for other breeds of dogs, even those that tend to be somewhat dominant.


Miniature Australian Shepherds As Watch Dogs

The Miniature Australian Shepherd is a good watchdog and will bark whenever someone unknown approaches. They are generally not yappy like some of the other miniature breeds and can easily and quickly be taught not to bark or to stop barking on command. One of the differences in the Mini Aussie from other herding or working dogs is that it is quiet when herding and does not yap or bark at the livestock animals.


Miniature Australian Shepherd Loneliness

The Miniature Australian Shepherd loves to be with the family, and is not recommended for families where it will be left alone for long periods of time. They are very well behaved dogs in the house and will quickly find a quiet out of the way spot to watch the family.


Miniature Ausralian Shepherd Training

Mini Aussies also love to play and be the center of attention when everyone is busy in the house. Training is very easily accomplished and this breed can learn to do amazingly complex tricks with ease.


Miniature Australian Shepherd Attention Needs

They also love to be the center of attention and are naturally very playful and almost puppy-like in their behavior right up until they are very senior dogs. Miniature Australian Shepherds are very affectionate with family members and seem to need to be physically close to the family without being demanding of attention. Since Miniature Australian Shepherds are a working breed, they do need to have something to do every day, even if it is just go for a walk and go through a training routine. When not challenged or stimulated mentally the Mini Aussie will turn their energy and natural curiosity into more destructive behaviors such as chewing and finding out how to get into cupboards and other areas of the house. With attention, lots of exercise and proper training and stimulation this is very rarely an issue with the breed.


Miniature Australian Shepherds And Strangers

Mini Aussies enjoy traveling and going new places. They are somewhat wary of new people and will often skirt around the edges of gatherings until they feel comfortable with the people. Socialization will help minimize this behavior, but it is important to never force your Mini Aussie to interact as this can lead to distrust and fear of strangers or even of family members.