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THE MINIATURE SHEPHERD

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Standards of the Breed:

There is no club or group that has done this as yet.  I can only describe them as i saw them when i was young.

height; 16-18 inches tall

weight: 30 - 35 lbs

feet: small shepherd like feet with some feathering

Tail: med bushy, hanging down never up over the back or curled

ears: both half way up, bent over and semi down. some ears may have been erect and standing.

coat: double coated, thicker during the winter, shedding during the summer.Under coat was a cream beige. tips of the guard hairs were black. inverted v on tail and tip of tail was black.

muzzle: black with black nose. small amount of a stop that slopped upwards between the eyes.

MY COMMENTS: Yes there is such a dog as the Miniature Shepherd. It is NOT the Austrailian Shepherd but I personally believe that the (American) Aussie has the miniature shepherd in it.

 

The miniature shepherd originated in the united States. They were German Shepherds who were too short for the ring. These dogs were tossed out to the American public in the early days of the American German Shepherds.

 

Every breeder knows that when you continuely line breed and run out of new stock your stock gets smaller. They also know that Line breeding 'sets' genes and you get consistancy. So if you only breed the best to the best eventually your stock gets smaller.

 

There was a New York top winning gsd by the name of NESTLE QUICK or something like that. He was a LOOKER !  Well proportioned and put together, but... he was SHORT...

 Where did he come from, who all did he breed too, where did his siblings go?  I am quiet sure he bred to hundreds of females as he was a top contender!

 

Miniature shepherds began to show up in dog sheltures or what we all called the county or city pounds.  My best friend who lived across the street from us on Encino Place in Oxnard calif had one of these dogs.

The dogs name was 'snoopy' she was a dark brown sable (or mottled) who stood about 16 inches tall and weighed about 35 lbs. The coat was rather thick and did shed some. She was an indoor dog but she also loved her backyard and the three young boys were her best friends.

 

Snoopy liked to play ball also and loved kids. She would not roam the neighborhood but stayed pretty much close to home. She was easy to train and was totally loyal to her family.

 

Snoopy's tail was kind of bushy and her coat was not as short nor as close to the body as the German Show dogs. Her ears did not go up all of the way either and she had feathering around the base of them.

If snoopy was a mixed breed of dog i would say that she was a cocker spaniel German Shepherd mix.

 

The vet that the Tighes went to called Snoopy and miniature shepherd. That was back in 1964? or thereabouts...


 


 


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