The Toy Australian Shepherd was developed by breeding smaller Australian Shepherds for the desired size. The breed is rapidly increasing in
popularity among those interested in a compact dog with a strong work ethic. They are especially popular in dog agility, and do well in other dog
sports including herding, obedience, Rally, Agility, and many other activities.
The preferred height of this breed ranges from 9 to 14 inches at the withers and the weight is typically from 10 to 20# Coat color combinations
include 16 basic possibilities. "These combinations are the most common accounting for colors (red or black), coat pattern (solid or merle) and the
degree of tan points and white markings." Combinations include Black & Tan, Black Bicolor, Black Tricolor, Blue Merle, Blue Merle &
Tan, Blue Merle & White, Blue Merle & White and Tan, Red, Red & Tan, Red Bicolor, Red Tricolor, Red Merle, Red Merle & Tan, Red Merle
& White, and Red Merle & White and Tan. Eyes may be any combination of brown, amber, hazel, blue, or marbled. Some of these dog have eyes
that are two different colors or may be marbled or swirled. Some may have a natural bobtail or the tail may be docked.
Temperament of the Toy Aussies are very easily trained. They are easily trainable because they crave approval. Once given proper socialization
they will thrive in a variety of environments, provided they have an adequate outlet for both physical and mental energy. If they are not allowed
adequate stimuli they may become destructive as puppies. Because of their herding background, they also may have the tendency to try to herd
people, especially small children, nipping at their heels. This instinct can be modified through early intervention and training. They are social dogs
and form close attachments to their owner. As a result, some may suffer separation anxiety. Toy Australian Shepherds function well as a family dog
but their excessive energy may need to be checked around small children. They are generally great house dogs! They are particularly apprehensive
with strangers, that is why it is extremely important to socialize!