The Miniature American Shepherd is a breed that prior to 2011 was known as the Minature Australian Shepherd. A group of individuals got together with a dream of having the Mini's recognized by AKC. As with any change there can come controversy. Some individuals did not want the breed to go AKC, so you still have Miniature Australian Shepherds that are recognized by several different registries. American Stock Dog Registry, National Stock Dog Registry and MASCA. The AKC Parent Club of the Australian Shepherds did not recognize and did not want the minis to have "Australian Shepherd" in their name. There is more information below in the Proposal for Breed Division and New Breed. I personally have both the Miniature Australian Shepherd and the Miniature American Shepherd. At this time to me they are one and the same, just different registries. Over time I feel that there will be a difference between the two.
No matter whether you are looking to purchase a puppy from me or another breeder, if you are looking at a mini the breeder should be upfront with you about what the registry is. In this day and age there are a lot of unscrupulous breeders and unfortunately buyers as well. When you buy a Miniature Australian Shepherd or a Toy Australian Shepherd from me my contract states upfront that you will not take them AKC.
Why should it matter to me what you do with your dog.
My number one reason is that I have a Miniature Australian Shepherd that I bought from one of the founders of the American Stock Dog Registry. ASDR does not recognize the Miniature American Shepherd and does not allow dual registry. So any puppies that I have out of that female I feel it would be an insult to her to allow them to go AKC. She has her feelings about the Miniature American Shepherds and I respect that.
My number two reason is because if I have not taken my toys AKC because they do not meet breed standard for the AKC Miniature American Shepherd and cannot be shown in conformation. So, if I am not taking my toys then I do not want anyone to do so without my expressed permission. Performance events in my opinion are a different reason for wanting to go AKC. If someone who is purchasing a puppy without breeding right and wanting to go AKC for more performance events then I am open to talking with them.
I try to treat people who are interested in my puppies as I would like to be treated.
The official history for the Miniature American Shepherdwhich was put together by our parent group and submitted to AKC. Check out these resourses below.