All the intelligence, loyalty and versatility you expect in an Aussie only in a "Smaller Package"
The Toy Australian Shepherd is a very versatile dog that is highly intelligent and easy to train. Very lively, agile and attentive, they are eager to please with a sixth sense about what their owners want. Unlike some other small dogs, the toy Australian shepherd is not frail and makes a good dog for families.
Australian shepherds are a herding breed and naturally have an instinct to herd. This can come out in trying to herd their humans they may try to nip at the hills/pants of people. They need to be taught that herding humans is not acceptable. Their energy can be directed in other ways. You will want to socialize your dog well when it is a puppy.
Toy & Miniature Australian Shepherds are easygoing, perpetual puppies that love to play. Courageous, loyal and affectionate, they are excellent companions.
Make sure you are this dog's firm, confident, consistent pack leader to avoid Small Dog Syndrome, human induced behavior problems. Always remember, dogs are canines, not humans. Be sure to meet their natural instincts as animals. They Toy Australian Shepherd will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They are moderately active indoors and will do okay with a small yard.
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