Mini Australian Shepherd

Despite their name, these dogs do not come from Australia, but rather the US. They were originally bred for tending livestock and helping with work around farms as they are natural learners and like to be kept busy. Mini Australian Shepherds have double coats that are long and wavy and come in 2 or 3 toned colors. Average size is 16 inches in height and around 30 pounds. As they were bred to herd, they can have trouble getting along with other pets and are protective of family.