Sirius Star miniature american shepherds
WHO WE ARE: Located in Central Alberta, in the county of Red Deer, we are a purposefully small breeder of occassional litters of Registered Miniature American Shepherds ( similar to Miniature Aussies). Our goal is to share our love of this exquisitely entertaining and devoted PURE breed with other like-minded people. We strive to ensure that our parent dogs are temperamentally sound, and have all genetic and OFA testing done, then match our puppies to homes with people who are committed
and aptly suited to each pup.
Sharon is a member in good standing of the Miniature American Shepherd Club of Canada (MASCAN).
Standing for stud to select Purebred females:
(akc/asdr) CKC CH "Aspenrain's Maverick Good Will"
WHAT IS A MINIATURE AMERICAN SHEPHERD (MAS)?
Please read the following Breed Standard as set forth by the American Kennel Club (AKC) :
Official Standard of the Miniature American Shepherd
General Appearance: The Miniature American Shepherd is a small size herding dog that
originated in the United States. He is slightly longer than tall with bone that is moderate and in
proportion to body size and height without extremes. Movement is smooth, easy, and balanced.
Exceptional agility combined with strength and stamina allows for working over a variety of
terrain. This highly versatile, energetic dog makes an excellent athlete with superior intelligence
and a willingness to please those to whom he is devoted. He is both a loyal companion and a
biddable worker, which is evident in his watchful expression. The double coat of medium length
and coarseness may be solid in color or merled, with or without white and/or tan (copper)
markings. He traditionally has a docked or natural bobtail.
Size, Proportion and Substance: Size - Height for dogs is 14 inches up to and including 18
inches at the top of the withers. Height for bitches is 13 inches up to and including 17 inches at
the top of withers. Disqualification - under 14 inches and over 18 inches for dogs; under 13
inches and over 17 inches for bitches. The minimum heights set forth in this breed standard shall
not apply to dogs or bitches under six months of age. Proportion - Measuring from the point of
the shoulder to the point of the buttocks and from the highest point of the shoulder blade to the
ground, he is slightly longer than tall. Substance - Solidly built with moderate bone in proportion
to body height and size. Structure in the dog reflects masculinity without coarseness. Bitches
appear feminine without being slight of bone.
Head: The head is clean-cut, dry, and in proportion to the body. Expression - Alert, attentive
and intelligent. May express a reserved look and/or be watchful of strangers. Eyes - The eyes are
set obliquely, almond shaped, neither protruding nor sunken and in proportion to the head.
Acceptable in all coat colors, one or both eyes may be brown, blue, hazel, amber or any color
combination thereof, including flecks and marbling. The eye rims of the reds and red merles
have full red (liver) pigmentation. The eye rims of the blacks and blue merles have full black
pigmentation. Ears - Are triangular, of moderate size, set high on the head. At full attention they
break forward and over, or to the side as a rose ear. Severe Fault - Prick ears and ears that hang
with no lift. Skull - The crown is flat to slightly round and may show a slight occipital
protuberance. The width and the length of the crown are equal. Stop - The stop is moderate but
defined. Muzzle - The muzzle is of medium width and depth and tapers gradually to a rounded
tip without appearing heavy, square, snipy, or loose. Length is equal to the length of the crown.
Planes - Viewed from the side, the muzzle and the top line of the crown are slightly oblique to
each other, with the front of the crown on a slight angle downward toward the nose. Nose - Red
merles and reds have red (liver) pigmentation on the nose leather. Blue merles and blacks have
black pigmentation on the nose leather. Fully pigmented noses are preferred. Noses that are less
than fully pigmented will be faulted. Severe Fault – 25 to 50 percent un-pigmented nose leather.
Disqualification - Over 50 percent un-pigmented nose leather. Bite - A full complement of teeth
meet in a scissor bite. Teeth broken, missing or discolored by accident are not penalized.
Disqualification - Undershot or overshot bite.
Neck, Topline and Body: The overall structure gives an impression of depth and strength
without bulkiness. Neck - The neck is firm, clean, and in proportion to the body. It is of medium
length and slightly arched at the crest, fitting well into the shoulders. Topline - The back is firm
and level from the withers to the hip joint when standing or moving. Loin - The loin is strong and
broad when viewed from the top. Croup - The croup is moderately sloped. Body - The body is
firm and well conditioned. Chest and Ribs - The chest is full and deep, reaching to the elbow,
with well sprung ribs. Underline - The underline shows a moderate tuck-up. Tail - A docked or
natural bobtail is preferred. A docked tail is straight, not to exceed three (3) inches. The
undocked tail when at rest may hang in a slight curve. When excited or in motion the tail may be
carried raised with the curve accentuated.
Forequarters: The forequarters are well conditioned and balanced with the hindquarters.
Shoulders - Shoulder blades (scapula) are long, flat, fairly close set at the withers, and well laid
back. Upper arm - The upper arm (humerus) is equal in length to the shoulder blade and meets
the shoulder blade at an approximate right angle. The forelegs drop straight and perpendicular to
the ground. Elbow - The elbow joint is equidistant from the ground to the withers. Viewed from
the side, the elbow should be directly under the withers. The elbows should be close to the ribs
without looseness. Legs - The legs are straight and strong. The bone is oval rather than round.
Pasterns - Short, thick and strong, but still flexible, showing a slight angle when viewed from the
side. Feet - Oval shaped, compact, with close-knit, well-arched toes. Pads are thick and resilient;
nails are short and strong. The nails may be any color combination. Dewclaws should be
Hindquarters: Width of hindquarters is approximately equal to the width of the forequarters at
the shoulders. Angulation - The angulation of the pelvis and upper thigh (femur) mirrors the
angulation of the shoulder blade and upper arm, forming an approximate right angle. Stifle -
Stifles are clearly defined. Hock - The hocks are short, perpendicular to the ground and parallel
to each other when viewed from the rear. Feet - Feet are oval, compact, with close knit, well
arched toes. Pads are thick and resilient; nails are short and strong. The nails may be any color
combination. Rear dewclaws should be removed.
Coat: Moderation is the overall impression of the coat. Hair is of medium texture, straight to
wavy, weather resistant, and of medium length. The undercoat varies in quantity with variations
in climate. Hair is short and smooth on the head and front of the legs. The backs of forelegs and
breeches are moderately feathered. There is a moderate mane and frill, more pronounced in dogs
than in bitches. Hair may be trimmed on the ears, feet, back of hocks, pasterns, and tail,
otherwise he is to be shown in a natural coat. Untrimmed whiskers are preferred. Severe Fault -
Color: The coloring offers variety and individuality. With no order of preference, the recognized
colors are black, blue merle, red (liver) and red merle. The merle will exhibit in any amount,
marbling, flecks or blotches. Undercoats may be somewhat lighter in color than the topcoat.
Asymmetrical markings are not to be faulted. Tan Markings: Tan markings are not required but
when present are acceptable in any or all of the following areas: around the eyes, on the feet,
legs, chest, muzzle, underside of neck, face, underside of ear, underline of body, under the base
of the tail and the breeches. Tan markings vary in shades from creamy beige to dark rust, with no
preference. Blending with the base color or merle pattern may be present on the face, legs, feet,
and breeches. White Markings: White markings are not required but when present do not
dominate. Ticking may be present in white markings. White on the head does not predominate,
and the eyes are fully surrounded by color and pigment. Red merles and reds have red (liver)
pigmentation on the eye rims. Blue merles and blacks have black pigmentation on the eye rims.
Ears fully covered by color are preferred. Severe Fault - White markings covering over 25
percent of an ear. White markings may be in any combination and are restricted to: the muzzle,
cheeks, crown, blaze on head, the neck in a partial or full collar, chest, belly, front legs, hind legs
up the hock and may extend in a thin outline of the stifle. A small amount of white extending
from the underline may be visible from the side, not to exceed one inch above the elbow. The
hairline of a white collar does not exceed the withers at the skin. If a natural undocked tail is
present, the tip of the tail may have white. Disqualifications - Other than recognized colors.
White body splashes, which means any conspicuous, isolated spot or patch of white on the area
between withers and tail, on back, or sides between elbows and back of hindquarters.
Gait: Smooth, free, and easy; exhibiting agility of movement with a well-balanced,
groundcovering stride. Fore and hind legs move straight and parallel with the center line of the body; as
speed increases, the feet, both front and rear, converge toward the center line of gravity of the
dog, while the back remains firm and level. When traveling at a trot the head is carried in a
natural position with neck extended forward and head nearly level or slightly above the topline.
He must be agile and able to turn direction or alter gait instantly.
Temperament: The Miniature American Shepherd is intelligent, primarily a working dog of
strong herding and guardian instincts. An exceptional companion, he is versatile and easily
trained, performing his assigned tasks with great style and enthusiasm. Although reserved with
strangers, he does not exhibit shyness. He is a resilient and persistent worker, who adjusts his
demeanor and arousal appropriately to the task at hand. With his family he is protective, good
natured, devoted and loyal.
Disqualifications: Under 14 inches and over 18 inches for dogs; under 13 inches and over 17
inches for bitches. The minimum heights set forth in this breed standard shall not apply to dogs
or bitches under six months of age. Over 50 percent un-pigmented nose leather. Undershot or
overshot bite. Other than recognized colors. White body splashes, which means any conspicuous,
isolated spot or patch of white on the area between withers and tail, on back, or sides between
elbows and back of hindquarters. (AKC - Effective June 27, 2012)