Toy and Mini Aussies, also known as Toy and Miniature Australian Shepherds, have all the characteristics of the larger version of Australian Shepherds. They are herding and livestock dogs that embody intelligence, beauty, pride, bravery and loyalty. They excel in herding, agility, obedience, rally and fly ball competition.
Recently the American Kennel Club has accepted this breed but has caused the name to be changed. AKC registered Toy and Mini Aussies are now know as American Miniature Shepherds if they are registered with the AKC. They are still Toy and Miniature Australian Shepherds.