The Miniature Australian (American) Shepherd
Miniature Australian Shepherds were bred with the goal of creating a small sized dog, but maintaining an active character and intelligence. Their small size was looked upon with favor, as they could more easily double as a household pet as well as a herding dog for smaller livestock such as sheep and goats. Mini Aussies also excel at dog sports such as herding, agility, obedience, disc dog, flyball, and others. They are an intelligent working breed with instincts for herding and flock guarding. Miniature Australian Shepherds also known as Miniature American Shepherds are easy to train, enthusiastic and persistent to their work, and are protective, devoted, and loyal to their family. Mini Aussies are between 14-18 inches and are 20-31 pounds.
(Standard and Miniature) Australian Shepherds come in 4 different coat colors: Black Tri, Blue Merle, Red Tri, and Red Merle.
The Australian Cattle Dog
The Australian Cattle Dog is an extremely intelligent, active, and sturdy dog breed. Developed by Australian settlers to drive herds of cattle on expansive ranches, Cattle Dogs are still used today as a herding dog. These robust, medium-sized dogs make exceptional pets, but they thrive on having a job and being apart of all family activities. Cattle Dogs are loyal to and protective of their family. Besides herding work, the Australian Cattle Dog does well at canine sports, including agility, obedience, rally, flyball, and flying disc competitions. Cattle Dogs are also nicknamed "Red Heeler" or "Blue Heeler" on the basis of their coloring. They are between 17-22 inches and are 30-50 pounds.
Australian Cattle Dogs come in 2 different coat colors: Red and Blue
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a cattle herding dog breed which originated in Pembroke-shire, Wales. They are perhaps most well known for being the breed of choice of Queen Elizabeth. Corgis are an outgoing and playful dog; however, don't be fooled by their small, yet robust size. These dogs are often refereed to as "big dogs on short legs". Herding, obedience, agility, or chasing balls (with surprising speed) are enjoyable outlets for this breed's enthusiasm and desire to work. American Kennel Club describes Pembroke Welsh Corgis as, "affectionate, smart, and alert". Because of their size and dedication to their family, they make a great addition to any household. They are between 10-12 inches and up to 28 pounds.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis come in 5 different coat colors: Red, Sable, Fawn, Black and Tan (with or without white markings)