The Australian Shepherd originated on western America’s ranches as stockdog and guard, moving stock long distances and keeping a watchful eye over his charges. Aussies retain a strong herding instinct, and are noted for intelligence, energetic temperament and trainability. The mini Aussie should not be regarded as an easy substitute for the Australian Shepherd, nor should prospective owners expect “miniature” to imply a very small dog or one of diminished drive.
The Miniature Australian Shepherd Club of America (MASCA) is the oldest and largest extant parent club for the Australian Shepherd of the miniature variety. Since its foundation in 1996, MASCA has worked with owners and breeders to promote the sound breeding, welfare and wider recognition of the mini Aussie.
- To protect the health, type, temperament and instinct and promote quality in the breeding of purebred Australian Shepherds of the miniature variety (including preventing the sale of puppies through pet stores);
- To maintain a completely documented and accurate registry and recording database for Australian Shepherds of the miniature variety;
- To maintain a standard reflecting the ideal consistent with genetically achievable goals of the Australian Shepherd of the miniature variety; to urge members to accept the MASCA standard as the only standard of excellence by which Australian Shepherds of the miniature variety shall be judged; and to manage a fair process to educate judges in the MASCA standard;
- To promote the formation of affiliated clubs in those localities where there are sufficient fanciers to meet the requirements;
- To sanction conformation shows, herding trials, obedience trials, agility trials and performance events, and to encourage sportsmanlike participation by members in all forms of competition;
- To pursue further recognition as the variety becomes populous enough and when breeders have demonstrated that they are breeding sound, consistently typey dogs of the correct instinct and temperament;
- To educate members, enthusiasts and the general public through all available venues whenever possible.
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The Code of Ethics has been updated 2.5.15
Attention MASCA members:
The Federal PUPS legislation (Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act) HR 847/S 395 has been referred to the House and Senate Committees on Agriculture. This would be federal legislation to restrict the breeding of cats and dogs. The negative impact would be significant on ALL hobby breeders. Please read the SAOVA information documents and then go the The Cavalry Group’s link to contact your representatives in Congress.
- Handout: http://www.saova.org/news/PUPS/2013/PUPS.Congressional.Handout.2013.pdf
- Flyer: http://www.saova.org/news/PUPS/2013/PUPS.Flyer.pdf
- Contact Your Representative: http://the-cavalry-group.rallycongress.com/9441/stop-pups-acts-395hr-847/
Please take the time to let your voice be heard.
MASCA Board of Directors
Through MASCA, the parent club and registry for the Australian Shepherd of the miniature variety, the mini Aussie remains a size variety of the Australian Shepherd, with a continuous gene pool. The dogs will NOT become a separate breed, UNLIKE the AKC Miniature American Shepherd. Dog owners and future owners concerned with maintaining Australian Shepherd heritage, instinct, temperament and type in a mini Aussie, are invited to contact MASCA for additional information about the club and its goals.
A MASCA mini Aussie:
- Is not registered with the AKC as a breed other than an Australian Shepherd
- Is not the same as the AKC/FSS Miniature American Shepherd
- Is the true Aussie of the miniature variety
- Will always be an Aussie
MASCA is NOT seeking recognition as a Miniature American Shepherd with AKC/FSS.
MASCA will protect the integrity of the MASCA registry and continue to register Australian Shepherds of the miniature variety. We are true to the heritage of our dogs.
To our MASCA members:
Due to the recent developments with some dogs being registered with FSS/AKC as a breed other than an Australian Shepherd of the miniature variety, we ask that all pictures, brags, and announcements for our blog and website pertain to dogs registered as Australian Shepherds of the miniature variety, and ONLY registered as Australian Shepherds of the miniature variety.
MASCA also reserves the right to decide what information and pictures are placed on the official MASCA website.