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MINIATURE AMERICAN SHEPHERD CLUB OF THE USA
Member of the American Kennel Club

Miniature American Shepherd Club of the USA, Inc.The MINIATURE AMERICAN SHEPHERD CLUB OF THE USA or "MASCUSA" was selected in May of 2011 as the parent club of the MINIATURE AMERICAN SHEPHERD for the American Kennel Club. The breed was formed by a split of the Australian Shepherd breed in AKC and dogs previously known as Miniature Australian Shepherds and/or North American Shepherds. MASCUSA was originally known as the Miniature Australian Shepherd Club and was the first parent club for the Mini Aussies, organized in 1990. MASCUSA represents AKC MINIATURE AMERICAN SHEPHERD breeders and owners across America and around the world. We are dedicated to promoting, preserving, and protecting our dogs and their owners and we promote sound, responsible breeding practices dedicated to the ongoing improvement of our breed.

The MINIATURE AMERICAN SHEPHERD is a small size herding dog that originated in the United States. Sizes range from 13" to 17" for females and 14" to 18" for males. They weigh approximately 18 to 38 pounds at maturity. These dogs are compact, well balanced, athletic, alert, intelligent, higher energy, and versatile.

Their temperament is sensitive, easily trained, devoted, and affectionate and they will go to great lengths to please their families. They are natural guardians of their home and are usually suspicious of strangers. With their many attributes you will find this amazingly versatile dog in the show ring, obedience ring, agility courses, working small stock and being used as therapy dogs and they make exceptional companions.


OUR FOUNDATION SIRES

Miniature American Shepherd: ARBA Champion Patchwork's BluegrassNAME: ARBA CHAMPION PATCHWORK'S BLUEGRASS
SIRE: Wanna'be's Attractive Prospect
DAM: Patchwork's Nicole

Miniature American Shepherd: ARBA Champion Patchwork's BluegrassBLUEGRASS came to us as a puppy in the winter of 1994 and was, in our eyes, the most beautiful puppy we had ever seen. He became our foundation sire and our best friend. BLUEGRASS represented a fine example of the breed, was a dazzling blue merle with blue eyes, a balanced 17.5" tall and had a wonderfully sensitive and intelligent manner. He earned the title of conformation Champion with the American Rare Breed Associate at the age of two years. BLUEGRASS has set an impressive standard of what a fine sire should be. Bred to females of various bloodlines, he consistently produced sons and daughters of outstanding type and disposition, earning countless titles from coast to coast in different rare breed venues. His grandsons and granddaughters, and more recently his great grand babies are earning honors and successes in many venues including Canine Good Citizen, herding, conformation, agility, fly ball, disc dog, rally-o, and The Delta Society. His positive influence on the breed should continue well into the future. These dogs have the disposition and attitude to be your friend and devoted companion for life, as BLUEGRASS was to us for 14 years.

Miniature American Shepherd: ARBA Champion Patchwork's Bluegrass     Miniature American Shepherd: ARBA Champion Patchwork's Bluegrass





NAME: ARBA MASTER, RARITIES, NAMASCUSA and IABCA CHAMPION
             BLUEGRASS ENCORE OF HEARTLAND, CGC
SIRE: ARBA CH Patchwork's Bluegrass
DAM: IABCA CH Linderland's Mar-A-Lago Bay

Miniature American Shepherd: ARBA Master, Rarities, NAMASCUS and IABCA Champion Bluegrass Encore 
of Heartland, CGC

It is exceeding difficult to say good bye to these wonderful friends of ours. We lost BLUEGRASS ENCORE OF HEARTLAND in February of 2016. In his short 11.75 years Encore became the following:

  • ARBA Champion
  • ARBA Master Champion
  • NAMASCUSA Champion
  • Rarities Champion
  • IABCA Champion
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen Award
While we were more than proud of his accomplishments, we were way more taken by his accomplishment of stepping into his sire Bluegrass's place of winning our hearts and becoming such a loyal and beautiful friend and family member. He was friends will all, large and small, young and old, a gentle lover, with the added bonus of siring some very wonderful and talented sons and daughters.

   Miniature American Shepherd: 
ARBA Master, Rarities, NAMASCUS and IABCA Champion Bluegrass Encore of Heartland, CGC   Miniature American Shepherd: 
ARBA Master, Rarities, NAMASCUS and IABCA Champion Bluegrass Encore of Heartland, CGC   Miniature American Shepherd: 
ARBA Master, Rarities, NAMASCUS and IABCA Champion Bluegrass Encore of Heartland, CGC




Miniature American Shepherd: Multi Champion, BIS, Bluegrass Boomerang of Chandrea, CGC, RN, RA, BNNAME: Multi Champion, BIS, BLUEGRASS BOOMERANG OF CHANDREA, CGC, RN, RA, BN
SIRE: Champion Cowtown Rodeo of Patchwork
DAM: Champion Patchworks Fancy Bluegrass

Miniature American Shepherd: Multi Champion, BIS, Bluegrass Boomerang of Chandrea, CGC, RN, RA, BN BOOMERANG was a handsome dark red merle boy whom we bred here at Bluegrass Kennels. He was a wonderful example of breed type with all the attitude and characteristics for which we search. He was brave, tenacious, biddable and incredibly intelligent and athletic........and simply one of the most fun and entertaining dogs we have known. BOOMERANG completed three championships in three different show venues, achieved his Canine Good Citizen Award, and went on to compete with Lucinda Schuft and earned three AKC titles in performance. In addition, at the 2011 Nationals BOOMERANG placed 4th in the Most Versatile Aussie competition with Lucinda. It is a sad understatement to say that we miss this lovely boy!"

Miniature American Shepherd: Multi Champion, BIS, Bluegrass Boomerang of Chandrea, CGC, RN, RA, BN   Miniature American Shepherd: Multi Champion, BIS, Bluegrass Boomerang of Chandrea, CGC, RN, RA, BN

Miniature American Shepherd: Multi Champion, BIS, Bluegrass Boomerang of Chandrea, CGC, RN, RA, BN

photos courtesy of Lon Sharp




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