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ALL Fifteen Acre Farms Australian Shepherd puppies are produced ONLY from AKC/ASCA registered, DNA profiled, health tested parents that meet breed standard as defined by AKC and ASCA. Dogs that are labeled as Miniature and Toy Australian Shepherds meet NONE of these requirements and are NOT purebred dogs. They have had other breeds bred into them making them a mixed breed dog. DO NOT contact me looking for a mixed breed dog. We do NOT have those here as they do NOT represent the breed well.

Breed standard for Australian Shepherds is posted at


Do NOT contact me with unrealistic expectations asking for an Australian Shepherd that isn’t really an Australian Shepherd. Breed standard is to dock the tail. Breed standard is preferred height for males at 20-23" and females at 18-21". Australian Shepherds are defined in breed standard as a 'medium' sized dog .... NOT a mini or toy breed which are ONLY achieved by crossing an Australian Shepherd with a smaller breed creating a mixed breed dog. Yes .... that's right .... dogs labeled as miniature & toy are NOT registerable with AKC or ASCA because they are NOT purebred and do NOT represent the breed well. Do not take my word for it. Visit both website’s and verify this for yourself. Look in the breed list here for AKC:

See? NO miniature or toy Australian Shepherd listed.

And here is the statement displayed by the Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA) regarding the mini and toy 'versions' also known as a mixed breed dog:

Because we keep to a standard of excellence ‘SPECIAL ORDER’ Australian Shepherds are NOT an option here at Fifteen Acre Farms no matter how much you offer to pay. The tail will NOT be left on, a 13” mixed breed will NOT be produced & offered here, and blue eyes will be a bonus NOT a requirement. Again, our priorities here are health, keeping to breed standard, temperament, & trainability. There will be ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS and NO EXCUSES so do NOT have unrealistic expectations of me as a breeder. You the buyer should NEVER have the expectation that a reputable breeder can be swayed by your request to defer from breed standard.