Australian Shepherd Merle are prone to the following health issues:
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Collie eye anomaly
- Eye problems such as cataracts, distichiasis, and corneal dystrophy
- MDR1 gene mutation
- Nasal solar dermatitis
What Is a Toy Aussie?
Australian Shepherd Merle, are adorable, energetic, and
intelligent dog breeds that possess most of the Standard
Australian Shepherd qualities in a smaller package.
They originate from Mini and Standard Australian Shepherds and are mostly bred in the United States.
The Standard Aussie breed is actually not native to Australia at all but came.
The term “Toy” that typically describes this dog is used by
professional dog breeders to distinguish them from other sizes in the same sort of breed.
Because of the increasing popularity of small dogs, breeders
painstakingly work to create smaller versions of the Standard Australian Shepherd.
The result of their hard work led to the breeding of Mini Aussies and
eventually, Toy Aussies, which are relatively smaller.
In fact, they’ve managed to keep the best traits of herding, enthusiasm,
and intelligence exhibited by the Standard Australian Shepherd in the breeding process.
Are Toy, Teacup, and Mini Australian Shepherd the Same?
Although the Toy, Teacup, and Mini Australian Shepherds
all come from the Standard Australian Shepherd, they still
have distinct differences. The most observable difference between them is size.
The Mini Aussie was first bred from Standard Australia
and was similar in nearly all aspects except the size.
Then step was taken to go even smaller and produce a toy version of the breed.
Are they Healthy Dogs?
Toy Australian Shepherds are not just one of the smartest dogs,
but also one of the healthiest dog breeds. However, they have specific health issues, which is even more complicated as a result of inbreeding.
Toy Aussie vs. Other Varieties of Aussie: What’s the Difference?
The only major observable difference between the Toy
Australian Shepherd and its other counterparts is size.
Apart from this, we just have a few differences between these breeds.
The Toy Aussie tends to be a little more yappy and high-strung
than the other Australian Shepherd varieties. It is also more
susceptible to fear-biting during a high threat situation.
Another slight difference between these breeds is that the Toy Aussies
tend to be more of a companion dog than a working dog. Mini and Standard Aussies
are well-known for their herding abilities.
Due to the smaller size of the Toy Australian Shepherd,
they also tend to be more at risk of health problems suffer by the Mini and Standard breeds.
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