FAQs.

This page is up so that you can find answers about my puppies and other things if you don't feel like calling or emailing me quite yet. However, I will not be grumpy if you call and ask questions that are on this very page! In fact, I'd love to talk to you, so don't be shy!

Where are you located?

My Miniature American Shepherds (and their puppies) and I are located in St. George, Utah. It's in the southwest corner of Utah, and it's right by Arizona and Nevada.

What's the difference between a Mini Australian Shepherd and a Miniature American Shepherd?

A Miniature American Shepherd is a Mini Australian Shepherd that has been registered with AKC or UKC. The only difference is where the dog is registered.

Are the Australian Shepherd and Miniature American Shepherd breeds similar?

The Australian Shepherd and the Miniature American Shepherd are genetically inseperatable. The Miniature American Shepherd is a small Australian Shepherd. The Australian Shepherd stands 18-23 inches tall at the shoulder and the Miniature American Shepherd stands 13-18 inches tall at the shoulder. They have the same look, working style, intelligence, energy level, personality, grooming requirements, etc.

What colors does the Miniature American Shepherd come in?

The Miniature American Shepherd comes in a variety of colors, but the colors recognized in the breed standard are blue merle, red merle, black, and red. All of these colors can be with or without white or copper.

Is a Miniature American Shepherd right for me?

The Miniature American Shepherd is a great companion, but there are some things to understand about the breed. They are generally high energy dogs. Because of their energy level, they are always up for an adventure and they learn new things very quickly, but they need both physical and mental exercise to keep them calm. They're generally great with children, but they may try to herd them. Also, they have double coats. This means that they shed and need to be brushed to prevent matting. It also means that they shed more during the summer because their coats change based on the climate they live in. Another thing is that Miniature American Shepherds are VERY intelligent. This intelligence means that they're good at learning tricks, and it also means that they're good at getting into trouble if they aren't trained early. They're also very loyal and will be your shadow whether you like it or not.
If the above description sounds like the dog for you, there are a couple more things to consider before taking one home with you. First off, every dog is different. You should meet your new friend before committing to him or her. You can tell a lot about a dog's personality by visiting it, even when it's a puppy. Also, every dog needs love and attention. If you don't have the time to give to a dog right now, wait until you do before getting one.

What kind of food do you feed your Miniature American Shepherds?

My Miniature American Shepherds eat Farmina N&D. While I personally prefer feeding this food, I understand that it is expensive and that puppy buyers may want to switch their puppies to different foods once they are home. Because of this, I provide customers with enough food for them to transition their puppies to new foods and suggestions for other high quality foods to feed to their puppies.

Are your Miniature American Shepherds registered, and do you sell them with papers?

My Miniature American Shepherd breeding dogs are registered with AKC. Their puppies will be sold with an application to receive their papers from AKC with limited registration (no breeding rights). Select puppies may be sold with full registration (breeding rights) by private treaty. Please contact me if you are interested in buying a puppy with breeding rights.

Are you part of a breed club?

I'm a member of MASCUSA (formerly known as NAMASCUSA). It is the AKC parent club for the Miniature American Shepherd.

Are your Miniature American Shepherds health tested?

My Miniature American Shepherd breeding dogs are all tested for a variety of health problems before they're bred. I test for PRA, MDR1, HC, and DM in addition to doing OFA hips, elbows, and patellas, and yearly eye exams. I do this so that the puppies from my litters have the greatest chance of not suffering from the effects of these genetic mutations. Please contact me if you would like more information on what these tests mean.

What are the potential health problems of the Miniature American Shepherd breed, and what have you done to prevent them in your puppies?

Miniature American Shepherds are an overall healthy breed. As with any breed, however, there are specific health concerns. There are eye diseases to watch out for such as Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) and Hereditary Cataracts (HC). There is also MDR1 and hip dysplasia.
I test for all of these problems in my breeding Miniature American Shepherds before they are ever bred, and I make sure that two carriers are not bred together and that hip results are fair, good, or excellent. Some things still cannot be tested for, like certain gene mutations that cause different forms of Hereditary Cataracts, so my breeding dogs are taken to have their eyes certified by specialists every year.

Do you have proof of health tests for your breeding dogs?

Yes. The PRA test is done by OptiGen, the HC test is done by Animal Genetics, the MDR1 test is done by Washington State University, the Degenerative Myelopathy test is done by GenSol, hips and elbows are checked by the OFA, and eyes are examined by a certified veterinary ophthalmologist. I can explain what the parents' results mean if you're interested in a puppy from a litter and a copy of the parents health testing results will be included with the puppy.

Will I be able to meet my puppy's parents?

Yes, as long as they live with me. Sometimes breeding is done as a partner effort between breeders or dogs spend time with other breeders for various reasons. You will always be able to at least meet the puppy's mother.

Do you offer a health guarantee on your Miniature American Shepherd puppies?

All puppies sold by Bertrom's Miniature American Shepherds come with a 26 month health guarantee against hip dysplasia, a failed OFA Eye/ CERF exam, and any life threatening genetic disorders. I can also guarentee that your puppy will never develop Progressive Retinal Atrophy.
I would also like to be informed of other health problems that may develop to see if there are any health patterns developing in my line that need to be fixed.

What happens if I can't keep my puppy anymore?

If this happens, PLEASE contact me. I would much rather have the puppy at my house while it's getting placed in a new home than have it sent to a shelter somewhere.

How old does my Miniature American Shepherd puppy have to be for me to be able to take it home?

Puppies have to be at least eight weeks old before they can be placed in their new homes. Puppies need this time to be taught by their mothers. Puppies that go home too soon often develop behavioral problems because they missed important lessons from their mothers.

Can I contact you with questions about my Miniature American Shepherd?

Yes! I want to make sure all dogs live great lives, so of course I'll help you out with the ones that you buy from me! Feel free to contact me with any questions you have throughout the life of your Miniature American Shepherd. Also, I'd love to hear stories and see pictures of your Miniature American Shepherd throughout his or her life!

Can I breed my new Miniature American Shepherd?

All of my puppies are sold under a spay/neuter contract unless other arrangements have been made. Breeding rights are sold to approved buyers only, and the puppy must be breed quality for breeding rights to be sold. Please contact me if you are interested in breeding Miniature American Shepherds.