The Mini Yorkshire Aussie: A Complete Guide

The Mini Yorkshire Aussie is a hybrid of the Miniature Australian Shepherd and the Yorkshire Terrier.

This dog’s Aussie side has a fascinating history, which may not even have come from Australia!

This hybrid is a compact version of two purebred canines which were both bred for hunting activities of various types.

These two hunting breeds have been combined to create a loving and protective family companion.

Mini Yorkshire Aussie Puppies – Before You Buy…

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The Mini Yorkshire Aussie gets along with kids.

What Price are Mini Yorkshire Aussie Puppies?

The price of Mini Yorkshire Aussie puppies is $500 to $1,500.

How to Find Reputable Mini Yorkshire Aussie Breeders?

First, you have to do your homework. You need to know about the breed as much as possible before beginning your search.

Doing some breed research online would save you money and help you buy a healthy puppy.

The best dog breeders don’t have the need to advertise because potential buyers give them deposits on their puppies long before they are conceived.

More often than not, dog breeders who advertise in the classified ads are the type of breeders you want to avoid.

A good way to find reputable dog breeders is by checking with people who are in the know, including veterinarians and local dog or breed clubs.

If you choose local dog breeders, visit the breeder’s facility and inspect the puppies and their parent dogs.

Make sure that their puppies are living in healthy conditions, and that they socialize with other animals and people.

Another reason to see the parent dogs is that poor health and bad temperament can be passed down genetically.

Something’s wrong with the dog breeder if they don’t let you near their breeding facility.
This could mean the puppies are not being well cared for or they are actually running a puppy mill.

Reputable breeders want you to feel comfortable with the puppy, so they want you to ask a lot of questions.

Expect good dog breeders to be very selective and careful about who buys and takes their dogs home.

They put their puppies’ needs first and make sure that they all get a good home. These breeders may ask you questions about what kind of house you live in. Some may even want to check it first.

They’re not doing these things to make it hard for you to take home that puppy. They only want to avoid seeing their puppies in horrible living conditions or abandoned at a dog rescue sometime later.

3 Little-Known Facts About Mini Yorkshire Aussie Puppies

  1. The Miniature Australian Shepherd breed parent has an interesting history. The Australian Shepherd breed is not believed to have originated in Australia but in Spain and France.
  2. These dogs were initially bred for shepherding activities. In the 1800’s, they came to the United States with immigrant shepherds.
  3. The Yorkshire Terrier parent breed originated in Yorkshire, England, in the 19th century. It was bred to hunt and eliminate rats and other vermin.

Physical Traits of the Mini Yorkshire Aussie

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The Mini Yorkshire Aussie is a really handsome dog breed.

The Mini Yorkshire Aussie can take on the appearance of one or both the parent breeds. His body is small and compact, or medium-boned and proportionately built.

His eyes can be amber, blue, hazel, or dark brown. The ears may be triangular and set high on the head.

The muzzle is often medium length. His feet will likely be small and compact with thick pads and arched toes. The tail is medium in length and can hang in a gentle curve or be carried erect.

His coat can be straight or wavy, medium-length, and weather-resistant. It can be glossy, silky, and fine in texture and of moderate length.

The colors of this hybrid could be black, blue merle, liver, red merle, or black and tan. The Mini Yorkshire Aussie is in the moderate to high category of maintenance.

He’s not the best breed to have in your home if you have a family member who has asthma or respiratory problems.

He should be brushed several times a week to remove loose hair and debris and to distribute the oils through the coat.

Bathing is recommended only as needed so that those same oils are not stripped away. Weekly ear checkups will help decrease the chances of your dog getting an infection.

Check his toenails, too, and clip them as needed. Dental checkups, brushings, and cleanings are a must to reduce the potential for periodontal disease and tooth loss.

The drooling and smell potential is low in this hybrid.

How Big is a Full-Grown Mini Yorkshire Aussie?

The Mini Yorkshire Aussie stands 8 to 8 inches in height and weighs 10 to 40 lbs.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Mini Yorkshire Aussie?

The life expectancy of the Mini Yorkshire Aussie is 13 to 16 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Mini Yorkshire Aussie

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The Mini Yorkshire Aussie is an intelligent and playful breed.

The Mini Yorkshire Aussie alert and energetic. He’s a gentle dog that’s also courageous, independent, and protective.

He’s an extremely intelligent, loyal, loving, and playful dog, but he does have his quiet and calm moments.

The Mini Yorkshire can be quite the entertainer. His cute and cuddly playfulness captures the heart of anyone who spends time with him.

He is affectionate with his human family. He’s also very good with children, the family cat, and other dogs.

He can be friendly with strangers but will likely be wary of them until he is comfortable with the safety of his humans. It is vital that you establish early in his training who is in charge.

Both breed parents contribute high levels of energy, so be prepared to adapt and maintain an appropriate exercise regimen which challenges him physically and mentally.

The Mini Yorkshire Aussie’s Diet

You can feed your Mini Yorkshire Aussie with dry kibble or moist food.

For puppies six to ten weeks, they should be fed three times a day, and it should be with softened hard food. To soften hard food, boil hot water and pour over his dog food.

Add a half-can of dog food and two tablespoons of cottage cheese. Only let the food sit for a half hour and take up the rest.

When your Mini Yorkshire Aussie puppy reaches three months of age, graduate slowly from three to two feedings a day.

Eliminate the softening slowly by not adding as much water, and then eliminate the canned food.

How Much Exercise Does a Mini Yorkshire Aussie Need?

The Mini Yorkshire Aussie is a moderately active hybrid, getting high energy levels from both sides of the bio equations.

Long daily walks, playing and romping in the dog park or the fenced back yard, games of fetch and Frisbee, earth dog games, agility and obedience training are some great ways to keep him properly exercised and occupied.

He doesn’t like being left alone for long periods of time because he loves to be near his beloved human family.

Because of his activity levels, he may not be the best choice for apartments or condos, unless you’re totally committed to assuring he gets appropriate daily exercise. This dog can bark a lot.

This should also be taken into consideration if you live in a condo or apartment. He can live in an urban and rural setting, or in a family home with or without a fenced yard.

Depending on which parent breed has the most influence in your Mini Yorkshire Aussie, he may or may not tolerate temperature extremes.

But he will be happier and healthier in moderate climates.

Mini Yorkshire Aussie Health and Conditions

Major health concerns for the Mini Yorkshire Aussie include portosystemic shunt, tracheal collapse, hip dysplasia, retinal dysplasia, deafness, and patellar luxation.

Minor health concerns include canine Cushing’s disease, patent ductus arteriosis, progressive retinal therapy, urolithiasis, microphthalmia, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, and cataracts.

There may be occasional tests like echocardiography, abdomen and blood tests, x-rays or other radiographic imaging, ultrasonography, blood work and serum chemistry tests, internal imaging, brain auditory evoked response, complete blood count, and urinalysis required by your veterinarian.

My Final Thoughts on the Mini Yorkshire Aussie

Small in size but big in personality, the Yorkshire Terrier parent dog makes a feisty but loving companion.

He has earned many fans with his devotion to his owners, his elegant looks, and his suitability to apartment living.

Intelligent and confident, he is a combination of small size and bold terrier spirit.

The breed displays a range of personalities. Some are cuddly and perky, while others are mischievous and outgoing.

Intelligent, hardworking, and versatile, the Miniature Australian Shepherd is a no-nonsense dog who thrives in a home where his brains and energy are put to good use.

He’s a real looker who stands out from the crowd. His heritage as a working dog makes him a loyal companion and watchdog.

He gets along with kids and makes life an adventure. He’ll work and play from sunrise to sunset and win your heart with his loyal and loving personality.

Your Mini Yorkshire Aussie will be a lovely combination of these traits from his parents.

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Written by Emily Green

Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 2 dogs; Bilbo and Hannah, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she's not nerding out on dogs, you'll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
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