In 2014, I made the decision to register all of my Mini Aussies with AKC (American Kennel Club) as Miniature American Shepherds. This allowed my Miniature Australian Shepherds to be recognized by AKC and allows them opportunities to compete in a wider array of competitive venues offered by AKC. This does not change who my dogs are. Their pedigrees are that of full sized Australian Shepherds (including Legacy, Mill Creek, Timberline, and Three Oaks lines) crossed with dogs carrying the foundation Mini Aussie lines of Pockets, Coat Tails, Southern Cross, and TMR. Technically, since July 1, 2015, they are a separate breed, but they are the same beautiful and talented dogs they have always been, but they have a new name.