Catalan Sheepdogs were originally bred to herd and protect flocks of sheep. In addition to their protective instincts, they also have a high prey drive. This gives them the need to chase and herd, so they should only be let off leash in securely fenced areas.
If there are other, smaller pets in the family, your Catalan Shepherd must be introduced and properly socialized with them. Although they may need an introduction to smaller pets, they tend to get along fabulously with children and other dogs in the household.
We’ve talked about size, but there are other aspects of appearance that you may be interested in. Here’s the thing. Take all the details you know about the appearance of a standard Australian Shepherd and apply them here. While the teacup version is much smaller, by comparison, they have the same physical characteristics.
This breed is known for its unique coloring. They often have that mottled color that is unique to the Australian breed. It’s the same with teacups. They are not always marbled, but it is a popular color pattern. They could also have other colors or not variegated. These pups can be bicolor or tricolor.
Toy Australian Shepherd vs.
Other Australian Shepherd Varieties: What’s the Difference?
The only major observable difference between the Toy Australian Shepherd and its counterparts is size. Other than this, we only have a few differences between these breeds.
The Toy Aussie tends to be a bit more barking and nervous than other Australian Shepherd varieties. It is also more susceptible to biting out of fear during a high threat situation.
What is the lifespan of a toy Australian Shepherd?
The average lifespan of a Toy Aussie is 12-13 years, which is considerably short for a small dog but a standard life expectancy for the Aussie breed. Due to their origins, Toy Aussies will inherit the genetic conditions that Standard Aussies will get.
It is also known that aside from their size, Toy Aussies are bred primarily for their looks, which means they are bred to be adorable. While its intelligence seems to have been maintained, the breed has not been around long enough for extensive studies of the toy variant to have been done.
How big is a teacup Australian Shepherd?
On average, a Teacup Australian Shepherd reaches a height of 10 to 14 inches (25.4 cm to 35.6 cm) at the shoulder and weighs between 12 and 17 pounds (5.4 kg to 7, 7kg). They are the same size as a toy Australian Shepherd.
A Teacup Australian Shepherd should weigh between 12 and 17 pounds depending on whether it is male or female as well as the size of the parents. Male teacup Australian Shepherds generally weigh more than females, as they are generally taller.