The miniature australian shepherd was developed directly from the australian shepherd. Throughout the history of the aussie, small dogs can be seen in historical photographs.
Spike was purchased by Doris Cordova in 1978. In 1980 Doris was able to get Spike registered as the first Miniature Australian Shepherd of record National Stock Dog Registry (NSDR).
These pictures are of 'foundation' mini aussies, ones that are found in the earliest pedigrees. The majority of the photos are from the personal collection of Kathy Munson (Destiny kennel).