Welcome to
Wakefield Fainting Meadows
Miniature Silky Fainting Goats
&
Miniature Australian Shepherds

May has been a very exciting month…..

My daughter & I went to the Mini Silky Fainting Goat show in Harrisionburg, VA and we had a great weekend!!


Sol-Orr’s Lady Liberty & my daughter won 5 Grand Champions and 1 Reserve Champion!! Libby finished her Master Champion Title! 
So proud of my daughter & her showmanship skills. For only being 9, she was a pro!!


Sol-Orr’s Baxter “Chester” won Best In Show!! Very exciting for his first time out!!

AND


We have several Mini Silky Fainting kids for sale!!






We have made the difficult decision to longer breed. We will be enjoying our dogs and continue our work with therapy and agility training.


 

The History of Miniature Australian Shepherds

     The history of the Miniature Australian Shepherd actually begins with the history of the Australian Shepherd. Though most facts are shrouded in time, the most commonly held belief on the origins of the Aussie begin in the late 1800’s when western ranchers were importing sheep from Australia. During this period the most popular sheep were being imported into Australia from the Basque regions of Spain. When the herds were shipped, their shepherds were sent with them to manage and care for the flocks on the journey. As the Australian’s reputation for quality sheep grew, the demand for their sheep grew also and American ranchers began importing them. The livestock were shipped to the Americas, again accompanied by the Basque shepherds and their herding dogs. Ranchers of the American west were reportedly very impressed with the working ability of these “little blue dogs” and began interbreeding them with their own shepherd dogs. The result was the Australian Shepherd.

     The Miniature Australian Shepherd was developed directly from the Australian Shepherd. Throughout the history of the Aussie, small (under 18″) dogs can be seen in historical photographs. Many believe that the original Aussie was selectively bred larger as sheep ranching decreased and cattle ranching increased. Cattle ranchers preferred a larger dog to work the larger stock. Some Aussie owners have continued to prefer the smaller sized Aussie, while others prefer the larger.

     In 1968 a horse woman in Norco, California, began a breeding program specifically to produce very small Australian Shepherds. Her name was Doris Cordova, and the most well known dog from her kennel is Cordova’s Spike. Spike was placed with Bill and Sally Kennedy, also of Norco, California, to continue to develop a line of miniature Aussies under the B/S kennel name. Another horseman, Chas Lasater of Valhalla Kennels, soon joined the ranks of mini breeders.  

     Cordova, Lasater and the Kennedy’s, together attempted to form the first parent club for the miniatures. Although the club never quite got off the ground, their stated purpose for developing the miniatures was to produce an Australian Shepherd under 17″ who had the heart, intelligence and drive to work stock, and yet be small enough to travel easily to stock shows and be a “house” dog.

     Today, breeders of the Miniature Australian Shepherd continue to strive to produce Aussies of a smaller stature. Preservation of the herding instinct as well as the intelligence and athleticism of the mini is a priority in breeding programs, as well as continuing the reputation for health and easy companionship that the mini enjoys.

     Miniatures are quickly gaining in popularity among Agility, Flyball and Disc competition enthusiasts as their attributes of small size and amazing athletic ability makes them very competitive and easy to travel with. In the suburbs and cities, families wanting a big dog are attracted to the “big dog” qualities of the miniature Australian Shepherd, in a smaller package.

 



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