Swagman is located in a small town at the base of the
Sequoia National Park in the Central Valley of California.
We got our first Mini Australian Shepherd in 1995 and
promptly fell in love with the breed. At the time, the
Miniature Australian Shepherd was only recognized by rare
breed venues in the US and Canada. Over the past several
years the movement has been to gain recognition with the AKC
and other world-wide organizations.
In early 2011 the USASA (parent
breed club for the Australian Shepherd), the AKC and
NAMASCUSA (the largest breed club and registry of the
Miniature Australian Shepherd)
developed an appropriate plan to allow the Mini
Aussie the recognition they deserve. They did this by
agreeing to split the AKC Australian Shepherd into two
separately recognized breeds,
and changing the name of the Mini Aussie to the Miniature
American Shepherd thus providing a new home in the AKC
for the previously unrecognized Miniature Australian
Shepherd. The Miniature American Shepherd is currently recognized
for performance events with AKC and should be fully recognized in the
herding group by 2014.
MASCUSA (formerly NAMASCUSA) has become the parent club for the Miniature
American Shepherd in AKC. MASCUSA will continue to provide the best representation of
the breed in the future and is in the process of planning
new and exciting opportunities for it's members and their
dogs. NAMASCUSA will continue to
conduct business as a registry for the Miniature Australian
Shepherd during this transitional period and will act as a passageway into the AKC for those
who choose to go.