Rules for Web Site & Newsletter Pictures

Generic pictures for the MASCA web pages; please use non distinctive photos. No dogs with special marking (unusual blaze, black eye patch etc.) or at events that is identifiable. No web links may be attached or hidden in the photos.

When you submit the photo you need to list Name of owner, date of birth of the dog or puppy, registered name of the dog or puppy. No recognition will be given for those photos, and a signed release that MASCA may use this photo on any publication or web site.

Brags for the MASCA Web site and the Newsletter Brags must be mini Aussie only. Photos must identify the owner, dog and event. The photo release must be signed also.

Brags will be submitted to the BOD for content approval and verification, and then the BOD will send them to the Web mistress and the newsletter coordinator.

Please use the photo release form below.

MASCA Photo Release Form (PDF)


MASCA Win Sheets

The board has agreed to sanction acceptance of MASCA win sheets from ARBA and KCUSA when both venues host a show in the same weekend.

There were questions concerning the judges being the same for both venues. These venues could each host a show different weekends with the same judges. Holding them the same weekend is more cost effective for the venue and the exhibitors.

The mix of dogs will change with each venue, since ARBA is for rare breeds only and KCUSA is for all breeds.


MASCA BOD stands by our original decision to revoke the privileges of any MASCA dog going AKC/FSS. MASCA does not recognize any dog now registered as a MINIATURE AMERICIAN SHEPHERD, as an Australian Shepherd of the miniature size variety. We want to remind all MASCA members when they purchase a dog or pup from a breeder/sellerthat the buyer should insist on receiving full disclosure in writing of all registries of the puppy’s parents and/or dog. A responsible breeder should be willing to give the buyer a 3 generation pedigree on the sire and dam of a puppy. The only registries recognized by MASCA for individual or hardship registration applications are: MASCA, ASDR, NSDR, ASCA, AKC Australian Shepherds, and NAMASCUSA Miniature Australian Shepherds that have NOT gone AKC as Miniature American Shepherds. MASCA does not recognize the APRI registry. Also we want to remind MASCA members it is THE BUYER’s responsibility to check this out before they purchase a dog or pup. It is easy to go to the AKC site and look up a dog by name in the FSS: http://www.akc.org/store/reports/dog/search/dog_search.cfm?basic=yes

Members can also go to the files section of the MASCA members2 list to get the info on the ones we have identified and listed there, but should check the AKC site for updates as the MM2 list might not be all inclusive.

Members should not expect the MASCA BOD to “grant special privileges” for registering a dog after a purchase is made since a decision has already been made concerning dogs that are registered AKC/FSS as Miniature American Shepherds.



Concerning MASCA Sanctioning

Concerning MASCA sanctioning MASCA shows for NAMASCUSA points:

As of July, 20, 2011, MASCA will no longer allow sanctioning of MASCA conformation shows for NAMSCUSA points. Judge’s books from MASCA shows will not be given to the NAMASCUSA office, and NAMASCUSA Winsheets will not be accepted, by a judge, for signing at a MASCA show.

With the advent of this new policy, MASCA will continue to protect the integrity of MASCA, its registry, MASCA conformation shows, and the Australian Shepherd of the miniature variety. NAMASCUSA/MASCUSA is the designated club for the AKC/FSS Miniature American Shepherd, which aligns their dogs with the new breed Miniature American Shepherd and not with the Australian Shepherd of the miniature variety.


Will the real mini Aussie please stand up?

Right now there is the real mini Aussie registered with MASCA; who will diligently work to protect the integrity of the MASCA registry and the dog known as a smaller sized Aussie, the mini Aussie. Then there is the other dog, the Miniature American Shepherd that NAMASCUSA/MASCUSA is taking into FSS/AKC as a breed separated from the AKC Australian Shepherd by name and registration.

MASCA’s essential mission is to “Preserve, Protect and Work” the Australian Shepherd of the miniature variety. This mission equally preserves the Aussie’s integrity as the most versatile, healthy, highly intelligent, loyal and affectionate companion, or working dog you will ever find… the real Australian Shepherd of the miniature variety

So what then are these “other” dogs we hear about today…. The Miniature American Shepherd, North American Shepherd, and who knows what else? They are simply variants of the Real Australian Shepherd of the miniature variety becoming a new breed through either FSS/AKC or CDHPR/UKC… a dog taken from within portions of the Australian Shepherd of the miniature variety breed standard to suit the whims of special interest groups/individuals.

What happens when all of these variants, with eventually a different gene pool (in 2 years the Miniature American cannot be bred to AKC Aussies), are bred together to “perfect” this new breed with a different standard? Eventually they will change and become an animal that will look very different from the original Australian Shepherd of the miniature variety. Breeding for the AKC show ring will change the physical and mental structure of the dog. It will lose its purpose and its original character, as well as its mental and physical soundness, and will become something entirely different… whatever suits the whim of those controlling the new breed.

It is history repeating itself… it is how the AKC Aussie of today once evolved from the original working ASCA Aussie or how the AKC Border Collie of today once evolved from the ABCA Border Collie, a true sheepdog. If this information isn’t enough, Google the AKC Aussie and the ASCA working line Aussie, or the AKC Border Collie and the ABCA Border collie to see the extreme differences in type.

In closing, remember that the original type of Australian Shepherd of the miniature variety will continue on with the Miniature Australian Shepherd Club of America as its protector. So please consider the consequences and help us ensure that the REAL Australian Shepherd of the miniature variety will be here for another 200 years!

Thank you for your support as we move into the future,

MASCA Board of Directors


Website Photos

Photos throughout the website have been submitted by members. Occasionally photos will be changed, to showcase other member’s Aussies.

Photos for the homepage slideshow must accommodate a wide “landscape” orientation (for you techies, the final size is 600 x 250 pixels). Photos do not need to be sized exactly when submitted, but the subject needs to fit the space after cropping. All other photos on the site may be any shape, and will be sized appropriately when posted on the site.

Send in your favorites to president@mascaonline.com.

Helping Rescue Dogs

There are several ways to help rescue dogs that take very little time and effort.

  • You can serve as a contact for the shelter if a miniature Australian shepherd is brought in, through the members list is a great way to get the word out on dogs in need.
  • Volunteer with MARS to help with transports or evaluations of the Mini’s in shelters, who knows our breed better than the breeders and supporters?
  • Donate your used items in good shape, they can always use blankets, towels or collars. Another items shelters never have enough of are paper towels and metal food bowls.
  • If you are involved in a club, have a raffle or fun event to support MARS.
  • Also currently there is going to be a large on line raffle to support MARS, get crafty and get some great items out there to help these dogs!

Mini Aussie Rescue & Support

Marla McCormick, President

MASCA Trademark

Our club name, Miniature Australian Shepherd Club of America, Inc. (MASCA) is officially trademarked. No other club or organization can legally use this name or acronym without permission.