The Miniature American Shepherd was developed in California
during the late 1960's with the breeding of small, unregistered
dogs that were thought to be Australian Shepherds.
These dogs were bred with a goal of maintaining their small size,
active character, and intelligence.

The Miniature American Shepherd became especially popular
with equestrians traveling to horse shows, as their intelligence,
loyalty, and size made them an excellent travel companion....

The Miniature American Shepherd is a herding dog as of July 1,
2015, designated to the Herding Group in the American Kennel
Club.  The breed also entered CDHPR and received full UKC
recognition in January 1, 2015.
Now listed on the Miscellaneous/Listed Breed List by CKC in
Canada as of Sept. 10, 2017.  Eligible to compete in
Conformation events starting July 1, 2018.
Solid Black also called Black Tri (or Black Bi if no Copper trim.)  
Solid Red also called Red Tri (or Red Bi if no Copper Trim)
For more information on the Miniature American Shepherd,
click this link to take you to AKC site.