Breeder of Miniature American Shepherds to a meticulously high standard.


About Us

The Miniature American Shepherd was a new Breed name introduced in 2011 to enable the Miniature Australian Shepherd to gain entry into the AKC as a breed in its own right. Entry into the AKC occurred in 2012 by splitting the AKC Australian Shepherd into two breeds, providing a new home in the AKC for the previously unrecognised Miniature Australian Shepherd and allowing owners of AKC Australian Shepherds to voluntarily transfer their dogs to the new breed.  We chose to transfer our boy ‘Boomer’ to the Miniature American Shepherd register to enable us to work towards recognition with the Kennel Club in the UK. Our girl Nova was a first generation MAS imported from the USA in July 2014.

Our Kennel Name Ironpaws was granted by the UK Kennel Club in October 2015 after we were sadly told that we could not have Thunderpaws due to the high use of Thunder in registered dogs name. We were told that the name could not be granted to one person. After thinking long and hard my husband came up with Ironpaws which was accepted by the Kennel Club.

All our dogs are registered with MASCUSA, AKC and the Miniature American Shepherd database, they have also been fully health tested for all known genetic illnesses that affect this breed, BVA/OFA Hip and Elbow scores and a full DNA traits report is available on request. Our Stud Boomer will be available to a select number of approved females only, please contact us for details.

I mainly compete in Conformation showing in Europe where we are able to show the breed. When my health permits I compete in agility with Boomer, this was how I first fell in love with the Mini Americans, a smaller dog than the Border Collie but just as fast and nimble, they have become more and more popular in this sport. The breed has been able to turn its hand to a number of skills including Herding, Working Trials, Scent work, Pets As Therapy, Dock Diving and Trick / Frisbee skills. We are plan to focus of showing for the first half of 2017 and then with the hopeful arrival of Boomer and Novas repeat litter summer 2017 we will focusing on the the puppies. We are a small breeder who produces, trains and shows our own dogs, and we may not produce puppy’s every year.

Ironpaws Miniature American Shepherds

Ironpaws Miniature American Shepherds