Welcome to 4 Paws Miniature Aussies and Miniature American Shepherds
4 Paws represents strong commitment to the Miniature Australian Shepherds. Debi Shambaugh is no stranger to Aussies and the dog world. Debi has been training dogs for over those 43 years, mainly in the obedience field. Debi trained and handled dogs for movies and TV commercials for 10 years and her first Aussie; Jessie, was in a Walt Disney movie; Flight of the Navigator (pictured), an episode of Miami Vice, a Florida power and light commercial plus other commercials. In addition Debi raised, trained and trialed border collies in the herding field to better learn the drive and instincts of the herding breed. As you will see on this website, Debi always has a border collie in her life along with her Aussies. Debi has raised, adopted and rescued Aussie's for over 20 years. Debi has also had 11+ years experience as a senior animal technician.
Today, as a breeder of miniature Aussies, Debi and her husband Bruce, strive to produce and preserve the Australian Shepherd in a smaller package. Health testing, behavior management, temperament & structural evaluation and selection of strong genetics is all part of our breeding program.
In 2010, I studyied the programs of a number of mini Aussie breeders first hand by visiting their place and observed their breeding program. They graciously opened up their doors to me and I would like to thank them for sharing their knowledge and for their hospitality.
In addition, I really hit the show circuit to campaign my dogs. I championed several dogs and put more confirmation learning and grooming techniques under my belt.
With my 43 years of knowledge and new information I learned these past years, I am continuing to mold 4 Paws breeding program into a program that demonstrates our commitment to improve breed quality. I have never been one to follow one philosophy, but rather combine good information that I believe in and can commit to. I have become more and more selective of the dogs that stay within our program so that our program reflects consistent quality and above all, true Aussie temperament.
We continue to do health genetic testing. In addition to the genetics testing for health defects, we added pedigree analysis through ASHGI which can determine risk levels for over twenty-five inherited diseases and faults.
As I continue to champion my dogs in confirmation, some will be trained and shown in performance venues.
Now that AKC has accepted the Mini aussies we will have more show venues, especially in our area. We did have to change the name Mini Aussies to Miniature American Shepherd. (instead of Australian). Nothing has changed about the breeding, genetics or our dogs, it is strickly a name change. Moving into AKC is a good change and will open up opportunities for the Minis. Most of the mini's in our program will move over to AKC.
Click here to see what this means to you as a customer.
We look forward to a new year with our minis and thank you for looking at
Bruce and Debi Shambaugh
Maverick is seen on each of the pages laying with one of the pups. We called him the baby sitter. He is a standard aussie that I rescued and could not part with. He was dropped off at a cattle auction and when I was called to rescue him, he had stopped eating and was giving up on life. When I rescued him he was close to death because he had refused to eat for the shelter people and this 65+ lb boy was a rack of bones. I had to hand feed him my speciality chicken balls to get him to eat. It took 2 weeks of hand feeding before he would eat on his own and even then I had to stand with him while he ate. He got over his fear of being left alone. He had a wonderful personality and was very kind to the pups. He was what we call a velcro dog, your shadow who would follow us all over the ranch.
~1993 - 2011
Bruce and Debi Shambaugh
Jessie on the set of Flight of the Navigator
Jessie started it all for me. She was my first Aussie. She was a registered Australian Shepherd but mini size, but back then, mini's were not established.
Debi with a group of her rescues that are our house pets
Bruce and Piper collecting bugs
in the Big Horn Mountains
Our 40 Acre ranch in Wyoming. The original part of our house was homesteaded in 1910.
Debi and Ben practicing off lead obedience.
Ben used to demo his obedience for training classes. His hips are so bad now he is enjoying the life of leisure.
Ben is one of my rescues that my son and I rushed to a shelter over an hour away to get there before he was scheduled to be put down. He had come to the shelters' short time limit for life. We arrived only minutes before his time was up. It was such a relief to have made it and saved this wonderful dogs life. He was a pleasure to have around. ~1994 - 2012
We are selling all natural elk antlers for dog chews. For more information,
Click on the elk antler.
We are carrying Elk antler dog chew bones!
some of the cartoon animation by www.artie.com
As we continue to improve our breeding program and the quality of our breeding adults, you will see some new faces come and some leave.
We do Genetic testing on all our dogs!
This page was last updated: March 11, 2015
Moxie; one of our house pet rescues, earned her CGC * certificate from AKC !
* Canine Good Citizen(CGC)
Many of you have asked how do the Mini Aussies compare to the Standard Aussies. Lets compare the two. Click here
Debi is an AKC CGC "Evaluator"
Sliver is a qualifier for the 2014 Eukenuba Nationals in Orlando. This will be her last time showing confirmation at Eukenuba. 2015 she begins her career in Obedience!
Sliver has earned her CM4 designation!!
Sliver ranked # 4 Mini Aussie for 2013 by the Miniature America Shepherd Club of USA.
Click on the puppies to go to the puppy page.
Click on the picture to see the chics laying with this Jack puppy.
The Mini Aussies have been accepted into AKC. Mini's wil be called Miniature American Shepherds by AKC.
Click here to read more about it and see what that means for new puppy owners..
Bruce with Jack watching me show Sliver
CONGRATS to 4Paws puppy owners:
previously known as Miniature Aussies
Our new building next to our house. The downstairs is for my dog stuff and the upstairs is Bruces show room for his antler works.
Some of our winning ribbons on display in our new building.
At a fun match Jamie and Shine won;
Grand Championship in Obedience and Agility
2nd place in Rally
Cliff, was a border collie that I couldn't resist in the shelter. He became my son's dog. He was a funny funny dog. He loved to push around a large ball with his front legs. It took a lot of training to get Cliff compatible to live with but he was the best house dog. He lived for ~17 years! He was a real treat to have around.
New Champion! Way to go Nanette!
Puppies expected the end of April.
Deja is a qualifier for the 2014 Eukenuba Nationals in Orlando.
Earned her MASCUSA Championship and is mlti BOB and Best in Misc winner.