> Hi, I'm Sandy Travis founder of the "Travis Dogs" and I would like to tell you
> the history of these dogs. In 1962, I was almost 16 yrs. old and I bought a
> Australian Shepherd puppy from a friend of mine at the Torrance Rodeo. I knew
> this puppy's parents and was anxious to get her to someday breed to my Aussie
> male. I soon realized this wasn't going to happen as she "Puppy" only grew to
> be approx. 11". In 1968, I found a small Aussie male and I bred Puppy to him.
> The whole litter stayed small, 9" to 13". Realizing their popularity, I talked
> with a Vet and he advised me to "inbreed, line breed and cull", so I did and
> overall I was very happy with the small size and conformation.
> Although I never asked if "Puppy's" parents were registered, nor did I ask if
> the male I bred her to was registered, at that time in my life it wasn't
> important to me to have a registered dog, but I did care that they were in fact
> Australian Shepherds.
> The general public that would see these little dogs immediately called them
> Miniature Aussies or Aussie puppies. It wasn't until years later that the Mini
> Clubs were formed that the two sizes were introduced, the Toy and the Miniature.
> Under those guide lines, almost all of my dogs were Toys. I knew Bob and Doris
> Cordova through Quarter Horse Shows and they fell in love with my little dogs.
> In 1978 they bought a puppy from me and named him Cordovas Spike and he
> received his Australian Shepherd papers with NSDR and than later got the Miniature > added to his papers. (we all were very proud of the Miniature on the papers) Later
> with the addition of the Toy/Mini sizes, the dogs papers would state one or the
> other depending on the size of the dog. Although Spike qualified as a Toy, his
> papers were never changed. Spike was beautiful with a lot of refinement to fit
> his small size of approx. 13". So you see, the Toy was the first to be bred to
> the Standard to get the Mini. I must tell everyone how thankful I am to Doris
> and how important it was to her to have registered Australian Shepherds no
> matter what size they were.
> Hope I have enlightened you somewhat on the true history of the "Travis Dogs"
> Sandy Travis