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Aussie lovers! Is the stray that I found actually an Aussie?

I picked up a stray with a worn-out collar, no tags, on the side of the road two years ago because she was almost dead, and I didn't want her to have to die on the side of the road. Took her to the vet and it turned out that the only thing wrong with her is that she was starving and had mange, so I ended up with a dog.

I had just assumed she was a Heinz 57 because I found her in Nowheresville, Tennessee, in a very rural area. So I posted on YA, just for fun, what breeds people thought she had in her, and the answers that got all the votes were Australian Shepherd answers.

Having no idea what Aussies looked like, I googled images, and while the coloring of most of them was completely different, I came upon these. These look exactly like my dog; I mean, this dog could be her twin:

Here is my dog. By the way, her hair crimps when it is damp, and she's super-soft:

Now, the pictures are from a BYB or something in Canada, who breeds "miniature" Australian Shepherds. I know that Aussies come in one size and the mini stuff is a bunch of crap, but... Are "mini" Aussies just runt Aussies bred together to produce smaller dogs (e.g. "teacups"), or are Aussies bred with another breed of dog to make smaller mixes that look like Aussies (e.g. "miniature Dalmatians), or are they really not Aussies AT ALL but just a cross that looks like an Aussie (e.g. Miniature Pinschers)?

She weighs 50 pounds so the "miniature" part is questionable, but I'd like to know if she is ACTUALLY Australian shepherd because... she's kind of a weird dog, and if she IS an Aussie (or mostly a single breed), I'd like to read up on the breed so that I can better provide for her needs. For the most part I have only had hunting dogs for my entire life, and I've NEVER had a herding breed.

So please no mean answers... She's not worth any more or less if she's an Aussie versus a Heinz 57, and I would certainly never tell people I had a "miniature Australian Shepherd." I just want to care for my dog in the best way possible, and I'm wondering if some of her weirdness is a herding instinct that she can't express properly.

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