So firstly I'd like to point out there are SEVEN (7) new breed folders for the group. Three of them say pending because they are in the AKC misc class but are designated for the herding group likely in the next year or two.
Secondly PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO SUBMIT TO THE PROPER FOLDERS!!!!!! If you do not take the time, you are not entitled to a reason for why it was declined. As it is right now I run this group pretty much solo and I do my best to stay on top of submissions between my own busy work and personal life.
Also, breeds not recognized by AKC (the American Kennel Club) and are not known for working with livestock can not and will not ever be allowed in this group. The ONLY exception is when they are photograph with a breed that is allowed here. For example; a Labrador with a Collie or a chihuahua with an Entlebucher Mountain Dog or an Australian Kelpie with a Dalmatian.
And last but not least;
"Miniature" Aussies are as of last year NO LONGER CONSIDERED AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERDS! The same goes for "toy" Aussies.
The "miniature" variety are now called Miniature American Shepherds and ARE working towards AKC recognition.
What does all this mean to me?
Well if you are a Mini Shepherd owners and want to submit artwork/photos/sculptures/etc you are currently required to submit to herding breed specialized. Until the breed gets AKC recognition they will not receive their own folder.
There are absolutely NO exceptions to this. If you submit a "Mini" or "Toy" Aussie to the group it will be declined unless submitted to the HBS folder.
While we do accept artwork, please keep in mind folks that they must be realistic to the breed. This means we do not accept outrageously colored dogs. It's one thing of a photo of a dog with a dyed coat color it's another when it's a drawn "character" that's pink with neon green highlights and orange flesh.