How well an Aussie does when left alone will depend on temperament of the individual dog, how much exercise he gets, and other factors. Many Aussies don't do well left alone all day. Others can adjust. The best thing is to find a very experienced breeder who can be honest about the traits and needs of her dogs, who can help you make this decision. A good site with plenty of info on Aussies is:
Also, a "mini" is not an Aussie. It is a mix breed or different breed, but not just a "small, real Aussie." Some of the information you read about real Aussies may or may not be relevent with that type of dog, since they have had other breeds mixed in. How much it costs to take care of any dog depends on the quality of food, how healthy the dog is and other factors. Finding a pup from parents who have had all the health screening dog is very important. By that I mean OFA for hips and elbows, CERF eye exams, MDR1 and HSF4 testing and more.
Answered by paws4hisglory - 7/17/2012 2:32:29 PM