Miniature Australian Shepherd Question

I am 13 going on 14 years old. I was looking into getting a mini australian shepherd, but my...

I am 13 going on 14 years old. I was looking into getting a mini australian shepherd, but my whole family (little brother, mom, and me) will be gone from 8am to 3:30pm. I was thinking of leaving him in the kitchen with toys and a baby gate up. I will take the dog on long walks, jog, and even bike with him if he can keep up (or is he too small for that type of exercise?) I could even get interested in agility a little bit on weekends. My question is wether this dog would be adequate for me. I love the regular australian shepherd, but we sold him many years ago because we couldn't provide for all his energy.

    In Miniature Australian Shepherd - Asked by Anonymous - 6/16/2011 9:53:56 PM
I have been breeding Mini Aussies for over 2 years and raising them for longer than that. Mini Aussies are perfect for what you are talking about (long walks, jogging, biking, etc). They aren't much smaller than a normal sized Aussie, especially males. They range from 14 inches to 18 inches tall. A better solution would be to set him up in an area that has access to outside (a doggy door) while you are away. Aussies are very smart and active. When they are left alone they can be destructive if they don't have something to occupy their minds. Something as simple as a hollow toy bone with a hard to reach treat is a good example. If you have any other questions feel free to contact me.
    Answered by 4seasonskennel - 6/27/2011 1:36:48 PM

Just Keep in mind that Australian Shepherds have just as high of an engery level as the full sized ones and I go horse back riding with mine and they have no trouble keeping up so that is not a problem . Also keep in mind that it is going to be really hard to house break a puppy being gone that many hours
    Answered by Anonymous - 1/6/2012 2:49:48 PM