I was thinking this morning while taking the 1st of the daily several long walks with Robin and Sammy that its no wonder so many Aussies end up in shelters and pounds. Novices may THINK they know what it means to have a high-energy herding breed, but reality is always a surprise. We knew what we were getting into with these 2, as we had regular Aussies back in the 1980's, before the show breeders made them so huge. THe miniatures now are just a little smaller than the original Australian Shepherds I remember from the early 1960's in eastern Colorado. THe toys are sheer indulgence. THeoretically a toy should require less exercise, so a city dweller could manage one successfully. I think that anybody contemplating getting ANY Aussie should realize though that they will NEVER get too much exercise, no matter the size, and will rarely think they have enough. ANd that will only last a few hours.
We have 20 acres that is all up and down, so can just go for walks several times a day. ANd it is still a pain sometimes, but worth it. THey are still wonderful dogs and add so much to my/our quality of life.