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Australian Shepherd Size

I am worried about the size of my Australian Shepherd Puppy. She is 3 months old, and around 12-13 pounds. She is about 13 inches tall. I am concerned that she may be a Miniature Aussie. Has anyone had an Aussie of this size grow into a 40 pound dog? Thanks, Kevin Gray.

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Why concerned?
by: Viv

Why are you concerned it might be a minnie aussie?! I own a mini aussie and he is the sweetest boy! They are just as wonderful as a full size only in a more compact package. I hope you enjoy your puppy no matter what size he is.

Mini Aussie?!
by: Taryn

I have a 5 month, male, mini aussie. He's around 14 lbs now and is expected to grow to 25lbs. Both parents were on site at the breeder - mom was 20 lbs, dad was 25. We didn't weigh them, this is waht the breeder told us.
Meant another 1 1/2 year mini aussie owner the other day. His aussie was a lb lighter than ours at the same age and hit 30 lbs. Stopped growing around 1 year of age. A well-bred mini is no different than the full-size other than just that - the size. I am enjoying my aussie, Wally, relaxing comfortably on my lap while he can still keep up with and even outrun some of the adult dogs already. Best doggy EVER!

aussie size
by: Anonymous

My Aussie is 4 years old and weighs about 40lbs. She was a rescue and I got her when she was 9 months old so I don't know how big she was as a young puppy. I was able to track some info on her and I know she is not a mini, just a smaller Aussie. Maybe that is what you have too. Did you see the parents?

Aussie Size
by: Samantha

Hi! I have a 3 month old Aussie who is NOT a miniature and she just got weighed at 14 pounds.

Aussie size
by: Anonymous

I have the same worry. My aussie is not a mini (I saw both her parents and they were of normal size). Yet, she is 10 weeks today and only weighs 7 lbs. I still have no idea how big she will get but I would love someone to comment if they have had experience with this!

I have the same Question!!
by: Nicole

I have a 5-month old male aussie that is only 20lbs. I have seen his parents and they were both around 50lbs. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE my little boy, and I don't really care if he ever gets bigger, I'm just a little concerned there may be something wrong with him. I have had 2 other aussies in the past that were close to 40lbs by the 5-month mark. Is my puppy a late bloomer, and may still grow to the size of his parents, or do you think he is just way smaller than the rest of his litter? Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

3 mth old
by: Anonymous

i have a 3 mth old merle and he is currently 20 lbs..and not over fed hes perfect since i got him hes been gaining average 2 lbs a week

same here
by: Anonymous

i have the same concerns... Mine is 9 weeks and just weighed in at 5.6. i too saw both parents, dad 65lbs mom 55lbs. Yes, i already love her no matter what size she ends up but i for sure wanted a standard.

7 month old blue merle
by: Anonymous

My 7 month old pure aussie is 29lbs.

weight n height
by: danimal

My Aussie Riley is a black tri colored..he seems to average about a pound or two a week..he is 4months old and weighs 23lbs...he is about 10in give or take an inch or two at the shoulders when standing..he was the runt and I know its hard to tell how big they get but im curious as to height weight and fur length.whether his coat is a working coat or show coat..lol..I have other questions to ask but doubt ill find this thread again.if anyone wants to email me at malone_dan@rocketmail.com id appreciate it..as well I will show pics of my monster known as Riley lynox Malone..man this breed is energetic smart and love to bite chew ect...pkz feel free to email me.my wife isnt to thrilled about him and id love to show her one day he will be a great dog and not the hyperactive chewing peeing on floor mess that he loves to be...thx.have a great day

mini aussie size
by: Anonymous

My mini blue merle male is 21lb @ 5 months... he was at the vet 2 days ago.

BACK TO RILEY BEAR
by: Anonymous

i was worried riley the tri colored was a little small..he is 5 months old an is 23 inches long and 33lbs atm...and if it takes a year for them to be there full size well i will have my hands /or a wheel barrel full....

Mini aussie female
by: Anonymous

my mini aussie is 10 weeks old now and she weights around 6 lbs. She is adorable and I love her no matter what size she gets!!

Puppy size
by: Michael

My 4 month old black-tri color is 23.5 pounds I'm just curious about how big he is going to get?

Aussie Growth
by: Anonymous

At 3 months, my Aussie was 21 lbs. He is now 55 lbs at 14 months.

Duke
by: Bonnie

I have a Mini black and white aussie, He is 10 wks old and I am assuming he weights right about 10 lbs. I last took him to the vet at 7 wks old and was weighing at 6 1/2 lbs. I hope this is normal for a "Mini". I met the parents and the female was a full sized Aussie and the male was a Mini aussie, so to be honest I'm sure it can go either way... I bought him because I fell in love with him, not because of size :)

BIG PAWS, PUP TO D-O-G
by: Anonymous

5 1/2 months... 2-3 wks ago, 25 lbs. He's getting long! Blue merle and can now jump up on everything! His mom, 45 lbs... dad BIG. Everyone who sees him looks at his BIG paws and smile... "He's going to be big." So, we wait.

Show vs. Herd
by: Anonymous

I had two Aussies. My first came from working lines and was very large. She was large the entire time, and there was no question she would be a big dog. Our second dog came from show lines. Her parents were smaller than my first Aussie but still a nice sized. My little girl never got over 35 pounds. Everyone asked if she was a mini. Mini Aussies are not the same breed according to ASCA. It is possible to have a small ASCA Aussie. I think the show dogs tend to be smaller because they aren't breed to herd.

Back to riley
by: Riley bear

Well Riley beat isn't a mini that's for sure. I was worried a few months ago he was. Now at 7 almost 8 months he is way too much. About foot and a half tall give or take and not fat or over feed but deff 49 lbs. oh goodness lol. The runt of the litter is now became the monster and I'm almost wishing he was a mini he doesn't understand how big and strong he is and almost takes me for a walk I'm a 28 yr old man that is 215 lbs. he is all solid muscle in the jaws and back legs and drags both 6 and seven year olds around the house at the same time with ease. Lol.

Lol
by: Riley bear

That comment I just added made me type in the word rabies before sending my message can that be changed for the future he hasn't had his rabies shots until the 26 of this month is when it was scheduled two months ago now that's a bad sign of things to come lol...oh now it's fiesta so a rabies party at my house not funny website I love trust not funny lol

Note from Anton: Haha, the word you have to type in when submitting is random (I don't have control over it). But hopefully "rabies" doesn't show up too often. :)

My Mini named Kiwi
by: Anonymous

my 9 week mini aussie is 5 lbs so far! i think if your puppy is double that weight (or more) at the same age, i dont think he/she is going to be a mini....

Not so "mini" ?
by: Anonymous

My 4 month "mini Aussie" is 23 pounds, I'm thinking maybe not so mini?

Aussie tricolor
by: Anonymous

Our Aussie is 5 months old and weighs 32 lbs, and she is not fat, thin and fit, very solid. Parents were 50 and 55 lbs.

my mini
by: Anonymous

She's 4 1/2 months old and 22 lbs now. Her mom was 19 and dad was 35. Originally breeder thought she'd be around her moms size but that's obviosly not going to happen. Anyone have any idea on size full grown? only reason I care is because landlord thought she was going to be around 20.

Mini Aussie
by: Lori

I have a blk TRI mini Aussie. At 10 wks she was at 6lbs, 14 wks at 7lbs 12oz, 16 wks 9lbs 3 oz

regular or mini
by: Samantha

I have a 6 month old female aussie. She's about 23-25 pounds. When I got her I was told she was a regular aussie and not a mini. I've asked my vet and she said she thinks she's a full sized aussie but i'm not so sure about that. Can anyone who has a full sized aussie remember how big she was at around 6 months?

red-tri mini aussie pup
by: nevada

I took my mini aussie to the vet yesterday and she is 3 months old and she weighs 4.3 lbs I like the fact that she is going to be a small dog

Anton this time no rabies parties showed lol thx random words
by: Riley bear

Be happy whether your pup is a mini or not. I got the runt and was told he is a mini and I kinda thought he was after he kept getting older and stayed tiny and petite. But it seems now that he is one his back half is so skinny lol and his chest and front legs are enormous. Almost pitbull like. He is a super smart dog but he is at the age where he has to wrestle and try and say hey I'm the man either with his wrestling or the Aussie vocals they are known for. (Riley is mouthy as the wife says). But now at one he is sixty two pounds and a handful. I've learned to love his size though the wife doesn't and I've learned that small mini large medium they are still super loyal and like Velcro to their owners. I wouldn't trade my pup for the world or a smaller dog. Even though his size strength power and stamina can be a bit too much at times. It's not the size that counts (another wife saying) lol but the gift that's in the package and my gift is a wonderful handful.

Height not weight
by: Rose

Most herding dogs are measured in height not weight. Remember that their exact lineage and history is controversial. I have seen some very fine boned standard Aussies, bred particularly in the South East, that are of normal height but 1/2 the weight. I've seen mini Aussies that are 1/2 the height and regular weight as well. I would only focus on weight if you believe your dog is over or under nourished. I have a purebred mini currently with both parents at the top of the height chart. At 10 weeks she was 7lbs 4oz but she is quite short and hasn't grown much since then and now at 13 weeks. Minis tend to grow slower and mature faster. Both the mini and the standard versions are AKC height specified not weight. This isn't a Bulldog or Mastif where weight denotes size. Consider build and coat and watch the height.

Help
by: Anonymous

My Aussie is 5 months old and only weighs ten pounds. I have a male and didn't know if they sprout at some point. I got him from a rescue site but the vet says he looks like pure breed Aussie but he's extremely small for his age. Anyone else had a tiny puppy that grew into his breed?

concerned
by: Anonymous

I got an Australian/German Shepard yesterday, and ive looked up the sizes for both dogs for his age and he is very under weight, he is roughly about 6 weeks and only weighs about 5 pounds. Im not sure if the woman before me was feeding her correctly or not, is this normal?

8 month old blue merle male
by: Anonymous

My Australian Shepherd puppy is almost 8 months old and weighed 49 lbs when he was at the vets last week. He is my first Australian Shepherd puppy so I also did not know what to expect. His father and mother were on site when I picked him up, the father was 65 lbs and the mother was 45 lbs. My friend has a year old Mini Aussie who is around 25 lbs and he is absolutely stunning and such a great dog as well. I am curious and excited to see just how big my puppy gets once he is fully grown. Enjoy your Aussie!

Aussie Pup
by: Taylor

I have a aussie puppy 3 1/2 months and he just got weighed at 15 lbs. He is not a mini and the vet thinks he will be around 60 lbs fully grown.

Aussie Size
by: Keith

Not sure how old this thread is but I have a UK bred female standard Aussie. She is just over 5 months and 20" to the withers and 44lbs. I think she will be 55 to 60lbs when full grown as her mum was quite big. Whatever size she ends up she is a lovely dog and is fitting into our family really well. She loves the kids and they love her!

Riley bear
by: Riley bear

This thread is old but we all still comment and post. I wished my Aussie was female but still as wild and big as my Riley is I won't trade him for a million dollars. Well maybe a million and one lol

Mini Australian Shepherd
by: Anonymous

I have a 40 pound 4 year old Mini Australian Shepherd, I saw what I was told was her mother, she was only about 13 pounds. So I now not sure if I got the correct information. She doesn't appear to be over weight.

Mini aussie
by: Anonymous

My blue merle mini aussie weighs 7.3 pounds at 16 weeks.. Anyone have an idea of how big he will get? They say he'll be around 18 pounds but he's so little I'm thinking he might not even get to that! It doesn't matter i'd just like to know

Aussie size
by: Julie

My Aussie was the same way. For the longest time I thought she was a mini because of how petite she was. She is now 10 months old and weighs 30 lbs. She's still petite, but I know she is a standard sized Aussie.

Mini Aussie Bruno
by: Anonymous

I have a tri red mini aussie just over 4 months old and he weighed 24 lbs at the vet last week. He isn't overweight as he has gotten pretty tall. They say the mini aussies can be from 25 to 40 lbs.

Black Tri-Colored Aussie
by: Anonymous

I have a Black Tri-Colored female Aussie and at 13 weeks she was 12lbs. She is a little ball of FIRE! :)

Disease of aussies
by: Vet

Some of your aussies may just be small for their age, or miniature Aussies, however there is a disease that Australian Shepherds are prone to. It is called cobalamin malasborption. Their bodies do not absorb enough vitamin B12 so they don't gain weight, vomit, no appetite, become anemic (low red blood cells) and some other things. This can be a fatal condition. The good thing is certain labs around the country can test the DNA for this, and also the treatment is simple and cheap (injections of vitamin B12 every few weeks for life). This probably doesn't apply to most of your dogs, but if any of the dogs are truly small, not gaining weight and sick - look into this disorder!

aussie size
by: Anonymous

My female aussie is 5 months and 38 lbs. The vet says that she is at a healthy weight for her frame. She measures about 18 or 19 inches at the shoulder. Her mom is around 50 lbs and her dad is about 60 lbs.

Bruno
by: BJ

Bruno is a 10 month told tri red mini aussie weighing approximately 42 lbs. However, I do think he might be a few lbs overweight, not sure. He is a wild child and a half. Has been going to training since April. Does great on the leash but not so great at home where he has the run of back yard. His mom weighs about 24 lbs and his dad 30 but he is already 42. It seems these dogs can weigh just about anything. He is loveable but chews up everything he gets his mouth on. We adore him but he is like having a 2 year old in our house.

Aussie puppy weight?
by: Taya

Hi everyone,
I will be getting my Aussie next weekend (at 8 weeks). I need to fly with her when she will be 13 weeks (in the cabin). I am looking online for a Thundershirt and was wondering if anyone has an estimate of how much she might weight at 13 weeks? Her parents are 40 and 45lbs and she (at 7 weeks) is 9lbs. Please let me know, any advice would be super well appreciated as she is my first Aussie!

Mini Aussie
by: BJ

My mini aussie Bruno was a year old on 11/7 and weights 45 lbs at the least. He is still a wild child and I am afraid he isn't going to settle down. When anyone goes or comes to the house (including us) he barks loudly, runs to the window, wants outside to run into the yard so he can see and then back inside jumping on the chair to watch whomever go down the driveway. He has changed some in the last 2 or 3 months but is still one busy dog, chewing up every toy we get him plus anything else he can get hold off. Love him dearly but boy he never stops.

my dog
by: Anonymous

I have a toy aussie and its great. Your dog is most likely a full size because mine is 3 months to and it is 4 pounds.

male standard aussie
by: Anonymous

My red merle Male Aussie is only 10 weeks old and already weighs 20 lbs

My mini aussie
by: BJ

I have a 14 month old mini aussie. He is approximately 20 or 21 inches tall and weighs about 48 lbs. I will say I think he is a little over weight. I saw his parents and the mother was 24 lbs and the father 30. They say there is no guarantee of what size they will be. I guess it is like us, it can go back into the genes and pull up the bigger dog.

puppy's size mini or not
by: Las

My male 10-week old weighs 10.2 lbs today. He was sold as a mini but may be a standard size Aussie. My standard Aussies ranged from 45 to 60 lbs. Mini Aussies are just smaller Aussies. They take the smaller dogs and breed them so sometimes what is supposed to be a mini will be a standard size dog or standard may be a smaller dog. That's just the way they are. Either way they are the best dog you can have.

assuie standard
by: Mike

Its not weight that ditermans if your Aussie is standard or not its the height I believe its 21 inches from the paw to the withers look into it more if your curious. I was worried to because my Aussie only ways 40 lbs and a male give or take but then I did some digging.

Here is a site it might help
by: Anonymous

http://www.puppyweights.com/

Love my mini
by: Meghan

little Roscoe my mini is almost 7 months old and weights 14 lbs

size?
by: Anonymous

What should an 8 week old standard size Aussie weigh?

Bruno, wild child
by: BJ

Bruno was 19 months old on May 7. He is still a wild child when anyone comes around or up or down the driveway. Our daughter and grandson are living with us and every time they come home he barks like a maniac. The only thing that calms him down is putting him on his leash. Sometimes he walks around with it. I am afraid he isn't going to calm down. When no one is here he is a good boy. He lays on the back of the chair and watches everything outside and barks at anything that moves. We live out and have about 12 acres so he doesn't see much except an animal here and there or birds or the geese that have just had kids again. His has so much think gorgeous hair but he is always hot, always panting. I had him cut down like a teddy bear cut last Spring and he loved it. It took a long time for his hair to come back it worried us. We wondered if we had cut it too soon since he was only about 10 or 11 months old. It is pretty much back now but I have never seen such thick hair and he just doesn't seem comfortable. He stays on the a/c vent. I keep it cool for him but loaded that much hair I can understand. I hate to as is hair is a beautiful brown with a whole lot of red highlights and he has some white on him, but I also want him to be comfortable. He is chewing less but still chews on some things.

Aussie Size
by: Lindsay

I just got my Australian Shepherd puppy a few days ago and she was 4.5 pounds at 9 weeks. She's now about 5 pounds. The mom and dad both looked about average in size. The mom was slightly shorter but not much. I was concerned as well considering my last Aussie was around 8-10 pounds at 9 weeks old!

Aussie weight
by: DarciC

My Aussie was 7.1 lbs at 7 weeks, 10 weeks 13 lbs, 14 weeks 18.8 lbs, 4.5 mths 26.6lbs... At 7 mths she was spayed n weighed in at 38 lbs and still growing.
Both of her parents were tiny standard Aussies, working dogs, around 35 lbs each. Willow still looks like a puppy and with all her hair she looks squatty so hopefully her legs get a little longer lol

biting
by: Anonymous

Any estimates on how long puppies bite and nip at you?...like a year?

3 1/2 month Aussie
by: Lea Isham

My 3 1/2 month old female Red Tri weighs 23 lbs. Is this normal? She gained 51/2 lbs in only 3 weeks. I'm concerned I'm feeding her too much. She is pretty active, runs a lot and plays full out or is sound asleep. I know she gets enough exercise.

size
by: Anonymous

We purchased a standard size aussie. He weighed 4lb 10oz at 8 wks. At 12 wks, he weighed 13lb 6oz and just had him to vet at 16 wks and he weighed 19lb 5oz. Vet said he is growing "appropriately"...

Bruno
by: BJ

I have a supposedly mini aussie who weighs 48 lbs. He was 7 or 8 lbs at 8 weeks but just kept growing. I don't think they can actually tell when it is going to be a smaller dog unless they might have 2 very small ones to breed. Bruno's mom weighed 24 lbs and his dad weighed 30 so he must have went back into other genes so I think you really take a chance on what you get. Mini or full size they are awesome dogs. Mine is so smart but is so energetic and sometimes hard to control with his barking.

Mini or standard
by: Jetta's Mommy

I was wondering the same for my little girl. I've had her for 3 days and took her to the vet and she weighs 5.6 pounds and she's 12 weeks today. I'm worried shes a mini when I wanted a standard size. She was the last female of the litter and was a lot smaller than her brothers so I assumed she was the runt. She's a black tri and I was planning on getting a Merle male to breed when they are older and don't want to get a large male if she's only going to be half his size. The breeder I was talking to thinks she's a mini as well as the vet but the store I got her from insists she's going to be a medium/ large dog. I absolutely love her though and my dreams came true when I found her. Just want to know whether to call her mini or not but we will see with time then

Blue merle 7 months old
by: Anonymous

I can't stop him from jumping at all times, especially if I am going from one place to another

3 month aussie
by: Anonymous

so my Aussie is 3 months old and already weighs 40lbs, is there something he could be mixed with to make him so big?

4 month old
by: Anonymous

i have a 4 month old Aussie that is 40 lbs very active lifestyle and not over fed

my mini aussie
by: Daniel reynolds

My puppy Brody is 4.5 months old, he weighs 30 lbs and is 16 inches at the withers,,, this girl at the kennel says he is a small mini??? even after I showed her the readings that state he is in fact as big as a big mini now,,, the literature says minis get up to 40lbs, but the full size are 55,,, how can I tell if brody is mini or not? His sister is 12 inches tall and 13 pounds,

they are all different
by: Gwen

I have a 17 week old Aussie. At 15 weeks, he was 24 pounds. He gained 14 pounds in the 5 1/2 weeks prior to that appointment as he had roundworm and coccidia coming from the breeder--make up growth--not any fat on this very fit and energetic puppy! I would say that as long as they are growing at a steady rate and they are regularly checked for parasites, they are ok. Just like people, there are size variations.

Mini Aussie :))
by: Michelle

I have a 4.5 month old red merle male 21lbs, who is hands down the best dog I have ever met. He's calm and handsome, super smart, so sweet and doesn't chew anything but his toys. My best friend breeds them and his grow between 30-40 lbs so I guess those would be larger sized minis. I love him so much and am so lucky to have him. Amazing dogs! ;)

my mini aussie
by: Rylie's mom

I have a male mini aussie. He was about 13-14lb at 12 weeks. I believe his mom was around 25lb and his dad was maybe 30lb. He is now 8mo and about 35lb, but seems to have slowed down a lot in growth. He's still got the slimmer adolescent puppy body though, so I wouldnt be surprised if he'll fill out to about 40lb. Minis tend to be 20-40lb and standards are about 40-65lb.

Bruno 2 year old Aussie
by: BJ

I have a two year old mini aussie who weighs about 48 lbs. When it says mini that isn't always the case. They are just trying to make them smaller and it goes back go other genes and keeps the bigness I think. Ours is smart and beautiful but wild as an indian. He had lots of good training when he was younger, about a year ago but when anyone is around he just can't settle down. Don't know what to do with him. My grandson lives here and comes in and out all the time and he goes beserk. It is almost like he is afraid but also wants him. He barks and barks until he drives us crazy. I know they are energetic but this is a bit over I believe. I also have a one year old mixed Chihuahua and they get along great. The small one is all over him, eating out of his bowl, etc and he doesn't care. He isn't a mean dog, but has some kind of problem.

Digestive issues
by: Anonymous

I have a true Mini tri-colored. He is six months old now. He weighs 15.4 pounds. He has had some digestive issues since I got him. The vet said he was born without an enzyme to help digest his food. We are going to try and add that enzyme to sprinkle on his food. I am hoping this will solve the problem. Has anyone else had this problem with their Mini? He was the runt of the litter.

wide variety of sizes in one litter
by: Mom of 3 minis

I have several friends who breed mini Australian Shepherds as service dogs. They are great seizure and diabetes dogs and we have several dogs who work at the care homes I manage for people with severe traumatic brain injuries.

I own three myself. I have seen many litters with a wide variety of sizes. one of our little boys came from a litter where he was the smallest and is now a full grown 10 pound dog and quite dainty and his brother is nearly 40 pounds and quite large. my little girl who is 18 pounds full grown has a brother who is well over 40 pounds, and quite a bit larger than either of his parents. a year ago my friends teacup Aussies had a two pup litter. both of the parents are quite small at no bigger than seven pounds but one of the pups reached almost 20 pounds.

my newest puppy is a beautiful mini red tri, he is 16 weeks old and just weighed in 14.4 pounds. His parents are both about 20 pounds. At this point he is all legs.

Aussie sizes
by: Anonymous

I just got a black tri female a week ago and she's just turning 3 months of age. I'm not sure of her weight but she seems small for a mini and think the breeder, who brought her to me, not allowing me to see the parents, may have sold me a toy aussie, which I did not want. I'm thinking of taking her to a vet to see if she's a toy or a mini. Any other suggestions? It's fraud if this breeder lied to me and refuses now to let me know about the parents until the pup is 6 months of age. I'm feeling stupid for having believed the breeder.

Toy
by: Anonymous

We just got a toy australian shepherd, she will be 10 weeks old in 2 days. She weighs 2lbs 12.5 ounces. From what we were told and the paperwork from the pet shop her parents were both 8lbs. Hopefully she will be just as small, as to why we purchased a toy.

My Aussie
by: Anonymous

My Aussie was only 4.8lbs when she was 9 weeks. She is now 7 months and weighs about 40 lbs. she was about 15lbs when she was 3 months

I bought a mini....
by: Anonymous

I bought a mini Aussie a couple years ago and was assured she would be around 25 lbs. She is now 78 lbs. Great dog

My very tiny Sierra
by: Diane

I just got my really tiny puppy, she's almost 7weeks old and she weights only 2.06 pounds. He's our story: my black tri colored male is a stud and he meet a beautiful blue merle in november, my male is 54 pounds and the female is 35 pounds. She gave birth to 9 beautiful puppies and I assisted to most of the deliveries. The last one that got out didn't have any vital signs. One week prior to that I took a cpr course at work so I didn't think twice to what I was gonna do next so I performed cpr on her with the help of the female's owner and we revived her. The vet said she should be fine but I'm still concerned a little bit. All the other puppies are around 4.5 pounds but she' s only 2 pounds. She will definetly be very small but she has a big heart and she thanks me everyday for saving her life.

Australian shepherd
by: Anonymous

Don't answer a question with a question. This person is concerned about the size of their dog. Not yours. Perhaps they paid a lot of money for their dog and was promised that the size was a standard. Therefore they are concerned with its growth potential.

No Guarantees of Size Possible
by: Anonymous

Hi All,

No breeder can guarantee the ultimate size of a puppy. There are some standard things that they look at, such as size of parents, and if known the size of their parents, birth weight and, when they get a little bigger, paw size, but in reality the runt of a mini litter can be small for several months and then suddenly hit a growth spurt that end with a standard size dog. There are online calculators you can also use, but these are still just an estimate. Standard size parents can throw a mini and Mini size parents can throw a standard. That is just a fact. No breeder can guarantee the size of your full grown aussie.

It is no different that when two humans have a child. You might suspect, when looking at the parents and their family members, the eventual height of a child, but it would always only be a guess. Shorter people do sometimes have tall children and taller people do sometime have shorter children.

The truly important thing to know when you buy any size aussie is that they are fantastic pets. You should also know that they are generally excitable, energetic, very smart dogs. They may be very good service dogs for seizures or blood sugar and are wonderful comfort dogs.

They are natural herding dogs and without training will herd other animals and even humans. They will bark at people who come to your house, or walk down the sidewalk, no different than they would if they were guarding a herd of sheep and a predator came near. They may herd a guest into a corner and keep themselves between the guest and your family. They may sometimes nip people on the buttocks or back of legs (as they would sheep or other animals) to herd them where they think they should be. This is all normal behavior for an aussie and very difficult to "train out". They may be very aggressive in their protective behaviors, but most will not usually attack or aggressively bite unless feeling very threatened.

It is also important when you get an aussie puppy that they bond very quickly with ALL the people in your household and those who visit often. We are their herd, so those that they are not bonded with become outsiders to be protected against. I have seen aussies that love one member of a family but not their spouse and they will get very upset if they try to hug or touch, and they can become very anxious.

We adore our aussies, but they are not necessarily a good breed of dog for all people. They require a lot of time, attention, and most of all patience. They tend to be very smart and very persistent. Good training is really a must. Don't make the mistake of thinking your puppy will settle down once they get a little older. Get into a training class as soon as possible, and if available, one specifically geared toward aussies. They are wonderful dogs that can be absolute terrorist on your households without proper training.

My Blue Merle
by: Loree

My Blue Merle pup is 8 months now. He weighs 43lbs. His appetite varies from day to day. We were feeding him 2 times a day 1 cup to a little more of Nulo grain free puppy food, and he snacks on white meat chicken, carrots, peas, apples, bananas..and such. Blueberry greenies, and grain free doggy snacks..he only eats when he wants, never pigs out. Just changed his puppy food to adult..Our Aussie is very stocky and strong..

Kai
by: Anonymous

My Australian shepherd is 6 months old and weighs 44lb. When we got him he was 10 weeks old and weighted 10 lb.

Aussie Size
by: Anonymous

Aussies vary in size as adults, especially by gender, with males usually quite larger than the females.

I have two dogs from the same reputable breeder (who does genetic testing and has been breeding Aussies for many years).

The female is on the small size, and at 9 years old is just over 30 pounds.

The male is on the larger size, and at 8 years old weighed 53 pounds.

They are distantly related cousins and both are correct to the breed standard.

A 'mini' Aussie (now known as the North American Aussie) usually looks substantially different (since other breeds were used at some point in the breeding stock) and their heads/eyes/muzzle will often not look like a standard Aussie.

hope this helps
by: how this helps future checkers

At six months my standard is 55 pounds roughly he already surpassed both his parents , At 14 weeks he was a about 20 pounds at 9 weeks he weighed roughly ten pounds. Hope this helps At 12 weeks he was around 15 pounds. I wonder if he is going to get up to six or seventy pounds, A few aussies at the breeder were that size. I am in the process of rescuing a 30 pound lethal white Aussie who is six months, Mom was standard dad is unknown.

Runt really?
by: Aussie dad

@ 9 weeks our red tri weighed in @ 10.8 lbs @ 12 weeks 2nd vet visit he weighed in @ 18.6 lbs @ 15 weeks 3RD vet viisit he weighed in @ 24.6 lbs.
He is on Large breed puppy food recommended by vet.
We love this dog
His dad was a 65 lb red male & his mom was a 35 lb blue merle

Question
by: Anonymous

I recently adopted what was said to be an Aussie mix. She's so little that it scares me that she isn't going to be a big dog. I haven't weighed her but she's maybe 3 pounds? I'm really not sure. Can anyone tell me how much their puppies weighed around 4 weeks old?

Mini puppy size
by: Anonymous

My mini Aussies are 10 weeks old and 7 lbs and 6.5 lbs respectively. Their parents are 20 and 25 lbs. They're on track to be minis.

Aussie puppy weight
by: Anonymous

I have a 15 week male he weighs 30lbs. Not fat but totally solid.

Love them no matter what size or weight
by: Hemi the trooper

I'm a 18 week old mini Aussie and I'm weighing in at just a little over 5 lbs. I have had a rough start in life but my mommy and my doctor now have me on the right road. See I was born with a condition called PRAA which I was unable to keep my food down. My mommy had to hold me up right to eat or I would just throw all my food up. I had my surgery last week to take the band off that was wrapped around my esophagus. Major heart surgery for me. Everything went fine and I am now eating with my dish elevated. So my thoughts to everyone is don't worry about your babies weight or height just love them for who they are just like my mommy and daddy do. 🐶🐶❤️❤️🐾🐾.

My 5 month old
by: Anonymous

I have a 5 month old female standard size Aussie who weighs 35lbs. The vet says she's right on track to be 55lbs full grown. When she was 3 months she weighed 20lbs. You may have a mini Aussie . Mini Aussies are just like Standards just smaller. My best friend has a mini and she is amazing!! All the same personality just in a smaller package :)

My 3 Mini Aussies!
by: Karisma

Do your homework on the breeder! I breed in the toy and mini space of this breed. I can take my bloodlines back 6 generations now and can accurately estimate each of our puppies end weight give a lb or 2 either direction through experience. My Toy is 11 lbs and bred with my 14 lb female. They typically throw 1 toy and 3 mini's. My other mini is 18 lbs and I just retired the mini I used to Sir her babies ( but he was 17 lbs) they gave me 2 beautiful litters with the largest being 19 lbs full grown and their last litter which now at 6 months looks like will all be under 20lbs as well.

They are all working dogs mostly cattle and sheep. The original Aussies were smaller and were bred up to be able to help with bison. I prefer them in their smaller size as they are just as smart, work just as hard, their agility gives them advantage in the fields, and they have less hip and joint problems.

I have a new male coming to me this week who after working with the breeder, watching her pups grow and feedback from her devoted buyers should be around 20 to 25 lbs.

I constantly tell people research your breeder before you set your eyes on a puppy. Most are hobby breeders and may have parents on site but couldn't tell you a thing about mom and dads parents. Knowing the size and personality traits going back on each of my dogs gives me insite on each puppy we sell and what kind of owner we seek!

No such thing as a "mini" Aussie
by: Anonymous

First off, your Aussie is at a complete normal size for his age. Second, there is no such thing as a mini Aussie. There are Miniature American Shepherds that are similar to Aussies, but also very different. Don't buy into that mini crap.

Same worry, ended up not being the case
by: Vanessa

I had the same worry and read this post a few months back when my pup was 11 weeks and only 8lbs. He is now 23 weeks and 33lbs! They continue to grow rather rapidly up until around 9 months, then it starts to slow down. I can't imagine him getting more than 45-50lbs, but he is still definitely not a mini. Some pups grow quicker than others, but slow growth is usually always better. Hope this helps anyone who is concerned.

Mini Aussie short for Miniature Australian Shepherd!
by: Anonymous

To the one stating there is no such thing as a "mini" please see below referenced from Wikipedia

Miniature Australian Shepherd

Common nicknames: Mini Aussie

Origin: United States of America

Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)
The Miniature Australian Shepherd was developed by breeding smaller Australian Shepherds for the desired size. The breed is rapidly increasing in popularity among those interested in a compact dog with a strong dog work ethic. They are especially popular in dog agility, and do well in other dog sports including herding, obedience, disc dog, flyball and many other activities.

Underweight Aussie
by: Anonymous

I just took my 5 month old Aussie to the vet after a month of being told he was underweight, he weighed 13 lbs at 4 months. He was dewormed and has gained weight, but not enough, so we are increasing his food again (3 - 1/2 cups a day) and deworming him again. I don't think there is a weight that you should be looking for in particular, but rather if you can feel your pups bones in the back and front, than that is not good. Some ribs are good to feel, but not too much. If you're concerned about your Aussies weight, you should take her or him to the vet and get checked out to make sure they are growing properly. Good luck!

Aussie Sizes
by: Aussie Lover

Hi. Standard Aussies can generally weigh anywhere from 40 lbs to 90 lbs full grown Mini's are bred to weight between 20 lbs and 40 lbs. There's never a guarantee. My standard Aussie was petite and weighed 46 lbs full grown. My mini puppy's mom weighs about 28 lbs and father about 40 lbs. Mom only stands 16 1/2 inches tall, father 18 inches tall... most standards do stand taller. My 5 month old mini weighs about 27 lbs, he's short and stocky. For all of you concerned about the size and weight of your standard, don't worry... they sound perfectly normal! Enjoy them.

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