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Long Legs On My Aussie Pup

by Tamara
(California)


I have an almost 6 month old blue merle Aussie girl who's legs appear to be growing disproportionate to her body? Since about 4.5 month old, her legs have been getting very long compared to her body.

She is 17" tall and weighs 23.7lbs, she is a standard Aussie and I would consider her petite. My last Aussie did not grow like that and I'm wondering if anyone has also experienced this type of growth?

The vets haven't said anything, except how much she has grown, of course all puppies do grow :-)

Thanks,
Tamara and PJ

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Common
by: Terri

That’s pretty normal. All 4 of mine went through that leggy stage. We jokingly call it the puppy ugly stage, all legs.

Thanks
by: Tamara

Thanks Terry for your reply. I call my girl and ugly duckling aspiring to be a swan...LOL! and she will be, someday!

Tamara & PJ

closure of growth plates
by: Anonymous

If you are going to have her spayed, do consider delaying the spay until she is 18 to 24 months old. Do some research on the effects of spaying on the normal closure of growth plates.

spaying
by: Tamara

Thanks for the advice Anonymous, I agree though what I have read is at least one heat cycle. I am going to see how that goes, this will be a first for me, I was always told to spay them by 6 months.

Tamara

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