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Australian shepherd/border collie mix question

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about how big do they get? I'm trying to convince my boyfriend into getting a puppy and he wants an aussie.  I found an ad for free aussie border mixes and he seemed pretty interested only thing being is we aren't sure how big they would get since he has a weight limit at his apartments.

2- Turtles, 2- Cats, 1- Miniature Schnauzer, handful of fish, 2- frogs, 1-Hedgehog, 4 hens- 1 buff orp(Lucy), 1 golden laced wyandotte(Gloria), 2 EE(Willow and Lola), and a silver laced wyandotte(Buffy). If I could I would have way more animals, in college to be a Vet!!

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2- Turtles, 2- Cats, 1- Miniature Schnauzer, handful of fish, 2- frogs, 1-Hedgehog, 4 hens- 1 buff orp(Lucy), 1 golden laced wyandotte(Gloria), 2 EE(Willow and Lola), and a silver laced wyandotte(Buffy). If I could I would have way more animals, in college to be a Vet!!

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I'd say under 65 lbs.  Our BC is about 45, but I had one once that was 70(!) w/out an ounce of fat.  The guy I got him from was into breeding the largest ones - not a good idea, IMO.  Most Aussies seem to be around 50lbs.  What's the limit?  You could just be sure to pick a smaller pup of the litter.  I'd love to have an Aussie/BC mix.  Just be sure there's lots for the dog to do - they are pretty busy and almost always really smart - you don't give them something to do, and they will find/invent something to keep them occupied! wink

Mom of 1 amazing daughter, step-mom to 5 awesome young adult people, wife of very helpful and understanding husband, AND caretaker of 29 hens, 2 ducks, 2 geese, 6 dogs, 6 cats, 2 mustangs, 3 pygmy goats, 1 lionhead rabbit, 1 green-cheeked conure, 1 cockatiel, 1 parakeet, 1 rat, goldfish, and 1 box turtle.
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Mom of 1 amazing daughter, step-mom to 5 awesome young adult people, wife of very helpful and understanding husband, AND caretaker of 29 hens, 2 ducks, 2 geese, 6 dogs, 6 cats, 2 mustangs, 3 pygmy goats, 1 lionhead rabbit, 1 green-cheeked conure, 1 cockatiel, 1 parakeet, 1 rat, goldfish, and 1 box turtle.
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Thank you! The limit is 35 I do believe. I am tempted to call the place and ask them what they think they will weigh.  I got my BF to agree to go see them but said we probably wouldn't be taking one home. :-(

2- Turtles, 2- Cats, 1- Miniature Schnauzer, handful of fish, 2- frogs, 1-Hedgehog, 4 hens- 1 buff orp(Lucy), 1 golden laced wyandotte(Gloria), 2 EE(Willow and Lola), and a silver laced wyandotte(Buffy). If I could I would have way more animals, in college to be a Vet!!

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2- Turtles, 2- Cats, 1- Miniature Schnauzer, handful of fish, 2- frogs, 1-Hedgehog, 4 hens- 1 buff orp(Lucy), 1 golden laced wyandotte(Gloria), 2 EE(Willow and Lola), and a silver laced wyandotte(Buffy). If I could I would have way more animals, in college to be a Vet!!

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Originally Posted by pkforever 

about how big do they get? I'm trying to convince my boyfriend into getting a puppy and he wants an aussie.  I found an ad for free aussie border mixes and he seemed pretty interested only thing being is we aren't sure how big they would get since he has a weight limit at his apartments.


I currently have a BC and I would not suggest the breed to anyone in an apartment.  They must move and have a job to do.  Mine runs 11 acres for more than 12 hours a day, her "playmate" is 140 pounds and she wears him out. 

Great dogs, just not couch potatoes. (unless really, really tired big_smile )

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Fowl adventures happening daily       

"Poultry- they may be your pets, they may be your hobby, they may be your livestock. But remember, if you fall down in the pen, unconscious? They WILL eat you." ~ Sally/Ranchie - we miss you.
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post #5 of 15

Our Aussie is around 60lb. Both Aussies and BCs are energetic breeds that need lots of energy outlets. I'm not real sure they are a good breed for an apartment setting. Unless, you are able to take it with you all day everyday to use up energy. They arn't high strung breeds, but are herding breeds and need to be kept busy or given a job to do. Otherwise, they can be VERY destructive.

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post #6 of 15

I agree - we have had both a Border Collie and an Aussie, and they are definately not apartment material.  They love to run and play fetch, can be very destructive when bored, and they shed massive amounts of hair! Although I love Aussies - they need lots of space. Ours had a hard time with even staying in our medium sized yard.

Never thought chickens would be so addicting - I love all my girls...and maybe a few guys! 4 Ameraucana, 2 SLW, 1 BR, 2 Leghorn, 1 GLW, 1 RR, 1 Black Giant, and 2 Cochin Bantams
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Never thought chickens would be so addicting - I love all my girls...and maybe a few guys! 4 Ameraucana, 2 SLW, 1 BR, 2 Leghorn, 1 GLW, 1 RR, 1 Black Giant, and 2 Cochin Bantams
Psalms 3:3
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post #7 of 15

I have a pure Border Collie that is about 40 lbs. She is a couch potato indoor dog. Most are not. She does not trust strangers but great for the family.

I also have a BorderCollie/Neo Mastiff mix. Best dog ever. About 100 lbs and still growing. He also just want to sit at my feet all day. He does panic when I am gone. He grew up with my Grandson. He is great with him but also does not trust strangers. I think that is breed into him.  I don't think he would bite. He was always smartest in his classes and well socialized.

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post #8 of 15

I agree they are not apartment dogs.  My son has an aussie/border mix.  He would not make a good apartment dog at all.....way too busy and active.

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I'm a Farmer/Rancher  Wife,Mom & Grandma  No Farms, No food. 
If you want house chickens and ducks in diapers then this is the forum for you.
I've got 50+ years of poultry experience, but this 'poultry' forum isn't for me anymore.
If you're going to complain about farmers, don't do it with a full belly or a mouthful.
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post #9 of 15

that will be one heck of a smart dog though....

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I prefer an ugly truth to a pretty lie. If someone is telling me the truth that is when i will give my heart. ~ Jack Nicholson 

Look! A ladder!! Maybe it leads to heaven, or a sandwich... 

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post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by Katy 

I agree they are not apartment dogs.  My son has an aussie/border mix.  He would not make a good apartment dog at all.....way too busy and active.


I agree with this.  Very high energy dogs.  My Aussie is 60 lbs.

Me,DH, 2 DS, 3 dogs, 1 parakeet,  2 frogs, 19 hens, 1 turk, 24 ducks (8 calls, 2 kcs, 3 runners, 3 scovy, 2 Mandy, 3 teal,  2 rouen, 1 pekin) 3 geese (1 Embden, 1 Sebastopol, 1 toulouse), 1 Flem Giant Rabbit, 1 Neth. Dwarf rabbit, 2 sugar glider. 
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Me,DH, 2 DS, 3 dogs, 1 parakeet,  2 frogs, 19 hens, 1 turk, 24 ducks (8 calls, 2 kcs, 3 runners, 3 scovy, 2 Mandy, 3 teal,  2 rouen, 1 pekin) 3 geese (1 Embden, 1 Sebastopol, 1 toulouse), 1 Flem Giant Rabbit, 1 Neth. Dwarf rabbit, 2 sugar glider. 
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