Australian shepherd/border collie mix question

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by pkforever, May 11, 2010.

  1. pkforever

    pkforever Songster

    Mar 8, 2010
    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. thebritt

    thebritt Songster

    Mar 5, 2009
    Humboldt County
    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! [​IMG]
  3. pkforever

    pkforever Songster

    Mar 8, 2010
    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. :-(
  4. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Quote: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 [​IMG] )
  5. pardenx3

    pardenx3 Songster

    Jan 24, 2010
    Talladega, Alabama
    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.
  6. chicklunatic

    chicklunatic In the Brooder

    Apr 6, 2010
    Luna, NM
    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.
  7. OmaBird

    OmaBird Songster

    May 10, 2010
    CA High Desert
    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.

    My house is hairy.

  8. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    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.
  9. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    that will be one heck of a smart dog though....
  10. chickensioux

    chickensioux Songster

    Feb 12, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    Quote:I agree with this. Very high energy dogs. My Aussie is 60 lbs.

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