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Q: How big are australian puppies?

May 14, 2008 | By Andrea l. | 6 answers | Expired: 2149 days ago

Andrea l.

A stray puppy came to my house the other day. I thought she was very small (only 5 1/2 pounds). The vet thinks she might be a german shepard and about 10 weeks old. Is it normal for a large dog to be 5 1/2 pounds at 10 weeks...or is it most likely mixed with something small?

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Darlene A.
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May 20, 2008

Okay, I have to ask: do you mean Australian Shepherd or Australian Terrier? They're two very different dogs of very different sizes but both are called Aussies!

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Stephanie B.
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May 18, 2008

I don't know if it helps but my medium sized aussie mix puppy grew to be 40 lbs. full grown. She weighed 12 pounds at 10 weeks old. So I would draw the conclusion that your puppy may weigh less than 40 lbs. when it is full grown.

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Christine
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May 16, 2008

That would be about right. I have a German Shepherd and Lab mix, with some Boxer in her, and at 8 weeks she was about 7.9 lbs. 14 weeks she went to almost 18lbs. and at almost 6 months she was a whopping 36 lbs.!! So they grow extremely fast, your vet is probably pretty much on the money. Good luck on your precious new bundle! :)

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Heidi M.
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May 15, 2008

That sounds some at that age to be an aussie. What color is she? I raise aussies and you can see lots of them at www.westernhillsaussies.com if you have any questions let me know.

Heidi

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Beatriz  U.
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May 15, 2008

That seems about right,since it is a stray, it is very possiable that it is mixed with something small. You will most def. be able to tell when it hits about six months. Most medium (which the Australain should be)will stop growing and just start to fill out. I hope you will be keeping him!

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Jill R.
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May 15, 2008

From AKC breed standard:

Size, Proportion, Substance
Size--The preferred height for males is 20-23 inches, females 18-21 inches. Quality is not to be sacrificed in favor of size. Proportion--Measuring from the breastbone to rear of thigh and from top of the withers to the ground the Australian Shepherd is slightly longer than tall. Substance--Solidly built with moderate bone. Structure in the male reflects masculinity without coarseness. Bitches appear feminine without being slight of bone.

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