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#1 BellaRedMerle

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Posted 27 October 2017 - 11:35 AM

Just curious as to what the size of an average Border Collie is?

 

Pictures and weight of your pup would be appreciated :-)

 

The few other ones that I met other than mine were all significantly smaller than both of mine.

 

Red-Merle Female    49lbs

Chocolate Male         58lbs

 

Other males I have met averaged about 40lbs, and females 35lbs. 

 

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#2 GentleLake

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Posted 27 October 2017 - 12:52 PM

This has been discussed repeatedly in these forums.

 

If you're coming from a working border collie perspective, which these Boards are, there really is no standard for size or appearance or anything else except working ability.

 

A 25 lb. dog who works well is perfectly acceptable and desirable, as is a 60 lb. dog. There's a huge range among working border collies, much more than will be found among so-called border collies bred for conformation showing or even other dog sports.

 

That said, I think you're probably close in estimating an "average" for females to be around 30-35 lbs, and males around 35-40 lbs. But there are so many exceptions to those averages as to make them pretty loose at best.

 

BTW, there's a border collie rescue that routinely cites 35 lb. dogs of either sex as being "petite." It makes me twitch, it's so ill-infomed.


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#3 diane allen

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 08:55 PM

Yep, what Gentle Lake said.

 

I've had:

1) purebred female, barely 20" tall and solidly built, 38-39 pounds.

2) purebred male, 20.75" tall and thin, 40-41 pounds

3) possible mix, but looks "real" , thin boned, female, 19.5" tall and 30 pounds

4) another possible mix, 8 mo old male, probably 20+ " tall and currently 35 pounds.

 

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 03:21 PM

I would say males can easily go to the mid 40 lb weight range. I have 7 working bred border collies right now, and most are smallish, around 30 lbs, give or take. My one male usually stays around 42-43 lbs at a fit weight. I have another male who hovers around 38 lbs. And then there's the youngster, who is already 42 lbs at 10 months. His sire and his sire's sire are big dogs and he apparently inherited those genetics. People who have or know his littermates say that most are not that big. But, I got the big boy. Still, as long as he lives up to those genetics workwise, I'll be happy. Of dogs past, I'd say all fell in the 30-40 lb range.

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#5 Gloria Atwater

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 09:18 PM

What everyone else has said. ;)  My 9 year old male is just shy of 50 pounds while my smallest 9 month old female is 30 pounds. I don't think she'll get much heavier, either, as her proportions are already pretty adult-seeming. I've seen BC females as small as 25 pounds and males as big as 60 pounds.

So, in the working lines, it's extremely variable. But mid--to-high40s for males and mid-30s for females seems a safe average.


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#6 Maralynn

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 09:59 AM

Five BCs so far, largest (male) is a fit 43-44#, smallest (also male) was a fit 29-30#

Six m/o pup is currently 28#. I expect her to gain another 5-7# by adulthood. So low to mid 30s.

It was interesting as I was recently talking with someone originally from Wales. She said that the many of the BCs that she sees here are light framed (in the 30-40# range) compared to the ones she grew up around in Wales.

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#7 GentleLake

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 10:53 AM

My smallest was a 28# female, very fit and trim. My personal largest was an also very fit and lean 48#. Both working dogs.

 

However, the largest I've personally known was a very lanky adolescent who hit 70# at a year old. He probably put on another couple, three pounds when he fully matured.

 

And I know he was purebred, as I was the breeder. 35# mother and the above 48# sire. None of the other pups were nearly that large, though a couple were ~50#. :rolleyes:


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Posted 06 November 2017 - 01:39 PM

I have three Border Collies

Georgia is 30lbs

Tex is 36lbs

Faith is 25lbs


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Posted 06 November 2017 - 04:28 PM

Interesting that, unless the OP is reading posts without signing in, s/he's not been back to read any replies in this thread since the topic was started.  :blink:


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Posted 08 December 2017 - 04:00 PM

Interesting that, unless the OP is reading posts without signing in, s/he's not been back to read any replies in this thread since the topic was started.  :blink:

 

Maybe they knew I was going to ask the same question, and just saved me the time.



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Posted 10 December 2017 - 01:34 PM

My Rey (female) is 18 months of and is 35 pounds.

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