Saturday, March 9, 2013

How long does it take a Mini to be full grown and get their coat?

Time to full size/weight: 1-1.5 yrs...although they continue filling out up to 2.5 years.

By 9 months you'll know roughly what dimensions they will have, at that point they stop growing and start just filling out.

Time to full coat: 2 years

Left: 1 year 3 months Right: 6 months

From 7.5 to 9 months old Indie significantly slowed in growth and weight gain.  At 9 months he was about 19 lbs and now at 1 year 3 months he's about 20ish pounds and by 2.5 years old he's rounded out to 22 pounds...pretty small....much smaller than I thought he'd be and than I originally wanted.  Generally Mini Males are between 30-40 lbs. Indie is almost more of a large Toy Size, but oh well, he has proven to be an absolute firecracker and we LOVE his small size now because he's so easy deal with!

It takes Aussies about 1.5 to 2 years to get their full coats and from what I've heard from other owners, the coat can continue to thicken up to 5 years old.  The thickness of the coat can depend on a lot of things, namely what their parents were like. Indie has the same coat as his mama, which is not super thick or long.

A lot of websites will tell you to just double their weight at 16 weeks (or 4 months).  That did NOT apply to our dog.  I've been diligently tracking his weight gain, as you can see here: Growth Stats

Indie has probably reached full maturity now at 2.5 years, but this website has had the most accurate predictor so far of his weight.  Select Australian Shepherd as the breed:
 http://www.puppyweights.com/
Indie at 6 months old

Indie at 1 year 3 months

15 comments:

  1. He is beautiful! I have two Mini's that are 7 months and half brothers (same daddy). Jasper is 29.2 lbs and Cody is 39.5 lbs - I sure hope Cody is done growing! Cody was the biggest of both litters and Jasper was the runt of both... LOL... I fell in love with both of them and couldn't choose, so I got them both when I found them in Wyoming last August.

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    1. Wow Julie, are you sure Cody is a mini? I met a woman once with a 45 lb "mini" from the same breeder as my Indie...she said "He is a mini who forgot he was a mini!" And we both laughed! I guess happens sometimes...it's in still in there genes somewhere!

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  2. Thank you for this! My mini is around 24 pounds and she just turned one year old last week. I think she has pretty much stopped growing but I hope she fills out some more! She eats all the time but still looks thin! haha I hope she eventually gets a fuller coat! Your dog is beautiful thanks for the information!

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  3. Came across this while trying to find out if my mini aussie, Frankie, was done growing. She was the only girl in her litter, and the runt. Her mom and dad were both on the smaller side of the mini scale... I think mom was 22lbs, dad was 25lbs. She is now 9 months old and 11lbs, which she has been at for a month. She has filled out too, so it's not that she is particularly skinny, this girl has an appetite! I think we may of ended up with a toy! But she is just a little ball of energy and I couldn't be happier with her or her size. Did anyone else have any crazy growth spurts after 9 months of age? Or have a mini that was really small at this age that grew into size? I am guessing we would be lucky to get to 15lbs at this point!!
    By the way, Indie is such a pretty dog! Very similar markings to our Frankie :)

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    1. Hi Shelby! It sounds to me like you have a Toy on your hands! It totally happens with this breed, sometimes mini parents will throw a large dog or a smaller one, there is a lot of variation in the breed still. That being said, your breeder should have known this dog would be a toy based on her weight prior to 8 weeks. I have seen Mini litters where some of the puppies are toys and the breeders will denote that. If she is that small at 9 months, she will not be adding too much to that weight. Toys (like my Tulsi) are usually closer to full grown at 9 months than minis. Like you said, she'll be lucky to get up to 15 lbs and may likely get up to about 13 or so. Indie, my mini, slowed down a lot at 9 months and only added about 1-2 pounds after that up to a year and a half. Hope this helps!

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  4. I have a mini, the parents are registered and both weigh about 25-30 and my pup just turned a year and he is very active and hyper as the breed is and he weighs 45. He is a giant mini. My brother has a full and his is still much larger than mine. His weighs 60 and is about 3-4 inches taller

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  5. I have a five and a half month old Toy Australian that is really a challenge........she is precious, beautiful and very headstrong. Any suggestions for me?

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  6. Hahaha....... sounds like a pretty normal puppy to me. My boy is a little over 5 months old....i try consistency in a daily schedule and lots of engaged play time/training. Your post is from April... so now at 10 months... how bis it going?

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  7. Hahaha....... sounds like a pretty normal puppy to me. My boy is a little over 5 months old....i try consistency in a daily schedule and lots of engaged play time/training. Your post is from April... so now at 10 months... how bis it going?

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  8. Hello Everyone!

    I've enjoyed reading all the posts about minis and thought I would chip in.

    I have a mini Aussie who is 5 months old and weights a whopping 20 pounds. When adopting our Louli we noticed that his siblings were significantly larger, and have been told by numerous people (some worth listening to, others not so much), that Lou wouldn't grow beyond his 10 pounds. I find this weird considering his age. Any feedback?

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  9. Clarification: louli is 5 months and 10 pounds

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  10. Kristen my boy Luke was 15 pounds at 5 months, now at 10 months he is 22 pounds.dedinitely slower rate of growth starting at about 7 months. Only about a pound a month. None of the charts or presictors helped my case. Id say your baby may end up being less than 20 .... but definitely more than 10. Just like Indie's owners i have found smaller to be suprisingly better from a flexibility standpoint for travel and play!

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  11. Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions on ears! My mini is 14 weeks and his ears stand right up straight, is there a possibility they will fall back down? I want them to be floppy but don't want to glue or tape? Any suggestions? Has anyone found that massaging actually works?

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    1. Taylor,

      My mini is about 8 months now and her one ear folds half way down and the other stands straight up. I think technically they have until about a year to go back down but I don't think my puppies will. I don't mind it either way but I haven't tried and of that special stuff.

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  12. My aussie is 9 months and 20 pounds, guess he is a mini! We were surprised when he stopped growing because we were told he was an aussie not a mini aussie. But like you, we absolutely love his size because he's easier to handle. He's full of life, jumps higher than I ever imagined, and loves people and any animal he comes into contact with. Aussies are a wonderful breed. Indie is beautiful! Thanks for the information it was very helpful!

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