75 Pound Border Collie!?

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Is that possible? A customer came in today with a big black and white fluffy dog that I thought was some kind of Berner mix or something. When I asked what he was she said he was a pure bred Border Collie! I didn't press the issue any further, so I don't know if he was a rescue that she was claiming was purebred or if she actually got him from a breeder. I snapped a quick picture, but it doesn't do him justice. He was really big and stocky. He was bigger than my coworker's lab. Thoughts?

 

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I've seen some big ones. 65 lbs I think is the largest I've met. And then on the other end, I met a BC last week that must've been < 20 lbs. She was teeny tiny. About the same height and size as the shelties.
 

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English Shepherd or English Shepherd mix possibly? Some of the males can get pretty big, especially if they're allowed to get a little chunky.
 

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Holy smokes! I've never seen one over 60-65lbs either...while on the other a friend has one who's Webster-sized...a bit shorter but the same weight...

Super-sized BC, if purebred...
 

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A lady I used to train with had a HUGE border collie. I don't know how much he weighed, but he was just all around ginormous. She got him from her husband's family in Brazil--apparently they breed them much bigger down there? She said her dog was the smallest of the litter mates (siblings/cousins had the rest of the litter).
 
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WOW :yikes:
He's so big, but totally looks pure! Fluke? I've also not really heard of a Border over 65, heck Maddy was half German Shepherd and only 65lbs tops!
 

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I had a friend in high school with a really large border collie. He looked about the same size as your picture. I think I remember her mom saying that the vet weighed him and he was 70lbs one year... who knows. He was a big guy though... I guess that's what happens when they're bred poorly for so long? :confused:
 

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I was thinking escapade with the livestock guardian dog x border collie too.
 
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My father's BC was 23in for 65pds so yes it's possible and he was purebred and a working dog.
This one could stand to lose some weight but yes,you do get some big ones.
 

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Thanks, all! I had no idea BCs could be so big! Interesting to know! :) This dog, though, didn't even have the structure of a BC. I think BC x Pyr sounds plausible.

My father's BC was 23in for 65pds so yes it's possible and he was purebred and a working dog.
This one could stand to lose some weight but yes,you do get some big ones.
She was very adamant with an other customer about how her dog was in good shape and was a perfect weight. He was not. He had NO tuck and was clearly overweight.
 

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I've seen that too, border collies that are 27 at the shoulder and 'purebred'. But oddly came from a breeder that had 100+ dogs on the property including livestock dogs and some other assorted ones....

I know here in Alberta there's a lot of males that get to be around 50 or so, they're just made bigger here. Kilt gets called a sheltie mix all the time because she's small. Oh and Merle and most experts I run into agree that border collies only come in black and white. Uh huh.
 

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I've seen that too, border collies that are 27 at the shoulder and 'purebred'. But oddly came from a breeder that had 100+ dogs on the property including livestock dogs and some other assorted ones....

I know here in Alberta there's a lot of males that get to be around 50 or so, they're just made bigger here. Kilt gets called a sheltie mix all the time because she's small. Oh and Merle and most experts I run into agree that border collies only come in black and white. Uh huh.
That's why almost every black and white dog with a longer snout is called a BD mix in our shelters. :rolleyes:


P.S. My question was "What color is a brown dog?" Apparently, "I don't know, but I know it's not a Border Collie." is not the correct answer. :p
 

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I've definitely known purebred BC who were big enough that, if they were allowed to be as heavy as that dog appears to be from the picture, would probably weigh at least 75 lbs. There is a young agility dog in the area who is the tallest BC I've ever seen. He looks like a pony.
 

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That's why almost every black and white dog with a longer snout is called a BD mix in our shelters. :rolleyes:


P.S. My question was "What color is a brown dog?" Apparently, "I don't know, but I know it's not a Border Collie." is not the correct answer. :p

LOL There are brown border collies too. Actually looking at one to use as a stud down the road maybe, color aside he's pretty nice.... ;)
 
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