So, we've had Abby since right before Christmas. She was seven-weeks-old when we got her and had huge paws. She and her litter mates were advertised on Craigslist as being Australian shepherd/border collie crosses. There was a pic of the sire and dam. The sire was very obviously a purebred blue merle Aussie. The dam, however, was not a purebred border collie. Her coat was too short (even for a smooth-coated BC), she was a light blue merle and white (mostly white), and her facial features were too heavy for a BC. I thought she might be mixed with lab, at first, but now I'm not so sure. Sorry, I didn't save the pics of the parents.
Anyway, Abby is now 5.5-months-old and HUGE. She's a good 24-25" at the shoulder and weighs ~35lbs (maybe even 40).
Here are some relatively recent pics of her (within the last two weeks):
For some reason, when I picture her dam, I see possibly catahoula mixed with the BC.
I thought so too, at first, but our neighbor used to breed and train German shepherds and he's convinced that she doesn't have shepherd. He saw the ad for her litter on Craigslist and saw the pics of the parents. He agreed that the sire was pure Aussie. However, he doesn't think the dam had shepherd in her because shepherd traits are very dominant and the dam had zero shepherd traits.
As far as personality goes, she's extremely intelligent, very loving, and has an even higher prey drive than Cash (the big red/white dog in the pics). The prey drive thing is ridiculous. She tries to jump up the trees to get the birds and if there's a bunny across the street in the neighbor's yard (no one lives in the house across the street, so the bunnies love to hang out there), she goes absolutely NUTS to the point of barking, pacing and charging/jumping against the fence. She's not as high energy as you'd expect, but she does have her hyper moments. She doesn't chew very much (especially not compared to Cash when I first got him at ten months). Posted via Mobile Device
The biggest head-scratcher for me is her color. Where the heck did the brown with the black mask come from?! She had a sister that looked a lot like her, just without the white or merling (so basically all brown with a black mask), and was bigger. Posted via Mobile Device
I only doubt malinois because you don't see them very much, if at all, around here...and usually any that you do see are police dogs, which I highly doubt they'd allow to just breed with anything. Even down south, in Phoenix and Tucson (Arizona's big cities), you really only see malinois as police or military dogs.
I took her to a local feed store the other day to weigh her and she weighs 50lbs. She's now 5.5-months-old (approximately). Cash weighed 42lbs at ten-months-old and is now 60lbs. Any guesses on how big Abby-Wabby is going to get? Lol Posted via Mobile Device