Merlow is a "mystery dog." Here mama was found as a stray, very pregnant. The shelter thought her mama was part Australian Shepherd, but not pure by any stretch of the imagination. Mama is 60 lbs, and not overweight. The father is a total mystery. I assume there were multiple fathers for the litter: there were six pups and only two looked alike, kind of like Rotties. Though I don't think that our pup has any Rottie in her.
When people look at Merlow they tend to think she might have some Aussie, German Shepherd, Border Collie, or...? We really don't know for sure, though. She is much less bulky than a German Shepherd, less fuzzy than an Aussie, and has a pretty calm temperament (in other words, she isn't a herding dog at heart!).
Merlow is 3.5 months. At three months she weighed 20.5 lbs. At 3.5 months she weighs 23.5 lbs. I think that is light for a German, heavy for an Aussie, and I have no idea about a Border Collie.
Here are some pics:
Merlow at 9 weeks old:
Merlow at 3 months old:
So, any ideas of what kind of dogs might be in her background? Any estimates about what her grown-up size might be?
We now have a pyrenees/husky mix (not the one mentioned above). She's 40 lbs. at 6 months and we're always wondering how big she's going to get. It's fun to think about!
They thought the mama may have had some Bernese or Swiss in there. Our trainer, who used to raise Bernese, said that if so all Merlow got was the color, as her body is way too long and skinny, and she has this long thin whip tail and a longer muzzle.
The vet guessed 50 lbs, assuming Border Collie heritage, our trainer guessed about 60 lbs, assuming Shepherd heritage. I suppose only time will tell, but it is really fun to guess.
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If mom does have some Swissy or Bernese then it is very little or mixed with a much smaller dog. There are a fair amount of other breeds that can also throw that coat pattern. A beagle could actually do it, so could some different hound breeds. It's the paws that show that major mix. Neither a swissy or bernese get spots on the white. A lot of hounds do though.
To give a growth idea my Swissy was 17lbs by 8 weeks old, and at 1 and a half years is a tad over 100lbs, and about right on for the size a female should reach (100-110lbs, boys go 120-140lbs). While growing she was usually her age in months times ten, until 9 months when she really slowed her growth. So, 2 months = 20lbs, 3 months = 30lbs, 4 months = 40lbs, etc... I've noticed that pattern at work as well. A pup that is at least monthX10 in weight or more is gonna be a giant breed. Anything under that isn't going to get super huge but might fall into the large breed side, especially if they start that way for the first couple of months, then fall off the pattern.