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8 Week Old Mini Aussie Shepherd Weight

The average weight of an adult male miniature australian shepherds is approximately 15 pounds (7 kg). They are very active dogs with a strong desire to please their owners. The puppies weigh between 5 and 7 ounces (140–170 g) at birth. Their growth rate depends on the breed, but they usually reach full maturity within 3 years.

There are many different breeds of miniature australian shepherd. Some have short legs while others have long legs. The height varies from under 2 feet (60 cm) to over 4 feet (1 m). Most miniature australians shepherds are medium-sized dogs. However, some have been known to grow up to a little larger than the average dog.

There is no standard size for them, but most tend towards being around 80–90 pounds (32–36 kg).

Miniature australian shepherds are known to be good watchdogs. They love to chase squirrels, mice, birds and other small animals. They do not like large cats or even wolves. They prefer smaller dogs such as pups, puppies and kittens. These dogs are generally gentle with children and will only bark if necessary.

They need lots of exercise because they have a high metabolism which means they burn a lot of calories every day. If they are not getting enough physical activity, they may become destructive around the house. If this happens, it’s a good idea to enroll them in training or let them play at the park at least twice a day.

These dogs are very energetic, so you will want to have a fenced-in backyard that they can play in. A leash is not usually necessary since these dogs are very fast and will run after anything that catches their attention. They enjoy long walks, but only if you are willing to keep up with them.

It’s a good idea to enroll your dog in a training class where they can learn some basic commands. They are very intelligent and are eager to please their owner, so this is not as difficult as it may seem. A well-trained dog is a happy dog.

As with any mixed breed or dog with “mixed heritage” you cannot predict the potential size of an adult dog based on their size at 8 weeks.

The average size for a full blood Miniature Australian Shepherd (Aussiedoodle) is 12-16 inches and 20-40 pounds. The largest recorded though was 28 inches and 75 pounds! Their size can also be influenced by other breeds in the mix, for example a Labradoodle will certainly be larger than an Aussiedoodle

There are two things that you need to decide when looking at 8 week old australian shepherd weight: diet and schedule.

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On average an adult will eat 1/2 to 3/4 cup (119 – 198 mL) of quality dry food per day depending on activity level. This is about 1 ounce per every 2 pounds (.9 kg) of body weight.

Try to feed your dog 3 small meals a day rather than leaving food out all the time. If you are trying to lose weight, make yourself hungry, a dog is not supposed to have free reign over the refrigerator. Buy a quality dry dog food and put out a set amount in the morning and at night.

Lots of people feed their dogs people food like peanut butter, bread, or other human treats. These items rarely if ever contribute to good health and are in fact a severe detriment. High fat food contributes to weight gain, and feeding too many people foods can cause malnutrition as dogs are carnivores and require certain nutrients that are only available in meat.

A well balanced dog food (22-24% protein, 12-15% fat, 3.5-5% fiber, 10-14% moisture) is all a dog really needs. Unless you want to feed your dog lots of table scraps and get into preparing home cooked meals there’s really no need to do much more than pick a quality dog food and stick with it.

Aside from weight, the other factor you will want to consider is size.

There are 3 size categories for dogs. While all of these can vary slightly there is definitely a marked difference between the three.

The first is toy, which are under 10 pounds (4.5 kg).

The next is small at 10-25 pounds (4.5-11.3 kg).

Then there is large, which are over 25 pounds (11.3 kg).

Always keep in mind that within each category there is still a range of sizes from the tiniest Chihuahua to the largest Great Dane.

The key to feeding your puppy is to always keep in mind their adult size and adjust the amount you feed accordingly. Even if you think your puppy is small, on the small side of average, or large for that matter, they will most likely still grow into their adult size.

As a rule of thumb you should be able to easily see your puppy’s ribs and backbone, but not so much that their belly skin is hanging out or concave. The tuck, or the flab that hangs under their belly when they are standing still, should not be extending past the base of their ribs.

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Ideally you want to stay 1.5 to 2 times the size of the growth range for your puppy’s breed. For example if your puppy’s breed growth range is 5 to 25 pounds (2.3 – 11.3 kg), then you want to feed somewhere between 7.5 to 15 pounds (3.4 – 6.8 kg).

You should also keep in mind that unlike people, young dogs (1 to 3 years old) are still growing, actively, and need around 50 calories per pound of body weight. Adults (3yrs+) need around 40 calories per pound of body weight. So if your dog is an adult then you would divide all of the amounts given by 2, if your puppy is still growing then you want to err on the higher side and give them the full amount.

A good rule of thumb for how much to feed your growing pup is to take their weight and divide it by 2, this is how many calories (Kcals) they should be getting per day.

An example of this would be a 7kg (15 lb) puppy.

15 divided by 2 = 7.5 Kcals

So if you were using the feeding guide below you would give them around 112.5g (4 oz) of food per day.

An even better method is to actually measure your puppy and calculate their height then use this chart to determine how much to feed them.

This is the link to the measuring charts in several different unit types.

Although there are several good feeding guides online for puppies I have found that using a kitchen scale to weigh the food, and measuring the food out using the measuring charts on this site works out the best.

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You should be feeding your young puppy 3 times a day until they are three months old, then twice a day until six months, and after that once a day.

Never feed a young puppy after ten at night, and twelve is even better. If you are going to bed before twelve then you can leave food out for them so it’s always fresh and available when they wake up.

The good thing about buying a bag of food is that you can store the leftovers in it after you measure it out for the day. When you buy a large bag of food it will usually last around a month or more for a single dog, so it works out to be quite economical.

When you get your puppy be sure to take the bag in with you so you can show them exactly what it is that they will be eating.

The only other thing you need to take into consideration is the treats your puppy gets, as these can affect them in a similar way to people and their junk food.

Ideally you want to give your dog healthy treats, this way they won’t develop any allergies or have any negative affects long term.

The best treats to give are human food, as these are the least likely to cause any problems. Although I give my dog a lot of human food, I do try to limit it as much as possible to just special treats and never give her anything that is going to be overly bad for her. You don’t want your dog getting into the habit of begging for human food at the dinner table after all.

Here are some healthy human foods that you can use as treats:

Cheese Curds (just make sure they are the real cheese curds, and not the kind in the orange tub that comes in a plastic, store bought package. The real curds are sold in a big block wrapped in paper and they taste different. They are the ones you want)

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The skin of a baked potato (remember not to eat the skin as it has lots of nutrients in it that you don’t want your dog to get!

An apple (again, no core and no seeds)

A small piece of cooked chicken (no skin, fat or bones)

A small piece of cooked Fish (again just the flesh)

Some canned Tuna (the drain the liquid off and make sure it’s just the flesh you are giving)

Some cooked Lean Beef (again make sure there is no skin, fat or bone)

Here are some treats you probably should avoid:

Chocolate of any kind (even dark chocolate)

Coffee or any other kind of drink that contains caffeine

Onion, or any other kind of food that causes your own eyes to water

Garlic and anything that has a strong smell (this can cause stomach upsets)

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Milk and Dairy Products (especially whey and cheese)

Fatty Foods such as: Meat Fat, Coconut Oil, Peanut Oil, etc… (anything that is solid at room temperature is a big No No!

Thanks for reading and I hope you found this helpful!

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