Bred initially near England and Scotland’s border, the Border Collie breed is a highly intelligent, energetic herding breed. However, their history is not limited only to their incredible sheep herding skills. These brilliant dogs have been featured in famous Scottish poetry, acted in tons of films and television shows, broken many world records, and were a favorite of Queen Victoria herself.

For physical characteristics, Borders have a head like a Collie’s with a body that’s a bit longer than they’re taller. Their ears are perked with the tips dropped over. It gives them a cheerful look to balance out their intense crouch and stare when stalking and controlling sheep.

Border Collie is an absolute superstar companion. They’re known for their high intelligence levels, work ethic that’s unmatched, and tireless need for exercise and playtime. In the evening, be prepared to cuddle up with your tired little pup after a long day of work and playtime. 

How Big Should A 6-Month-Old Border Collie Be?

Every puppy grows at a different rate, but you can expect most Border Collies to weigh more than 20 pounds at six months. Male Border Collies puppies will likely weigh between 20 and 25 pounds, while female will be between 18 and 22 pounds.

A full-grown Border Collie stands 18 to 22 inches tall, with male Border Collies being slightly taller than their female counterparts. Comparatively, a six-month-old Border Collie will still have a few more inches to grow to be at their full adult height.

How Big Is A Full Grown Border Collie?

Border Collie’s full-grown size usually fits within 30 to 55 pounds in weight, and 18 to 22 inches in height. Female Border Collies tend to run slightly smaller than the male pups. The average female Border Collie usually weighs around 30 to 45 pounds, and stands at 18 to 21 inches tall at the shoulder. Male Border Collie’s full-grown size averages between 40 to 55 pounds, and they stand at 19 to 22 inches tall. 

How Big Do Male Border Collies Get?

Male border collies can grow to a maximum size of around 22 inches (55cm), but their size varies according to several factors and a fully grown male border collie can be any size between 18-22 inches (45-55 cm).

Male border collies are usually larger than female border collies, although there are several factors that can influence their size, so this isn’t always the case.

How Big Do Female Border Collies Get?

Female Border Collies are usually slightly smaller than males, although this isn’t always the case. Female Border Collies usually reach a maximum size of between 16-20 inches, or 40-50cm. Female Border Collies usually have long, athletic legs and a thinner body than males, meaning they often weigh considerably less too.

At What Age Is A Border Collie Fully Grown?

Most Border Collies will stop growing around 15 months old. However, larger Border Collies may need up to 18 months to finish filling out their chest. The majority of Border Collies will be at their adult height at about a year old.

What Is A Good Weight For A Border Collie?

Your dog’s ideal weight will always depend on his size. What is a good weight for a tall Border Collie would make a smaller one overweight (e.g. a 21 inch tall dog would be at a healthy weight when weighing 42 pounds – but an 18 inch tall dog would be way too heavy!).

Rather than measuring weight by a number, you should always assess the dog’s overall body condition. Run your hands along his sides. Can you feel the ribs without having to press in? If yes, he is in great shape.

What Is The Life Expectancy Of My Border Collie?

Border Collies are dogs that have a long lifespan. They also make a great longtime companion because of their long life. A healthy Border Collie is expected to live for at least ten years. They can go as long as 18 years, and a few get to live for more than 18 years.

How Much Does It Cost To Own A Border Collie?

The price of getting a Border Collie may vary because of different factors like the litter size, breeder reputation, and what they are to be used for. For regular dogs that are just meant to be pets, you can pay from 500 to 600 USD.

For premium Border Collies, you can pay up to 4,500 USD. Trained Border Collies can cost up to 7,500 USD because of the amount of time and effort spent training them.

How Much Bigger Will My Border Collie Get?

One way to determine how much bigger they may get is age. Border Collies typically need 15 to 18 months to finish growing. If your Border Collie is younger than 12 months old, they definitely still have growing left to do! Check out our growth charts above for an estimated final size.

Do Border Collies Bark A Lot? 

Yes, border collies are known to bark a lot. They bark as a way to communicate, particularly with their owners, and typically do so when they are bored, stressed, fearful, excited, curious, lonely and/or feeling playful. Providing frequent stimulation, activity and company are good methods to reduce barking.

What Is The Size Of A Full-Grown Border Collie?

All Border Collies should weigh between 30 and 55 pounds. Adult female Border Collies typically weigh 30 to 45 pounds, while adult male Border Collies weigh between 40 to 55 pounds.

How Big Will My Border Collie Get?

Like many herding dogs, Border Collies are a medium-sized breed. The American Kennel Club gives the following sizes for adult Border Collies:

  • Females are 18-21 inches tall and weight 30-45 pounds
  • Males are 19-22 inches tall and weigh 35-55 pounds

Why Is My Border Collie So Small?

Some Border Collies stay very small. As described above, this breed was never developed to fit a certain physical breed standard. Border Collies were bred to work hard, make smart decisions, and get the job done! How big exactly they were was secondary to their work ethic and ability.

Some lines produce especially small and light-boned dogs. They have in the last decade also become very popular in certain dog sports, such as flyball, agility and disc dog. Your Border Collie is probably completely healthy and simply a small specimen of the breed.

Of course, you should always check with your veterinarian if your dog’s small size goes along with:

  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Lethargy and none of the typical “bounce off the walls” Border Collie energy
  • Changes in coat – such as a lot of hair loss, bald patches or a coat that feels rough
  • Changes in eating and drinking habits

Do Border Collies Make Good House Pets? 

Border collies are not the most ideal breed for a house pet. They require a lot of activity, mental stimulation and do not do well in confined and locked up spaces. Border collies require a lot of interaction and stimulation. Therefore, you need to give them regular and routine access to the outdoors. if you have a lot of open space (including a large backyard), time and the ability to provide frequent walks and exercise, then the border collie could be a good breed for you.

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