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Old 07-25-2012, 06:54 AM
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Question predicting temperament as puppies

I'm a first time dog owner, just adopted a puppy (now 14 weeks old) from a rescue in Tennessee almost 2 weeks ago. She's an awesome dog, much calmer than I expected. Has 2 very active times during the day. We go for a walk 1-2 times per day and my boys run around in the back yard with her as well. Inside, she's mostly calm, snugly, doesn't bark much at all, not very jumpy, not an excessive chewer, doesn't jump on everyone who walks through the door. She seems very comfortable, eating well, etc. Housetraining is coming along well. We think we lucked out!!!
Question is, is this an accurate view of her temparament? My vet told me she's still shell-shocked and I haven't seen her true personality yet. She seems perfectly well-adjusted to me.
(She is a mix- they told us Australian Cattle Dog mix, the foster mom thought the dog's mom may have also had whippet in her. No idea about dad. Face resembles a Jack Russell, which had me nervous. Body looks more whippet, nothing obviously cattle dog except maybe some of her spots!)
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It sounds like you have a pretty good routine set up for her so I do not see her temperament being in shell shocked mode. Congrats on the new addition, keep on your routine and I am sure all will be fine. You can post pics and see what others think she is mixed with..
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I agree with LynneMarie. Considering the consistency of her routine and that it's been two weeks and she hasn't really changed in personality, your pup seems to have just settled nicely into family life.

I recently acquired a new puppy (three and a half weeks ago now), and he was only in "shell shock" mode for a couple of days. He's opened up now and is really starting to become quite the mama's boy - just like I like him!

Congrats on the new addition! Happy things are going to smoothly for you.
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