Aussie Feet

Here is a strange, random, and totally unimportant question for you all: I'm fostering a little Australian Shepherd. She's about the same size as Katie. 30ish pounds. She's doing great. But I've never had a herding dog before. Just Papillons and doodles. Here's the weird thing. When she steps on me it hurts. It feels like a 150 pound dog putting her foot on you. Maggie and Willow are both almost twice her size and when they stand on me it doesn't feel like that. What superpower does this dog have to impale me with a foot? 

It's so interesting to see genetics come into play. She doesn't know anything. She spent her entire life in a cage. But the way she moves. It's so different from my dogs. It's, well it's like a herding dog. That's not learned behavior. That's just who she is. I've also never heard her bark, and it's been almost 2 months. Maggie didn't bark at first, but I think by the time she'd been here 2 months she had figured it out. She's really come a long way. I couldn't get her out of the crate for the first two weeks, and now she loves exploring the yard and sitting on the couch. She even seems to be looking for a little attention. She's getting spayed next week and then it will be about time for her to start looking for her forever home. The one thing we still really need to work on is walking on a leash. So far it's a total failure, but I also really haven't tried. 

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  • Maybe she's just not as careful at putting weight on her feet?  I remember when I used to ride horses some of them were super careful about not stepping on your feet.. some of them not so much.  One horse in particular liked to intentionally place a hoof on your foot to hold you down so he could eat grass (without hurting your foot)... he was a smart cookie, former police horse :p

    • That's possible. She woke me up in the middle of the night stomping on me, and I was like, what the heck is happening here? 

      That's so interesting about the horses. I was out driving yesterday in an area not far from home, but where they still have enough land to have horses. That's where I want to live. I still haven't lost that little girl wants a pony desire. 

  • I have no clue about the weight on the paw thing, but she's a mix  Purebred Australian Shepherds are a minimum of 40 lbs (smaller females) and there is no such recognized breed as a "Miniature" Australian Shepherd. :)
    She is just as cute as can be. Tons of personality. 

    • She looks a bit... corgi-ish to me, but maybe I'm just seeing things :)

      • Anything is possible. But I will say that her legs are proportional to her body. I don't love the short legged little dog look. She's small but she's square.

    • I know there aren't mini Aussies. I made the mistake of asking that question to a very respected Aussie breeder a long time ago and I was thoroughly educated and corrected. She is a nice lady, but very passionate about mini Aussies - or not mini Aussies, I guess. She came straight out of a mill in Texas. If there is another breed in there I have no idea what it is. Do you think they could just be breeding the smaller ones together to get one this size?

      She had absolutely zero socialization and little use for people. I tried putting some towels in her crate early on and I terrified her. I'm really pleased with how well she's doing. Dogs are so resilient. She doesn't have a mean bone in her body. She even just lays there and lets me clip her nails. She has the happiest little smile when she's flying in the yard. She's going to make someone a wonderful companion. 

      • The Miniature North American Shepherd has been recognised by the AKC. This is what used to be called a mini Aussie. 

        • Well now that is interesting. Who knew. I guess I'm not current on my dog breeds! 

          • I think they only recognised them in the last year or so.  If you watch Aussies and mini north americans doing agility, most of them are barking their heads off. So, be thankful you are fostering a quiet one!!

            • I keep expecting her to start barking any time. I think she's still to traumatized to make any noise. I'm glad she doesn't bark, but if she's just too scared to bark that makes me sad.

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