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by tanya38 on 06 September 2009 - 06:09

i was looking at this dog at the humane society and they say its a shepherd mix, does anyone have any idea what its mix might be by looking at the picture? thanks!

by eichenluft on 06 September 2009 - 07:09

Probably GSD X Pitbull - or Plott hound perhaps (could be "just" a Plott, not GSD at all) - if it's big, maybe Great Dane mixed with ??? - the nice thing about brindle, is you can pretty much pin down several breeds that "come in" brindle, to have at least a good guess at that part of the combination anyway.  The head is somewhat shaped like a GSD but the ears are too big/round - so Plott comes to mind.  Brindle could come from Pitbull, Boxer (doesn't look like a boxer mix though), Dane, Plott, greyhound (don't think so), or mastiff etc.  Cute dog.  I love brindle.


by Bucko on 06 September 2009 - 16:09

The brindle leads us to pitbull terrier, plott hound, and great dane -- I agree with Molly.

The ears (the gsd was crossed with something longer eared) -- that doesn't rule out any of the above three.  But it does rule out Dutch shep.

Geography may rule out Plott -- are they uncommon in your area?

If it's an urban humane society, that raised the probability of pit.

As Molly says, what size is it?  And how old?  If under 7 months, the ears may still go up!



Alternatively: the brindle and shep side could be Dutch shepherd.  Then the cross could be with MANY BREEDS. 




by CrysBuck25 on 06 September 2009 - 17:09

The only way to know for sure would be to have a vet submit a DNA test.  When I took my border cross in for her spay, the vet's wife and I were talking about mixes and how some of the guesses at the local shelter sure seemed to be way off.  She told me that their son adopted a dog from a shelter who was supposed to be a mix of Lab and Shepherd.  He submitted a DNA test, and found out that the dog was a mix of Lab, Clumber Spaniel, and Collie.  That guess was so far off that it wasn't even funny, but that's the nature of the beast.

For all you know, that dog hasn't had a purebred ancestor for several generations, not that it matters if you like the dog.  There are some great dogs in Shelters.

However, for the record, I agree with Molly....

Dane, Pitt Bull, Plott...Definitely could have one or more there...Though the head doesn't look much like Pitt.  A profile of the body might give more idea, but then again, it would still be just a guess.



by VonIsengard on 06 September 2009 - 17:09

I think those DNA tests are a crock. I've had quite a few clients do them and most of them are completely ridiculous. Consider yours, for example- how many clumber spaniels are out there knocking up random dogs?  In the literally thousands of dogs I've seen in my career, I've seen 2 clumbers come in for training. 2.

As for the dog, the skull structure and ear size and shape does indicates some GSD (possibly dane, how big is the dog and are the growth plates very large?), probably with some bully breed. Most mixes are from common breeds.  Looks like a cute Heinz 57 to me.

by eichenluft on 06 September 2009 - 19:09

Read an article where a lady with a purebred am-staff, black/white spotted - generations of am-staffs in his pedigree - did the dna "mixed breed id" test - and it came back border collie, jack russell terrier and pomeranian or some such thing.  So no, I wouldn't trust that dna test.


by SitasMom on 06 September 2009 - 21:09

catahoula hound

my brother had 2 of the and excpet for the semi erect ears they're a dead match.

not even close to a pit bull - pit's carry over their wide faces and short snouts 80++ % of the time.

by eichenluft on 06 September 2009 - 22:09

catahoulas come in brindle?  I didn't think so -


by SitasMom on 06 September 2009 - 23:09

Brother had two registered Catahoulas the coloring, eyes and shape of head was very similar - ear different.

by luvdemdogs on 06 September 2009 - 23:09

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