Main > Brindle shepherd mix (21 replies)

by tanya38 on 06 September 2009 - 06:09

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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

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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.

molly

by Bucko on 06 September 2009 - 16:09

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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!

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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

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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.

Crys

by VonIsengard on 06 September 2009 - 17:09

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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

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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.

molly

by SitasMom on 06 September 2009 - 21:09

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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

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

molly

by SitasMom on 06 September 2009 - 23:09

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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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by luvdemdogs on 06 September 2009 - 23:09

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Nope.  At first I thought they were pretty similar, but now I see they're not.  That was a Treeing Tennessee Brindle.

by Samba on 06 September 2009 - 23:09

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I have a brindle catahoula and thought if Cat when I saw thr picutre.

by SitasMom on 06 September 2009 - 23:09

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The facial structure is very similar, thouth the ears are very different. Color is most definately different, but the come in many different color combinations vary greatly especially if they are mixed with another breed.



by windwalker18 on 07 September 2009 - 02:09

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I'd go along with part Cat...  maybe not the brindle part... but would think more of a Cat than a Shepherd in it's background.

 Could also have some Dane, Boxer, Pitt, or gawd knows what.   Unfortunately shelters tend to slap a Shepherd X or Lab X on every dog with a question mark on it... Either that or like a shelter near me they bring out the rare breeds book and slap a breed name on it that makes it sound exotic.  

by tanya38 on 07 September 2009 - 03:09

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this has been really interesting thanks! he is about 10 months old. i had never heard of a plott but now that i looked up some photos, they are really very, very similar in looks and body size, shape except the ears of the plott are bigger. it does look like some shepherd, pitts are pretty prominent here but this dog has none of the body or face shape. he is not huge and seems really sweet, we had our boys play with him today and he would be very gentle with our 4 year old and seemed to prefer him to us or our older son and would lay down very submissively at his feet.
We really like him, was a little fearful about getting a pitt since we have little ones. he is about the size of a shepherd and seems too small to be great dane. thanks for all your great info and insights.

by K-9mom on 07 September 2009 - 13:09

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Here in New England we have seen a lot of Catahoula/Bulldog mixes so it is definately a possibility. BUT, If this dog came into my shelter I would advertise it as a Shepherd /Hound Mix. We do have Plott Hounds in town who are used for hunting. Ugh!! My problem "children" when I get calls in the middle of the night for a pack of dogs barking up a tree behind someone's house.

by Samba on 07 September 2009 - 18:09

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Catahoula come in the leopard color, black and white, black and brown with a saddle like a hound, hound like spotted, brindle, solid colors... many variations in color. They are a breed who are bred to work,not for color.  May they never become popular!  They are extremely versatile. AKC now trying to gather pedigrees...grrr.  Not into designed dogs, but a Cat Shepherd mix, I would entertain at home.

by alula on 13 December 2009 - 03:12

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Your dog could be part Plott Hound, you can find pics on the web or there is a good chance you dog could be part Dutch Shepherd. My Tucker is a Dutch Shepherd. They are a completely separate breed from a German Shepherd and they are only Brindle color like my Tucker or a Silver Brindle. They have 3 coat types. I hope it has not been too much time that has passed to help you out.

by JRANSOM on 13 December 2009 - 03:12

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If it was Catahoula I would think it would be more leopard/merle than brindle.
Hard to say without seeing the whole body too.  Like windwalker said, most shelters label alot of dogs GSD mix/ Lab mix.
Probably for the purpose of pushing them.  But, hard telling not knowing!  So, anybody's guess is as good as mine being that there are so many dogs with brindle. Then what ever the mix is who knows what traits the pup will take.  Ears from the mother, body from the sire, tail, eyes.  Just never know, so one guess is as good as the other.  Without seeing the whole body, I can't even guess what the mix is because there are so many brindle types.  However, his snout looks like my male GSD's muzzle.

by DebiSue on 13 December 2009 - 12:12

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What I have discovered about dogs in shelters is that if the dog has a black muzzle they automatically deem it a shepherd mix.  Doesn't neceassarily mean there has been a shepherd of any kind involved in the mix.

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