Main > Mixed Breed Brindle Puppy - Thoughts? (17 replies)
Mixed Breed Brindle Puppy - Thoughts?
by asd1985 on 29 February 2012 - 03:39
I just rescued this puppy. The rescue agency called him a shepherd/lab mix, but I wanted to see what everyone thought. Possibilities seems to be any combination of dutch shepherd/lab/pit bull/greyhound/plott hound. I can maybe see Pit looking at his muzzle head-on, but from the side his muzzle looks lab, and from underneath it looks shepherd. His ears are flopped down, but when held up they look very Shepherd-y as well. He's very lean, and his hips are very wide, kind of like a Greyhound. His brindle coat suggests the aforementioned breeds, although maybe there could be other possibilities as well. Would love to know what everyone thinks - thanks!
by starrchar on 29 February 2012 - 03:44
|He's adorable. My guess is Lab/Pit...but I'm sure you'll get a variety of opinions. The best of luck with him.|
by CMills on 29 February 2012 - 03:53
|I'd say more like Mastiff or pit mix. Darling!|
by melba on 29 February 2012 - 04:03
|I was thinking some mastiff too :) That was my first thought.|
by starrchar on 29 February 2012 - 13:51
I have to agree that Mastiff is a possibility. How much does he weigh? Do you have any idea how old he is? That would also help.
by asd1985 on 29 February 2012 - 14:22
Thanks for the thoughts thus far. We're told he's 12 weeks now, and currently weighs 15 lbs. However, his baby teeth are just rounding out now, so we think he could be closer to 9 or 10 weeks in reality. Initially, the rescue agency estimated he'd get to just 50 or 55 lbs or so.
by asd1985 on 29 February 2012 - 19:00
Also, his paws are webbed.
by starrchar on 29 February 2012 - 22:20
|15 lbs. at 12 weeks would indicate he probably doesn't have Mastiff in him. A Mastiff puppy at 12 weeks would weigh about 35 lbs. A Lab at 12 weeks typically weighs between 15 and 20 lbs. I think I'm going to stick with my original guess of Lab/Pit although there are definitely other possibilities. Don't let the fact that he may have Pit Bull in him scare you. I've met many sweet Pit Bulls and they can make wonderful pets.|
Quite a few dogs have webbed feet and the Lab is one of them.
by eichenluft on 01 March 2012 - 07:19
|He's older than 9 weeks in those pictures - 4 months would be my guess. IMO he got the brindle from a Pitbull-type dog, and the rest could be several different breeds - lab, boxer.... could be a few in there. Cute pup though, love the black mask and his expression - thanks for rescuing him.|
by asd1985 on 01 March 2012 - 16:55
Well, it looks like there's a consensus of pit. Could definitely explain the brindle and the mask, so we'll see! Thanks for the input.
by asd1985 on 09 March 2012 - 21:13
Just got the DNA results back, and turns out he's pretty much Heinz-57. The purebred breeds in his lineage though are Boxer, Vizsla, Whippet, and some Spaniel. I can definitely see the boxer in the chest and brindle, the Whippet in the legs, and the Vizsla in the face. The results are suggested a fair amount of lab in the mixed breed components of his lineage. In other words, he's a true Mutt. Notably, there's no shepherd, pit, or mastiff in the results.
Thanks for the input though - good times.
by SitasMom on 09 March 2012 - 21:24
|do you have any updated photos, bet he's a real cutie!|
how's obedience training going? its the best part of having a puppy at this age, so much fun and games!
by badmgood on 01 April 2012 - 14:47
|I think I adopted a puppy from the same litter! The Mom was a Shepard/Terrier mix and the Brindle comes from a boxer! Our puppy is the smartest dog and incredibly trainable! Will post some pictures.|
by Rass on 02 April 2012 - 00:54
|Cute Pit mix. ENJOY HIM!!!!|
by eichenluft on 02 April 2012 - 06:38
|those DNA tests don't have pitbull as one of the options - so you can even dna test a "purebred" pit and it will come back as various other breeds. I still say he's a pit mix - boxer would give him the black mask, and yes there certainly could be several other breeds in there. cute pup - how big is he now?|
by starrchar on 02 April 2012 - 22:55
|"those DNA tests don't have pitbull as one of the options - so you can even dna test a "purebred" pit and it will come back as various other breeds. I still say he's a pit mix - boxer would give him the black mask, and yes there certainly could be several other breeds in there. cute pup - how big is he now?"|
Interesting! Why is that?
by eichenluft on 03 April 2012 - 05:26
|the dna tests only have a handful or two of "purebred" breeds - pitbull is not a recognized purebred breed (with akc anyway) - but even amstaff isn't on their list, or wasn't the last time I heard about this dna test. In fact there have been pedigreed/papered purebred dogs tested with results being several other breeds who obviously were not involved in the dogs' heritage - including a black/white purebred/papered/pedigreed am staff who came back border collie, boston terrier, and some other small breed I can't remember - no am staff or even other similar breeds.|
so I would take that dna test with a big grain of salt.
by Chipperatl on 12 May 2012 - 02:33
|He is a dead ringer for my Angeline. She had a purebred Black Lab mother and brindle Pit Bull father. Two siblings, with her the only brindle. She even has the white patch on her chest, and darker nose.|