by Oranrene on 28 May 2018 - 03:05
My husband wanted two German Shepherds because we bought a home with 5 acres. We found 2 females on Craigslist for 500 each. The lady said she had papers on the mother, but not the father. My husband and I have only had muts up till now, and we have zero knowledge of this breed. But, I noticed that the older they got, the more they seemed to look like Shepinois.
Here's a pic of them. They are great dogs and they really do look after the kids when they are outside, but they also will kill any animal that tries to come in our yard (they killed one of my poor chickens, too :( ). They seem to have all the traits of both dogs...they are very fast, high energy, strong, smart, and very loyal. They just turned 1 year old in March.
Does anyone know if there is a real DNA test that could tell us for sure what they are? I really just want to know. Either way, they are worth every penny...it's just making me crazy not being sure. Everyone who sees them that knows about Shepinois always ask me if that's what they are, and I can't even say for sure, but they do seem to be.
by Oranrene on 28 May 2018 - 04:05
I'm surprised we haven't had a serious injury yet. At any rate, hopefully these pics help. Tia...
by Western Rider on 28 May 2018 - 04:05
No matter the breed or breeds, as you have two of the same age and they have a lot of prey drive in them I hope you are or have done some very serious obedience work with them. Alone and together. Save you some heartbreak.
Look like a fun couple.
by Sunsilver on 28 May 2018 - 12:05
Tia, you are obviously having troulbe posting pictures. This link should help. It's a little tricky doing it on this site!
by astrovan2487 on 28 May 2018 - 14:05
With high prey drive like that there are a ton of different dog sports you could get involved in that they would most likely do well at. That would help them use their energy in something more productive and also teach them some control so that they won't eat your chickens...it only gets harder to teach the older they get.
by Q Man on 28 May 2018 - 23:05
Also I didn't see where you mentioned their parents too much...Do you have any pictures of them or do they have pedigrees?
I'm not sure about how reliable a DNA test would be to for sure tell their origin...
I would think researching their parents would be most helpful...Maybe their breeder has more information that would be helpful...
by Oranrene on 01 June 2018 - 06:06
by Oranrene on 01 June 2018 - 06:06
And please excuse my sons' dresser in the dining/kitchen area...this house is undergoing major renovations...still!! lol
by Sunsilver on 01 June 2018 - 12:06
LOL - the dog's head outlined against the bat or butterfly on the dresser makes it look like it has bat ears!
I do not see any malinois in that dog's body shape. It looks to be a very faded sable GSD. I think some people call this colour fawn. Some breeders who breed for 'rare' colours (colours other breeders avoid because they are not the dark, rich colours preferred in the breed standard.) actually breed for this colour.
Edit: here's a better explanation of the colour. Technically they are not fawn, but as I said, faded sable: http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/pictures-pictures-pictures/693369-fawn-colored.html
by Oranrene on 01 June 2018 - 13:06
And thank you for the link. I agree, their bodies are much thicker than a Malinois. As for the color, I have seen Shepherds with that color, but maybe a bit darker. My other dog has a lot more dark, especially down her back, and her muzzle is much darker, too.
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