German Shepherd Dog > What is my puppy mixed with? (16 replies)
What is my puppy mixed with?
by Gina726 on 14 July 2010 - 18:06
I adopted my puppy Kira from a high kill shelter at the end of May. They could not tell me much about her or what she is mixed with. The only thing they knew was she is a GSD mix. She had 2 sisters and 1 brother. Her one sister and brother had about the same coloring but her other sister had blue eyes and a blue silver-gray brindle coat. Very pretty! Here is a little of her temperament: She is very loving, mellow, smart, learns quickly, does not challenge who the boss is, loves playing , gets along great with all animals, my children, not hyper or over active, likes swimming in water, very people friendly yet protective of us. She is such a wonderful dog. I just can't figure out where the brindle is from. She does not appear to have any bully breed in her or boxer/Dane traits/appearances. She does not seem like she will get over 80-90lbs at most. The pictures of her outside is when she was about 4-5 months and weighed about 25lbs. The picture of her next to the chair is current and she is about 6--7 months and weighing about 35-40lbs. I am hoping someone can help us figure out what she is mixed with. She is our baby and we are very very happy to have her in our lives!
by melba on 14 July 2010 - 18:20
|The muscle on the top of her head appears to be amstaff/pitbullish to me so that would be my guess. He snout is too short (IMO) to be a GSD/Dutchie cross, so maybe GSD and bully.|
by eichenluft on 14 July 2010 - 18:30
|Pitbull for sure - and...... Malinois? Or maybe GSD but really I don't see GSD in this dog. Could be several other breeds, but I definately see Pitbull, and that's where the head shape, body structure, and coat color/type come from.|
by Gina726 on 14 July 2010 - 18:49
|I have done a lot of research on looking up GSD/Pitbull mixes and they all seem to have a snot that is wider and they appear more stocky than Kira is. When I look at her I can see GSD in her face but maybe I am wrong. I would trust others who have been around alot of Shepperd's to know better about that. What do you think about DNA testing to help solve this riddle?|
by crhuerta on 14 July 2010 - 18:59
|I can see a bit of GSD characteristics in her?...from the side profile pic. If not GSD...then a Mal, Dutchie or some breed similar.|
But the muscle tone and structure...would also make me believe there is some "Bully breed" mix also.
What a pretty dog! I love the brindle markings on the different dog breeds.....hope to have a brindle Bullmastiff in my retirement age.
Good luck with your dog!
by eichenluft on 14 July 2010 - 19:07
|the dna tests are far from reliable from what I've heard - but might tell you if am staff (there is no "pit bull" in akc terms) and/or GSD is in there - I'm sure about the Pit Bull - there are so many varieties due to no set breed standard - but this dog looks like a Pit mix to me. GSD - that would be the question. She got erect ears from somewhere.|
by Abby Normal on 14 July 2010 - 20:57
|Awww who cares? She's adorable|
by DebiSue on 14 July 2010 - 21:04
|First, I want to thank you for rescuing this pretty baby! I have to agree that there is some bully in her but that is not a bad thing. I love a good pit. My family has had pits and boxers. A mix with a GSD no doubt would be loyal and protective and as with any breed, good, consistent training is what keeps a dog out of trouble. Congratulations on your beautiful baby!|
by eichenluft on 14 July 2010 - 22:59
|No, not a bad thing at all - I love Pittys too. You get the nice short coat, compact strong muscular body, wonderful color, nice size, and great fun temperament with the family all from the Pitbull side - just wonder where the erect ears came from - but yeah who cares? Nice little dog and really cool color.|
by hejnye on 14 July 2010 - 23:38
|She does have a little of the GSD look JMO, she's gorgeous, you picked up a real winner. She looks like a happy dog! I was think boxer, beautiful brindle, I bet she turns a lot of heads. People are always asking my what kind of dog I have...it's funny.|
by NoCurs on 15 July 2010 - 00:57
|Gotta tell you, looked at a lot of crosses in 20 years in a large shelter! She looks primarily Germ Shep and "pit bull" type to me. The ears and hair from shep, probably color from pit bull type. But boy, you can never really tell. Heck, could be greyhound way back! The DNA tests are hardly reliable. I have had several done and the best ever was my 20 pound patterdale terrier coming back as primarily Great Pyr!!!! |
I'm not a fan of pit bull crosses, as you can add "defensiveness" to the pit bull part, which isn't good... but if you are lucky you will get a fun, happy dog. If she is a NUT about water that will be from the pitty! Just watch her around other dogs when she is maturing (12 to 16 months, roughly) as both GSD and pit bulls can become dog aggressive as they mature.
Best of luck.
by VonIsengard on 15 July 2010 - 02:29
|I see more boxer than pit. Cute as hell.|
I had a client coin a cute ohrase I use all the time now on mutts. When someone asks what kind of dog she is, you say, "She's a Canardly." When they ask, "What's a Canardly?", you say, "You can 'ardly tell what she is!"
by unclemick on 15 July 2010 - 03:30
|Not that I actually know anything but............I see more boxer than pit also. Still a great looking dog no matter what!!|
by PETApal on 15 July 2010 - 03:44
|I see pit,(staffordshire) shepherd written ALL over this dog!|
by RamhausK9 on 15 July 2010 - 05:50
|I also think Pit x GSD. Very cute.|
by Gina726 on 15 July 2010 - 14:58
|Thank you all for your replies! I have been looking more into the Pit/GSD mix and found a few that look just like her! She is perfect in every way and everyone who meets her just adores her and her temperament. She passed puppy classes with flying colors and gets along great with other dogs. She is even a little submissive to some dogs. She loves cats and cuddles and plays with them. I am not to worried about her having any aggression of any type. I had a Cane Corso Mastiff before her that was showing extreame aggression at 14 weeks. So we have been keeping a close eye on her. So far she has given us no reason to worry. |
Thanks again for all your comments. I was thinking Either the pit or plott hound to. Its hard to compare. Not that it really matters because she is the perfect dog but I find it interesting to research the background of the breeds. Any other ideas I would love to hear them!
by mkwellborn on 15 July 2010 - 15:33
|Definitely amstaff(pit)/gsd or dutch shepherd. She has the chest, legs and profile of the dutch shepherd or gsd. Not to mention the way she pants and smiles with her tongue is gsd like. Her withers are more like the pit though. |
See this pic of a brindle pitt pup:
Also a painting of a this combo:
Also you can see the face: cheekbones and eyeset of pitbull:
Then Dutch Shepherd:
You know if one didn't know the breed well they might just say purebred dutch shepherd lol. although she could be just the right mix of pit/gsd that it looks like a pure bred dutch! lol
Sorry bout all the links but a pictures worth a thousand words!