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WDC 11-27-2012 06:03 PM

Racial Purity of GSD/Lab Mix?
 
Two days ago I got a new puppy. His name is "The King" Dogmeat. I really love him, and he is a wonderful dog.

Only problem is, he wasn't exactly planned. He's not from a breeder, and I have no paperwork for him. I actually just found him abandoned, and we took him home (he was in fairly rough shape).

After doing some research, I have determined that he is a GSD/Lab mix. He fits the pictures and descriptions of other GSD/lab puppies.

I was just wondering, how much GSD do you think he has in him? I am a GSD lover, and have wanted one for years. My parents never let me get one because of their size, but since he kinda just dropped in, I decided to keep him.

Also, could some other GSD/lab owners show me some pictures of their adult dogs? I'm looking out for what to expect?

As you can see from these photos, he is a small puppy. I believe he is teething, but I'm not really sure. He seems to be about 16-20 weeks old though.

Anyway, do you guys have any ideas about what percentage lab he might be and what percentage shepherd?

Also, ears. His ears aren't up and I know that mixed often do not come up. Do any GSD/lab owners have any advice? Implants are out of the question, since my uncle (helping me take care of him) thinks that it's morally wrong.
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GusGus 11-27-2012 06:15 PM

I've never seen a GSD/lab but he looks like he has quite a bit of GSD in him. Do some research on temperment of both breeds and you're most likely going to get a mix of the two. I think its hard to tell what kind of personality you're going to get with a mix breed. But on the plus side they usually seem to be healthier (or free of more genetic/breed issues)

WDC 11-27-2012 06:17 PM

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Originally Posted by GusGus (Post 2640731)
I've never seen a GSD/lab but he looks like he has quite a bit of GSD in him. Do some research on temperment of both breeds and you're most likely going to get a mix of the two. I think its hard to tell what kind of personality you're going to get with a mix breed. But on the plus side they usually seem to be healthier (or free of more genetic/breed issues)

He is a very well behaved dog, and very cute, I just am a bit worried is all. Freaking out a bit! As I said, I've wanted a GSD for years. I really want those erect ears and long snout. The regal Shepherd shape.

NorCalGSD 11-27-2012 07:27 PM

Almost looks like a GSD/Aussie mix with the white paw, very cute dog though

GrammaD 11-27-2012 07:37 PM

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Originally Posted by NorCalGSD (Post 2640801)
Almost looks like a GSD/Aussie mix with the white paw, very cute dog though

I was thinking that.... or maybe a hound mix like a beagle?

Very cute puppy either way :)

WDC 11-27-2012 07:42 PM

Well, the reason I went with lab was because of a few other photos I saw of GSD/lab mixes.
http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/images10...REAShepLab.jpg
http://ottawadogblog.ca/odb-files/20...aleigh-005.jpg
http://puppyintraining.com/wp-conten...up1.jpg?9d7bd4

These are just images I found on google images, and they look extremely similar to King.

Does anybody have an adult GSD/lab? I would like to see pictures, see what he might end up growing up to look like.

Freestep 11-27-2012 08:09 PM

What you have there is a genuine, purebred Heinz 57 mutt. No telling if there is any German Shepherd in there at all, there might be, but there could be any number of breeds including Lab, Rott, Pit Bull, Beagle, Aussie, etc. etc. etc.... no telling how much of which. Just for fun, you could try one of those DNA tests through the mail, but they are notoriously unreliable.

I once had a GSD/Lab cross and she looked nothing like your puppy.

WDC 11-27-2012 08:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Freestep (Post 2640834)
What you have there is a genuine, purebred Heinz 57 mutt. No telling if there is any German Shepherd in there at all, there might be, but there could be any number of breeds including Lab, Rott, Pit Bull, Beagle, Aussie, etc. etc. etc.... no telling how much of which. Just for fun, you could try one of those DNA tests through the mail, but they are notoriously unreliable.

I once had a GSD/Lab cross and she looked nothing like your puppy.

Huh, that's a shame. I am going to be consulting an expert, but thank you for your opinion.

msvette2u 11-27-2012 08:12 PM

He has white feet and chest, indicating something else, like Aussie. In fact I'd guess Aussie x Lab if he was in my rescue, but I would list him as "Australian Shepherd mix" and not guess the 2nd breed since I can only really make out "Aussie" (Australian Shepherd)
How this is going to affect him is he may be sensitive to certain drugs like ivermectin.
You'll want to discuss that with your vet.
Thank you for giving him a good home :)

PS. Is his left eye blue?? If so that's further evidence he's got Aussie in him. (I can't tell from the pics)

Freestep 11-27-2012 08:17 PM

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Originally Posted by WDC (Post 2640835)
Huh, that's a shame. I am going to be consulting an expert, but thank you for your opinion.

It's not a shame at all, he looks like a great puppy and should grow up to be a first-rate companion dog. Don't get too hung up over what breed he is, he will love you regardless of what's in the woodpile!

Curious, what kind of "expert" can tell you what breeds he might be?


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