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Old 11-29-2012, 08:57 PM   #41 (permalink)
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She can't be a mix and be AKC - even lets say if she came from an AKC gsd and an AKC chihuahua. Per the AKC this is called cross breeding and those dogs cannot be registered. I suggest as soon as you get the papers you call the AKC to register your dog - this will confirm the legitimacy of them. You may also want to google the pet store you got her form and the breeder or even check www.bbb.org to see if any one else has had any issues with that store.


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Those rules are for honest people ... dishonest people can (and have) registered dogs with questionable heritage by using registration papers of legit puppies that have died or been sold without papers. Of course an owner like Jrhodebeck can have a DNA test done to see if the puppy is a GSD and if it's not, then file a complaint with AKC against the breeder of record and maybe sue the pet store to get her money back.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:19 PM   #42 (permalink)
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Well there's that, but there's that leg.
Something else is wrong.
A toy breed would (should) have good legs anyway...
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:11 PM   #43 (permalink)
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This is not a german shepherd puppy, or GSD mix. It is way too small for even a mix with a toy breed. At a few months old, the pup is very proportional and does not appear emaciated. The coloring is definitely GSD like but the body and conformation is toy breed, which is what the weight and size confirms. A half cup a day is the right amount for a puppy this size, it can not even physically eat 3 cups a day as people are suggesting.

The store that gave you papers for a GSD is either very dishonest or more likely had a very stupid employee. The pup will probably be 7 - 10 lbs max as an adult.


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It was the owner of the store who gave me the papers because they just came in from the breeder and there is no other puppy in there that is close to a GSD, so I don't think there was a mix up. Maybe she is a dwarf don't know yet.


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It is possible for an AKC registered bitch in heat to be bred by more than one dog. If a smaller dog got to her, she could be a mix.

I don't know as a DNA test would solve the issue though...even purebred dogs often come up mixed on the DNA tests.
Only if you could match the mom and dad's DNA would you be able to tell.
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It is possible for an AKC registered bitch in heat to be bred by more than one dog. If a smaller dog got to her, she could be a mix.

I don't know as a DNA test would solve the issue though...even purebred dogs often come up mixed on the DNA tests.
Only if you could match the mom and dad's DNA would you be able to tell.
I have the mom and dads name and registration numbers, but I don't know if I can check that way


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You can search by name or registration number here

http://classic.akc.org/store/reports....cfm?basic=yes


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I have the mom and dads name and registration numbers, but I don't know if I can check that way


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Some breeders DNA test but probably not in a puppy mill...
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I just searched and her mom and dad both came back as GSD, so I don't know, just worried.


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You may just have to wait and see when you register her and see how that goes. The next conversation is one you need to have with your vet because if she is pure gsd then there is obviously something going on with her. And since the incidence of dwarfism is rather low, I'm still leaning more towards not being a GSD - but I would need to know more about the store where you bought her, the parents and the breeder to take any more guesses.


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If you have the name of the breeder, why don't you send them a picture of the puppy? They would certainly know!

I have seen some pituitary dwarfs on this board and they didn't look anything like your puppy.

I took a look at your pictures again and I wonder if she has rickets? That's what I'm seeing in her legs. Is that what your vet thought?
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