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Saved from the streets--GSD or GSD+?

Hello everyone! This is my dog Hector:


I found Hector dumped in the desert almost a year ago. To make a long story short, after a fruitless search for owners just in case (circumstances made it pretty clear what happened, but I wanted to be sure), I decided to keep him. Hector has a forever home with me no matter what, I take him with me everywhere I can and am not sure how I got on without him before.

However, I am not (or was not, anyway!) a GSD person, and I keep getting mixed feedback about whether he's purebred or not, and what his lines might be. I personally don't see anything but GSD in him, but like I said I'm not an expert!

So what do you guys think? GSD, a mix, or a similar breed? If GSD, what do you think his lineage is (if you have a guess)? I don't really care in a real sense, he's my dog regardless, but I think it's fun to hear what people who know more about the breed have to say.

Something you can't see in the photos really but that is a big sticking point for a lot of GSD folks is that he has dew claws in front and back. Apparently (according to some), that is pretty much unheard-of in the breed.


Sorry for the hiking gear, it is really hard to get decent conformation shots of this dog. I can try to get some better ones when I get home this evening.

Thanks so much!
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I say high mix. There is something off about his eyes (to light) and his forehead. He's very handsome!




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I am not an expert but he think he is pure. To me especially from the side. Like I said not an expert though. And I have seen several pure shepherds with front and back dew claws myself.

Good point Jax the eyes are kinda light, I knew when I was looking at that pic something just seemed a little off I just didnt place the eyes. If he is mixed with anything it isn't a lot.

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His head shape/eyes look... different.

I'd say very poorly bred or a bit of a mix.

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I also think his head is a bit different, but the rest of him looks PB GSD to me.
Out of curiosity what breed of dog has front and back dew claws?

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I also think his head is a bit different, but the rest of him looks PB GSD to me.
Out of curiosity what breed of dog has front and back dew claws?
Many larger working/carting dogs are bred with rear dews, however, working in a shelter, I find about 25% of dogs have them, even if they look purebred. Not sure if it is a genetic thing or what.

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My vote is for PB. His (very handsome) head does look a little more broad than usual but I would guess that he comes from a long line of "American pet" lines, which is a melting pot but still "pure."

I personally find his head attractive. Would love to see more pics. Thanks for saving him!

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Looks GSD.

Was he neutered when you got him? Could be why he is a little lanky and leggy. GSDs can have light, almost yellow eyes. It's a fault, but it can happen. He doesn't have much of a mask and has a tight coat, but GSDs can have this also. GSDs can have dew claws. It is mentioned in the rule books. Nice red color. His pants, tail, ears, saddle etc....all say GSD to me.

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He looks pure GSD to me. I have a female that I adopted from the "woods" as well. For a while I wasn't sure she was pure, but, like your pup, there is no indication of any other breed mix in there. The coloring, fur length and set of the ears are all GSD. You don't often get all that in a mix.

I don't think he is too leggy- I see an old-school type GSD that many people remember as great family dogs. But without being watered down into a golden retriever in a GSD coat or without the seriously angulated back end that so many show line GSDs have these days. I think he has a nice sturdy build for hiking/running. Enjoy! Good looking dog.
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Something you can't see in the photos really but that is a big sticking point for a lot of GSD folks is that he has dew claws in front and back. Apparently (according to some), that is pretty much unheard-of in the breed.
My Cheyenne had rear dew claws. Big, floppy ones! I had them removed when she was spayed as to not have an injury in the future since they were so floppy. My vet told me that all breeds can have them...but they are less common in GSDs. But I've met other GSDs that have had them, also. If Cheyenne isn't purebreed, then she is 99.9%!

Regardless of whether or not he is pure...he's a gorgeous boy! Thank you for saving him!

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