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MuttervonWinston 06-19-2014 01:08 AM

Winston the mixed breed
 
When i signed papers for Winston at the shelter, he was listed as a straight boxer/german shepherd mix. But i can't help wonder if there's something else in the mix because he seems absolutely enormous to be just those two breeds. At four months, he weighed in at 40.6 lbs at the vet the other day. When he first came home, he was 20lbs [at two months] which was actually quite a bit underweight for him considering almost every single rib was showing and his hips were getting ready to. He is definitely part boxer, a dead giveaway considering his habit of boxing with his paws, and the german shepherd is obvious when you see him. But i just can't help but wonder if there's something else in the mix...perhaps mastiff of some kind? I'm considering getting a DNA test for him, just to be sure but..perhaps you all can help me.
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[At the shelter our first meeting]
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The Packman 06-19-2014 04:48 AM

I can't say...but nice PICS !

Typhoon 06-19-2014 09:20 AM

Ahh, who's to really know? Who's to really care?

Even DNA wouldn't be 100% definitive. And opinions from anywhere online are worth just about every penny you pay for them.

Important thing is he really looks like a happy, healthy, alert and fun guy.

martemchik 06-19-2014 10:14 AM

I would almost lean towards no GSD in there. I mean. A lot of shelters will list anything brown/black as a GSD mix, when in reality it isn't.

I've actually met a woman who told me her dog was listed as a GSD mix so they got it because they loved shepherds. It ended up being a 15lbs dog fully grown. They didn't care...but just shows you how much shelters know.

MaggieRoseLee 06-19-2014 11:27 AM

Beautiful dog no matter what's in there~! And they all grow at different rates, but he won't be tiny :)

Gretchen 06-19-2014 11:55 AM

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Originally Posted by martemchik (Post 5662801)
I would almost lean towards no GSD in there. I mean. A lot of shelters will list anything brown/black as a GSD mix, when in reality it isn't.

I've actually met a woman who told me her dog was listed as a GSD mix so they got it because they loved shepherds. It ended up being a 15lbs dog fully grown. They didn't care...but just shows you how much shelters know.

I agree and have seen this too many times at the shelters.
At the rate of growth you've described compared to my own dog, yours will probably be about 90lb as an adult. I don't see either GSD or Boxer. I lean towards pitbull and Great Dane or Mastiff.

MuttervonWinston 06-21-2014 01:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Gretchen (Post 5663497)
I agree and have seen this too many times at the shelters.
At the rate of growth you've described compared to my own dog, yours will probably be about 90lb as an adult. I don't see either GSD or Boxer. I lean towards pitbull and Great Dane or Mastiff.

I appreciate it! And either way it's of no consequence because he is the best puppy i've ever met in my life, and we've been having a blast bonding as he's grown. Although i will admit, my interest was piqued by his listing as a Boxer/GSD because the pure breds i've met of bother were always amazing dogs, and i imagined a mix of them to be nearly perfect. Turns out, he is just perfect for me, whatever he may actually be.
I believe them more on the boxer than the GSD, but mainly based on his mannerisms, he plays more like every boxer pup i've ever met, compared to the many labs, pitpulls, etc. I plan on getting him a Wisdom Panel DNA test just for kicks, because i love mixed breed and i'd love to confidently be able to tell exactly what he is when people are super enthralled to meet him. But i figured i'd ask around for other guesses in forums where you all are much more knowledgeable about a specific breed than i am.
The idea that he may have Mastiff or Great Dane in him only occurred to me recently, as i was going through pictures and we went for his second visit to the vet, and it really set in to be how large he's grown just in the last two months since he's been home from the shelter and how much more growing he has left. Haha. Well, it's a good thing i've always preferred large dogs. :laugh:

dustin_swearengin 06-26-2014 01:44 AM

I loved the photo grid you created because the photos of your dog was so awesome. I wish my puppy grow up like your dog, have a good body and strong.


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