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Dutch Shepherd or German Shepherd mix?

My husband and I adopted our dog, Barkley, several months ago from a local dog rescue. I am curious as to what breed he could be. I have done some research on this topic but wanted to know some other opinions on the matter.

So my question is: Is it more likely that he is a Dutch Shepherd or a German Shepherd? I have read in another thread on this forum that it is possible for German Shepherds to have a brindle-colored coat, although this is very rare (and the topic was disputable). I also know that Dutch Shepherds are known to have this brindle coloring but was also told that Dutch Shepherds are a rarity to find in the US. Since he came from a shelter, it is very likely that he may be mixed with another breed. So he may be a Dutch Shepherd mix, which is what I am leaning towards.

Background information: Since we adopted him from a local dog rescue, they have limited information about him. I was told that he was found as a stray in southern California, was transferred to a high kill shelter, but was then transferred to our local shelter to be adopted.

I am not looking to breed him, as he was neutered at the dog rescue. Genetics testing did cross my mind, but since I am not looking to breed him, it would just serve as a way to fulfill my curiosity. I will attach a few photos of Barkley in this thread for your review.
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Wow he's gorgeous! GSD/Dutchie cross would be my guess

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I'm no expert but he kind of looks like he might be mixed with a gsd and a mountain curr
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btw he is a beautiful boy what ever his lineage
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I just wanted to say that he is so beautiful, and has the sweetest face
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My husband and I adopted our dog, Barkley, several months ago from a local dog rescue. I am curious as to what breed he could be. I have done some research on this topic but wanted to know some other opinions on the matter.

So my question is: Is it more likely that he is a Dutch Shepherd or a German Shepherd? I have read in another thread on this forum that it is possible for German Shepherds to have a brindle-colored coat, although this is very rare (and the topic was disputable). I also know that Dutch Shepherds are known to have this brindle coloring but was also told that Dutch Shepherds are a rarity to find in the US. Since he came from a shelter, it is very likely that he may be mixed with another breed. So he may be a Dutch Shepherd mix, which is what I am leaning towards.

Background information: Since we adopted him from a local dog rescue, they have limited information about him. I was told that he was found as a stray in southern California, was transferred to a high kill shelter, but was then transferred to our local shelter to be adopted.

I am not looking to breed him, as he was neutered at the dog rescue. Genetics testing did cross my mind, but since I am not looking to breed him, it would just serve as a way to fulfill my curiosity. I will attach a few photos of Barkley in this thread for your review.
Based on the saddle I would say gsd mix. There are so many breeds with brindle colors.
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Awwww... wow such the sweetest face!

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Based on the saddle I would say gsd mix. There are so many breeds with brindle colors.
I agree, looks like a GSD mix. Dutchies are far from the only breed with brindle and more rare than many others that are often found in shelters or mixed.
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Love his 👂s. Brindle goes across many breeds. I have a friend with an Italian greyhound brindle. I am not thinking dutchie. His fluffy face reminds me of poodle or labradoodle.

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First thing I see is a long neck?? Could be likely at least three breeds in him not just the two? Just guessing however.

He's a good lookinmg dog in any case.
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