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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-02-2008, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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Hi

I am new to German Shepherds and we have just rescued one from the pound. He is around 4 months old we think! We just wanted to know if he looks like he is mixed with any other breed. Also how old do you think he may be? He just lost another puppy tooth the other day. I think he has lost most of them now. He is still squatting to pee. And he does seem to show some "interest" in our female dog, but usually just a half-hearted attempt.

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he looks like a purebred long haired GSD to me. If he has lost most of his baby teeth already than I would think he would be more like 5.5-6 months old.
He is adorable!!

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I'm not expert enough on the breed to have an opinion on P/B or mix, but he sure is cute. Also the tennis shoes in the picture are in one piece so I guess he is well behaved too!
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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-02-2008, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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so far, he has only eaten one flip-flop! (: he is also surprisingly docile, for the most part. he whines when the cats hiss at him! that's another reason we thought he might be mixed with a breed that is a little more temperate than the GS... thx 4 the quick replies!
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some gsd's do not like cats. others will chase and chase. the ones that chase have a higher prey drive. By the sounds of it your guy has a low prey drive but that can change over time will. Can't wait to see more pics of him!!! What is his name?
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Yep, looks like a fuzzy. I have two longcoats myself, and recognize the extra hair around the ears.

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I would think that he is about 5-5.5 months old, based on him loosing his puppy teeth.
Was he neutered at the shelter you adopted him from? I think he is a little too young to show "interest" in your other dog based on her gender. Mounting can often be about dominance and social order, rather than sexual, if that is the "interest" you have seen him show her! The worst "humper" I have ever seen was a female dog.
He sure looks purebred to me. One of my two GSD guys is wonderful with our cats, even tiny foster kittens. But one of my other dogs, a Pug, is **** on wheels with the cats. Teach your puppy from day one what is acceptable, respectful behavior with the cats and he should be fine with them. Don't encourage him to stand up for himself at this point, because it might get out of hand when he is bigger and older.
He might squat to pee for years. My almost 5 year old GSD still squats most of the time.
What plans do you have for training? I so miss having a young puppy in the house to work with! Your guy is at a great age! I envy you all the fun!
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What a cutie pie! He looks pure to me, not like I am an expert though. Love those ears!

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His name is Enzo. So far I have been working with him on a few things. He can do "sit" and "down," even without a treat. He is good about being on the leash and not pulling me. He is also good about going potty outside, but only if I take him out. So far, if I don't happen to take him in time, he makes no effort to let me know that he needs to go out.

Our other dog, a 2+ year old Boxer female, is keeping him in line pretty well. He imitates her behavior when they go outside, etc. He has been showing a little dominance with things like taking her bone from her! I think you are right- sit, stay- that he only humped Sally because he was showing off (: He wasn't fixed when we got him. He has an appt to get snipped on Aug 25.
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If it's possible can you wait longer to get him neutered? As a maturing male, neuturing him now may stunt his growth. If your female is spayed, I'd wait until he was 1.5 to 2 years old if you can.

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