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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 08-08-2009, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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What is He?

I change my mind every week so let's vote. The voting thing is below the pictures.

I'm including pictures from different angles, actions, etc. He weighs 56 to 60 pounds and stands 24 inches at the shoulder.

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Re: What is He?

LOL. I tend to do the same with Risa, flip-flopping, except I don't have any clue what she is.

I think it's really tough to tell with Rafi. When I first met him, I thought GSD/Mal x. But when I was out with him again, he looked so Bel Mal. So I really don't know. Both breeds share a lot of similarities makes it hard to distinguish.

He's a handsome boy that's for sure!

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Re: What is He?

Belg Mal/GSD mix is what I first thought. In any case, a very beautiful dog!

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Re: What is He?

Have you considered one of those mail in dna tests to identify the exact breed he is? I voted GSD x malinois mix because thats what he looks like to me, but i have no experience with mali's so i really dont know. Not too sure how important it is to you, but if its something thats on your mind, i dont think the tests are too expensive.
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Re: What is He?

I chose the mal/GSD cross as well, but I don't know. He could be a small shepherd or he may be crossed with other stuff. I absolutely LOVE the photo with the eyes going after the ball. I think that ball drive is what made me go with the mal cross, not that sheps don't have it, but....

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Re: What is He?

If his muzzle was more pointed, I'd say Mal. Since it isn't, I'd guess X.

WDJ had a recent article about the DNA tests -- conclusion seems to be not worth it.
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Re: What is He?

Mal, Akita and GSD.
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Re: What is He?

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He is TINY!!!! His head his narrower than a gsd and he is very slight. Definitely not an iota of Akita in him in temperament or looks.

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Re: What is He?

I vote for mal/gsd based on the tail and thicker coat?

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Re: What is He?

People who know or have mals stop me and ask me if he's a mal. Once someone even followed me in their car and said they had one at home (bought from a breeder) who looked just like him.

The reason that I waffle is b/c his face is a bit broader than most mals I've seen. But his personality is very mal. His focus is amazing and he's got drive out the wazoo. He does have an off switch though so that's another reason I think there might be gsd in there. Of course he could be 3/4 mal and 1/4 gsd, who knows? The area where he was found has a lot of mal breeders and I do see gsd x mals coming out of there too.

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