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Old 09-25-2011, 03:50 PM
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2nd opinion on breed - lab/shepard mix?

My girlfriend and I adopted a puppy who is now about 4 months old. I believe he is a German Shepard and yellow lab mix. I'm aware that the only real way of determining this is DNA testing, however I thought I'd post up some pictures and see if I can't get any second opinions on this.

I'm seeing the German Shepard markings and the short coat and ears of a Lab. His snout is similar to a lab's - slightly elongated but not quite as narrow as a German Shepard's.

Pictures aren't so great because I left the camera in my girlfriends car and she's at work. These were taken with my phone.

Meet Muttley:





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Old 09-25-2011, 03:58 PM
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Forgot to mention that I'm just interested in knowing the bloodline so I can better train him. He's really stubborn and continues to do things he knows is wrong - getting in the garbage, stealing our (human) food off the kitchen counters, etc. He'll then discipline himself by waiting at the "gate" (a piece of plywood) to our laundry room where he does his time-outs. Not really sure if that's a proper method of disciplining him or not, but that's what the training/behavior forum is for.

Also, I'd normally re-size the pictures, but I figured for identification purposes it'd be better to leave them be.
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I can see GSD and lab. Gorgeous boy.
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Old 09-26-2011, 04:19 AM
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to me he looks ShepherdXStaffy. My cousin had a eerily similiar looking bitch.
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I'm seeing GSD and Lab. He is very cute!
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Yep certainly looks like German Shepherd and Lab Mix to me
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I had a dog similar looking and she was supposedly German Shepherd/Collie. But I can definitely see Lab too.

I'm gonna say that "Muttley" is appropriate... lol. I doubt he's solidly only two breeds.
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Old 09-26-2011, 11:29 AM
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Thanks for all the replies! This forum has already proved useful - spent a lot of time browsing the training methods and many have already have a noticeable impact!

I thought Muttley was a very appropriate name. Motley came up as a possible name for him and we agreed on Muttley for obvious reasons.

Love the dog to death, but lately he's been really frusturating lately. Not really sure if he's trying to assert possible Alpha male status or just a stubborn breed - and that's how I came across this forum, looking for training techniques for stubborn dogs. Lots of good information around here.

Once again, thanks for all your feedback. Maybe I'll end up buying that DNA test one day when I have some cash to spare and I'll post back the results. Just maybe. Still have a hard time justifying spending $70+ just to know a rather insignificant detail.
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Old 09-26-2011, 12:16 PM
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Looks like shepard/lab... And those behaviors are pretty common with shepards from what I hear! My parents have a shepard/black lab mix and he is incredibly stubborn an dloves to play headgames lol
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gsd X lab looks right! Beautiful boy!!
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