The great Zaphod mystery

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  1. RD

    RD Are you dead yet?

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    So I'm stumped on this dog, lol. I think I might have an idea of his breed mix, but I wanna know what you guys think, first. Now that I have decent pictures of him not looking scrawny.

    Zaphod's under a year old. He's about 26" at the shoulder and 65lbs, though technically he should probably be around 70-75. It doesn't seem like he's done growing.

    His temperament is.. odd. It's changing so much right now that it's hard for me to pinpoint anything except he has a strong desire to protect what he thinks is his. I don't like using the "D" word but he's very dominant, and a little pushy with other dogs. He hates strangers, though I think that's probably due to a lack of socialization more than inherited temperament. Nevertheless, he's not an affectionate dog with anyone but me.

    He's high energy and fairly neurotic if he isn't sufficiently exercised.

    Guesses?

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    His movement at a trot is kinda different, you can't really see it in this picture but this gives you an idea of his movement.

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  2. RD

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    This is an awful picture but it gives you a decent idea of his front assembly.

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    jess2416 Who woulda thought

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    In this pic, he looks kinda Mastiffy in the body anyway IMO...

    Maybe shepherd/lab/mastiff of some kind ROFL :confused: :lol-sign:

    I have no clue
     
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    Doberdaneadoxer? (Dobe/Dane/Lab/Boxer????)
     
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    Oh i know what breed he is.... Pretty! LOL

    I really dont know but I like my guess best :D.
     
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    AgilityPup Agility freak!

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    I see Shepherd... Seems a little small for a Dane.... Right about the hieght to have some German shepherd in him.... Maybe a GSD, boxer/dober/ some other short haired breed....
     
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    Purebred mutt. Seriously. I have been staring at the pictures and couldn't pin point a single breed. I don't see Lab, unless it's way back in the generations. Too long in the legs and not enough substance.

    So, he has me stumped. :)
     
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    I vote there's some Dobe.. maybe even some Dane.
     
  10. Agreed! Gotta love those purebred muttlies!
     
  11. RD

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    Labra, I KNOW! Not that I care that much about his breed, but it's so fun to try to pinpoint something. By default, there's probably shepherd, pit bull and "lab" (the smallish black dogs with whip tails and thin coats that people here call Labrador Retrievers) in him because that's in practically every mutt born on the streets here. A friend suggested Dutch Shepherd, and as far as his body goes, he DOES resemble one (though with a heavier, more masculine looking head)... but that seems a way exotic for a pound puppy.

    Jess, he's getting broader in the chest every day, it seems. I'm definitely seeing a mastiffy look to him, but he just doesn't have the SIZE.

    Thanks guys for the input! I should do one of those DNA tests for him, LOL
     
  12. jess2416

    jess2416 Who woulda thought

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    I definitely think you should :D

    Im going to do one with Chloe lol
     
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    Bahamutt99 Dafuq?

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    Lab/Akita?
     
  14. Dekka

    Dekka Just try me..

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    LOL @ the DNA tests. If its for fun go for it, if you are doing it cause you really want to know.. well our guesses will likely be as accurate. (well or at least close, and free)
     
  15. HoundedByHounds

    HoundedByHounds Oh, it's *you*

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    Akita/Lab/Dane
     
  16. RD

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    LOL, Dekka, I know. :D I have a friend who sent in a test on her Border Collie and it came back as an Aussie/Chihuahua mix.

    Akita! Interesting. What makes you guys say that?
     
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    Dekka Just try me..

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    OMG RD that is funny (see they are good for fun) My friend has an akita..I don't see any akita, I do see the dane, and maybe GSD
     
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    Akitas have a color pattern like that...black overlaying silver fawn...with the black face. It's not an overly common pattern in other breeds that I have seen. he may break more of the underlying color as he gets older. Akita's with that color are usually born black and start breaking color around late puppyhood...some are almost totally fawn by adulthood...but many remain quite dark. The Japanese call it 'Kuro-Goma'.

    The cheekiness...and he gaits very similarly as well.

    This dog is a known confirmed Akita/Lab...and you can see that the Akita is hard to see..it does not alwas carry thru strongly...the temperament certainly fits as well.

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  19. RD

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    Oooh Hounded that's interesting, thanks! I've always wondered where that coloration could've come from, because it doesn't seem entirely GSD...
     
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    Here is what it looks like on a stand-off, double coat...

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