What kind of dog is my puppy?

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  1. laurae

    laurae New Member

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    Hi everyone!

    I have a mixed-breed puppy that we adopted in October. I think he's about 7 months old now and he weighs about 40 pounds. He looks kind of like a lab, but he has ears that half stick up and a curly tail. He's mostly white, with black and brown spots on his ears. He has black spots on his skin that don't show up on his fur. Also, over the past couple of months, he's been developing small brown spots on the fur all over his body. They are faint, but getting darker all the time. That's the weirdest thing... does anyone know of dog breeds that develop spots around 6-7 months old? If you have any ideas, I'd love to hear them!

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  2. MafiaPrincess

    MafiaPrincess Obvious trollsare Obvious

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    You'd need to take a picture for anyone to make any sort of guess.
     
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    Sorry, I tried to post photos, but they aren't showing up. I'll try again.
     
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    PoodleMommy Yorkie Love

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    Do you have the photos on a photo hosting site like photobucket?

    That usually works best for posting here.
     
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    Aww what a cutie :)
     
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    He looks like a White German Shepherd.
     
  8. laurae

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    Thanks for the photo help!!
     
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    I definitely see a lot of White GSD in there (with something else).
     
  10. laurae

    laurae New Member

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    Here are a couple more...

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    The spots that are showing up are called ticking, and many breeds have it. As the dog gets older more and more "ticks" develop. :)

    A few of the types that have it:
    Dalmations
    Many pointers
    Many spaniels
    Many bull breeds
    Greyhounds, borzoi
    Bluetick coonhound (many of the hounds have ticking)
    Border collies

    As an example, here is a picture of my dog's dam as a puppy, and then as a yearling to show how the markings can develop.

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    To me, your dog looks like he's got some northern breed (like husky) mixed with a handful of other things, maybe shepherd. I don't think he's part white shepherd. The gene for white in shepherds is a simple recessive, and only comes out with pure white dogs in the homozygous. No ticking, no dilute markings showing through the coat. It also has no dilute affects on other pigment the dog is carrying, as white shepherds have been born alongside and produced heavily pigmented dogs as well.

    What is his personality/temperament like? That will tell you a lot too.
     
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    Like Romy said dogs with ticking (kind of like freckles) are born white where the ticking will be, and the ticking shows up later. The one Brittany across the street still had ticking popping up at 2 years old. Same with the spots on Dalmatians. Honestly, the first thing I thought of when I saw your pup's pictures was Siberian mix, although his ears lookk kinds of GSD to me. The ticking and coloring popping up on his ear makes me think he has some Border Collie in him, too. So I'm guess Siberian/GSD/Border Collie.

    eta- Oops, what a ding bat I am this morning. I totally forgot to add how absolutely adorable your pup is!
     
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    I have no clue, but Oh my Goodness! What a cute puppy! I love how the effect of the coloration of one eye rim makes the other look so different. Cool!
     
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    I'm not sure but I think he might have some spitz in him.
     
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    I see either Border Collie or Australian Shepherd mixed in there...could be with husky, could be with another shepherd.

    Either way, he's adorable!
     
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    Yep see GSD in there. JRTs and whippets get ticking (if they are going too) as they age.
     
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    I dunno what he is but he's CUTE!
     
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    Husky/JRT actually...will be my guess on this one. On the one where he's loking back he looks a heck of a lot like the RCA dog.
     
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    I see some husky of one kind or another as well - but either way, he is too cute! I love his little nose, how it looks like a heart because of the colouration...
     
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    sibe/ border collie mix.
     

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