Monday, January 11, 2010

He doesn't know he's cute or anything.

9 comments:

Jed said...

Hi,
I was searching for pictures of different dog breeds trying to find out what type of breed my puppy was and I ran across your blog. I am in complete shock because I believe I ran across pictures of my own puppy. My wife and I got a dog from a friend at work 2 weeks ago and he seems to be around the same age as your new puppy. You can see my pictures of the new pup, which we named Dyson, here.
These pictures are from the last 2 weeks, Dyson being 6-8 weeks old. The person we got Dyson from says the mother is German Shepherd but we are not sure what breed the father is. Dyson is going to be huge (he's 13.5 lbs at 7 weeks). He also has double dewclaws in the back. After doing lots of research, we are thinking that the father might be an English Mastiff, mainly because of these pictures. His fur and face look exactly the same with a little bit longer snout because of his German Shepherd background. His feet also look very similar.
We live in Columbus, GA so I'm pretty sure our pups are not from the same litter but it's still shocking to see the resemblance. Do you know who the original owners of your puppy are? Where they live or where the other puppies in the litter ended up? Feel free to email me with any questions or anything. I'd be interested to see how fast your puppy is growing and if our puppies ever begin to look different from one another.

Juice S. Aaron said...

Wow. The similarities between our two puppies is pretty shocking.

We don't know a lot about his background other than what they told us at the pound. We got him from the Buchanan county humane society and he was part of a litter of six. No idea where the others went, as Moose was the last of them left. The pound said he's St. Bernard and Leonberger, but while he looks a lot like some Leo puppies we've seen pictures of, he looks a lot more like an Anatolian Shepherd, to us. Possibly Anatolian and German shepherd mix. Anatolians are a lot like German Sheperds, but their ears are flopped forward. Course, the mastiff angle is pretty convincing, too.

Lindsey said...

Hey,

Came across your pictures of your puppy accidentally while searching for puppy related things and was startled by the resemblance to my 8 week old girl puppy, Scarlet. Interestingly enough, I know her parents and grandparents on both sides, and I know she is mostly (3/8) chow. Also 1/8 golden retriever, and a muttly mix of other things including Australian shepherd, staffordshire terrier, beagle, and lab.

As an aside, we had a dog that was part Anatolian shepherd and he rocked!

Just thought I would let you know there is a large possibility that your pup IS part chow. Maybe golden retriever too?

Jed said...

I think I found the culprit! Take a look at this wiki and these pics and let me know what you think.

Juice S. Aaron said...

Jed, the one in the wiki could be a winner, but the pics site pictures don't all strike me as too similar to either of our pups. Maybe some of them have clipped ears, or something, but something isn't quite right. Then again, some look dead on.

I'm still banking on Anatolian based on Moose's behavior. Anatolians are described as very agile and funny and he qualifies in spades.

Tell me, though, what does your dog's bark sound like? Moose has a standard bark, but he also does a lot of "talking" otherwise. It's very funny.

Juice S. Aaron said...

Lindsey, while I'm still crossing fingers that he's not a chow, I also can't deny the purple spots that have turned up on his tongue. It's not a black tongue as most chows have, and they don't seem to be getting any bigger, yet, but they're there. He could be part German Shepherd and part Chow for all we really know.

Lindsey said...

Chows are awesome dogs... Especially when crossed with something else... I personally love chow mixes and not purebred chows so much, but even some purebred chows can be cool, if brought up right. In any case, if Moose IS part chow, I'm betting it's only a small part (maybe 1/4)...

As for the spots on the tongue, Scarlet (my puppy) is over 1/4 chow (her daddy was 3/4 chow) and does not have any spots on her tongue, just the black face, longish hair, and curly tail.

Who knows? You could always do a blood test.

Jed said...

Juice,
Dyson's bark is pretty normal but he does a lot of whining. When we walk him and he is tired he kind of moans and groans the entire time and has a very strong personality. The last few days, he's been behaving very well though so that's a relief. I did some more research on the Anatolian Shepherd and the Kangal dog. Apparently the shepherd is a mix of the Kangal and another breed but they are commonly mixed terms for the same breed.
I have also seen the DNA test at Petsmart for 60 bucks. I'm really considering having this done just out of curiosity. Has anyone else done this before? Do the results come back definitive and accurate?
Juice, how old and heavy is your dog now?

Juice S. Aaron said...

Moose is around 21 weeks old. We think he was around 6 or 7 weeks when we first got him (though that's just a guesstimate based on how old our other dog allegedly was when we got her and how big she was comparatively. The vet said probably 7 weeks, then, but she wasn't sure either. He's around 26 pounds. While Dyson has double dewclaws, Moose has none. We're still leaning toward Anatolian for him, just because his fur texture looks different than the Kangals.

I'll have to add a current photo of him, as most of the ones I've used were from weeks ago.