German Shepherd Mix? Almost definitely. Chow mix? Who knows. Distinctive as heck though!
(Had a good-sized post I was planning on for today, but business-lunch took more time than I expected, so you get a short one. Soon though.)
Edit: Steph over at ‘Musings of a Biologist and Dog Lover‘ has done a detailed breakdown of what she believes the genotype and breed mix of the ‘chow mix’ are, here. Check it out, it’s well worth a read. Dog genetics is a fascinating subject to me… I mean, really, how do you start with a wolf on one side and end up with a West Highland white terrier and a Bernese mountain dog on the other, just by twiddling a few genes?
Would you mind if I used this image on my blog?
Be my guest.
I know this is an old post, but I was wondering if you had any further information on the German Shepherd cross. Do you know what it is crossed with, or have any guesses? We adopted a stray that looks just like it, and we’re trying to come up with some idea of what she is made of. Beautiful dogs anyways!
That is a toughie. Do you have any pictures of your dog you could post links to? Preferably at least one full-face, one that includes a face profile, and a couple of full body shots from different angles? I am hesitant to venture a guess without a little more info. Plus I would like to get a look at your dog since if she has ears like that she will almost certainly make me giggle.
Here’s a link to a Google album with photos of her:
Thanks for the quick reply! I’m excited to hear what you think!
How old is she? How much does she weigh? How tall is she, roughly? She’s a toughie!
She was about two years old in those photos. Standing, shoulder to floor is 24″; tip of nose to base of tail is 47″. She weighs about 80-90 lb. After being skin and bone when we adopted her, we fear that the pendulum may have swung the other way, so that weight may be a little high for her size. She has some squishy areas, but not too much. 😉
Okay, then, I think Autumn and I have a guess. (We thought she was too small for this, but it sounds like she might be just barely big enough.)
We think your pup might be a German shepherd/Great Dane mix! The shape of the muzzle is very reminiscent of a Great Dane. And the ears are very much what would be expected with Great Dane floppy-ears interacting with German shepherd erect ears.
Also, she’s adorable! And you can tell her I said that.
Thanks so much! She is a adorable and she’s got a great personality to match!