She is about three months old.
Once she got here, she doesn't look to me to be a german shepherd.
My wife's criteria for a dog:
1) not too expensive and/or fragile
2) short hair which won't shed in the house
Here's the rest of the story.
We've had a couple of minature Schnauzers, one lived about 10 years, and the other died of kidney failure from a parasite infection about a year-and-a-half ago. ("shisto" I think the vet called it?), so my familiarity with dogs is limited to them.
I live in the country, (5 acres) but the neighbor across the street is known to shoot dogs that wander onto his property. Our family consists of Mom (who works out of the house) Dad (me - who works at home) two teens, and an autistic 8-year-old who is skittish around animals.
The puppy's name is Abby, she's about 3 months old and cute as can be. She's a bit of a chewer and is a lot more independent-minded than the dogs I'm used to.
We've only had her a couple of days, but the more I look at her, from her coloration and her eye position, I think she's a rottweiler/boxer mix.
I have major concerns about her ability to fit into our family/neighborhood. Also, I'm not lazy, but I'm realistic about my committment/ability to train a breed like that, particularly in the context of having kids who can't/won't appropriately socialize a working dog.
Advice please? Pretty please?