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    Re: adopting a husky/shepherd mix

    We are now looking at an Akita mix.


    About 3 years old, not medium exercise needs(like our Odin). About 35 lbs. Better size too.

    The Foster parent for the dog has it with 3 other dogs and says it does best with dog companionship... just what we are looking for.
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    Re: adopting a husky/shepherd mix

    I'm going to doubt that she's really an Akita mix. . .they're quite large and tend to be dog aggressive. Rescues sometimes make funny guesses . But she sounds promising! Hope she and Odin get along great!

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    Re: adopting a husky/shepherd mix

    I'd agree with Willowy. You won't find an Akita (or Akita mix) at 35 pounds.

    Good luck though!
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    Re: adopting a husky/shepherd mix

    Take a look at http://www.paws4cause.net/12-020.html and let me know what you think it is then.

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    Re: adopting a husky/shepherd mix

    Definitely not an Akita. A good heinz 57 is my guess - truthfully I have no idea what she could even possibly be made up of.

    Honestly - she doesn't sound like a good match for your family, unfortunately. It says she needs constant companionship and doesn't do well being crated for long periods. She also has a high prey drive which means she'll chase (and kill?) small animals. It also says she's a bit fearful - which is an issue that you would need to work on.

    It says she would do well in a retired couple home or a home where there will be people with her around the clock/majority of the time. Doesn't say anything about other dogs though.


    I would skip over her - even though she sounds super she doesn't sound like she'd do well with you since you both have a very demanding job and children and she would be kenneled for a good chunk of time (it says she won't do well in a situation like that)
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    Re: adopting a husky/shepherd mix

    That description is old from prior adopter who worked 6x12hr shifts. I have email from director of agency who is currently fostering. I will copy and paste subsequent email. Much more to our needs.

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    Re: adopting a husky/shepherd mix

    Revised description

    My apologies, it looks like Ashley's page has not been updated in quite some time. As hard as we try - through home visits, vet checks and background checks - despite all of that sometimes we just get the wrong adopter for our dogs. Ashley was originally adopted out to a gentleman who thought - and expressed - that he had the time and experience to work with an Akita mix. Often times, the Akita's bear a close relation to the working dogs and need an experienced handler. Because of that, even despite evaluations through foster homes, we rarely put the smarter breeds with first time dog owners. As it turned out, the gentleman in question told us he'd had several dogs in his lifetime and worked a 20 hour week. In fact, he worked six twelve hour shifts and after meeting him myself, I question his dog background as well. I suspect he took one look at Ashley, fell in love and told us what we wanted to hear. We got her back after he reported that she had seperation anxiety, crate anxiety and was afraid to be left alone.

    Because of my years of experience with "problem" dogs, I generally take these dogs in to foster when situations like this come up. I have had Ashley in my home now for a little over four weeks. She has run of the house when I'm home, run of the basement when I'm out and has been nothing but a cuddle bug. She has shown no bad habits whatsoever, no seperation issues, no fear of her crate (I crated her the first week I had her) and has done outstandingly as far as house training goes. She can easily make an eight hour day without accidents. She loves her people and loves to cuddle. I will say this, I think Ashley needs a home with another dog for companionship when the people are out of the house. I have three of my own and she does very well with all three residents and any temporary foster's we've had in the home since she came to stay with us. There have been occasions, at adoption events at Petco, when someone not related to the rescue has brought in an unaltered dog and she's been a little snippy.

    As with anyone interested in a new companion animal, I will always suggest they bring their resident dog to visit when they come to meet their potential adoptee. Dogs, like humans, don't always get along with everyone. However, Ashley has proven to be a wonderful, sweet hearted, silly little girl who is just a joy. I will have to go out and update the website tonight to remove the original adopter report and I appreciate that you brought that to my attention.

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    Re: adopting a husky/shepherd mix

    Oh, she's cute! Not Akita. . .almost all Akita mixes I've seen have distinctive facial markings (a mask). She definitely has some kind of Spitz breed--she actually looks kind of like a Finnish Spitz! But they're not common. Maybe some Shiba? That would be my guess. But something else mixed in because Shibas have lighter undersides, not solid all over.

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    Re: adopting a husky/shepherd mix

    Sounds like the guy that had her before was tool.

    In any event. In regards to the letter - Akita's don't "bear a close relation to the working dogs" they ARE a working dog lol. But that's just semantics on my part. If she IS spitzy/northern breedofsomesort she probably would require a more experience owner/someone whos handled northern breeds.

    She sounds really great hopefully her and Odin get along!
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    Re: adopting a husky/shepherd mix

    Maybe kishu inu?

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    I highly doubt it as they're far from common in the US.

    That and they're white dogs.

    She's also very stocky looking to me - she doesn't have a very agile look about her.

    Also - if you're concerned about fur/shedding - a northern breed dog will not be for you. They ALL shed their coat twice a year for about a month each time and that doesn't count the regular/daily shedding.
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    Re: adopting a husky/shepherd mix

    Quote Originally Posted by fusionrx View Post
    Maybe kishu inu?
    I wouldn't think so. The Kishu is a Japanese breed that isn't very popular in the United States. Very rare to see a Kishu, much less have one breeding indiscriminately in the US. I would guess a Chow mix of some sort. Chow with something a little smaller/stockier to bring out the muzzle, lessen the coat, and give her more bulk. That's my thought, at least.
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    11 year old- Siberian Husky Mix

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    Re: adopting a husky/shepherd mix

    Slightly different picture of her:

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    Re: adopting a husky/shepherd mix

    oh my gosh! Huge floopy ears! Love floopy ears!

    Anyway - that picture is kind of disorienting lol. She has a pretty blocky shaped head to me for some reason. I'm still sticking with a good ol' Heinz 57 - a combination of several dogs - none of which I am willing to pick out an individual breed to even give you an idea. She's cute though :P
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    Re: adopting a husky/shepherd mix

    Yep, they had vetting paperwork, one which said Akita, another which said Chow Chow. Rescue from a high kill shelter where she was turned in as a stray.

    Foster says she has the double coat which blows out 2x a year.

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    Re: adopting a husky/shepherd mix

    lol Akita is a no go - Akita's are pretty decently sized - 75+ pounds at the least. At three years old if she's only 35 I doubt there is any Akita in that girl.

    A chow seems more fitting - to me they're pretty stocky dogs. Maybe some kind of chow/bullyier/shepherdofsomekind mix? I don't know she completely throws me off. Those ears are far too big though lol.

    Heinz 57! lol she makes me head hurt to try and figure it out.
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    Re: adopting a husky/shepherd mix

    Yeah and the Original head shot from http://www.paws4cause.net/12-020.html

    vs an Akita Head shot



    I can see why one of the vets thought Akita...

    I'll have to check for the blue Chow tongue...

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    Re: adopting a husky/shepherd mix

    There might be Akita way back in her lineage somewhere. Just not close. I only say that because she lacks the markings that Akita mixes usually carry, her color is much more of a rich red than a purebred Akita (from what I have seen), and she is much much smaller and blockier and lacks that real thick plush coat. But it could still be back there somewhere.

    11 year old- Siberian Husky Mix

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    Re: adopting a husky/shepherd mix

    Looking at the first picture, I also thought some Chow in her but not so much in the second picture that looks like she has a shorter coat. From the Akitas that I have seen, can't see any in her.

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    Re: adopting a husky/shepherd mix

    Was she transported from a shelter in TN? If she was, I'm pretty sure I've met this dog before and she was an absolute sweetheart!

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