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Hello! I have been doing a lot of reading up and love these forums. We have a 9 year old hound mix (Zelda)(not sure what kind of mix, will be asking opinions in the future), and we just adopted "rescued" an 8 month old GSD (Lucy).

Zelda has been with us for 7 years now, we adopted her from the local animal shelter. She had been found walking along a highway with no ID. She is 36 pounds and a persistent barker. When we first brought her home from the shelter she brought a lot of baggage. She was a runner and very good at door darting and collar slipping. She suffered from serious separation anxiety and was fairly destructive. She had a dull rough coat and anal gland issues due to her poor diet. We had her spayed and vetted, bought her a no slip harness, changed her diet and used various recommended techniques to get her over her separation anxiety. Within a few months she had a beautiful soft coat, no more anal gland issues, slept soundly when we were away, would not go out a door without a leash or permission, and only chewed on toys. She still barks a whole bunch, but we love her anyway ;) .

Lucy is new to our family (we have had her just over a week) and the primary reason I am here. I have been researching large breeds and want to make this as smooth a transition as possible. She was a cl "rescue". She was living in very very small house with a child and two other pets. She was not at all vetted although the owner said she had had her puppy shots but didn't have any papers. I was told she is half white and half black and tan GSD. Her ears do not stand up, occasionally they will go up for a second or two then drop back down. She was underfed when I brought her home and they were feeding her a very poor quality food. She was obsessed with water at first suggesting she was afraid it would be limited, but now she still drinks a lot but doesn't seem worried about it going away. She didn't seem to know how to use toys or chew on bones at first but has quickly figured them out.

She is crate trained but can escape it if we leave the house with the crate closed. We are going to try seeing how she does if we leave for a short time without closing the crate, she didn't destroy anything when she broke out of the crate so she might be ok. She has had no experience on a leash and wants to pull hard, she has a high prey drive which isn't helping. We tried the head collar (both the gentle leader and the Holt) but she pulls hard on those I am afraid they are hurting her eye. We are going to try the sporn halter. I am working on traditional leash training, but we want to be able to walk her in the meantime. She cries at the door when I leave and follows me everywhere so there is a minor bit of separation anxiety that we are working on. She is having to learn to filter out noises because every noise has her barking a warning. The house she was in seemed very small and quiet and it was on a quiet street. We live near a major road and have 3 home schooled teenagers so we have a very active house.

All and all her issues are fairly minor (though will take some work). She is an amazing dog, sweet, smart and friendly. She is absolutely beautiful and has a great sense of humor. She is always happy and ready to play. We already are quite in love with her! She has an appointment to be fully vetted (spay/chip/shots/hwtest) on 9/25 (earliest appt. they had). Looking forward to all that I can learn here!
 

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What pretty girls you have!

Um . . . Lucy is certainly not a pure GSD. Adorable, to be sure, but not just a GSD. Maybe a lab X GSD?

Anyway, welcome to the forum!
 

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Thanks!

As for Lucy being a mix breed, it is certainly possible, I did consider they either lied or were lied to about her being a purebred GSD. But I was able to find a few fawn GSD's who looked just like her. She certainly has the personality of a GSD. If she is mixed I was thinking golden lab/GS as well and have read up on that particular cross breed just in case. The ear thing is definitely suspicious, although I have read that sometimes they don't go up, especially if they are from byb. The family we got her from claimed they paid $450 for her, which if they told the truth, then that pretty much guarantees she was from a byb. She is destined to be pretty big, she already weighs about 60 pounds at 8 months and that is with her being way too skinny. I think they got her when she was a tiny puppy and forgot about the fact that puppies become dogs. When I say their house was small I mean like 500 square ft. with a postage stamp yard. They didn't take her for walks and had two other pets (a dog and a cat) and a 2 year old in that tiny house. When my son and I went to pick her up the poor dog couldn't even move, she kept bumping into furniture, it was heartbreaking. They claimed she was really hyper but it was obvious she was just trying to move about freely.

Here is a side view of her with her ear up:

 

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If you look at my sig, you can see my Golden Retriever x GSD. I had numerous people tell me he was a long haired GSD whose ears didn't stand (which does happen), but the muzzle was wrong, the ears were placed wrong, etc. He was a great dog, though.

I'm glad I didn't offend you. I think she's a beautiful dog. BYBs have no shame, they'll sell anything as anything to make money.
 

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I agree bybs are terrible, so many animals suffer because of them.

You definitely did not offend me, the breed would only matter to me as much as it helps me better understand what she needs and who she is! I don't plan on ever having unaltered pets so mix breeds work just fine for me. :)

And I agree that whatever she is, she is a beauty!

Oh and the part lab thing could be spot on because she is crazy about water! Water dogs are so much fun!
 
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