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Hey guys I’m new here! But I recently just adopted my new little pup. Which I’m so in love with. When I adopted her says she’s a Lab x. I was just seeing if maybe you guys had any guesses what else she might be mixed with. She is 11 weeks, and she just seems on the smaller as she only weighs about 12 pounds. Let me know what you guys think
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Some things about mixed breeds:

1. Outside of "designer dogs", most mixes have at least three breeds in them. Often more.

2. Not every breed in the mix will present itself physically. So while the dog may not look at all like a poodle, he may have poodle in his makeup. Same for temperament and behavior. The smaller the amount of a breed, the less likely you'll "see" it in the dog.

3. When breeds mix, they do weird things. The physical traits from each breed may combine to create something different. A large dog may have small dog dna - he just got his size from a large breed in the mix, or visa versa. A dog may get her body shape from a lab and her legs from a bassett. Or a dog may get her ears from a beagle and her muzzle shape from a pug and her tail from an akita.

With all that, the most accurate way of determining the breeds is to do a dna test. Embark and Wisdom Panel are good. For dogs here in North America, a less expensive test is dnamydog. It doesn't test for breeds that are rare in North America and they don't do health testing, so the cost is lower. They only test for common AKC registered breeds, so they don't test for APBT or Pharoah Hound, etc. They also don't test for "pit bull" as it is not really a breed in itself. They do test for staffordshire, etc. that have been used to create "pit bulls". I've used them on my past three dogs and have been very satisfied with the results.

In regards to your puppy, don't put too much weight on her weight at this age (pun intended). It's very difficult to know how much she'll end up growing. Depending on her breed mixture, she could bulk up or get slim, she may end up all spindly legs or a square squat torso, and so on.

My last 3 puppies were about the same weight at 8 weeks. Moose-dog became long, skinny, and gangly but 85lbs, Bat-dog was the squat square torso and 65lbs (and about half the height). Tornado-dog is 55lbs long torso and not quite as skinny as Moose-dog.

Lab is a pretty safe guess. Shepherds and labs are still the most likely breeds in mixed breed dogs - if the puppy is black and tan, you can figure there's shepherd; if the puppy is black, yellow, or chocolate, odds are there's lab in there. There may be golden or a bully breed in there. But there could be most anything.
 
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