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I took my Aussie/GSD/chow mix, Dixie, to a local store to pick up a new back of food for she and my other dogs. We weren't in there long before I had one woman come up and as me if she was a golden retriever...? I was dumbfounded... I just said no, and corrected her on what she is... Well, then when we were checking out, a man behind us asked me if she was an Irish Setter...!? :jaw::frusty:

I don't understand what people are seeing in her...

This is a couple pics of Dixie.





 

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the colour?? lol she looks like a Chow/Aussie to me! I love it when people meet Gem and ask if she is an Aussie, and when I tell them no, she is a Heeler/GSD they tell me how their so and so had an Aussie with the exact same colouring! Im always nodding while think, yup, ok sure....

this is Gem...every seen an Aussie that colour? lol
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I usually get asked by the same people that call Gem an Aussie, if Gypsy is a border collie mix.....Gem and Gypsy are littermates!

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Color, probably.

My Shiba Inu was mistaken for a Vizsla once. The people were convinced he was a Vizsla. It was quite hilarious.
People get my Border Collie / Labrador Retriever mixes wrong all the time. Also from the same litter. Totally different body types, but still sisters.
 

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I wouldn't have guessed chow/aussie/gsd. I would have guessed golden something. I can see how people who don't really know about breeds might see golden or setter. It's obvious to me that she's not a purebred golden or setter, but I know my breeds and the average pet owner usually doesn't.
 

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I believe the average person only see's color and some markings. I would have guessed Chow/Gsd because of the way the hair is and the leg shape ... and the faint black saddle reminded me of GSD? Even knowing dogs for years I did not see the Aussie.

She is beautiful BTW! :)
 

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She is pretty! There's a chow mix in my neighborhood that looks exactly like that. Why anyone would think setter or retriever with those ears is beyond me. Then again, any number of people have told me Kabota is a golden retriever puppy, look at those big feet he'll be huge! and then when I tell them he's three years old, they insist he's a puppy and will get big.

Okay then.
 

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I wouldn't have guessed chow/aussie/gsd. I would have guessed golden something. I can see how people who don't really know about breeds might see golden or setter. It's obvious to me that she's not a purebred golden or setter, but I know my breeds and the average pet owner usually doesn't.
I don't see the GSD, but do see Aussie and Chow. (BTW, her coloring is genetically different from a "red" Aussie. A "red" Aussie would have liver pigmentation on the eye rims and nose.)
 

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Gorgeous!! She actually looks a lot like Dita, who is a GSD/Pyrenees mix....

I'm not too shocked that people didn't know - I would definitely say that the setter comment was based on her coloring and fur length...

A lot of people really don't know breeds - especially when there are so many, and so many mixes! And just being in the pet store doesn't necessarily mean that they are dog people - you may be in there picking up food for your snake, and know nothing about dogs! Retriever and Setter are both such well-known breeds, while Aussies and Chows are less so...and most people expect ALL GSDs, even mixes, to have the black muzzle and saddle....
 

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As other have said, it's probably the coloring. I have people insist to me all the time that Molly is Basenji because her tail curls over her back. Her sire is unknown so I guess it's possible but I doubt it b/c too many other traits don't match up & her tail can be explained by her mother, who has a similar tail, but there's no arguing with people who've made up their minds. So now I just say, "maybe" and move along.
 

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I have concluded that many people do not know dog breeds as we do. They see a color or whatever and immediately think that is the breed especially if it's a rare breed. They don't know what it is unless you relate the rare breed to a common one, then the light dawns and it's "ooohhh...." Yeah.

Anyway, you have a nice looking dog!
 

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I have concluded that many people do not know dog breeds as we do. They see a color or whatever and immediately think that is the breed especially if it's a rare breed. They don't know what it is unless you relate the rare breed to a common one, then the light dawns and it's "ooohhh...." Yeah.

Anyway, you have a nice looking dog!
Yep. People look for a lot of zebras (and there are a lot of 'dutch shepherds' around.]
 

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Discussion Starter · #14 · (Edited)
Thank y'all.

the colour?? lol she looks like a Chow/Aussie to me! I love it when people meet Gem and ask if she is an Aussie, and when I tell them no, she is a Heeler/GSD they tell me how their so and so had an Aussie with the exact same colouring! Im always nodding while think, yup, ok sure....

this is Gem...every seen an Aussie that colour? lol
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I usually get asked by the same people that call Gem an Aussie, if Gypsy is a border collie mix.....Gem and Gypsy are littermates!

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My aunt actually just got a purebred Aussie the same color as Gem. ~lol~

This was Dixie as a puppy.
 

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People make me laugh, I can accept if they don't know but some guesses astound me. Your dog is beautiful :) that's all they need to know hehe. I have had one lady ask me if my tervuren is miniature border collie. Or grey hound mix. GSD is the most common guess though.
 

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Umn, it's an adorable puppy, but if they told her it was a purebred Aussie, I think she was sold a bill of goods
She's NOT purebred. Like I said, Dixie (MY dog) is an Aussie/chow/GSD mix; AND a rescue.

THIS is my aunt's puppy.
 

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No, she's a standard sized Aussie. The couch she's on is over-sized. And she has full hearing.
 

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your aunts puppy still isnt the same colour as Gem lol, your aunts pup is Merle(and appears double merle at that), Gem is just white, black and tan freckled.
 
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