Hi all. Just joined the forum as it looks like a great place for info and tips and whatnot, and was really curious to see what some more dog-knowledgeable people may think of my particular mix.
Jax is a craigslist find I picked up the first week of January. I'm "single," as my fiance still lives in Alabama for the foreseeable and I'm in stationed in Texas, so I've stuck to cats up to this point. Have one, and took in a second that was a stray. She passed away, and will my better half was here a few weeks I started looking more into getting a dog. Love huskies, so I searched craigslist and came across a post for Jax, "6 month old husky/lab mix." I called the guy, turned out it was another Soldier with health issues and he'd basically picked up Jax two months prior and just got too active/energetic/young/large dog for what he can handle with his own issues. The picture wasn't very clear, but we went to have a look, as the guy was only asking $20 and that was with a travel kennel, new big bag of food, anchor and chain for the yard, and various other toys and whatnot.
Of course, I kept waiting for Kim to tell me this was a bad idea, but she never did. Even as we got there and the dog went absolutely crazy with excitement (and I'd previously said that if he turned out to be a crazy nut case, I was probably more likely to take him even). And the name, I grew up in Jacksonville, FL and have been a Jaguars fan since day one, so Jax was just too fitting of a name. So off we went with my new-found buddy.
Now, with all the back story out of the way...there's always debate over what he is. As I said, the previous owner claimed husky-lab mix, also saying that he knew the original owner, who also had a sister of Jax's. He has the ears, he has very husky-like shading down his sides, along with the dark coarse stripe from neck to tail. His tail curls up high more often than not. He's not a fan of water. I've given him plenty of opportunities to dive into lakes and he will hardly go ankle-deep. He's usually crazy energetic, likes to chew on things, loves to run. I have no doubt of the husky part.
It's the lab I'm unsure of. I'm far from a dog-expert and know little more than the common breeds, but he does seem to have a pit-shaped head. A little on the short side, with the swept forehead. My description may be poor, but he simply looks as if he may have some pit in him, though perhaps lab as well, I don't know well enough to rule that out either.
Hearing people guess is always entertaining. I've heard it all, from German Shepherd, Akita, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Australian Cattledog, and Pit has been mentioned more than once, of course.
Just wondering if anyone may have any other, or more specific input. I figure I'll probably get around to trying out one of the DNA tests in the not-so-distant future out of curiosity. Despite the guy saying husky/lab, and knows who they came from, etc etc, he did live on-post and they have stricter regulations so not mentioning "pit mix" may have made things easier. I don't know, but ya'lls guesses are as good as (or better) than mine. I'm curious, but regardless, love my $20 Craigslist find that everyone guesses at, but every attempt comes back to compliments on him being gorgeous, whatever he is!