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I adopted Moose June 2022. He was a stray in Texas. Vet says ~ 3 y/o and breed is unknown
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Hi I’m wondering if anyone has an idea of what type of dog this guy might be.

He’s about 70 lbs. His paperwork says lab mix but I don’t see it.

Right now I’m thinking maybe a red tick coonhound due to the tiny red spots near his hind legs. When I take him on walks he does the pointer stance as far as raising one paw at an angle so maybe an English pointer?
Because his tail is fluffier and curls up I’m thinking maybe like Anatolian shepherd (the ears are similar too) or Great Pyrenees.
I’ve also been told he looks like a Rottweiler which I could see because of his head shape and size.

I appreciate the help!
 

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I like his open, happy look.
That said there MUST be Getman Shepherd in there "somehow." ;)

Seriously you might want to run a DNA test but remember the results are not.always very accurate.
 

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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. Before getting a dna test kit, check the list of breeds tested for and see if the breeds you suspect are on the list.
 

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I adopted Moose June 2022. He was a stray in Texas. Vet says ~ 3 y/o and breed is unknown
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Yes, I have a background in genetics and I am familiar with polygenic traits! I agree that it definitely makes it more difficult to pinpoint the specific breeds.
I’ve been happy with embark results for my previous shelter dogs, so I’m not opposed to using their dna kit again. Unfortunately, I am a broke college grad student who wants to put my money toward dog training classes before a dna test! I wanted to try this forum for some insight until then.. Thanks for the comment!
 

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I like his open, happy look.
That said there MUST be Getman Shepherd in there "somehow." ;)

Seriously you might want to run a DNA test but remember the results are not.always very accurate.
Yes, I have a background in genetics and I am familiar with polygenic traits! I agree that it definitely makes it more difficult to pinpoint the specific breeds.
I’ve been happy with embark results for my previous shelter dogs, so I’m not opposed to using their dna kit again. Unfortunately, I am a broke college grad student who wants to put my money toward dog training classes before a dna test! I wanted to try this forum for some insight until then.. Thanks for the comment!
I like his open, happy look.
That said there MUST be Getman Shepherd in there "somehow." ;)

Seriously you might want to run a DNA test but remember the results are not.always very accurate.
I like his open, happy look.
That said there MUST be Getman Shepherd in there "somehow." ;)

Seriously you might want to run a DNA test but remember the results are not.always very accurate.
I like his open, happy look.
That said there MUST be Getman Shepherd in there "somehow." ;)

Seriously you might want to run a DNA test but remember the results are not.always very accurate.
My mom thinks GSD too! I eventually will do a dna test. Thanks for the comment!
 

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If we're purely guessing on looks, I'm going with Akita crossed with whatever kind of big short-haired hound (other than Bloodhound or Basset) is common in your area.
 

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My guess would be Lab/Husky/GSD, but I imagine you would get some "Super Mutt" on a DNA test! He looks very happy, whatever he ends up being!
 
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