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Here's a picture of a stray puppy we may be adopting. I know they'll all be wild guesses, but can anyone help me guess what breed(s) this dog is and how big it will grow up to be?

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Coloring looks like a dobie. It's always hard to tell with puppies though as you have no clue what their adult size will be.
 

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it's too bad you don't have a better picture. it's REALLY hard to guess when all you have ais a front view face shot. Maybe some labrador in there
 

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looks dobeXlab or RottiXdobe or a combination of all 3
 

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Looks like a lab/hound mix, maybe some Rottie and not because of the color. Just because the dog is black and tan doesnt mean it has to be a breed that is black and tan. I have seen purebred Labs in black and tan, I know Shar Pei's can even come in black and tan.
 

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I'll try to get more body pics to help with identification.

The recurring theme so far seems to be Rottweiler and/or Doberman. We have two young children (two year old and newborn). I know that any breed of dog can turn out aggressive or not and I don't want to sound "breedist," but what are everyone's thoughts about these breeds of dogs around young kids? I wouldn't want to take a chance if there was even a slightly higher chance of them being aggressive towards humans. Of course the kids wouldn't play with the dog unsupervised until they are much older, but it only takes a split second for something bad to happen...

Am I being silly, or are these breeds more likely to be aggressive?
 

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Here's a picture of a stray puppy we may be adopting. I know they'll all be wild guesses, but can anyone help me guess what breed(s) this dog is and how big it will grow up to be?

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i know some one who has a gsd,golden,lab mix that looks like that
 

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The recurring theme so far seems to be Rottweiler and/or Doberman. We have two young children (two year old and newborn). I know that any breed of dog can turn out aggressive or not and I don't want to sound "breedist," but what are everyone's thoughts about these breeds of dogs around young kids? I wouldn't want to take a chance if there was even a slightly higher chance of them being aggressive towards humans. Of course the kids wouldn't play with the dog unsupervised until they are much older, but it only takes a split second for something bad to happen...

Am I being silly, or are these breeds more likely to be aggressive?
I wouldn't worry so much about aggression - especially from a pup - but you do have to be very, very mindful of their size. Accidental injury during play seems much more likely than aggression; most big pups I've met didn't realize just how big they were, and normal jumping & wrestling can cause problems. I'd also spend extra time teaching bite inhibition; even if it's not malicious, play-mouthing from a Rott or Dobie is much different than a play-mouthing from a Shih-Tzu.
 

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Here's the only other picture I could get. I'm not sure how helpful it will be. Any more breed guesses? Click it to enlarge:

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George: I'm not as worried about aggression from the pup as I am from the dog when it's an adult. Our kids will still be young when the dog is full grown, plus I don't want him to be aggressive towards people who come to visit. Any more thoughts from anyone on this?
 

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There are a LOT of dog breeds that come in that color pattern. :p BCs and Aussies do, Collies do, a lot of hound breeds do, APBTs do, and just... yeah. Rotts and Dobes come ONLY in that color pattern and are well known for it but it's not necessarily a direct link. I think she's just a good old muttly-type mutt. :p
 

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I'm not as worried about aggression from the pup as I am from the dog when it's an adult. Our kids will still be young when the dog is full grown, plus I don't want him to be aggressive towards people who come to visit. Any more thoughts from anyone on this?
The dog's behavior toward visitors/strangers etc is 99% training/1% breed. I've known ill-trained Labs that would attack visitors and well-trained Pitbulls who would love them into submission. Seriously, with kids that young it is real important to train any dog.
 

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George: I'm not as worried about aggression from the pup as I am from the dog when it's an adult. Our kids will still be young when the dog is full grown, plus I don't want him to be aggressive towards people who come to visit. Any more thoughts from anyone on this?
Rotts & Dobies aren't especially human aggressive; the problem with them is they don't need to be to hurt someone, especially a kid. To put it another way: a Cocker Spaniel doggie-hugging a 10 year-old = Cute; Rottweiler doggie-hugging a 10 year-old = Ouch.

As long as you train & socialize him properly, he's not going to flip out and start munching down on the neighbor's brat (unless you want him to; in my experience, Rotts are really eager to please).
 
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