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What Type of Mix Is This Dog? (Look at My Profile Picture)

Hi everyone,

My kids really want me to go ahead and adopt an Aussie Mix from a shelter. I was wondering what your hunch is regarding the other breed that makes up this dog. Her brother looks much fluffier and is almost all a light chocolate color. They were taken from another shelter and placed at the current shelter 2 weeks ago. The male looks like it took after it's mom since it has the fluffy, long coat of fur.

I am not sure if I am ready for a dog yet, since my dear Jessie (cocker spaniel) died recently (only 18 days ago) But my ten year olds are just so excited to have a dog in the house..... especially an active one! The shelter is closed until Tuesday and if I go ahead and adopt when they open again, I want to make sure to educate myself on the mix of this dog. I read up on Boston Terrier/Australian Shepherd mix (my hunch) and there were some "cons" that got me thinking if I should go ahead with this adoption.

Please let me know what you think regarding the type of dog this could be and any knowledge you might have regarding the possible mix of breeds. (for those of you that don't know.... in order to see my profile photo, you click on my name in blue just above my request.)

Thanks!
Joy

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So I looked again and I think boxer is a good one for this dog. You have the ears and the brindle and the small feet...def. my guess is boxer. Final answer.

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OMG he is so CUTE! I had a boxer, so maybe that's why my love of boxers is telling me that he may have a little bit of boxer in him (coloring - does he have some brindle??) My other thought was pit. Beagle? Well maybe, but do those two size animals "work" together?? OMG just adorable. If he is part boxer, man oh man that is the best dog for the kiddos. Loyal, a true friend. Maybe slightly slobbery. But great.

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To me it looks like a big jack russel terrier.

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To me it looks like a big jack russel terrier.

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So I looked again and I think boxer is a good one for this dog. You have the ears and the brindle and the small feet...def. my guess is boxer. Final answer.

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I had an aussie/heeler mix. My current dog is what we think to be a black lab/heeler/border collie mix. AWESOME dogs. They need lots of attention and activity, very loyal. Highly trainable, they are working dogs, so you need to help direct that energy. My mix would try and 'herd' us around the living room, sometimes we would get little, harmless ankle nips (that's how they herd sheep).

I don't see a boston terrier in here, terriers usually have pretty wirey hair, and are smaller... then again a mix can lose that I'm sure. Others say a pitt may be in there.. possible, but the face is pretty narrow, pitt's usually have much broader faces. A vet would be better at this.

Definitely spend time with the dog, see how it interacts if it's going to be the alpha/dominant or not. Here are some good personality tests:
http://animalcare.lacounty.gov/puptest.asp
http://www.unclematty.com/training/who.htm

Also, bless you for rescuing!!

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There are probably SO many decades of different breeds in this dog. Not to mention one litter of [guppies can have multiple fathers. there is NO way to tell, just looking at a dog. Seriously, no way.

Breed, doesn't matter! Temperament does. How you can provide for the dog matters. The dog will need training and a walk EVERY day. You say the dog is active, he especially needs valuable walks. Can the children poke and prod at his head, ears, paws, tails, back end...with no anxious reaction from the dog? Does he appear timid and scared around them. Is he food aggressive, or possessive over people, toys, and items? Don't waste another moment guessing breed (which you never could) and look at how this animal could fit into your family. If YOU aren't ready for a dog, don't get one. You will be the main caregiver. If you can't give the dog an exerting walk every day, don't get him. If you can't train him by yourself or through someone else, don't get him. If his temperament and energy does not fit your family, don't get him.

**In mixes, you can never guess what breed characteristics will be dominate, from the other.

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the ears say pit bull... brindle coloring says pit bull... but body and look wise says border collie/austrailian shepherd. i have a border collie/chow mix. he is high energy, was harder to potty train (we got him at 10 weeks and they had papered trained him). also male dogs can be harder to train.
i think that she would be a good addition as long as she gets exercised well. they need to have a good size yard. a walk will not do it for a high energy dog. if you do not have a yard then get her aquainted with a dog park. you seem to have a lot of love in your heart to love another dog. or you would not have gone and looked. my inlaws lost their dog a month after he suffered a spinal injury (they put him down because he was suffering). they went through the i will never own a dog again. let me tell you by day 18 they had already bought a new addition. they were looking online seprately and both fell in love with the same dog with out knowing the other was looking at him. please dont let the death of one animal keep you from loving another. no she will not be replacing the love of the dog you lost but she will be opening you up to a whole new love for her :)

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That dog is so cute! He looks like he needs lots of exercise. Part aussie, part beagle, part husky, part boxer, part terrier, part jack russel. It's hard to say from one picture. A video would help. He can be a mix of many many breeds. A cutie for sure and it looks like he is high energy. Take that dog for daily walks, runs, bike rides. Don't leave him cooped up bc a tired dog is a good dog.

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Maybe German & Austrailian Shepard.

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OK....to start with, you know he's an Aussie mix. That is a high-energy level breed. He seems to also have some german shepard, collie or maybe pitbull in there. Only because you say his brother is lt. chocolate will I wonder....Lab. Maybe Siberian Husky, as they come in brown as well and are fluffy. He seems sweet, but looks like a handful. if he is any of these mixes put together, he is indeed a high energy breed and will require alot of care on your part, as he may be to much of a powerhouse for your children to deal with. All breedsthat I named are herding, working or hunting breeds and will require alot of excercise......6-30 min walks or 4 1 hr walks, constant play.....all to work out their excess energy. If you do not do this, these breeds tend to get destructive and into alot of mischief. I have 2 jack russell terriers and I need to do this for them as they get into trouble if I don't. They start stealing shoes and laundry, clean or dirty, and they get temperamental as well. For as much as I adore dogs and adopting and fostering, you must always be aware of what you are about to take on. If it does not feel gut right to you, don't do it. Especially because you don't know what breeds are involved and for the ones that you do seem to know, it may not be a good match for your 10year olds or your home. Perhaps this particular pup would do best on a farm. As a mom with kids who wanted a dog that ended up being my responsibility, stick to what you know works best for you, your children and your home. Good Luck!

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OMG he is so CUTE! I had a boxer, so maybe that's why my love of boxers is telling me that he may have a little bit of boxer in him (coloring - does he have some brindle??) My other thought was pit. Beagle? Well maybe, but do those two size animals "work" together?? OMG just adorable. If he is part boxer, man oh man that is the best dog for the kiddos. Loyal, a true friend. Maybe slightly slobbery. But great.

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I will guess at some type of terrior. I had a Boston Terrior and he was a great dog. Very energetic and great with my daughter. He used to dance with her. She took dance class and would practice her spins and he would spin with her. Eventually she taught him to jump and he would jump up and touch her nose.

Our BT was a bit more slender, while a lot of BT's were pudgy. He was nearly all black with some white markings. He didn't have any real training and was still a pretty good dog.

I really don't see pit in this dog, but a vet would know better.

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Oh he is adorable!

I thought part Basenji or there is another weird sounding one that sounds like unbu or something?

I agree with another poster that breed doesn't matter near as much as temperament. Is he all crazy and high strung energy wise? Running around like crazy? If so, then he will probably be a high energy dog.

I like the mellow, more calm-submissive dogs myself. When I first met my (wonderful) dog he was the only one in the litter that was being still and observing everything that was happening around him. My husband and kids thought he looked lazy and I knew in my heart that he was going to be perfect...and he is!

~Good luck on your decision and remember that no matter what dog you choose, consistency is the key. Be the boss from day 1 and you should be golden!

ETA: Shiba Inu...that's it!

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The face looks a lot like my dog, which is an Australian cattle dog, also known as a Blue Heeler. Blue Heeler because they chase after cows (or people) nipping at their heels and bruising them, making them blue. Our dog is totally a cow dog. Tons of energy, can run like crazy, wants to herd things and patrol the borders. She is great with the kids but she does get all hyped up if they get wild she wants to join in or control them or something. She chased and nipped at my nephew skateboarding fast in my backyard. She also nipped at my 2 year holds head when daddy was tossing her around and being loud. She has never done any damage but we've learned not to have her around any rambunctiousness... she definitely has some kind of take charge instinct.

She's great though we love her. She is pretty big, that dog looks a little small. Or is it a puppy? My dog has pretty distinct black and white coloring, different from that one but the head looks the same. Except for the ears sticking up...

And yes and Aussie cattle dog needs to RUN!

ETA my dog just walked in the room... guess her ears do stick up like that. Yep, looks a lot like your dog!

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Coloring almost looks Jack Russell-esque to me.

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I'm not sure that dog is either of those mixes... definitely appears to have Jack Russell or fox terrier. If you look up photos of a jack russell, you will have a nearly identical match. The dog had brindle coloring, and though it is rare in Boston Terriers, it is possible. From the photo the dog appears to have bone that is too fine to have been from an Australian Shepard. I would say this dog is mostly terrier altogether - Either JRT/Boston or JRT/Fox Terrier.

Terriers are very high energy, but they are very, very smart. Jack Russell Terries are the 2nd smarted breed, next to border collies. They can get annoyed with kids that are overbearing (ear tugging, laying on, etc), but then what dog wouldn't. If the kids have good manners there should be no concerns there. They are good watch dogs, because they will definitely let you know when something or someone is around.

They will provide your kids endless hours of energy to play with. I would find out what the history is just to have an idea of where the dog came from. How old? Did he live with kids? In a house? In a condo? Why was he turned in? Or perhaps he was a stray. Just for your own knowledge. However, for whatever reason he was turned in, don't let it detour you. If he was turned in because he "chewed on everything", it was probably because he was bored, did not have enough chew things, and was not given any training. These are the reasons most dogs end up in shelters.

If you take him home, enroll him in obedience class at a local Petsmart, and let the kids be involved in training him so they can bond. I don't think it is too soon to have another dog... it is so sad to loose one, and it could help the kids to move on having another dog to bond with.

I showed dogs in junior showmanship starting when I was 10. I am a mother now of one 3 year old and one 1 year old, and I have 3 cardigan welsh corgis who I train and show in conformation and obedience, and I'm already teaching my 3 year old how to do little training things with them. He loves them!

Good luck with your decisions - it looks like he already fits right in! :)

A

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He looks an awful lot like a collie/ Siberian mix we had as a puppy--especially the ears......my next guess is German Shepherd. Super cute!

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Jack Russell Terrier or some Otherntype ofnTerrier. He is a cutie! Possible border collie. I have a Jack Russell-schnauzer mix who turned 12 yesterday. Sweetest dog ever. Was never hyperactive but when time to go out, we think he has springs on his paws. Good luck.

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To me it looks like a big jack russel terrier.

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To me it looks like a big jack russel terrier.

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Cute kids and Cute dog. The dog reminds me of a beagle.

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Part Basenji?
Some kind of terrier?

Keep in mind, that puppies often look different, than when full grown.

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I thought Beagle and something else until I read Aussie mix. The puppy is too big to be Beagle and Aussie. The color is definitely from the Aussie the size and shape, god there are too many dogs that fit that mold.

The ears look terrier but again, size doesn't match unless it was a mutt that jumped the fence.

If I were to throw out a guess I would go with Boxer. Mixed with an Aussie you would get those ears. Long legs but Aussie shape, Aussie face but with subtle changes. It would also give you the chocolate of the brother.

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Awe gee, I don't know but boy it sure is a cutie!

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Do you know how old this pup is?
Pup has the short hair of a beagle or lab - that's what it might be mixed iwth based on how it looks in that pic - but the coloring looks a bit like a tri-color aussie (tho a good side shot might help)

I do not see Boston Terrier at all - they are little short dogs - neighbor had 2 hateful ones.

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Anything mixed with Aussie is going to be HIGH energy. It looks like your kids are a great age to have a dog that they can run around with, but be sure that you are ready to RUN that dog every day! Other than that, breed "content" can only give you an idea of possible personality. With a mixed breed, it is more of a guessing game as to which traits will come through. I know some very lazy Cockers, so if your dog was a gentle, lay around the house type of dog, be ready for a big change! Of course, that will be the case with any puppy. As with any puppy, be ready for peeing, chewing, and likely some separation anxiety if he has been with his siblings. Honestly, I would seriously consider adopting both brothers. More work, yes...but being able to throw them both outside to tire each other out is priceless...lol... We did this when we adopted our "girls" nine years ago. I was really nervous adopting 2 puppies at once, but it was such a good decision. They have a playmate and snuggle-buddy during the day while we are at work/school :)

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I am not seeing boston terrier at all in this dog. My guess is Rat Terrier (looks just like a Jack Russel Terrier) or Shiba Inu maybe? Now none of these dogs get very big, but the dog in the picture is probably going to be around 50 lbs at least because of those paws :)

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I am going to guess some kind of terrier - Jack Russel or maybe Fox Terrier (both come in smooth coated or wire coated versions). Or maybe even Collie or Sheltie (Shetland Sheepdog), which could account for the more fluffy coat. Of course, both of her parents could have been mixes too, so who knows?

Thing is, that might give you some insight into her personality and behavior but in the end, she should just be a sweet friendly trainable puppy! :) Good luck with your decision!

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My first thought was pit and beagle.
Which would be really weird.
It is cute as can be though!

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I'm also thinking that it's a Terrier of some sort.

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To me... looks like Aussie & Beagle

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Blue Heeler/Jack Russell terrier would be my guess.

Is it a puppy or is it full grown?

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Have you considered a doggy DNA test? If you go on Amazon.com and search for doggy dna test, you may be able to find out what mix she is. My friend tested her dog.

By the way....your dog is so cute:)

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Jack Russell terrier and chiuaua would be my guess.
Face isn't droopy enough for Boston terrier.
Ears aren't droopy enough for beagle.

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I'm not a dog expert by any means, but this (adorable!) dog looks like it may have some rat terrier in her. If she does, she is quite smart but may be a bit stubborn to train. Ratties are also high energy dogs (in spurts). We once had a rattie puppy. She was very sweet and smart, but a b*tch (pardon the pun!) to train!

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