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Vet labeled my dog Border collie / Lab mix...What do you think?

Discussion in 'General Dog Discussions' started by Hendrix8913, Feb 1, 2015.

  1. Hendrix8913

    Hendrix8913 Puppy

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    I recently adopted a dog that I assumed was a type Pit bull mix of some sort. She is 1.5 years old in these pictures. She is very athletic and muscular even though you can't tell too much in these pictures. In my mind she is a probably a mix between several breeds but I mostly see Pit bull and Labrador. She has a high prey drive, intelligent, and somewhat protective. She's also naturally great at playing fetch.

    Anyway, when talking to the vet about his opinion, he said that she does not have the jaw of a pit bull. Some people I meet recognize her instantly as a pit bull and others have said that she looks like a "hound". I'm just curious to see what some pit bull owners might see. What would you say?
     

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  2. NobodyHere

    NobodyHere Guest

    I would say that the dog looks like a mutt that could have some sort of bull breed (not necessarily APBT) in it, but you'll never be able to know for sure and if someone were to ask, I'd simply say "mutt" or "I don't know." I'm not sure when people collectively decided that DVMs are the authority on breed identification, but really they're no more or less "qualified" in that area than any other random person with some knowledge of dog breeds.
     
  3. GoingPostal

    GoingPostal Good Dog

    Could be a bully breed mix, could be a lab mix, it's very hard to tell in mutts and often there are more than two breeds in there as well so there can be a wide variety in appearance.
     
  4. CrazyK9

    CrazyK9 Good Dog

    I don't see any BC in that dog but I could buy it being a bully breed mix. Just call the dog a mutt. I do that with my dog and if anyone asks for specifics I say I don't know, she was a rescue.
     
  5. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    I don't see BC either. I'm guessing the vet said BC because the dog is black and white. Because, you know, only a BC can be black and white.
     
  6. Hendrix8913

    Hendrix8913 Puppy

    I don't see Border collie either. I'll usually tell people that she is a mix and that she's from a rescue. I found it really surprising to find out just how common it is for people to express their negative opinions toward pit bulls to me. Even though she is not pure or even part APBT, in the two months I've had her I've had three incidents where people have expressed their disapproval and prejudices towards her and consequently towards me as her owner because of their negative views on the breed.

    I'm becoming more aware of just how important it is to always put our best foot forward. Even though she is not a pure bred pit bull, again possibly not even a pit bull mix, she is likely to still be treated as one if anything ever did go wrong.

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  7. FransterDoo

    FransterDoo Big Dog

    If you emailed me about classes and said BC/lab then arrived with her.... I'd have a good laugh.

    Some of our members who do conformation are pushing for folks not uttering the words pit bull for a dog without a pedigree...but I'd call her a shelter pit bull or pit bull mix depending on what she looked like in person.
     
  8. NobodyHere

    NobodyHere Guest

    What the hell does "doing conformation" have to do with anything?
     
  9. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    You'll have that. Nothing you can do about it so don't stress or let it get to you. Just smile and keep moving.
     
  10. robertosilva

    robertosilva Little Dog

    Great mask looks like the Lone Ranger.
    Hope you enjoy her and keep her safe.
     
  11. Obed

    Obed Good Dog Premium Member

    I have said this before, but this is the perfect situation for a repeat:
    I am pretty damn sure it is a dog.
     
  12. Hendrix8913

    Hendrix8913 Puppy

    You are most likely right in assuming that she is a dog, hah.

    Thanks, I never thought about it that way but she does look like the lone ranger. Thanks for everyone's input
     
  13. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    He probably said she had BC because of her markings but there's a lot of dogs that can come like that. I love her mask. Looks like a little bandit
     
  14. Looks like my pit in the face :) beautiful dog
     
  15. CallSignOWL

    CallSignOWL Good Dog


    im curious, what does "the jaw of a pit bull" look like???

    well dont you know, only boxers can be brindle, so my girl is obviously a boxer mix :lol:
     
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  16. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    Well my vet just told me the other day about a dog who had eaten a big ball and passed it but it was a "tough red nose pit bull". So if that tells you anything, i wouldnt look to your vets advice for breed identification.

    Probably some in there somewhere.
     
  17. AdonisOnHigh

    AdonisOnHigh Little Dog Premium Member

    Everyone at the vet clinic I work at thinks Adonis is a boxer mix but I don't think they're too far off. We had a boxer/lab boarding while I had Adonis at work with me and they were practically twins only he was huge but now that Adonis has grown they're almost the same size.
     
  18. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    Obviously nobody thinks Chance is a boxer now but when he was a tiny puppy everyone thought he was a boxer. Just like any white dog with black spots is automatically a dalmation.
     
  19. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    People have very bizarre ideas about what makes a dog one breed over another.
     

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