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heatherr61
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Hi, im new here. Everytime i ask this somewhere else, i get very rude answers. It seems people dont understand and have something against hybrids. So i figured you guys would be way less judgemental. I have three dogs, one wolf/malamute/shepherd mix, Pure bred shepherd...and the third one is is supposed to be pure bred GSD, but me and everyone that has seen her has doubts. Are there any reliable DNA tests i can buy that test for wolf genes? She is very quiet and shy, howls alot, bark does not sound like dogs, she turned two and still hasnt gone into heat, her vet said that she has characteristics of a hybrid. The only thing is she has papers, but im wondering if they could possibly be faked? either way, i she is still very beautiful and if she is a pure GSD she is a very rare looking one...

http://i1239.photobucket.com/albums/ff5 ... G_1699.jpg

http://i1239.photobucket.com/albums/ff5 ... G_2307.jpg

http://i1239.photobucket.com/albums/ff5 ... G_2308.jpg

I do have a wolf mix, but she looks more like one then he does lol. I find tracing blood lines fascinating, and i want to know if there is a chance she is something other then pure bred.

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Topic starter Posted : November 9, 2011 12:22 pm
Juska
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I think we're going to need more full-body pictures. It's kind of hard to tell from the ones you posted. Also, DNA tests run about $50+, and I don't think they have "wolf" in the test. So it'll probably just come up as unknown, which can also result because of other things.

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Posted : November 9, 2011 12:32 pm
Akuma223
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The first picture looks almost like my girl Lucy who is a Shepard mix! She is also very shy and vocal.
http://akuma223.deviantart.com/art/Lucy-268125892

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Posted : November 9, 2011 1:51 pm
Jen Jen
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Well, behaviorally she doesn't sound like a Shepherd although she could just have an unsound temperament. The pictures aren't much to go on, but from what you posted she looks like a Shepherd. Perhaps, like Juska suggested, a few full body pictures to go on?

Perhaps she is a very light colored sable? Some Purebred GSDs can have a hard resemblance to wolves.

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Posted : November 9, 2011 1:52 pm
heatherr61
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aww your dog is cute!:) I know that Jada (my dog) is definitely mostly shepherd. I did see the parents, the father was shepherd..the mom was huge,fluffy, and grey, more wolfish looking. Jada's coloring is rare since she has alot of sable on her and also white(from what im told) Here is another photo.

http://i1239.photobucket.com/albums/ff5 ... G_2319.jpg

It is very hard to get her to sit still lol she is always tracking something so trying to take a good shot is difficult...she looks very light in this picture, because of the suns angle. She is quite darker in real life. Her personality, like i said is very calm,quiet, and overly submissive. The only bad thing, is her prey drive is very high, and i had to train her to not hunt small pets in the area. That problem is taken care of now. She will track the paths that nearby coyotes take and lead me to the areas that they inhabit (we had a problem with them attacking the smaller dogs in the yard, since we have five acres we did not know where they were coming from, she followed their scent til we left the property). She could very well be purebred, but i guess since all dogs come from wolves, perhaps she goes by her canine instincts more then other dogs? I LOVE to sit in my room and listen to her howl at night...just something about it that gives me goosebumps. None of my other dogs howl:(

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Topic starter Posted : November 9, 2011 2:45 pm
heatherr61
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btw what is lucy mixed with?:)

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Topic starter Posted : November 9, 2011 2:51 pm
Ash
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If she does have wolf in her, it would be very low. A pink nose is a big giveaway and is a sign of a low content wolfdog. There are also quite a few other "give-away" details that would make her a low/no content wolfdog.

But she could have some wolf in her (though very little) if you doubt her bloodlines.

She's still a pretty dog though. Even if she's got little to no wolf in her, she's still really special and beautiful! Thanks for sharing the pics!

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Posted : November 9, 2011 4:13 pm
heatherr61
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Thank you soo much!:) I am so happy you all weren't rude and hateful because I love wolves.....I didn't think she had a lot of anything in her, but she did seem different to me....I do photography for a hobby, and love to take some of her because she has an elusive and mysterious vibe too her. She is beautiful and unique no matter what her genetics are:)

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Topic starter Posted : November 9, 2011 4:30 pm
Lasergrl
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Looks like a mostly shepherd with a drop of husky.

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Posted : November 9, 2011 5:06 pm
Akuma223
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heatherr61- I dont know what Lucy is mixed with. We got her from a shelter when she was little so dont know what her parents were, all we know is she seems to have some Shepard in her and I wish I knew more.

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Posted : November 9, 2011 5:14 pm
Neofelis
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You could always DNA test! Those can yield some very interesting results sometimes!

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Posted : November 9, 2011 6:07 pm
heatherr61
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Vin girl--i really want to lol I have a male also who is shepherd/malamute/and wolf...but that's just what I was told. Id love to find out what's in both of them. Its so much fun to figure this stuff out!

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Topic starter Posted : November 9, 2011 7:59 pm
sarajeku
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You should post pictures of your male too! We always like to see pictures.

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Posted : November 9, 2011 8:08 pm
TamanduaGirl
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Sorry but DNA tests for breeds are just garbage. People have tested them by sending in known mixes and pure breeds and getting back all kinds of odd results.

If mom was fluffy maybe she was a Tervueren

Or a gray one I just thought the first two looked more wolfy

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Posted : November 10, 2011 2:41 am
caninesrock
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If she is, she doesn't necessary have to have wolf in her. She could be a coyote hybrid. Coyotes howl as well. Or it could just be husky or malamute in her. Huskies and malamutes are some of the few rare breeds of dog that howl.

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Posted : November 10, 2011 7:40 am
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