Is My Puppy Purebred?

I bought my puppy Sasha from a breeder on the south side with ADBA registration. So she is an ADBA registered red nose pit bull (her family tree goes back 5 generations) but everyone says that she looks a lot like a Weimaraner. Is she a mix or pure bred? What do you guys think?

Paul from Chicago, IL

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January 12, 20090 found this helpful

She doesn't look pure pit to me but then again she's still very young and will change and I'm used to seeing them with cropped ears and docked tails...

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January 12, 20090 found this helpful

That dog is probably a mix. The terrier part of any mix is very dominant but the dog's head and snout are much too narrow/small for a purebred.

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January 13, 20090 found this helpful

Do you love her? I have NEVER had any other dogs than the ones I rescued.

Mysteria was dumped out in Death Valley, left to die as a puppy so I don't have 'papers' on her BUT Miss Della Mae I was PROUD to say that she "is a pure breed Heinz 57 off death roll in Texas & I have paper to prove it".

Kinda like I wouldn't buy a mink coat either. Sly

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January 14, 20090 found this helpful

No, I'm sorry she does not look purebred at all. Her snout is to long and she is light boned. If she doesn't look like the AKC model of a Red Nosed Pit Bull she probably is mixed. If you can afford it have the vet do a DNA test. It will show her breed or any other breeds in her bloodline.

I used to breed dogs and have seen many so called pure breeds that were mixed. Puppy mills sometimes don't have the ability to keep a female in heat quarantined and any male can get to her.

I'm sorry and this must be hard because you are attached to the puppy already. Shame on the breeder for selling mixed puppies as purebreds. This breeder could lose their AKC certification for this.

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January 14, 20090 found this helpful

My daughter owns an American Pit Bull Terrier and she does not look like this dog. The ears are not right.

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January 14, 20090 found this helpful

She doesn't look like a pit to me either. Her face just isn't shaped like a pit. It's not broad enough. I've had pits off and on for the past 28-30 years. She is a beautiful dog though.

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January 14, 20090 found this helpful

She looks like some kind of pointer. Check out the build of German Pointers. She is very lovely I must say. Whatever she is love her well and enjoy her. Hedera

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January 14, 20090 found this helpful

First of all, the AKC doesn't acknowledge pit bulls, so there is no AKC standard or "model" for the pit bull. The closest thing that AKC acknowledges to a pit bull is the American Staffordshire Terrier.

Secondly, no one can really tell for sure by looking at the dog whether or not it is purebred until its at least 6 months old because their features change a lot. I do agree that the muzzle is rather long for a purebred pit bull. Did they show you the parents? Just for future reference, if you are buying a purebred dog, ask to see the parent dogs, and you want to see them with the puppy, especially the mother dog, because they won't be able to fool you when it comes to the mom. She will play with her pup in a certain way that only the mom plays with her pup, even if its been weaned.

Thirdly, it is simply not true that the only way to assure that a dog is purebred is if it has AKC papers. Long ago I had a purebred cocker spaniel that I had the papers on. I was given pictures of that dog in the conformation show ring, blue ribbon and all. But I didn't send in the change of ownership papers, I just didn't know or care about the importance of that. Later on, I bred him to another purebred cocker spaniel with papers, and those pups were given away without papers, again, because no one was really worried about that. The people that we gave them to were looking for good family dogs, and we hand picked them and knew them, so we knew they treated the dogs well. Were those dogs any less cocker spaniel puppies because they didn't have papers? Come on,now, folks. We have to start considering the truth about these things. What really matters and when have we just been sold a bill of goods?

While I do think its sad that you paid money and may not have what you paid for, you really did get a beautiful pup, and that's what matters.

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January 14, 20090 found this helpful

She's lovely, but she doesn't look like a pit to me at all. She does look a lot like a purebred Weimaraner, but her dainty feet indicate that she may grow to be undersized--especially since she's a female, or she's a mix. Weimeraners usually have docked tails and cropped ears, but since the "breeder" doesn't know a pit bull from a Weinmaraner, he/she wouldn't know that either. (I prefer them "natural.") Even if she's not purebred, if she has Weimaraner in her, she'll be a sweetheart of a dog. And if she's a purebred, that's frosting on the cake! Just her picture has snatched my heart...love her!

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January 14, 20090 found this helpful

We learned the hard way, you can't always trust even registered paperwork. We bought our Princess when she was five months; her registration papers say she's an American Bulldog. As she matured, though, my hubby got to comparing her with the pictures in his Dictionary of Dog Breeds. That's how we discovered she's really an American Pit Bull Terrier. She *is* purebred, just not the breed listed in her paperwork. I guess it's really only a concern if you intend to show or breed.

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January 14, 20090 found this helpful

I would have your vet run a DNA test if you intend to breed her or show her, that is the only way that you will know for sure. Otherwise if you do not intend to breed her be responsible and spay her and just enjoy a beautiful dog. She is very lovely. If you can prove that the dog is not purebred based on a DNA test you can take the breeder to small claims court but you might have to surrender your dog in exchange for a refund of your money. However if you can prove that the breeder "knowingly" deceived you that might not be the case. If the breeder knew at the time that you were buying her with the intention to breed her and/or show her, and misrepresented her breeding than you might be able to sue for loss of income it depends on the laws in your state and how they apply to dogs you could check into it. If it was me and I didn't intend to breed her or show , I wouldn't worry about it as she is a lovely dog and will make a wonderful pet regardless of her lineage.

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January 14, 20090 found this helpful

My daughter just saw the picture and told me "pitbul mix".

I believed her, she is a groomer and pre-vet., crazy about dog breads.

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January 14, 20090 found this helpful

I have a red nose pit without his tail and ears cut, and he looks the same as your pup.

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January 16, 20090 found this helpful

She is lovely, but doesn't look square headed enough to be pure pit to me. I think she looks like a Vizsla rather than a Weimer. Google Vizsla and look at the puppies, she's a dead ringer for one. They are super gorgeous dogs and very smart, so win/win I hope.

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January 16, 20090 found this helpful

My kids have had pits for years now and she doesn't look pit to me either. She does however look very much like a weimeraner, but more of a mix really. Like one the previous writers said, she probably will change somewhat. But when they are pit pups, they pretty well look just like what they are. She is a beauty tho. Hope this won't keep you from loving her just the same.

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January 19, 20090 found this helpful

There are too many great wonderful dogs and pups with no homes. Breeders are not all responsible. Your pup is pretty and hopefully you will care for it regardless of its papers.

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January 26, 20090 found this helpful

I had Weimaraners for years and she doesn't resemble the puppies I had. Weims are silver/gray and, when they are puppies, their eyes are china blue. As they get older, the eyes normally lighten and change to greenish. Their noses are gray, they should have no white markings at all and their tails are docked within the first few days of birth. The Weims I saw had deeper chests and were more angulated in the rear to help them run forever in the field. With your pit, puppies do have floppy ears. I guess they are trimmed later if the owner wants to do it, like Dobermans and boxers. Her markings look like pit as do her eyes and nose. Your puppy's face is very lovely, not as heavy and jowly as those you see on so many pits. I can't tell you if she is purebred, but I just don't really see Weimaraner in her.

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