What Breed Is My Dog?

I need to know what breed my dog is so I can find a house in another city and not have a landlord become angry or kick us out. I will not take her to the pound ever. I will not lie to a landlord either.

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By Mellissia Maria F.

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April 1, 20150 found this helpful

Looks like a Staffordshire Terrier cross..some people call them "pit bulls"...

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April 1, 20150 found this helpful

I agree with the previous poster that your dog looks like a Staffie cross. I raised AKC Boxers over 40 years in the US before relocating to my parents native UK, my cousin raised Staffies (full name American Staffordshire Terrier, and yes indeed people do mistakenly call this breed 'pit bull').

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We both did breed rescue and so have a lot of experience with Staffies, Boxers, and crosses of the two breeds - which I think is what is also in your dog.

I also think there may be some Lab or Hound in there, making your dog a 3-way cross.

I've so been there-done that with potential landlords! After my divorce in 1998 I stayed on in the family house until my son married and got his own place. And then Katrina was the final straw, drove me off the Gulf Coast to NW GA (2005). The 'cane missed us but came so close, and after losing a lot of things we'd put into storage before Ivan (2004, and boy howdy did that one 'hit' us!) I couldn't take it anymore and found a job in GA.

But I had a terrible time finding a place that didn't look at me (a middle-aged smallish woman, lol) as unable to control the elderly neutered male Boxer with Grade A+ behaviour references from local police, vets, and the AKC - all they saw was his 102lb size (yeah, he was a BIG Boxer!) and ignored how old he was.

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The only advice I can give you is to gather all the written references attesting to your dog's stellar behaviour you can get people to stand behind, all vet paperwork including inoculations, etc, and any earned behaviour training certificates, to present to a potential landlord. Be freshly up-to-date and completely in compliance with any and all local 'dangerous dog' legislation, and make sure you present that documentation as well when making application for a rental.

Too, be aware 99.9% of managed properties will not bend the rules. And many HOAs will not allow a homeowner to rent to someone with what many have come to consider 'dangerous' dogs. I had a very well paid job but couldn't even buy into the subdivisions I looked at because the HOAs took one look at the dog and said 'Absolutely Not!!'. Their loss in my opinion.

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You may need to be 'creative' about finding a home - I finally ended up buying an old 'handyman special' single-wide trailer and private lot in a somewhat rural part of town to get a roof over mine and the dog's heads.

He passed on in 2008 and I could have sold on but I'd got comfortable in that old place, and you know, I had great neighbours there too! I've never regretted the move into the trailer because it made it so much easier to have a home with my dog.

A small bonus, when I moved back to the UK in 2010 I was able to sell my property at a fair price. All those DIY years during the marriage paid off in the end:)

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