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He looks just like my chopper only in this pic chopper was only 1 month old. Chopper is a American Pitbull/Boxer Mix. Looks like that is what your dog is. Don't listen to what everyone says about them they are a great breed and very loyal to the owners.
Without my knowledge, my teen daughter bought a puppy. She has pictures of the mom and dad and they both look like pit bulls to me, but I really do not know much about the breed. She is 15 weeks now and approximately 18 lbs. and woke up with one ear standing up today!
Our vet thinks there is no reason for a DNA test because in her opinion she's a full blooded Pit.
When a dog is small it goes through a lot of changes. Your dog can change in so many ways as he grows up. If you are interested in finding out the breed of your dog here is what you can do:
Make an appointment with your local vet. While at the vet's make sure you have your puppy vaccinated. This is the most important step to a happy life for your puppy.
Ask your vet to perform a DNA test on your puppy. He can give you an answer as to the breed or mixed breeds of your dog.
If the test is too expensive you can find a home DNA test on Amazon. Order the test and perform the test at home. This is how you can find out the breed of your dog.
Thank you for your response. She has been to the vet and will have her 4 month ch this week. I wasn't able to take her last time my daghter did. The vet said she could do the DNA but didn't feel it was necessary after her evaluation. Guess I was questioning it.
Many people are curious if their dogs are pure breed or not. The test is expensive and I think it isn't necessary. I guess if you are a breeder then it would be necessary to find out if the dog was pure breed or mixed.
Looks like a bit of a mix (my best friend here is an expert) but I would try an at-home DNA test kit :)
Thank you! Upon some Google searching there is a controversy with pits her color. Some say mix some say not so. I just wanted to pin it down some for training and what not. Too, they do change a lot as puppies. I have a picture at 8 wks and she looks diff just since then.
As puppies grow they change quickly both in appearance and attitude/behavior. A vet can usually tell more about a breed than the average person but they cannot tell for sure about a pure bred versus a mix. Perhaps the vet was talking to your teen age daughter about not needing a DNA test as they are expensive and they may have figured the puppy was close enough to a pure bred that in her case it would not matter. A DNA test from a vet is usually more expensive than a home test kit.
It seems you have fallen in love with this puppy so you must have a reason for wanting to know more about the puppy. Do you feel that your daughter paid for a pure bred and may have been misled/cheated?
There is more discussion about this color pit than about other types so that may be part of the problem.
I do not know if your daughter purchased her puppy from a breeder, a pet store or a private owner but I feel sure you know that anyone of those could have "manufactured" the photos of the puppies parents so that is not a good "fact" to rely on.
If you feel that you need more than private pet owner's or even your vet's opinion then you would have to get a DNA test.
DNA test kits are getting more popular so the prices have been lowered but tests still cost between $55 - $250.00. Test kits can be purchased from most pet stores, on-line (Amazon, eBay, etc) or from your vet.
Here is a link that explains about the test and also a link to a sample DNA test kit.
I've just gotten an American Bulldog puppy, many people who meet her instantly start questioning me on if she's a Pit Bull, or even telling me she's a Pit Bull! I'm pretty sure she is not, but all the comments are making me doubt myself. Pit Bulls are banned where I live so I think that's why I just need some reassurance (my vets are useless they originally wrote down that she was a Staffy).
I have brought this new pet. I have been told it's a Pit Bull. I have never kept one. Can anyone tell me if it's a Pit Bull or not?
I want if my dog is a Pit Bull. She has the color and displays traits of a Pit Bull, but her mouth looks a bit too long, also her head isn't big.
Only a DNA test will tell. It looks to me like it has a mix of several breeds in her.
I do not think so but young dogs change very quickly as they grow so it is even difficult for an expert to tell breeds by a photo.
Doggie DNA test are really popular now but the cost is still $50 - 200 dollars for a test kit. These can be purchased from many pet stores, on line (Amazon, eBay, and others), and from your vet.
If your puppy is due to see a vet then they may be able to tell you a little but a DNA test is the only way to know for sure.
Here is a link that explains about the DNA test and a link that show a sample of on-line kit available.
I see some hound in the face, but a DNA test is the only way to know for certain.
This is a very common question on the site. Many people wonder what the exact breed of their dog is. Truthfully, it is hard to tell without a DNA test. You can either purchase a test online or ask your vet to do one for you.
Looks like a pit mix. Get an at home DnA test if you must know. Good luck!!
Thanks I was thinking the same!
She is 6 months old, and the previous owners told us she was a blue nose Pit Bull. We question it, can anyone throw us some knowledge?
I have one question. Can you help me figure out what kind of dog is this? Is it a Pit Bull or not? If so, what kind is it?
Thank you. Appreciate it.
I got her free and the owner told me it's an American Pit Bull Terrier. Can anyone help? Her ears are too big. She is the black dog.
I rescued my dog a few weeks ago from the county shelter. On her paperwork they have her listed as Boxer/Boston Terrier mix. I'm praying that she is because my HOA doesn't allow Pit Bulls and I'm afraid I may have to surrender her. I don't want to cuz she's as sweet as she can be and very animated. Does she look like a Pit or Boxer/Boston Terrier?
He is 3 months old. I have no idea of what breed he is. He was a rescue. Some people say he looks part Pit and part Shepherd.
We found her couple of days ago. She is 3 months old based on what we have been told. She's really athletic, she jumps on me and my girlfriend a lot and she just likes to play 24/7. I felt kinda bad the other night because she saw a little dog and she just charged at him, but then again the other dog was barking at us. She just went for the dog, but I don't understand because we have been seeing her around and she was playing with same dog. Then a couple of days later she tries to attack the other dog. When we saw her around she was friendly with everybody that she saw. Also, she has a clean shiny coat and looks healthy.
And if it's a Pit do you know what type of dog food we should give her?
We also been told she's an American Pit Bull terrier or could have Lab in her. I don't know, but she is athletic and loves to play fight.
The only way to determine a dog breed is to have a DNA test done.
This is one of the most asked questions on the site:
This puppy does look like pit bull Very cute.
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If her fur is VERY short, unlike labs and if her jaws are more pronounced as she gets older. Labs are large breed dogs and Pits are medium sized so that should help you as she matures. To me she looks like a Pit mix. You can never really tell until she reaches about 6 to 7 months old. (01/11/2008)
Well, this probably isn't frugal, but I read that you can now have DNA testing done on your dog to determine what it's ancestry is. There was an article and photographs of different dogs. In the captions it explained what was discovered, Australian shepherd, border collie, chow mix, for example. I can't remember where I saw the article, but it appeared recently in a magazine. (01/11/2008)
Some breeds can lock their jaws. Our Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Kuma) holds on to rope (locks his jaw on) so well that you can lift him 1m off the ground.
Here is a picture of him at around 6 months old.
Your vet will most likely be able to tell you too. (01/12/2008)
I would sign up for obedience classes; a reputable trainer should be able to assist you both with breed recognition and assisting with any breed specific challenges or issues you might have. http://www.dogpro.org/ is a good place to locate a good trainer in your area. There are also many bull breed Yahoo groups that would be happy to look at photos and help you out. Good luck! Your dog is a cutie; please do not give up on her just because you think she might be a pit bull mix. (01/12/2008)
Depending on the way her head and body shapes as she gets older will help you determine whether or not she has pit in her. My pit/lab looked just like a pit until he was about 8 months then you could see the lab in him because of his longer legs. (01/12/2008)
By Alaina Mason
My daughter has a "lab mix" 5 year old that started out looking like a lab puppy until the ears gave her away, lab ears lie flat against the head. Abby's ears go every which way depending on what's going on. She's the best, most loving friendly dog ever. It's all in the training. (01/13/2008)
By Chris B
To me you puppy looks like it has Pit bull in it. I am a Vet but, you can't always tell from pictures. Not all pit bulls ears stick up, you get there ears cut if you want the ears up, they're originally flapped down. But, look at the paws, and if it is about over 2 and 1/2 inches. It is most likely a pit.
What a cutie!
And she does look *exactly* like our Lab-Pit ... Our dog was completely black with big paws and was a great family pet for over 15 yrs!
She was very strong.. but never a problem to our family or to anyone else or to any other animal in fact she was a VERY friendly animal!
We miss her! :( (01/15/2008)
A mature lab has a blocky head, and a Pit has a more triangular head. You need the opinion of a person who can see your dog in real life, not from a little picture. Sorry, but ask your vet whom to ask. Good looking dog! (01/16/2008)
Well she looks a lot like my pit mix did, he`s almost 2 years old now very strong big and about the sweetest dog you can ever meet.
If she is, don`t just give up on her with the right training from the start a pit is harmless mine plays with neighbor hood kids as well as my own kids and grandkids (01/23/2008)
The ears are very like pit bulls ears. (02/28/2008)