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Dutchie Mix?

Post by emsanders » Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:47 am

Hi all, new here and I discovered the forum while trying (like many other) to ID my dog. I know visual ID is almost impossible, but here's the story on this pup:

We rescued her three months ago. She was scrawny, wormy, lethargic and weak. Her and her litter mates were abandoned with their dam, which was supposedly a GSD (but we know how vets and shelters slap GSD on any shepherd rescue). I have been asking for advice throughout a few FB groups on how to help strengthen her back and hips, and it's inevitable that every time I post, people come out of the woodwork to flat out TELL me what my dog is (of course everyone's opinion is different lol.) I've heard everything from mastiff or dane mix, to pit mix, to lurcher and even whippet lol. The most common response I get though is "That's a dutch shepherd!" I personally think she looks like a GSD x Lurcher or APBT mix, but with so many people insisting she's a Dutch Shepherd, I'm here to ask the Dutchie experts, what do you all think of this pup?

Last picture was her condition when we got her, the pics of her sitting on the rock were taken today. She's about 7 months old.

In the end, it doesn't matter what breed she is, but curiosity definitely has the best of me. She's a very loving, intelligent dog with a lot of bravery. She's been evaluated as a potential protection sport dog and once we build a little more prey drive in her, that may be the route we take. Whatever she is, she definitely turned out to be an awesome rescue and I couldn't be happier with her.

(Also curious - I do want to DNA test her, and Embark has seemed like the way to go, but I keep seeing mention that Embark doesn't have Dutch Shepherd in their catalogue, is that true? Should I go with Wisdom Panel instead?)
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Re: Dutchie Mix?

Post by emsanders » Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:09 am

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Re: Dutchie Mix?

Post by Dutchringgirl » Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:40 am

Im going to say yes, she is a DS. The floppy ear shot throws me but that could just be thin cartilage in her ears.
Hill work is the best for the back end. Go on hikes, up and down, uneven terrain will strengthen her up. she is 7 months old and had a crappy start so don't rush her. she didn't get the good nutrients she needed in the important pup time. If you can feed her raw, that would be the best for her to get her strong as well, but if you cant, thats okay too. She looks good and happy in the other pictures, so you are on the right track.. Have fun with her!
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Re: Dutchie Mix?

Post by emsanders » Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:59 pm

Dutchringgirl wrote: ↑
Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:40 am
Im going to say yes, she is a DS. The floppy ear shot throws me but that could just be thin cartilage in her ears.
Hill work is the best for the back end. Go on hikes, up and down, uneven terrain will strengthen her up. she is 7 months old and had a crappy start so don't rush her. she didn't get the good nutrients she needed in the important pup time. If you can feed her raw, that would be the best for her to get her strong as well, but if you cant, thats okay too. She looks good and happy in the other pictures, so you are on the right track.. Have fun with her!
I'm so much more curious now, lol. I've had experience being around GSDs and Dutchies bred for scent and bite work, and she's definitely more mellow than most I've seen, but the stronger she gets, the more drive she has.

We've started hill work, stairs, cookie stretches, 2 leg stretches and crawling. She also does light flirt pole work to help build her prey drive. She's very intelligent, a bit goofy and so long as I'm with her, she's outgoing (courageous, but also cautious until I tell her it's okay to go play or meet a new dog/person). She's got incredible public manners, is crate trained but can be loose, and she jumps at the door handle when she needs to go out (self taught behavior). Really got lucky with her.

Hopefully a raw diet will be sustainable in the future, but we don't have the freezer space or budget right now. Our dogs are on Purina Pro Plan Sport 30/20. At the least, I may begin adding fish oil and other supplements. Her ears did flop awful in the beginning, and we've been using breathe right strips and massaging the base of her ears to help the cartilage strengthen XD They're almost up completely on their own now.
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Re: Dutchie Mix?

Post by Dutchringgirl » Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:27 pm

My Sadie has a bunch of self taught behaviors she uses to communicate with me. Its very funny. Go to dogfoodadvisor.com and find another food. Purina is the crappiest of crap.

as far as making her ears stand, nothing works. Sadie had super floppy ears as a pup and I did everything and nothing worked, they will stand on their own as she gets better nutrience.

She sounds like a good dog.
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Re: Dutchie Mix?

Post by emsanders » Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:16 pm

That's a shame :/ I've been hearing great things about the Sport variety from owners with active dogs. We were feeding Fromm, but our dogs seemed to lose weight and have duller coats on it which was surprising. I'll give that site a look, thank you ^^

For her ears, we usually leave them on their own and only add the strips when they start to flop really badly. It just helps keep the ear in position so the cartilage doesn't develop a crease. Definitely a handy trick without having to do full rollers and tape.
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Re: Dutchie Mix?

Post by ladyjubilee » Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:23 pm

She's adorable.

On the personality front, we thought Bramble was pretty laid back when we got her from the shelter...she sort of is, she also is what the trainer calls "high drive". Since she gained weight and strength she's become more intense. Still a sweetheart, but intense.

My uneducated vote she looks DS to me.
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Re: Dutchie Mix?

Post by ralbucks » Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:39 pm

Mine had a floppy ear from the time I got him from the shelter at 4 months till about 6 months. I gave him milk every day in the morning cause that's what I had in the refrigerator, as well as cottage cheese apart from regular dogfood floppy ear is as pointy now as an antenna at 4 years old.They say its correlated with teething that after that is harder to get it up. I dont know whether it's TRUE or not, just give the dog nutritious food and he will reach his full potential.

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