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Q: Abby's Breed?

October 26, 2012 | By Ches21 | 1 answer | Expired: 680 days ago

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You have probably seen Abby's photo on my account by now and I have told everyone that when the rescue got her we figured before she was a stray that she had been living in a puppy mill she is a buff cocker spaniel I think she is most likely an english cocker spaniel but she is mixed with something else she has long legs which makes her taller than most pure bred cocker spaniels she is a meduim sized dog she has a high prey drive for possums and squrriels she will go in to a pointing stance when she finds something and she acts like a scent hound when she smells something good she follows until she finds whatever it is she is very protoctive of any people she knows and even the people she doesn't know she is sort of a picky eater and loves to run and play and go on walks she also enjoys exploring if Shorty is under the bed and won't come out she goes under and stares at him until he comes out she loves cats and with other dogs we have to find the right mesh but I think she could be part springer spaneil or part king cavalier spaneil what do you think I would really like to know what everyone else thinks the high kill shelter that sent her to the rescue said she was part pitt bull she doesn't look anything like a pittbull but she does have the personality of one you know the goofieness how alot of pittbulls are big goofballs Abby is a big goofball Abby also loves babies and little kids I would like to know what you think?

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Oct 27, 2012

It's impossible even for the experts to accurately name the breeds making up a mixed breed dog. The accurate way to determine the breeds is to do a DNA test. I can't tell you the number of times a rescue group or shelter has had a dog mislabeled and only found out differently after someone got curious and did a test. That's why you usually see them labeled as as a breed mix, such as cocker mix. They go with the predominate breed, i.e. the one that you see the the most traits for. Being a picky eater or chasing possums doesn't really tell you much about the breed. I've seen sporting breeds ignore small animals and wildlife and I"ve seen toy breeds and non-sporting breeds chase everything that moves. Eating is just a personal thing to each dog. Some are chowhounds, some aren't. Being a picky eater speaks more about what she was used to eating before ending up in a shelter than what breed she is. Also, liking kids just means she was probably socialized to them in the past. Most of those things are more individualized personality over breed traits. Personally, I don't see any King Charles Cavalier Spaniel or Springer Spaniel in her and her muzzle looks too short to be an English Cocker Spaniel. But then, that's my best guess based on one picture. Five people may tell you five different things. Unless you want to do a DNA test, Cocker Spaniel Mix is the best label for what I see.

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