I guess I'm looking for the best place to find information on my dog's breed. I'm pretty sure she's a mix, but really I have no idea. All I know about her history is that we picked her up from the dog pound as a 9 month old puppy, she had been rescued by animal control from a violently abusive household and giving her a second chance seemed like the humane thing to do.

I can go into descriptions or post images, but for now I'll just start by asking where the best place to go for that would be. The problem with looking at breed images is that after a while they all start looking like your animal - I've tried that before and I must have identified 14 likely breeds before giving up. I have a good idea, but I'd like to try tapping into someone who has enough experience with the breeds to single out the most likely.
I have no interest in selling her like some pen bred slave dog, she's 5 years old and a part of the family now - so that's not what the identification is for.
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I guess I'm looking for the best place to find information on my dog's breed. I'm pretty sure she's a ... All I know about her history is that we picked her up from the dog pound as a 9 month

I'm surprised your Vet couldn't ID any possible breeds that she could be part of. We had a dog that was mixed, and our Vet told us his best guess.

-sunny
-sunny
I guess I'm looking for the best place to find ... picked her up from the dog pound as a 9month

I'm surprised your Vet couldn't ID any possible breeds that she could bepart of. We had a dog that was mixed, and our Vet told us his best guess.

i've seen some weird breed guesses come from vets... like a puppy i saw the other day, it was fawn with some sable markings on its back and tail. it had bully looking forehead wrinkles and rose ears. his vet had said Rottie x Lab.
i dunno, but i just didn't see it.
i think the OP should post pix on a website and link them here, so we can all debate about what it is. that's much more fun!
-kelly
I guess I'm looking for the best place to find ... picked her up from the dog pound as a 9month

I'm surprised your Vet couldn't ID any possible breeds that she could bepart of. We had a dog that was mixed, and our Vet told us his best guess.

Well, vets have classes in all sorts of things but not one in dog breed identification. I've met a lot of vet school students (here at Cornell and at Iowa State) and while the majority of them like dogs (some are really into other specialties such as wildlife or large animal) not many of them are into the dog show/dog breed scene.
I suggest the OP post some good pictures of his dog and let the folks here give a guess.
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I guess I'm looking for the best place to find information on my dog's breed. I'm pretty sure she's a ... she's 5 years old and a part of the family now - so that's not what the identification is for.

The first place to go is to your local classified and see what it is the backyard breeders are selling the most of. If there isn't a single listing for Malinois, you can bet your dog is probably part German Shepherd instead. Look at the most common dogs available, as a shelter animal will 99% of the time be a mix of 2 or more of those. Ask a rescue worker in your area what the most common mixed breeds are and have then take a look at your dog. Here, the most common mixed breeds are black lab, german shepherd, chow chow, and pit bull. The most common mix is sure to vary somewhat across the country.
Secondly, since you won't be breeding her, what does it matter what her genetics are? You could pick breed MNOP out of a book if it resembles your dog rather than XYZ and it truly wouldn't matter. In fact, I think I'd pick something incredibly exotic and tell all of my friends that she was a rare MNOP breed and an incredibly special dog. The part about her being special would most definately be the truth, no matter what her heritage.
I'm surprised your Vet couldn't ID any possible breeds that she could bepart of.

Actually, vets are often REALLY BAD at guessing breed mixes- nearly as bad as your average shelter worker. Vets are medical doctors, not geneticists. For example, I know someone with a dog who is quite clearly a working-line BC whose vet ID'd the dog (which is rough-coated, no less!) as a "Pointer mix" because the dog has ticking on her muzzle.
Then there's the obvious Coonhound mix who was ID'd by the vet as a "Rottie mix" because the dog is black and tan- apparently the vet didn't realise that more than one breed comes in black and tan, including the Black and Tan Coonhound.
And I'm always amazed at how many vets quite seriously repeat the old wives' tale that spots on the tongue = "Chow blood", when the most elementary web search on the subject reveals that any dog with some black skin pigmentation can have a spotted tongue. (I have personally met purebred Newfs, Goldens, Springers, BCs, and a JRT with spotted tongues, plus my BC/Saluki has one.)
Actually, vets are often REALLY BAD at guessing breed mixes- nearly as bad as your average shelter worker. Vets are medical doctors, not geneticists.

I.. third or fourth this. (Wasn't keeping count of how many replied similarly!) I work with vets, love most of them, but by golly are they dumb when it comes to breed IDs!! I frequently get asked if the client has any question. Emotion: smile

-Abby
Pems, Aussie, and a Pug
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I can start posting web links. I have to get some decent pics first (I only have one right now). The tough part about photographing my dog is getting her to stay still long enough for the shot, and not to pounce on the camera while I'm lining it up.
http://imageevent.com/eigenvector/lucypoo
I can give you a reasonble description of her phyisical traits.
She's about 6 years old now, she's about 2 1/2 feet at the shoulder, has medium length white/tan hair. The hair was white when she was a puppy, but has since turned a more tannish in most places. She has a black spot on her tail, near the base, her tail is very bushy and when she walks it curls up. She sheds hair constantly, almost to the point that I wonder how she manages to keep up - thick strands of coarse hair constantly waft off her body.

She talks quite a bit (not human speech obviously, but that funny dog talk that's a kind of bark and growl at once). She always interrupts our conversations with her talking outbursts. She howls at sirens in a very high pitched voice. She hoards food like its her last meal. If I toss her something like a tater tot she'll take it to some hidden place and bury it - only to dig it up later to eat when no one's around.
http://imageevent.com/eigenvector/lucypoo I can give you a reasonble description of her phyisical traits. She's about 6 years old now, she's about ... it to some hidden place and buryit - only to dig it up later to eat when no one's around.

she looks and sounds like a husky mix to me!
-kelly
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