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Old 08-29-2004, 10:04 PM
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Hmmmm. . . Brady's already showing some very marked guardian breed traits. At 70 pounds at 10 months, and with the look of the eyes and ears, I'm even more suspicious that there's a Pyr in his ancestry somewhere.

It's going to be fun and interesting watching him as he gets more mature. I know I'll be waiting to hear more Brady stories!
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Old 08-30-2004, 08:12 PM
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I think he's exactly what you were told - Golden Retriever and Lab cross. I see absolutely NO german shepherd or Great Pyrenees at all. He'd be much bigger by now if he had Pyrenees in him. And Chows have that blunt, heavy snout on them - something he definately doesn't have!

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His ears are not the ears of a golden or a lab. He has something else in him. I know that he has no Chow in him, but he greatly resembles a Maremma Sheepdog, which has similar characteristics of a Great Pyrenees which may be why Renee sees that in him (I can see your point too Renee). Maremma sheepdogs range anywhere from 70 to 100 pounds which is a bit smaller than your average Pyrenees. I can definently see how a lab crossed with a Maremma could produce my dog. His ears are set too high on his head and perk up more than a golden's ears. They tend to have longer ears than Brady. Not too mention that I was reading the characteristics of Maremma sheepdogs and his personality traits can be seen there too. I think Renee was right when she said that watching his behavior could tell a person a great deal about the genetics of your dog. I am not saying that is definently what he is, but he has something there to make his ears, eyes, mouth, and tail the way they are. Besides the lady whose dog had the puppies didn't know much about dog breeds anyway, so I can see how a Maremma could be construed as a "big golden retreiver". There are so many breeds of dogs that someone who was not necessarily interested in that sort of thing would not know about. I just find it interesting to spread my wings and learn about many different breeds.

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Old 08-30-2004, 08:28 PM
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The only reason I'd be skeptical of the Maremma Sheepdog is that they're definitely few and far between in this country.

It is interesting to learn about the different breeds. They're all fascinating and it's a fun pastime to wonder about your dog's ancestry and try to piece together the puzzle.
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Old 08-30-2004, 08:41 PM
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Yes I noticed that about there not being many in this country, but I thought you never know for sure what he could be. I guess that is the fun in it. I do find it so interesting to read and learn about all the breeds.

He does have great ears though doesn't he? I love them! They are so cute, and so full of personality. (Sorry he is right by my side and he is staring at me with my husbands flip flop in his mouth and I got carried away with his cuteness). Who knows, we'll just keep guessing and watching him as he gets older.
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Old 08-30-2004, 08:48 PM
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Oh, he's a charmer, all right! Those ears really are expressive, too, and with the black accents around his eyes . . . one look and he could get by with just about anything! He's going to keep you amused for many, many years.
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