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Old 01-20-2009, 07:20 PM
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Thanks for the thoughts, everyone! It's really interesting to hear what people think! I agree that whatever he is, he's adorable. His name is Tigh ("Ty"). I realized that I forgot to mention his name before!

I took a picture tonight that shows the spots he's developing. These weren't here a month ago! Which I guess you can see from the older pictures of him. Do they look like ticking? That makes a lot of sense... I knew that dalmations developed spots as puppies, but I didn't know about ticking in other breeds.



Romy asked about his personality... he's extremely friendly. He thinks that every person or dog he sees is his new best friend. He also thinks that our cats are his best friends, but they disagree! He's also very smart, smarter than any other dog I've known. It's actually our biggest problem with him, because he does things like figuring out how to open doors so that he can get to places where he's not supposed to go. I'm taking him to obedience class, and one day another dog was barking, and the trainer told it to be quiet, then gave it a treat when it stopped barking. Tigh was watching all of that, and immediately started barking so that he could get a treat too! He hadn't barked once before that. He can also be stubborn... if I have a treat with me, he'll obey any command he knows, immediately. But if he knows that I don't have a treat, he often just ignores me.

Let's see... he also chews on everything in sight and has a lot of energy, but those might just be because he's still a puppy. He loves digging holes. He digs a hole in our yard every time I have my back turned. He also likes to pile things up. For example, he'll go in the closet, pull all of my clothes off of the shelves that he can reach, and put them in a big pile in the bedroom. He isn't really into fetching games... he likes to chase after toys if I throw them, but then he just shakes them around and throws them into the air again himself.

I don't really know what kinds of behaviors are typical of different breeds, so I don't know if any of that is informative or not! Tigh is the first dog I've ever had, and it's been a real learning experience! I'm actually thinking about taking him to an agility class at some point. I think it would be fun for me and for him. Does anyone have any advice about that sort of thing?

Again, thanks for all of the comments!
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:46 PM
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Gosh, he's such a cutie! I love how one eye is bigger than the other, it makes him look really silly. I want to give him a big hug <3

As far as breed... Dalmatians CAN come in lemon spotted. So I wouldn't be surprised if he were Dalmatian x White Shepherd.
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Old 01-23-2009, 07:24 PM
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That personality sure does sound like there could be some Aussie in the mix somewhere! He's darling - whatever is in there
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Old 01-23-2009, 08:05 PM
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Aww, what an absolute cutie pie.

He reminds me of my dog back in Illinois, I grabbed her from the pound a day before she was euthanized, and then my Grandma wanted to take her when I went back to Washington. We weren't sure about her breed either, but we guessed she was a German Shepherd x Basset Hound. She has a lot of the face features of our boy, with a little bit of a shorter body.

I see German Shepherd in your pup. Possibly some Husky. He is sure a cutie pie, whatever breed he is.
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Old 01-26-2009, 04:54 PM
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I see husky, shepherd, and collie. His coat is gorgeous.
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Old 01-27-2009, 12:31 PM
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I second Aussie X husky. I don't think he's got white shepherd in there, but the other guesses are good.
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What a cutie! I just love the patch over his one eye...like he he put eye liner around one eye but forgot the other

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Old 01-28-2009, 01:34 AM
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I can see border collie, husky & maybe kelpie. He's very cute. Borders are very smart & huskys can be stubborn.
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Old 02-01-2009, 08:11 PM
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One really interesting thing is that everyone who sees Tigh in person thinks he is part lab. But no one here has thought that he was a lab! I wonder why that is? Maybe his personality is very lab-like. The guesses I hear from people who see him in person are usually lab/shepherd or lab/JRT.
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Old 02-01-2009, 08:47 PM
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Tigh looks a lot like a dog that belongs to friends of mine, Winnie. They don't know what she is either though, so that's not much help!

Very cute
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