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Caboose February 10th, 2011 09:32 PM

What do you see?
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Hi! We're new to the forum. Meet our puppy, Caboose! He's very charming and true to his age, has two modes: Full-Speed Ahead and Comatose. :D

I'm wondering what breeds you guys think went into this mix because everyone we meet seems to have a different opinion. One woman was adamant that there is Stafordshire Terrier somewhere in his parentage but I don't know... the head shape doesn't seem right to me. Of course, I'm no expert. Anyway, he is currently about 30lbs at 13 weeks old (born in early November). For the record, we were told that mom is an Australian Cattle dog (and two of his littermates did have the black/tan/white/eye patch colouring consistent with that breed) and dad is a mastiff. One WEIRD thing - he has webbing on his toes, which, as far as I know, isn't a trait of either of those breeds. :shrug:

Here are a few photos. Our son is 13 months old and about average height (approx 30"), so you can kind of use him as a frame of reference :laughing:.

Luvmypitgirls February 10th, 2011 09:56 PM

Well sorry I'm of no help cuz all I see is a big dose of ADORABLE!!:lovestruck:

sassylemon February 10th, 2011 10:08 PM

First of all, Caboose is adorable :)

The "webbed" paws, from what I understand come from labs. But futher investigation does not mean it has to be a lab.


Caboose February 10th, 2011 10:15 PM

Oh yeah, he's got adorable in spades... and he knows it! Good thing for us he's not our first dog or we'd be letting that face get away with too much. As it is, he's doing pretty well with training and we're working on socializing with both dogs and people, which will be easier once he gets his last set of boosters in a few weeks.

mastifflover February 11th, 2011 08:12 AM

[QUOTE=Luvmypitgirls;984755]Well sorry I'm of no help cuz all I see is a big dose of ADORABLE!!:lovestruck:[/QUOTE]

He is too cute.

catlover2 February 13th, 2011 02:07 PM

All I know he is going to be a BIG handsome boy. Look at the size of those paws!

chico2 February 13th, 2011 04:20 PM

Love his little wrinkly forehead,the 2 legged baby is adorable too:lovestruck:
I don't know much about dogs,but I really do not see any Staffie in him..

Dog Dancer February 14th, 2011 02:41 PM

The wrinkles and ears in the second shot made me think Shar Pei cross. He is gorgeous though whatever he is.

BenMax February 14th, 2011 02:51 PM

That is a pretty big puppy at 13 weeks and 30 lbs.
I see staffie X looking at him sideways. He definately has mastiff.
Hard to say as puppies features evolve. You may have a better idea when he grows out of his baby face.

Whatever his mix, he is absolutely gorgeous.:cloud9:

cell February 14th, 2011 03:54 PM

Definitely some mastiff in there, he looks like staffy from the face but that could simply be from mastiff too depending what the mix is. Webbing doesn't mean much in my opinion, my dachshund has webbed feet for what it is worth.
He is cute whatever the mix is, it will be interesting to see what he looks like full grown!

Caboose February 14th, 2011 07:41 PM

Thanks for the input! According to our vet, he may only be 60lbs or so full grown. I'm thinking closer to 80 but that might be wishful thinking. I love big dogs!

Floppy Dog February 15th, 2011 04:51 PM

Caboose is definitely going to be a big boy when he grows up! He's absolutely gorgeous.

As for webbed feet, they are generally the characteristic of water dogs, eg. Spaniels, Setters and Labs and generally go with bigger feet in proportion to body size. However, any breed can have webbed feet in individuals, even if it's not a general breed characteristic. As with humans, all it takes is for 2 recessive genes to combine.

catlover2 February 17th, 2011 12:57 PM

When he's all grown up, hope you'll post a photo. Sure would like to see how Caboose turns out. :dog:

MuskokaDogLover February 22nd, 2011 05:07 PM

Not tooooo good with dog names, but damn that is oneeeee cute pup you got there!!! I could eat him all up <3 <3

Lulu's Mom February 26th, 2011 04:47 PM

I see Mastiff and maybe Shar-Pei, but his head/face is too narrow for either of these breeds (not to mention no jowls), so there's definitely something else...

Maybe lab & Mastiff?

Hope to see more pics as he matures! He's definitely adorable :)

2Greatbulldogs June 17th, 2011 12:17 PM

Apparently you can get your dog's dna test done and learn every breed in your dog. I have no idea how you would know if this stuff is on the up and up. I am sure there are some fraudulant ones out there so look around. Here is one example : [url][/url] which is in Toronto I think. Would definately be interesting.

2Greatbulldogs June 17th, 2011 12:19 PM

I also see Staffordshire Terrier or American Bulldog Terrier.

Choochi June 17th, 2011 01:22 PM

For sure some type of Mastiff as a primary breed, because of how much taller his rear end is and the line of his back, also how his legs are angled. Secondary I would guess some type of pitty breed. Despite the wrinkles I don't see any shar pei at all, Mastiff pups look wrinkly just like that when they're young. I'm thinking pit partially because of the red colour (although it could come from a Mastiff, ie French) but also the snout, nose, and the way his eyes sit reminds me of a pitty.

Check out this wrinkly corso pup:

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