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    Default Hi and Help!

    Hi folks,

    Several weeks ago we adopted a beautiful x breed from a local shelter, and we have had lots of opinions on what she is a mix of. I was hoping with a couple of pics you all might be able to help me decide, or moreso narrow it down? I do realise it can be fairly hard to pinpoint but a general consensus would be interesting!

    She's 21kg, 10 months old, hardly ever barks but when she does she sounds like a huge dog. Alot of folks ask if she's ridgeback, and she seems to have alot of those traits and definitely the colour, but no ridge at all on her back. She talks a fair bit too which we've been told is quite staffy....?

    Anyways, any input would be appreciated I've attached a few different angles as she can look quite different from one moment to the next.

    Cheers,
    Dianne - and Mulliah the wonder dog
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    My guess is definately Rhodesian Ridgeback(sp?)
    I'd actually almost say purebred, maybe not perfectly bred, but she looks just like it except she doesnt have a ridge. Hahaha. Im no expert but at 10 months old, is it possible the ridge will form?

    Look how alike they are!

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    Yep, I'd say there is absolutely some ridgy in there. I'm not sure if she's pure, but definately some in there.

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    DUh!

    Ridgie x
    Last edited by Occy; 06-17-2009 at 07:58 PM.

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    I'd say there was more Ridgeback than anything else in her. Lots of crossbred Ridgies and even some purebred ones don't have the distinctive ridge.

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    Ridgeback for sure, 3/4 maybe pure. Grown up with pure and cross bred ridgies, beautiful dogs. Even some purebred ridgebacks don't form a ridge and they may even be born without one, they never used to have them until it was bred in, apparently some experts say the ridge is a deformity in the breed, it used to be believed and may still be because a certain percentage ( not sure how much ) of ridged dogs have spinal bifida ( spelling ) but the ridge is now seen as the set standard, alot of breeders will cull ridgless but perfectly healthy puppies because they don't meet the cosmetic breed standard. Hope it helps.. maybe also go onto the dog breed information centre and read up on your breeds like ridgeback and maybe whatever else you think she may be, then try narrow it down by comparing her to the descriptions given, very helpful site.

    Mariah

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    She's beautiful!
    Yep! Ridgeback x for sure,
    Not pure though-her body is more solid
    My guess is Ridgeback x staffy
    Some of her features remind me of my Staffordshire.

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    Definetelly NOT a PB ridgeback, but is x ridge + something. I'd also say staffy, even lab.
    Some PB ridgebacks are borne with no ridge and are dennied to breed further.

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    Thanks for the replies, it seems we were on the right track as we thought ridgie cross, not purebred, and maybe some staffy. Her tempermant is so relaxed and gentle so we consider ourselves quite lucky.

    Whatever she's a mix of, we're just happy to have been able to help rehome an unwanted dog and have her join our family!

    Thanks again - appreciate the input

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    Well done! She's gorgeous!
    and sounds like she has the perfect parents

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