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    Question What breeds are in my dog?

    Hi everyone,
    Picked up this little dude yesterday from a rescue centre. His name is Lenny
    The centre has listed him as a Cattle Dog X. I think there might be some Greyhound in there too? His coat is fairly thick. Any ideas what breeds he has?
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    Welcome to the forum wKristen

    I love playing guess the breed...

    thick coat - a cattle dog could do that. I've been brushing my dog out the back because it's shedding season and it looks like I killed a cat or something and my dog has a short coat for a cattle dog.

    Your dog looks like a proper bitsa.

    so the red spots could be cattle dog, but also English Pointer. The white - could be a staffy type Amstaff or even white boxer tho the nose doesn't look at all boxer.

    Could be a bit greyhound, but also any of the hunting dog mixes like bull arab - where they're trying to combine the speed of a greyhound with the sturdiness of an Amstaff or Mastiff... and a bunch of other breeds.

    Would help to know if he herds you, or if he likes to "go sniff" or is independent minded, or likes to be close to you all the time... a bit about his character I guess.

    He looks like he could do with some care and love... Please don't leave the chain collar on him - there is a risk it could get tangled and choke him if you leave him in it unattended.

    The Pet Professional Guild - The Use of Choke and Prong Collars

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    yeah going with cattleXgreyhoundXbull breed, very common in oz.

    nice pooch, thank you so much for rescuing him, you are awesome, sigh.

    many happy days together, any plans on what you will do, pal, sport??

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    Hyacinth, he is indeed shedding a lot also. The backseat of my car is covered in his fur. His head definitely looks like it's from a hound breed. I've a friend who has a Staghound X Great Dane and the head looks the same as Lenny's. His sister has markings like a Bull Arab that I wouldn't see in many other breeds, brindle patches on the sides of her head with a white line going up the centre. She is also spotty, but with brown spots, not red. He's a pretty quiet dog. I've only heard him bark at ducks/chickens. He sniffs anything he walks past. He's good with other dogs (as he was surrounded by them at the centre), but new people, not so much. He's fine with me, but when introducing him to new people or even meeting with people he's seen before, he gets shy around them and very wary at first. Definitely not like the Staffy I used to have. The chain collar is only temporary as it was an easy slip over his head to get him from A to B and also because I wasn't sure on his neck measurement. I bought a normal collar today.

    muttboy, I'm thinking that too. I've seen photos of his other litter mates and they look like they have a bit of bully in them. He and his sister look completely different to others marking wise though. The others were mostly tan with white socks and muzzles with the line up the centre of the face. Poor bugger is so unsure of most things. Always has his tail between his legs until he feels comfortable with his surroundings or after meeting new people. He pretty much grew up at the centre for the most of his life so far. He's 9 months now. Everything is so new to him. Every noise, every thing. I'm thinking of taking him to a dog school to socialise him and get him to learn a few manners. But only early days at the moment, time will tell. He's not allowed to do any, or much, running. He apparently has a hip problem, like hip dysplasia. But just seeing him and you'd think there's nothing wrong with him, he jumps up and trots just fine - his sister on the other hand, she walks like her back legs are bow-legged. I'm ok with the no running thing, I don't run myself. Just looking for a laid back pooch, and that's pretty much what he is.

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    well wow, looks like he could have lotsa things in him, but he sure is pretty hope he has a long and happy life with you

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    You could likely call him a Bull Arab as there is some Pointer/Bully/Greyhound = Nose/Tenacity/Speed.
    A lovely dog with a sweet face.
    Good on you for giving a shelter dog another chance.

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    Good on you for giving a shelter dog another chance.
    Just an aside query for everyone: Any idea why he's so wary and scared of people, seemingly, men? For eg. he's met my partner many times yet still acts like he's terrified of him. My partner is typically 'dog's best friend' with ANY dog, but with Lenny, he's the opposite. He doesn't even feel comfortable around Lenny, feels like 'there's something about him' he doesn't like. When it's just Lenny, the cat, and I, Lenny is fine, just like a dog comfortable with where he is, but around my partner, or anybody else, he's super cautious. I feel as though I'm failing and it's only day one. At the rescue centre, he was with many dogs, and the people who work there are mostly 80% female, the rest male (maybe that's why?). Aside from this fact, he is generally cautious with any person apart from myself. Also, I think he and his litter mates were brought in to the centre as fairly young pups.
    Perhaps doggy school is the way to go? I've found one in my area, $80 in total for one day a week for 4 weeks.

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    As you said its only day one.
    Its great that Lenny is fine with the cat, I feel its a good sign of a calm/tolerant dog.

    I'm sorry your partner does not feel comfortable with Lenny but if its any consolation
    I was read the "riot act" every time I was sprung smuggling another foster dog into the
    house, but he grew to love all of them (except one who was a chook killer).

    We had an old foster dog who cowered at any sudden movement. It took a month or more
    before he realised that he was safe with us. I hope it works out for you.
    Do you have a two week trial?

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    He sure is a gorgeous boy! I love his markings and agree about the head. Looks a bit Lab to me too.

    As for being shy, just give him time. Our rescue dog was very much in love with OH from the beginning - but she wasn't so sure about me. She needed about 6 months until she started to trust me and it was only then that she stopped cowering every time I raised my voice or said 'no'. It was mutual. I wasn't so sure about her either and there were many moments when I questioned if taking her on was a good idea. I just didn't get her, not her body language or her personality and we probably picked up on each others feelings. So we may have had a rather slow start - but now we're good

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    If he's 9 months old roughly, he will be just starting into what's called "the second fear period" of puppy development.
    Puppy Development Schedule | Steve Courtney Dog Training

    And he's just gone to a new home. So he will be really anxious and unsure about everything.

    I wouldn't be pushing lots of new experiences at him until he's more comfortable in your home and with you.
    Socialisation? What is it exactly? | Steve Courtney Dog Training

    And if you can find a dog club or people that will talk you through LAT (Look at That) training from the book "control Unleashed" byLeslie McDevitt, that will help him have more positive happy associations with what's new around him.
    Leslie McDevitt: Control Unleashed®, The Book

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