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Sorry if there is a better board to put this on... I might be blind but I figured here was as good a place as any.

We have a doggie here who is wondering what people think she is. I was told Chow mix, I do see a little Chow however what is the mix? Shes four years old, 21" tall not real big (Considering my other dog is a 100 pound White German Shepherd) Shes a bit thin yet (Just got her) so I think she'll look different a little more filled out but any guess? I have a guess but don't want to sway anyones opinion.






Also were are stuck on a name, Jesper (Love the name Jasper but shes a girl so... Jesper), Foxy (She looks like a fox!) Ginger (Her color)
Haven't thought of anything else thats really stuck....
 

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I think she's a Chow mix.
 

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Looks like maybe she could have some Akita in her. I do definately see Chow. She looks a lot like my friends dog who is an Akita Chow mix. She's very cute!
 

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Are her gums and tongue purple? That is a Chow trait and some mixes still have it. As for the cross, I don't know. In that last pic, her head/face look very pit bull to me. But I would be willing to bet money that she is at least half chow.
 

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I'd say Chow mixed with either Akita or Husky. I say Husky because she still has a huge coat like a Chow yet she seems lighter boned than a pure Chow or a Akita/Chow mix. Also I would think that if she were part Akita she'd be much bigger since Akitas are pretty large dogs. She also kinda has a Husky-ish head and smallish pointed ears like a Husky, Chows and Akitas both kinda have rounded ear tips. =)

But I dunno. I do however know that she is super cute! =D
 

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she is a spitz of some sort. Finnish spitz maybe???? What I am sure of is that she is super cute!
 

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I'd say Chow mixed with either Akita or Husky. I say Husky because she still has a huge coat like a Chow yet she seems lighter boned than a pure Chow or a Akita/Chow mix. Also I would think that if she were part Akita she'd be much bigger since Akitas are pretty large dogs. She also kinda has a Husky-ish head and smallish pointed ears like a Husky, Chows and Akitas both kinda have rounded ear tips. =)

But I dunno. I do however know that she is super cute! =D
Akitas aren't that big actually. Some of them can be I think but they can also be on the small side. And they have that finer bone structure. Mixed with a Chow she could get the size she has.
 

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I say Shiba Inu, or a cross.

They are a smaller version of the Akita, also from Japan (my grandma bred and showed Shibas for years, still owns a couple). The come in 3 AKC recognized colors: Black & Tan, Red, and Sesame. AKC lumps them into the nonsporting section in shows. The breed itself is several thousand years old, and was originally used in Japanese hunting. Packs could bring down animals as large as bears. They are runners, and love to be loose outside. Grandma describes them as being very catlike, as dogs go. Puppies ears flop down until they reach a certain age, and the tails can be either "sickle" (a single curve back over the back), or wound tight (Sis and I always called that "the donut butt" :D)




Counterclockwise: Dark red, sesame, black and tan.

I wish I had decent pics of Gram's girls from their show days...
 

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Shiba Inu/Chow seems possible actually. What a interesting combo for someone to cross.
Here are daylight photos, and next to our GSD.
I could see Finnish spitz or Healer/Cattle dog mixed with Chow also but she does seem like a little Akita.
She is for sure Chow x something as she has a blue spotted tongue & very strait back legs.



 

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Akitas aren't that big actually. Some of them can be I think but they can also be on the small side. And they have that finer bone structure. Mixed with a Chow she could get the size she has.
Actually Akita are large Heavier set dogs...originally bred to hunt bears,:wink:

I own an Akita. So know a bit about the breed.

This one looks like it could have some Akita blood, chow looks prominent as well. Any Spitz type dog really based upon her ears, shape of face, and how she holds her tail.
When dogs start crossing its hard to pull out breed based on size, as the genetics will become "washed" out, so must look more on the traits such as hair, eyes, ears, tail set etc.

Whatever she is...she is adorable :D
 

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i wouldnt say the dog is a chow mix because of the tongue. over 30 pure breeds of dogs have spotted tongues.

Airedale, Akita, Australian Cattle Dog, Austrailian Shepherd, Belgian Sheepdog, Belgian Tervuren, Belgian Malinois, Bichon Frise
Bouvier de Flandres, Bull Mastiff, Cairn Terrier, Chinese Shar-Pei, Collie, Cocker Spaniel, Dalmatian, Doberman Pinscher,
English Setter, Eurasier, Fila Brasileiro, Flat-coated Retriever, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Gordon Setter, Great Pyrenees,
Irish Setter, Kai Ken, Keeshond, Korean Jindo, Labrador Retriever, Mastiff, Mountain Cur, Newfoundland, Pomeranian,
Pug, Rhodesian Ridgeback Rottweiler, Shiba Inu, Siberian Husky, Tibetan Mastiff, Thai Ridgeback



these are all breeds that can have spotted tongues.

anyway, now that thats out of the way. its defiantely a spitz type breed. looks most like a Shiba Inu to me.
 

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Actually Akita are large Heavier set dogs...originally bred to hunt bears,:wink:

I own an Akita. So know a bit about the breed.

This one looks like it could have some Akita blood, chow looks prominent as well. Any Spitz type dog really based upon her ears, shape of face, and how she holds her tail.
When dogs start crossing its hard to pull out breed based on size, as the genetics will become "washed" out, so must look more on the traits such as hair, eyes, ears, tail set etc.

Whatever she is...she is adorable :D
I used to work at my vet's office and all the Akitas that came in were on the small side. I know they can be big, but with everything out there you can get variations in size. One of my neighbors also has one and he is on the small side as well.
 
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