Scout: What Are You?

When I took Scout for her first vet visit, I filled out her new patient paperwork and listed her breed as “Little Brown Dog”.  The lady behind the desk seemed unsatisfied with this and stuck her head out to see if she could come up with something more definitive.  Ultimately, she entered Scout in the computer as “Mixed”.

We’ve had several suggestions from people on possible breeds in Scout’s family tree:  Lab, Beagle, Pitbull…  And as I mentioned previously, her behavior is much like a herding dog.

I won’t be paying for any DNA tests to get any official answers but if you’d like to toss your hat in the ring for what mix of breeds Scout might be, please feel welcome.  I’d love to hear your ideas.  I took some photos of her playing in the yard today and put them on Flickr.  They may be useful in gauging size. (She weighed 34 pounds at the vet’s office this week.)

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  1. You could call her a kelpie or maybe a “melanistic Carolina Dog”.

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  2. JenniferJ

     /  September 4, 2010

    Don’t know if you have much in the way of german shorthairs in your area, but they were very popular where I grew up. Bred with a short coated solid dog, the results often were a very dark brown.

    I could see kelpie or lab or pit being in there pretty reasonably

    She looks few generations away from anything easily identifiable.

    To borrow from the cat world, she’a an an american shorthair, and very cute.

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  3. She doesn’t look much like my kelpie. Or sound nearly as spastically reactive and high energy (thank doG). Scout reminds me a bit of some of the lab / English shepherd mixes I’ve seen. She even has Audie’s ears.

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  4. I know your pain. I put “hound mix” for Oliver at his first vet visit, and when I read the paperwork, the woman at the desk had entered “Basset Hound.” Huh? Hardly.

    I’ll need more pictures to nail this one down, unless we go for the all-inclusive and ever handy “Lab mix.”

    Nah. Too easy.

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  5. Tail points to Lab ancestry somewhere.

    I can see shepherd and pit there, too.

    She’s a dog. Medium dog.

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  6. Clarice

     /  September 4, 2010

    Plott Hound because of the ears and the pups coat colors. On petfinder, there are Plott Hound mixes with similar ears.

    It is wonderful to see photos of Scout enjoying her toys and her life. She is a lovely lady, regardless of what breed she is.

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  7. kelpie/staff mix?

    i didn’t see bully breed in her face before this set of pics.

    she looks SO happy :)

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  8. #1) HAPPY!!!

    #2) lab mix.
    #3) just what you were looking for?

    I’m actually more in favor of the Little Brown Dog label…the receptionist at your vet clinic perhaps prefers mixed messages.

    Thank you so much for sharing her with us.

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  9. Thanks for all the guesses. Some friends on Twitter have weighed in as well: Carolina Cur Dog, Pitbull, Chow, Lab, Heeler and German Shepherd.

    I suppose I’ll stick with LBD for now.

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