Identifying Breeds in Mixed Breed Dogs


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You own a beautiful dog and know that your animal is a "blend" or as they said during olden times, a mutt. You are more than a little curious to know about your dog's ancestry and the genetic makeup of the animal. To find out, it is vital to observe a dog's muzzle shape, type of ear, the pattern and color of the coat, style of the tail, and the body type. Behavior is also important.

Physical traits

To know where your dog came from, begin by documenting the canine's observable physical traits. You can start an internet search only after you compiled the list. Think of this activity as an investigation.

The muzzle shape of your dog is essential. Canine head shapes come in three kinds: the brachycephalics are the shortest, and dolichocephalics are the longest. Pugs are, and Labrador Retriever type is mesocephalics or the middle ones. Collies are dolichocephalics or have the longest muzzles. The style of tail is also important. The thickness, shape, and length of your dog's tail provides substantial information concerning its lineage. A few dogs like English Pointers, Dobermans, and Boxers have tails docked during their puppy years. A few dogs breeds have a genetic mutation of bobtail. Such kinds include Jack Russell Terrier, Australian Shepherd, and the Brittany Spaniel. The dog breeds which naturally possess bobtails include Rottweilers, Boston Terriers, King Charles Spaniels, and English Bulldogs. A ringtail is a full trail and could arch over the dog's back. The sickle tail could do the same but always points toward the head. A screw tail looks like a corkscrew, and the otter tail looks like the tail of the otter animal. These otter tails are found in dogs which love to frolic in the water, like Labrador Retrievers. In contrast, a whiptail os straight, long, and thin.

Ears and coat

Dog ears come in different types. The common ear shapes are pricked, cropped, round, pendant, V-shaped, and semi-pricked or cocked. Only the cropped variety is the artificial one in this list. These ears are a result of surgery. The type of coat your dog has is also essential to identify its genetic ancestry. Short haired dogs have smooth fur lying close to the body. The medium layers are an inch in length and need some amount of moderate grooming to stop matting and prevent tangles. The long coated dogs frequently have fur or hair which hangs to the floor and need proper grooming as daily care and maintenance. The wire coated canines feel bristly when touched, and soft singlets are present in curly coated dogs. When it comes to coating color, solid dominates, patterns can be a few, like bicolor, tricolor, and saddle pattern, among others.

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