MaPaw Siberian Husky Rescue

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Guess the Breed

Okay Puppies, I have a challenge for you. You have all met Maverick through the last couple posts and seen some pictures of him. A couple puppies asked about his breed. Well, to be honest, I do not know his breed except that he is a mix. On Petfinder, people usually search for dogs by breed and we can match dogs with the right family more efficiently if we list the right breed. So now I am coming to you to tell me what breed Maverick is. I will include some clear pictures of him as I share his story so you can all take a good look.

Maverick came into the world as a result of an irresponsible owner allowing unneutered dogs to roam. That owner was a neighbor of Maverick's first papa, who helped find homes for the puppies, but kept Maverick for himself because he looked different from all his white, fluffy littermates. Maverick was a wonderful family dog for several years. He is an excellent listener, following all basic commands, and well-mannered in the house. Then the parents in his family divorced and the father moved to a new home. Not long after that the older child grew up and moved into his own home. As Maverick's family broke apart, he developed more and more severe anxiety. When the mom and younger child took Maverick to a new house, he became destructive in his anxiety. Thunderstorms terrified him. When left alone, he was destructive toward the door where he saw his papa leave and toward his papa's bed, shoes, and other things that smelled like him. Maverick's papa sought for help from his vet, but eventually he recognized that Maverick would only get worse as long as he continued to be left alone for long work days. He contacted MaPaw because he knew we could find Maverick a home where he would not be left alone and afraid.

Okay, now that you know his story, I will tell you a couple details that might help you select a mix of breeds. He likes to carry his toys and give them to Mama and Papa. He does not chew them or play with them, he just carries them with a soft mouth. He barks at noises outside the house and at other dogs when we are out for a walk as if he is guarding our pack.

Okay, take your guesses. I will consider all your breed suggestions and anything I hear from people who meet Maverick. Then we can update his Petfiner profile and find him the perfect home.


Blogger Holly said...

I'm thinking cross between Rottie, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog (or Bernese). Maybe some Lab, but not sure.


1:10:00 PM  
Blogger IndyPindy said...

My mom and I got to meet Maverick. I really wanted to play with him, but he was too shy. I play bowed him and talked to him, but he was too shy to play with me.

Mom said his semi curly tail and his build makes her think there is some Husky in him, and then his coloring makes her think GSD. But he has a very handsome face!

2:30:00 PM  
Blogger The Army of Four said...

I was going to say exactly what Holly said! Really! Or maybe instead of Rottie, German Shepherd? Something about his eyes and mask look GSD to me. They're just GORGEOUS, aren't they? So maybe I agree with both Holly and Indy!

3:57:00 PM  
Blogger Johann The Dog said...

I think some German Shep and rottie. What a cutie! - Johann

6:44:00 PM  
Blogger Guinness & Shiloh's Family said...

Swissie & GSD, cutie pie!

7:59:00 PM  
Blogger The Daily Echo said...

Mom says she sees Bernese and GSD. Petfinder and the rest of the venues only let her list 2 breeds.

5:10:00 PM  
Blogger -- The Mullin Clan's Mommy -- said...

Mommy says she can see Lab wif a mixture of German Shepherd in Maverick - a Heinz 57 mix. Anywoo, he looks like one nice & happy doggie no matter what his lineage may be.

10:54:00 AM  
Blogger Mud Monster & DWB said...

We both and our mom and dad met Maverick at the Hike N Howl too. And we all think the same as Indy. He has that small white tip on his tail that says husky but the GSD face and colorings.

Very handsome fella!!! I hope you find him a home soon!! Good luck Maverick!

6:04:00 PM  
Blogger Bama said...

Our mama's best friend has a 4-legged master named Sheba, and Maverick looks a lot like her. Mama's not sure but she thinks Sheba's breed is called a "pot-cake" and they come from some islands in the Carribean. Mama says she'll go through our gazillion pictures, she's sure she has one of Sheba, & when she finds it she'll email it to you. The only part we're not sure about is his size, Sheba is BIG, probably between 90-100 pounds. Anywoo, we'll send you what we find....

We're back, mom did a search and found this site, none of the pups on there look much like Maverick, but then a lot of them don't look much like each other, either...

Bama & the RHP

10:55:00 PM  

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