Mixed-Breed Puppy Mystery

An animal shelter, a vet, and the breed expert weigh in on the heritage of a mixed-breed puppy.

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Q. I have a 5-month-old rescue puppy. The animal shelter thought he was part Bloodhound, but he does not have enough bone under him for that. A vet thought he was part Great Dane, but again, he is not going to be that large. One person said they thought he was a Plott Hound – and he does fit that description pretty well.

He has a brindle color with a black muzzle, and he already weighs about 32 pounds. I still think he is a mixture of possibly Greyhound and Boxer. He has dark reddish brown skin and I wondered if that narrowed down the possibilities of his heritage a bit. Is this dark skin common in dogs? None of the breeds that I have ever had before had dark skin. Thanks for your help with this matter and your love for dogs!

A. His head definitely gives him a houndier look which I why I think your guess of part Boxer and part Greyhound is plausible. Very handsome puppy! And yes, dark skin is quite common. Have fun with him!


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Vi   San Francisco, California

7/6/2014 2:37:56 PM

He's a catahoula leopard and plott hound mix. My little guy looked like that when he was 3 months old. So, I know pretty much this one is also.

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Francine   Bayshore, New York

12/26/2013 1:28:31 PM

Oh yes he looks like my plott hound. So sweet

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Karen   Knoxville, Tennessee

5/6/2013 4:51:14 PM

I have this dog.. grown now and the best dog I have ever had !! I love him so much. hes perfect.. he is a Plott Hound/Great Dane mix.. and hes the most gentle good natured dog ever ! everyone who meets him falls in love. We call him Frito. I would not trade him to anyone. My vet to my neighbors all love him. they do chew.. lol. but, somehow he knows whats his and what is not. he will only chew up his own things. so we have a constant delivery just about weekly from petco.com . so now even the UPS, Fed ex and our mail woman love him too. and unlike other dogs he loves them. he knows they are his friends.. they bring him boxes of toys !! he just hit 1 year old and weighs 79 lbs. my vet said to expect a little more growing. thats ok. just more to love.

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kim   franklin, Kentucky

2/1/2013 1:11:30 AM

I agree that he is probably lab mix with the plott. That is what I have. A boxer's nose is more pushed in/flat. He is absolutely adorable! I love our plott hound lab mix. They are great dogs!

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