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Old 10-16-2012, 10:17 PM   #1
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So my wife just found these 2 puppies walking in the road today about 1/4 of a mile from our house. She searched for 2 hours for someone driving in the area looking for lost dogs, she went to the local convenient store and left phone number with store owner. We are not planning on keeping them but if no one comes for them they are more than welcome in our family. The only thing is I have a 4 and 5 year old so if they are a large breed than I have to take into consideration the safety of my kids of course. They are awesome little puppies I just can not tell what breed they are! Kinda look like some kind of pitbull but also resembles a chihuahua/jack russell? As you can tell I am way in left field with my guesstimates so hoping I could find some help here.




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Old 10-16-2012, 10:53 PM   #2
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dstoler, Welcome to the Forum! What cute pups, and kudos to you for taking them in. I do not see any pit at all, but I sure do see chihuahua. I'm not sure I see any Jack Russell either. It will be interesting to see what other members think. Again, welcome!!!

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Old 10-17-2012, 08:42 AM   #3
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Hi dstoler and aboard to Df thank you for not abandoning these beautiful pups ( It's beats me why people just dump them like rubbish )
While I understand your concerns of your childrens safety for a 4 and 5 year old I doubt they will suddenly start attacking your children! So long as the childeren are taught how to respect and treat a dog with kindness I can't see anything going wrong Now you will need to get them to a vets for a health check up and rough estimate of age. Be sure to make sure they have had thier vaccinations and are de fleaed and de wormed etc. Also ask your vet if they will check if the pups are micro chipped he/she can scan for a micro chip! Puppies don't stay puppies for long so be sure to start training them for all sorts of things including your house rules dogs need guidance and boundaries and you can srat training them now Good manners are essential so you end up with well balanced, socialised happy family dogs. Personaly i have taught my dog to sit/lie down/stay Leave it ( this is one of my life saving commands!) Shake paws left/right Potty training is essential and also must be taught if you want to keep your house clean. Don't mean to put you off but puppies are hard work so if this hard work is put in the results will be great I can assure you of this! My Nipper is now 5 years old and she was bought as a 8 week old pup so I have had my ups and downs and stuck with it and have a lovely behaved/socialised adult dog! You too can have the same! Good luck and please keep us updated on thier progress BTW I can't help you on what breed they are! Good luck!
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cute puppies! Looks like a little fawn!
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At this point they look like they have chi in them.
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I bet they are mixed. If the mother was a chi then maybe they won't grow too large.
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Possibly chi, but idk, they look a little large for that to be a dominant breed in the mix. I have an adult what I believe is a chi/min pin mix, and that puppy's feet look about twice as big as hers and she's close to 20 pounds, which is on the large side for a chi.

Puppies can be hard to ID because they're still growing and developing the features that they will have as an adult. You may just have a genuine Heinz 57 and there will be no telling. Either way, they are cute and I wouldn't bank on them getting more than 30 pounds or so.
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So my wife just found these 2 puppies walking in the road today about 1/4 of a mile from our house. She searched for 2 hours for someone driving in the area looking for lost dogs, she went to the local convenient store and left phone number with store owner. We are not planning on keeping them but if no one comes for them they are more than welcome in our family. The only thing is I have a 4 and 5 year old so if they are a large breed than I have to take into consideration the safety of my kids of course. They are awesome little puppies I just can not tell what breed they are! Kinda look like some kind of pitbull but also resembles a chihuahua/jack russell? As you can tell I am way in left field with my guesstimates so hoping I could find some help here.
They sure are cute whatever they are!! I see only smaller dog characteristics none of the big feet that you'd see in a larger breed pup.

Something you said (I've bolded it) caught my attention though.

When it comes to safety of small children, size of the dog doesn't matter one little iota. Some of the largest breeds of dogs are the absolute gentlest ones to have around small children.

How the dog is trained and how the children are trained to behave around the dog matters way more than the breed or the size.

My kids were raised around herding dogs (collies), babysat by friends Dobermans and played with Great Danes.

As a matter of fact, some of the 'most frequent dog bite' lists will have the smaller breeds near the top of the list. It's because owners and the kids don't think about treating the dogs with the same wisdom and respect that they would larger dogs.

Oh, and if you do decide to think about keeping the pups, you will want to seriously consider the wisdom of keeping a pair of littermates. I've never done it, but the majority and the experts will tell you that keeping both of the pups will entail some special handling to raise them to be good canine citizens - much like raising twins or triplets, multiple pups the same age bring with them a whole host of different challenges.

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Hi, First things first. Have you looked at your local shelter for anyone missing puppies? If you do plan on keeping them just remember how difficult it was with your children about 2 yrs. old. Training is a must if you do not feel confident in doinguyen tthis yourself please please find a good positive reinforcement trainer. They have very blue eyes and slightly floppy ears so they could be a Australian shepherd mix. I don' t see chi in these pictures but without seeing them in person it is always questionable. Your vet can probably give you a better idea. Puppies are a lot of work! I have been a trainer for over 10 yrs and just remember what is cute at 6 weeks and 6 lbs is not cute at 60 lbs and a year old. Make sure you socialize them A LOT! The biggest reason people relinquish dogs is they don't get along wjth other dogs or people. Kids no matter what age should never be left un supervised with any dog. Hope this helps!

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Hi, First things first. Have you looked at your local shelter for anyone missing puppies? If you do plan on keeping them just remember how difficult it was with your children about 2 yrs. old. Training is a must if you do not feel confident in doinguyen tthis yourself please please find a good positive reinforcement trainer. They have very blue eyes and slightly floppy ears so they could be a Australian shepherd mix. I don' t see chi in these pictures but without seeing them in person it is always questionable. Your vet can probably give you a better idea. Puppies are a lot of work! I have been a trainer for over 10 yrs and just remember what is cute at 6 weeks and 6 lbs is not cute at 60 lbs and a year old. Make sure you socialize them A LOT! The biggest reason people relinquish dogs is they don't get along wjth other dogs or people. Kids no matter what age should never be left un supervised with any dog. Hope this helps!
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I see some strong resemblance of husky in them

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