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How can I find out what breeds my German Shepherd is mixed with?

Q:

We adopted Tiki in Florida and she is now 5. We moved to Boston and are now moving back to Florida. We are finding it hard to find an apartment as her papers say she is a German shepherd mix. She has a lot of breeds in her, how can I find out if that is her primary breed as we adopted her from the rescue?

A:

There are dog DNA tests which supposedly tell the breed composition of a mixed breed dog, although I do not know how accurate these test are. Also, sometimes a veterinarian or other animal care professional will provide his/her opinion in writing. Additionally, a rescue may review its original breed designation stated in an adoption agreement and change the predominant breed indicated. Often when a dog matures it can be easier to provide a more accurate opinion. These opinions may indicate that the dog is not predominantly a breed that a landlord finds objectionable. It is really unfortunate that this process becomes necessary with some landlords since so many of the dogs on the typical ‘breed ban list’ are gentle and loving, including German Shepherds. I hope you find a pet friendly apartment.


Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott

 

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