I have officially seen the puppy - and have no clue what either of them were thinking. Hubby swears he told me the dogs face was black (and I swear I heard him say the dog was black) - either way, I can give you a first hand experience of the puppy.
As far as what it is - I am clueless. The face is black and so are the tips of the ears, feet, and top side of the tail. The rest of the puppy is kind of a fawn/brindle/beige with a few small white spots such as on the chin and belly. His face has small wrinkles in it similar to a bloodhound or sharpei.
The puppy could definitely pass as having lab in him - but I have no clue what else. I can see why me ex said it was a Boxer mix - because I can definitely see Boxer in him, but then again, his tail is kind of fuzzy so I can see where the couple said he was a husky mix. Color wise - he does not resemble a husky at all to me. He honestly is marked very similar to a Boxer with the body of a lab and face of a Bloodhound.....lol (not the droopy jaws though).
I've heard that if you don't KNOW what a puppy is mixed with there is no sense in guessing because there really is no way to tell. Hope that s not the case...lol
We had the pup here Sat. evening and Sunday. Things went well in the house and although Piper didn't seem overly enthused, he did respond in a positive way to the puppy. Piper has laid down ever since he has been inside (for days now). When sniffing the puppy, he actually got up and walked around a little. The puppy is not yippy or overly active (yet...lol) and my DH had just fallen in love.
I have agreed to the puppy on a trial basis. My son will recieve him Christmas morning and I will explain to him that the puppy must be trained properly, go to obedience school, etc. and that if these things do not happen, or other things do not work out - we'll have to find the puppy a new home. My DH has always trained our other dogs himself, so I don't foresee a problem here other than possible temperament issues because we don't know what the pup is.
I guess this is one of those situations where, as a mom and wife, you have to put your own feelings aside - if you're a mother/wife, you know what I'm talking about. Sometimes we find happiness in seeing our family happy - and thats what I see here.
Someone mentioned pitt - it very well could be. I seen my first pitt puppies over the weekend and I can see where this could be a possibility. Amazingly, to me, pitt puppies look nothing like the adult pitts - their eyes are not as small or something.
Sorry I couldn't get a pic up on Dogster - my camers decided to breath its last breath right at the wrong moment. Hopefully, after Christmas we'll get one up.
I can't wait to see what you all think about this puppy and what he may be mixed with.
EDIT: I guess my ex ended up feeling bad - so he agreed pay for the dog getting neutered and he is going to send my son $10 a month for 'puppy care'. I didn't ask him for this - he just offered. Even though $10/month wont cover the costs, it's a way that our son can begin to learn what is needed to care for a puppy.
***Edited By: Ansy1 on 12/20/2004 12:40:20 PM*** Reason: .
Well Ansy, it sounds like you are making good and thought out decisions. I think that Piper getting up to sniff the puppy is a wonderful sign. Maybe it's just what he needs to bring him out of his "funk". Good luck in the next few days. How are you going to hide the puppy from your son until Christmas Day or are you going to give it to him early?
I agree that Piper sniffing the pup is a good thing, it sounds like Piper was always the follower and now that there is something smaller and more vulnerable then him, maybe he will take on a leader role? I have to laugh because up until poms all of my dogs were 'given' to us, most of the time we had no clue what they were, breed wise. You know as well as anyone that a dog shouldn't be judged by it's breed(or not breed! lol!) Try to judge the pup mostly on it's own personality rather then what some of it's possible breeds characteristics are. Sounds to me like you didn't stand a chance against that pup though!
I suggested it would be a pitbull. The shelters in CA are just full of them, and they call them Lab mixes if they are yellow or black (who can blame them, they want to get the animals adopted). So whenever somthing is called a Lab mix, I tend to think Pitbull. Sounds like you have the situation well in hand. So sorry about the other Lab, that really ticked me off. I'm extremely mistrusting of vets and have seen some real poor work coming from some of them. I'm glad your other dog is starting to respond. They do have rather short memories, sometimes and a warm house can be a pretty juicy incentive once they figure out how great it is. If the spots are round like a Dalmation, it could also be Akita.
Sounds like you have made some wonderful decisions. I'm very glad that your ex decided on his own to send money for puppy care. What a great idea!! And good one on the trial basis thing. You know things work out in mysterious ways.....
Well sounds like it is safe to rule out poodle, chihuahua, old english sheepdog, and corgi well only about a zillion more breeds to go through LOL. Sounds very cute though, I hope this "surprise" puppy works out well.