Ray was listed at our Humane Society as a German Shepherd/Lab Retriever X. He clearly had a German Shepherd component and, given his head, ears and body line, a Lab Retriever could be seen as a logical addition for the end result.
After Ray had moved in with us, and the work started, Carol wanted to research his mix in more detail. The logic was quite simple. If we knew what breeds were involved, we would have a better chance of understanding him and anticipating certain potential traits.
The first revelation was that his “non-German Shepherd” head, ears and face, were closer to an Anatolian Shepherd than a Lab Retriever!
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Researching the Anatolian Shepherd further was giving cause for concern because, not only can they grow to 140-150lbs, but they were also bred to chase off large wild cats such as Cheetahs.
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Many an evening was spent just looking at our sleeping Ray, and wondering just what on earth we had adopted!
Later, as many of you know, we had an opportunity to have his DNA tested, which would take all the guesswork out of the issue. You can probably imagine our sigh of relief when his results showed his primary breed as German Shepherd, with his secondary breed Rottweiler!
In hindsight, what Anatolian Shepherd would know what to do with a Starbucks cup? We were getting concerned over nothing really!