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Hello everyone, I am picking up a pup tomorrow and found this site. I lost my rescue pitbull back in March, so it has been an emotional journey for me. I use to be terrified of bully breeds honestly, until I rescued my Scarlet 6 years ago from a dog fighting ring. She helped me fall in love with bully breeds and I miss her everyday. I found this sweet girl and they say she is a pit mix, but she almost looks all Shepard. I can't dna test until or if I bring her home. I don't mind mixes and she is a doll. Does she look like a mix? I am wondering if she is going to have longer fur or short fur, it will be interesting. Here is picture of her. Thank you for allowing me to join this amazing community.
 

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Welcome to GoPitBull Styx1012! Sorry about your loss, I went through that a few weeks ago. It's part of pet ownership but always sad to lose one. Without knowing the pups lineage it is impossible to guess it's breed and even DNA testing isn't always that accurate. What you do have is a serious cute puppy. Happy that you found each other.
Once you get the pup home and settled I expect to see a lot more pictures of that beautiful girl. I wish you many happy years together. Any names picked out yet?

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If she is bully/shepherd, she'll be an adorable handful! I love mixed because no 2 are exactly alike. A DNA test would be fun but I'm not sure how accurate they are. The vets around me are saying the embark breed and health test is a good one to find out any specific genetic issues that have a possibility of arising down the line. She'll be gorgeous all grown up with that make-up

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If she is bully/shepherd, she'll be an adorable handful! I love mixed because no 2 are exactly alike. A DNA test would be fun but I'm not sure how accurate they are. The vets around me are saying the embark breed and health test is a good one to find out any specific genetic issues that have a possibility of arising down the line. She'll be gorgeous all grown up with that make-up

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I will second that Embarks health testing piece can be great data, but they aren't super rigorous regarding genetic markers for breeds and my personal opinion is that they use that more as a marketing tool to get people to spend money and essentially fund their research projects. I don't hold it against them, I just wouldn't trust the breed data. Plenty of folks around can tell you stories of littermates whose breeds come back different from each other. Bull breeds in particular are tricky and a lot of folks are discovering that nearly everything comes back American Bully these days. My dog was tested several years back before they added American Bully and so shows 3 breeds, but every close relative that pops up in recent years is designated an Ambully and like you see with Ambullies, it is a massive range of phenotypes that probably have a slew of completely different breeds in them (some more bulldoggy, some more mastiff type) and despite this they all are identifiably the "same breed" according to Embark. I have heard Wisdom is a bit more rigorous regarding breed, but with all these tests, their data is only as good as the initial data set used to define the genetic markers and so without an exhaustive collection of DNA for each breed, it should be taken with a grain of salt.
 
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