Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday Fix - Breed Identification - Before and After (6/22/2012)

By Christy Hess

Poll Results from Last Week

Well the results are in (even thought the percentages are more than 100%) the overwhelming response is that people are looking for the puppy personality in photos. Yeah - those are my favorite puppy pictures!!!!

Thank you for voting.

Breed Identification

The other things that the photo is helpful in seeing is the breed. At Colorado Puppy Rescue (like other rescues and shelters) breeds and ages are our best guess based on coat, color, teeth, tail, size and feet. We use our many years of experience, books and the opinions other volunteers to help determine. Sometimes we just get it wrong or the puppy's look change drastically as they grow.

Here are some examples:
I still have no idea what Budja's breed is but what a great looking dog.
Look at how much the facial markings changed on Blake!
Spot's spots changed as well.
Koli's markings completely changed the spots on the face slid down to the back.
Tucker's mask disappeared.
Haz-Mat grew!
Sadie grew as well. I would say now that she is a Catahoula Leopard Dog.
Fritz lost that thick Chow Chow like coat!
I can't even venture a guess on Kiko - what is your best guess on breed?
Terrier of some kind? Grizzley is gorgeous!
The face on Melo really changed, almost makes me think Dane.
Be aware that even the color can change as puppies can grow. Bruce demonstrates a drastic change, but what a cutie!
I never never would have guessed looking at the puppy that Bubba was part terrier.
See all of our photo albums on Zenfolio!

If you have a before and after photo you would like to share with us - please send them to me at so I can get them posted.