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Old 12-14-2012, 07:42 AM
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Is Isla a cross ?

Poor Isla has a limp so I had to take her to the vets yesterday.
Hopefully it's just a strain.

The entire time the vet refered to her as a Lab. In Isla's entire life I think she's been recognised as a golden once. I asked the vet why she doesn't look like a golden retriever and the vet reckons shes a golden x labrador.

I have kennel club papers that state Isla is golden retriever, however her mum looked very lab like (in fact the owner commented when he got her he called the guy back thinking he'd been cheated). The parents both has kennel club papers.

Even i'll admit (although I hate to do it), that she does sometimes look like a labrador but I think she has golden features. She has really short hair - but a little fluffy on her legs, tail and chest but no where near the lengh of other puppies on here.

Don't get me wrong, she could be part donkey and i'd still love her to pieces.

I am sick of saying to people "actually, she's not a labrador she's a golden retriever". Now i'm just not sure!

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Old 12-14-2012, 07:50 AM
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I'm not seeing much golden there. I see many features of the Labrador. I think she is a definite cross or the result of very poor and indiscriminate breeding. She is beautiful nonetheless!! It sounds like the breeder shouldn't have been breeding but that's besides the point. She is a cutie and fills you with joy.


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Well, her coat definitely doesn't look typical for a Golden, and it sounds like the breeder didn't 100% have his act together, but at this point, who cares? She's clearly a lovely girl, and you're clearly smitten with her, and that's what matters.
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I'm not seeing much golden there. I see many features of the Labrador. I think she is a definite cross or the result of very poor and indiscriminate breeding. She is beautiful nonetheless!! It sounds like the breeder shouldn't have been breeding but that's besides the point. She is a cutie and fills you with joy.
Apparently you and I are on precisely the same wavelength this morning...those were oddly similar posts we just wrote.
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The guy I got her from was not a breeder as such. He owned the mum, his mother in law owned the dad (who was definately a golden retreiver - saw him when I collected her) and he said it was a one off breeding as his mother in law wanted a puppy.
Actually the two boys were fairly fluffy, the girls not.

Maybe i'll never know.
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If it bothers you or you just want to know I would check into a DNA test. With the short hair she does look like a lab.
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I see mostly lab. on your prettygirl.
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I see a lot of lab in her. Actually, that's one of my favorite mixes in dog breeds, a lab and a golden. The black dog in my signature had a golden retriever mom, the owner of the mom had no clue who the father(s) of the litter might be. I am guessing lab since she looks mostly lab.

Your girl is beautiful and loved by you and that's what matters most.
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:09 AM
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Why don't you have DNA testing done, then you would know. She's a beautiful dog no matter what her breed actually is. Having a companions that brightens our day is what counts.

Years ago (70s) a friend of my brother's had a litter of Huskies that neded a home, when we came home for the holidays, my brother gave one to me. When I took her to the vet & said Huskie, the vet tech burst out laughing. I didn't know what a Huskie pup looked like. Nikki turned out to be the best dog, she moved all over the US & Europe with us (DH was USAF) had long stays in kennels never missing a beat. She was one of those dogs that never need a fence because she always stayed in her yard. When our DD was born, she easily accepted her and a kitten. We never did figure out what her real breed was though but it would have been fun to know.
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Actually my vet told me they are breeding goldens x labs for guide dogs now because theyre meant to be easier to train . . .
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