Last week my husband found a stray dog on the highway (at 3 in the morning) and we’re trying to figure out what breed she is. By doing a little research on AKC and other breed sites, I decided she sounded very much like a Black Russian Terrier. She is longer than she is tall, she all black with a few grey hairs, she has a wooly undercoat and curly/wavy hair. She also has thick hair on the bottoms of her feet between the pads and hair in her ears. She does not have the facial “mane” but it looks as though she was groomed at some point in the past and they could have been removed.
I was set to call her a BRT, but a friend of my m other-in-law’s that works for my local animal control said she looks like she might be a Labradoodle too. She does seem to have good retrieving instincts, and since Labradoodles are not standardized, it’s harder to say that she’s definitely not one of them.
I’m looking for someone experienced with both or either breed to help give me some insight and characteristics or traits to look for. I would guess that she’s about 9 months old based on how she acts, but I’m not an expert.
For those of you that might be concerned, yes I took steps to try to find her owner. I posted several ads and flyers and called animal control, my local human society, and the SPCA. She has a vet appointment Friday, because that was the earliest one I could get. Yes, I know what I’m getting into. My mother used to breed Irish Setters when I was a kid, so I know about high energy crazy dogs. I also own a dog already, so we do have the food, etc. that we need.
BTW, I have been looking into it, and I have not been able to find any BRT breeders within 200 miles of me. There is, however, a pet store in the mall that will order for you and sell you any breed you want. (it’s a horrible place, but I won’t get into that) I’ve seen Shiba Inu’s, Labradoodles, and other breeds, so it’s possible someone bought her from there.
I hate the practice of back yard breeding and puppy mills and designer breeds, but I think we should destinguish between lab/poodle mixes and labradoodles. A lab/poodle mix is bred from a lab and a poodle (an F1 generation pup), while a labradoodle is bred from two lab/poodle mixes (an F2 gernaeration pup). Although there is no standard, the F2’s have much more predictable traits than the F1’s. A lab/poodle might be an accident, but a labradoodle implies intention in the breeding.