I recently adopted a puppy from a rescue shelter, and the staff there told me she is a Doberman Pinscher mix. However, as she is growing up, I am starting to notice that she looks a lot like a Miniature Pinscher. I am a first-time dog owner and don't have much experience with different breeds, so I am having a hard time figuring out what breed she actually is. I have compared her pictures online, but I'm still not sure.
Is there any way to tell if my dog is a Doberman puppy or a Miniature Pinscher? Are there any distinguishing features that I should look out for? Any advice or guidance on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
I can empathise with your situation as I had a similar experience when I adopted my dog, who was meant to be a German Shepherd, but was much smaller, had pointy ears, and was a darker color.
From my experience, the best way to determine a dog's breed is through genetic testing. Such tests can accurately determine the genetic composition of your dog, including its breed or breed mix, so you can be certain of its actual breed.
If you're interested in understanding more about your dog's heritage beyond its breed, such tests also provide additional insights into potential health conditions, traits, and behaviours specific to its breed(s). Not only can this information be useful for your puppy's health but can also help you prepare better as an owner.
Genetic testing is something that you can discuss with your veterinarian or breeder, who can recommend tests available and explain their implications. This way, you'll have an accurate understanding and a more comprehensive picture of your puppy's genetic makeup.
Hope this helps, and good luck with your new pup!