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Giant Schnauzer or Labradoodle, can you tell ?

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    Giant Schnauzer or Labradoodle, can you tell ?

    This poor dog has been at the dog pound here in Huntsville for almost 2 months, and no one has adopted her. They think that she is either a giant schnauzer or a labradoodle. I know that you have had both, Alpha1, IMG_0668.JPG and wondered which one you think that she is ? I am going to see about taking her in as a foster, and adopt her if she gets along with Chipper and Tootsie. I know that this is not the best picture; but it is what was posted on our lost/found dog group on Facebook.
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    doesn't look like a schnauzer to me. Or a labradoodle, or maybe something else mixed with either? Who knows, it needs a home and doesn't know or care what it is.
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    I have talked with the people at the shelter, and I am not sure whether I can take her or not. Apparently, she has some sort of back injury, and doesn't walk too well. They asked me if I can lift 65 lbs, and I know that I can't lift that much any more.
    On Monday I will talk with the lady again, and maybe go to the shelter if she thinks that this dog can walk enough to get in and out of our house.
    We have a ramp that my husband built in case I needed a wheelchair ramp; so she would not have to go up and down steps, and the yard is flat.
    It doesn't matter to me which kind of dog she is, Linda; but I know that Alpha1 used to have a giant schnauzer, and now I think she has a labradoodle, and I thought she might be able to tell what breed this dog is closest to. I know that sometimes, they are just making guesses at the shelter.
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    Happyflowerlady, it's really hard to tell by that photo, I see a little beard going on there and some wavy coat, so it might be a mix of a black Giant or Standard Schnauzer maybe mixed with Labradoodle or something else. Would make a better guess if I could see a different angle.

    I've had Standard Schnauzers which were less than 50 pounds, but my last one Hans was in the high 60s when he passed. He had issues with arthritis and toward the end I was having to lift his hindquarters into our jeep to take him for walks in the park, it wasn't easy on my back, that's for sure. I bought a ramp for him to get into our camper for what would be his last camping trip with us, but he never made it, we still have the ramp in the garage.

    There's a lot of "doodle" mixes out there, I see many at the park, most are large dogs some mixed with Bernese Mountain Dogs, that white paw reminded me of that. Labradoodles can get very big, mine is an Australian Labradoodle, and he's medium size not 'standard', so he's pretty much a 35 pounder.

    I think it's great that you're willing to take her in, and I hope she does get along with your dogs and doesn't have too severe of a back injury. Sorry I can't be of too much help with the breed, but please keep us posted and share another photo if you can....good luck, and good to see you again!

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    I just got another message from the lady that works/volunteers (not sure which) at the shelter. She said she is pretty sure they have found a home for the big dog, and it would be a place where they can lift her if need be; so that seems like a good thing, and I am happy that she will have a home again and not have to stay at the shelter, or be put to sleep.
    They also have a smaller, older grey Schnauzer that looks like she needs some love and care, and she would be a small enough dog that I could pick her up if necessary.
    I would be able to take her as a foster, and then if it seems like she does okay with Chipper and Tootsie, we could adopt her.
    Here is the poor little Schnauzer girl.
    I think that she might fit in fine with my other dogs.
    Chipper is 15+ years old now, and is mostly blind and deaf. Tootsie is about 5-6, and she is his "escort dog", and she leads Chipper around the yard when he goes out to do his chores, so he can follow her back to the house afterwards, and not get lost out in the back yard.
    If I get a rescue dog, it needs to be older and gentle enough that she won't hurt Chipper. And they seem to have more trouble adopting out the older ones, besides.
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    This is truly wonderful that you are trying to help get these dogs adopted. Coming here to this forum is a good idea. Unfortunately I have 10 indoor only cats and wouldn't be able to adopt a dog (or 2) at this point in my life. Believe me I love dogs and the breed never mattered to me either as I've mostly had mutts whom I adored. I always go for an older animal and want to make sure they have a good life in their golden years. I hope all shelter animals can get a warm, loving home
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    Glad to hear the larger dog was able to go to a good home, that's a long time to be locked up in a shelter, but I guess sometimes that's better than the neglected abusive lives they had before the shelter. That's a sweet little Schnauzer girl there who looks in desperate need of some love and attention. Glad you're willing to open your home (and your heart) to her, even if it's on a temporary basis if she doesn't get along well with your dogs. Good luck with her, and please keep us updated.....we loooove happy endings here!

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