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This big German Shepherd mix has a real presence with his tiger stripes and all. When he first goes outside, he's quite excited but after a few minutes, he settles down and there's a quiet, polite demeanor about him which makes him seem contemplative. He's like a poet who gets mistaken for a bouncer.

For adoption information on this dog and other dogs (and cats and other animals), please visit Toronto Animal Services.

6 Comments to “Hank - German Shepherd mix”

  1. rika says:

    Love him. So much dignity and kindness in his eyes. I wonder what happened to him - was he surrendered?

  2. Fred says:

    He was probably either a surrender or a transfer since I don't recall him being listed in the lost section.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I noticed he's not on the website yet - do you happen to know the approximate age of this beautiful guy?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone know what his real mix is?

  5. Fred says:

    Anon, it's a mystery. He's been adopted, though, so maybe his owners will do a DNA test at some point and find out. My guess is GSD/Mastiff.

  6. Unknown says:

    GSD/Mastiff FOR sure I have a dog SAME everything markings. I have Never seen another dog with these Identical markings. The GSD side of him is bouncy trotty and fun. He would never jump up. The face and the face and lips? really make me think Mastiff. When we adopted our Feryn He was said to be a GSD x Rott. We are not so sure. Hard to tell with all the black and tan going on but shape is what we were thinking. A rotts body is very stocky and it could be he is a cross with one but remained lanky like a GSD. Genes in animals and humans are SO SO confusing.
    Here is my Feryn with computer and photo of Hank.
    He really looks like a younger of my dog. My dog is from eastern canada Newfoundland S.P.C.A.

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