A lot of people look for dogs online. Whether you are looking for a rescue pooch or in the market to buy a specially bred dog, you will most likely have to go through an online profile first before getting to meet the dog in person.
Fortunately, there are ways to tell what breed a dog is from a picture and if they are purebred or mixed. This is done by identifying the dog’s physical characteristics and comparing them to the specific breed you think they belong to.
To be fair, this is a skill that comes with time and experience. And as an amateur, there are some subtle characteristics that you may miss. However, these traits could at the very least give you an idea of what to expect if all you are going on is a picture.
Here are the characteristics that could help you identify your dog’s breed.
General Skull Shape
There are many different dog skull shapes. In particular, the shape of the forehead and jaw could help narrow things down for you when identifying a dog’s breed from a picture.
Facial Features And Ears
Facial features include things like the eye shape and placement on the face and the color of those eyes. It also includes the shape and size of ears as well as whether or not they are floppy. Finally, look out for any specific traits like facial skin folds and loose skin or beard withers.
Build And Proportions
The build can be a bit vague as many dog breeds share a similar silhouette. However, in combination with the other traits mentioned, this information could be valuable.
In addition to the silhouette, look out for built characteristics like proportion and weight categories which could be small, medium, large, giant, toy, or teacup.
There are two important coat traits you should consider when identifying a dog breed through a photograph. The first is the coat type. Is it long, short, straight, or medium? Is it wavy, curly, or shaggy?
The second differentiating factor is the color in which case different dog breeds have different coat color standards.