We got this girl at the shelter today. 9mo and advertised as a Schnauzer Mix but I can't quite figure if it's Schnauzer or some kind of wire coated terrier. She definitely has an under coat but her outer coat is quite rough.
The ears look like schnauzer and she's got the eyebrows and little beard. They shaved most of her hair underneath when they spayed her so I can't really tell if it will fill in like a schnauzer.
Anyway, she's very sweet. Just the right mix of playful and calm. and doesn't bark at all.
I believe there is little value to playing "guess the breed(s)" for mixed breed dogs. First, once a dog is past the first generation mix* phenotype can allow for a huge array of expression, some quite unlikely. Next, there have been numerous cases of genetic testing agencies reporting incorrect results for known mixes, just as there have been numerous results of expert dog people incorrectly guessing the breeds involved in a known mix.
Unless you're showing in conformation, or looking for a dog with very specific qualities, breed is largely inconsequential. Learn how to temperament test. Judge this dog for what he or she is, and whether he or she might be a good fit for your family and your home.
After all, even with purebreds, exceptions exist. It is more important, even with known purebreds, to evaluate the dog rather than the breed-presumed generality.
*first generation mix defined as the first generation descendant of one purebred or cross-bred parent, with the other parent being a cross or mixed breed; and cross-breed meaning the direct descendent of two known (i.e. registered) pure-bred parents.