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Old 07-12-2009, 06:59 PM
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What does this tattoo on my dog's belly mean?

Earlier this year, we rescued an abused dog that was dumped. We thought she is a German Short Hair Pointer and Lab mix. My dad took one look at her today and insists she is pure pointer, though possibly a mix of long and short hair.

At any rate, she has the number 3800 tattooed on her belly. We assumed she had gone through a pound. Now we are wondering if it's a litter number or something. Is there a way to find out?
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Old 07-12-2009, 07:01 PM
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The pond tattooed a circle on my dogs belly to indicate he was neutered.
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Old 07-12-2009, 07:16 PM
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The pond tattooed a circle on my dogs belly to indicate he was neutered.
Remind me not to swim there...
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Old 07-12-2009, 07:18 PM
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Dog tattoos.

National Dog Registry.
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Old 07-12-2009, 07:32 PM
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Remind me not to swim there...
LMAO!
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Old 07-12-2009, 07:34 PM
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Get rid of her at once! She's the dog anti-Christ!
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Old 07-12-2009, 07:46 PM
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Pound. You can not swim there either.
Because of the Tat ,he farts like crazy. What else could it be?
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Old 07-12-2009, 08:38 PM
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How old of a dog do you think she is? Maybe about 9? Because it reads like a birthdate.

Greyhounds, like our Zane, have tattoos in their ears. One states the month and year of their birth and the order in their litter that they were tattooed. The other is their official registration number. Maybe it is something similar.

Or maybe a spay tattoo, like gonzo suggests.
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Old 07-12-2009, 10:43 PM
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Earlier this year, we rescued an abused dog that was dumped. We thought she is a German Short Hair Pointer and Lab mix. My dad took one look at her today and insists she is pure pointer, though possibly a mix of long and short hair.

At any rate, she has the number 3800 tattooed on her belly. We assumed she had gone through a pound. Now we are wondering if it's a litter number or something. Is there a way to find out?
If the dog is actually purebred, that may be a tattoo that the breeder put on when she was very young. Have you had her scanned for a microchip?
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Old 07-13-2009, 08:10 AM
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Don't know if this is the same type of tattoo, but years ago, I adopted a retired champion terrier who had developed a thyroid condition and they didn't want to breed her any more.

She was 4 years old when I got her. The breeder explained that the tattoo on her belly (the letter L and a 3 digit number if I remember correctly) was a breed registration, in case she was ever lost or stolen at a dog show. I can't swear to the truth of her statement, but that's the explanation I was given. She was a great dog and lived to age 15.
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Old 07-13-2009, 08:41 AM
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A dog with a tatoo means he/she is a "bad ass son of a bitch"
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Old 07-13-2009, 11:47 AM
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The pond tattooed a circle on my dogs belly to indicate he was neutered.
Isn't it apparent that a male dog has been neutered by the lack of testicles?
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Old 07-13-2009, 12:45 PM
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Mrs. Plant used to tattoo pets with information for identification. Did you check with runner pat's link to the national dog registry?
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Old 07-13-2009, 01:56 PM
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Did you by any chance rescue the dog from a place called Bow-wow-schwitz or Bark-enwald?
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Old 07-13-2009, 02:41 PM
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Isn't it apparent that a male dog has been neutered by the lack of testicles?
Undescended testicles aren't externally visible. The tat would confirm that the dog was neutered and not simply cryptorchid.
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Old 07-13-2009, 03:13 PM
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Undescended testicles aren't externally visible. The tat would confirm that the dog was neutered and not simply cryptorchid.
Besides, some dog owners have the vet replace the original equipment with prosthetic Neuticles®. We had a thread, back when Neuticles were a new thing, with speculation on why anyone would want to do that.
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Old 07-13-2009, 07:55 PM
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The folks at the National Dog Registry (linked to above)are good about helping out with tattoo searches - I rescued a sheltie that had a SSN on his thigh, but we could only read a few of the numbers. They figured out who he was, though!

Have you got a pic of the dog? If you'd care to post some nice side shots, standing, I'd give you a hand in breed ID.

Most shelter and pounds these days are microchipping and checking for chips, so I'd bet that any chip is one they put in. I've only heard of breeders and owners tattooing, except for spay/neuter signs.
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Old 07-13-2009, 08:54 PM
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You jokesters are cracking me up

DSeid, we think she was about 1 1/2 years old when we got her and about 2 now. So no go on the b-day theory

If I contact the National Dog Registry, and there is a hit on her tattoo, will the previous owner be notified that his dog has been "found"? I don't want to take any chance that the previous owner could get her back. He very obviously abused her and it's taken her a while to come out of her shell and get her personality back. I am merely curious about her background.

It's hard to get a good picture of her. I'm using my cell phone and she just moves too fast! Here's what I've been able to get:
Chelsea playing dress up
Chelsea chasing bugs
Side shot of Chelsea laying down
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Old 07-13-2009, 09:16 PM
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He very obviously abused her and it's taken her a while to come out of her shell and get her personality back.
How do you know he had her last?
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Old 07-13-2009, 09:17 PM
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Oh my goodness, what a cute pup! Clearly, her tail wags so fast that the rest of her has to try to keep up.
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Old 07-13-2009, 09:22 PM
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How do you know he had her last?
The dog showed up at my husband's workplace two days in a row. The first day, she had a collar on with the previous owner's name and phone number. They called, and he hemmed and hawwed about coming to get her. Kept asking if anyone at hubby's work just wanted to keep her, he didn't know if he would come get her, etc. Hubby said the dog was very playful and active. Once the guy (finally) showed up to get her, she immediately began cowering, tried to run and hide, and didn't want to get in his truck. She showed up the next day without her tags.
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Old 07-13-2009, 09:23 PM
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Oh my goodness, what a cute pup! Clearly, her tail wags so fast that the rest of her has to try to keep up.
Thank you
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Old 07-13-2009, 09:34 PM
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They called, and he hemmed and hawwed about coming to get her.
How do you know he is the owner who registered her?
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Old 07-14-2009, 06:49 AM
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From my experience, no, they didn't contact the tattooer, I did. I suppose you could give them a try, and see if the name they have matches the one your hubby saw.

Truth is, I see a lot of pointer in her, but not pure. She just isn't long enough, or square headed, or jowly. Coat looks fuzzy, too. She might be a badly bred pointer, a field line, or a mix - but I think she's WAY cuter than the purebreds. She's all smiley!
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Old 07-15-2009, 07:26 PM
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Sorry carnivorousplant, I misunderstood. No, I don't know that they are the same person.

Thanks Fetchund, that's what I thought too.

If I learn anything from the dog registry, I'll update.
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