I get asked this question frequently when go out with Kona. More often than not, folks assume he’s a girl, because he’s so pretty.
When I found him on adopt-a-pet, he was categorized as an Australian Shepherd and Border Collie mix. My previous dog was this same mix, only black, white and tan. Kona has the same body shape and “feathers” as his Border Collie cousins, though he has yet to show any interest in herding – just chasing squirrels and cats.
He also has the Aussie / Border Collie pigeon-toed gait that (which is adorable).
I’ve had two people at dog beach insist that he is definitely an English Shepherd, which is a breed I had never heard of until they mentioned it. I looked it up, and the similarity is striking. The dog in this photo has the same “blocky” head as me.
One day a dog trainer approached us and asked if Kona was a Duck Tolling Retriever. We thought he was kidding, but he explained that this is an actual breed of dog that instinctively frolics back and forth along the shores of lakes to attract curious ducks, drawing them out of the water so the duck hunter can shoot.
Interestingly enough, Kona LOVES the water and does frolic playfully along the shore. Mum looked this breed up, and we do indeed look similar.
A neighbor of mine who used to own a Siberian Husky is convinced that he is part Siberian Husky. She explained that of all the huskies, only the Siberian’s carry the gene for blue eyes. After observing him playing with other Huskies, he does have the same almond-shaped, blue eyes, rimmed with black eyeliner.
I suppose the only way we can really know what “he is” is to get a DNA test. Part of me wants to know, but the other part wants to continue enjoying the mystery (and I’m hesitant to fork out the money for the test). I don’t really care one way or another. The bottom line is, I adore my pup no matter what my DNA says.