I get asked this question frequently when mom takes me out. More often than not, folks assume I am a girl, because I’m so pretty.
When my mom found me on adopt-a-pet, I was categorized as an Australian Shepherd and Border Collie mix. Mom’s says her previous dog was this same mix, only black, white and tan. She says that I have the same body shape and “feathers” as my Border Collie cousins, though I have yet to show any interest in herding – just chasing squirrels and cats. Hehe.
I guess I also have the Aussie / Border Collie pigeon-toed gait that mom’s former dog had (which, she says, is adorable).
I’ve had two people at dog beach insist that I am most definitely an English Shepherd, which is a breed my human had never heard of until they mentioned it. So mom looked it up, and we both agree that the similarity is striking. The dog in this photo has the same “blocky” head as me. Is she insinuating that I’m a blockhead? Hmfff.
One day a dog trainer approached me and asked mom if I 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, I LOVE the water and do 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 I am part Siberian Husky. She explained that of all the huskies, only the Siberian’s carry the gene for blue eyes. Mom’s observed me playing with other Huskies, and she says we posses the same almond-shaped, blue eyes, rimmed with black eyeliner.
I suppose the only way we can really know what “I am” is to get a DNA test. Part of me wants to know, but the other part wants to continue enjoying the mystery (and mom doesn’t want to fork out the money for the test). I don’t really care one way or another. The bottom line is, my human adores me no matter what my DNA says.
Hope you all have a peaceful Sunday evening, and a fabulous week!
Woofs and wags,