The Magical Mystery Mutt Tour

Today I am joining a “blog hop.” Participating bloggers submit pictures and a write-up of their mixed-breed dogs, so we can all play the game, “Guess Which Breeds?”

We play this game at the dog park all the time.  I woke up Thursday morning to blinding sunshine reflecting off Wednesday’s big snow dump. To my surprise it wasn’t nearly as cold outside as it looked, and in order to ease the ever-present guilt, I walked Our Best Friend to the park.

OBF ran around like a rocket, so happy to be outdoors. Then he tried to play with the most interesting looking dog: big ears, long thin tail with a slight curl, and a black coat with an orange brindle barely showing through.  With the “Magical Mystery Mutt Tour” in the back of my mind, I asked the owner what kind of dog she was.  “SPCA special,” he answered.  According to them, she was a black lab/shepherd mix.  I shook my head.  Not with those ears or that body type.  If I’d brought my camera, her picture would be here as well.

Then another woman came up to me, pointed at OBF, and said, “Your dog looks just like mine, only brown!”  And he did.  Her dog was all shades of grey instead of brown, with the same curly tail and collie-like features around the face.  The SPCA labelled him a husky/shepherd mix, just like OBF.  Two dogs, with a variety of similarities and differences, yet believed to be the same blend.  A mutt is, indeed, a mystery. 

Our Best Friend

Here’s a picture of our boy.  The muzzle is shepherd.  You’ll have to take my word for the plumy malamute tail.  The eyes are husky.  The colouring is Australian shepherd (one chow owner at the park thinks the tail and colouring are chow, of course).  And once, looking at calendar with a different collie for each month, we realized that OBF has a collie “mole” on each side of his face, and a collie-like ruff under the chin.  He weighs in at about 65-70 pounds, but he’s slightly smaller than the average shepherd.  And next to a collie, he doesn’t look collie at all.

When we walk as a family, he goes insane if the girls walk ahead where he can’t protect them.  He gallops around them in circles at the park.  He’s overprotective to an extreme, of us and other dogs he likes, and he’s super-intelligent (except when it comes to playing with other dogs). I say he’s German shepherd all summer and husky all winter.

Any opinions?


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25 Responses to The Magical Mystery Mutt Tour

  1. Our Best Friend is certainly the best of all breeds. Gorgeous, smart, protective too. Shepherd and collie seems a great mix, plus whatever makes him uniquely him!

  2. Kristine says:

    He is beautiful for sure, whatever other mixes are in him. I love when people come up to me with their suggestions. It seems people will find their favourite breed somewhere no matter what the dog actually looks like.

    That said, I really do see collie and Australian shepherd in him, maybe more so than husky. But I don’t have the advantage of seeing his lovely face every day. 🙂 So glad you participated so I could find your blog!

  3. hi there, my first time here as well! i’m visiting lots of new blogs today. nice.

    OBF [say, is that his name? :p] – has strong herding and protective instincts based on your description. so my guess would be some kind of shepherd [german or belgian] and [despite his colouring] possibly some border collie/australian shepherd? they have plumey tails too.

    you’re laughing, aren’t you!

    • I never laugh at people who agree with me (and who clue in that OBF is a pseudonym!). I’ve never considered the Belgian shepherds as part of his make-up, but you’re not the only one to suggest it. My best friend has a black lab/Belgian shepherd mix, and she’s the sweetest girl on the planet. One day I’ll put up her picture.

  4. Carrie Boyko says:

    Interesting that you have seasons for his breeds–how clever. Whatever he is, he’s beautiful and beloved. That’s what means the most.

    Hope you’ll be able to join in the first annual Super Dog Sunday Photo Blog Hop this Sunday. Read more here: Happy tails!

  5. Pup Fan says:

    Such a cutie pie! Shepherd in the summer and husky in the winter sounds great! 🙂

  6. Pamela says:

    He is a stunning dog. I might guess a large part Turveren, a Belgian sheepherding dog with a lovely coat.

    Your Best Friend is the picture I imagine when I think of the perfect dog.

  7. AJ says:

    It’s a tough one, I see signs of so many different breeds in there! He is a strikingly gorgeous dog, that’s for sure!

  8. BM says:

    Great blog. He certainly is a very handsome boy.

  9. Edie says:

    I like your analysis of seasonal breed shift. OFB is sure a beauty all year round.

  10. dogsmom says:

    You’ll have to hop over to my blog and see if anyone on my page looks familiar.
    I see collie/shepherd (mainly Shepherd) but maybe not the German variety.
    Have you considered the Belgian breeds? I also shared my life for a decade with a Shepherd Malamute. Most definitely Best Friend material.

  11. melfr99 says:

    Collie/Shepherd is my guess. Looks a lot like my Indy.

  12. Gonna go look at Indy right away!

  13. Hi there…I’m slowly but surely getting through the entire Magical Mystery Mutt Tour list!

    OBF (love that) is absolutely stunning. I’m not all that familiar with larger dog breeds, but I most definitely see the Shepherd. Glad I found you on the hop…a fellow WordPress blogger 🙂

    • I’m also slowly getting through all these greats dogs, and blogs! Glad you found me, and hope you come back frequently! I am looking at Gus right now– will post my opinion as soon as I have one! 🙂

  14. thatjenk says:

    To me, those ears shout Shiloh Shepherd. Very cute regardless, though!

    (First time stopping by here – I’m a new fan!)

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