Magical Mystery Mutt Tour

 

Edie Jarolim, Peggy Frezon, and Pup Fan, with the excellent badge stylings of Ruffy Toy Reviews, have organized another terrific blog hop. This time it’s all about the mutts! Dog bloggers from all over the world are posting pictures of their favourite mixed breed and are hoping readers will respond with their best guesses. It is going to be a lot of fun! I love trying to figure out what different breeds make up a dog’s lineage. Even if you don’t have a mutt hanging out in your house, you can still join in. Perhaps share photos of a friend’s dog, or a puppy you’ve seen at your local dog park. As far as I am concerned, the more dog photos we can share around the Interwebs, the better!

This is Shiva.

We really have no idea what breed she is, though we have heard a lot of very different suggestions. Naturally, I have a few ideas of my own. I am going to keep quiet about these as I don’t want to influence the group opinion. The more creative the guess, the better!

It was really difficult for me to get a decent profile shot as the Shivster doesn’t like to stand still for very long. The above is as good as it gets.

Shiva is approximately 22 inches tall and weighs about 45 pounds. It’s all muscle weight. I’ve yet to find any fat on her body. It isn’t for lack of food as Shiva inhales everything in her path.

There isn’t much this dog won’t eat. Dirt, bird seed, paper, leaves, lettuce, grass, cat hair… I could go on but I may as well just list every edible object in the world. Amazingly enough, we never have to worry about her swallowing to many non-edible things. For instance, when she chews pieces of rubber off her Kong toy she always spits them out. This is a huge relief as she destroys her toys in this manner on a fairly regular basis.

Another important thing to know about Shiva is that she has an excessive amount of energy. It suits her highly athletic body. There isn’t a dog sport out there that Shiva wouldn’t rock. So far we’ve tried agility and flyball – she adores both. Shiva was born with a desire to learn new things. She doesn’t hesitate to race along the dog walk or jump up the wrong side of the teeter. No matter what time of day, Shiva is ready to go. Her exuberance sometimes overtakes her skill, but when the two combine, she is a major force.

Of course, this energy needs an outlet. If Shiva doesn’t get enough stimulation, she can be found chasing the cat, harassing birds, chewing my entire shoe collection, and otherwise eating our house.

Once well-exercised, Shiva is a complete softie at home. Though wary of strangers, once she has warmed up to you, she fancies herself a lap dog. Our agility classmates don’t believe us, but Shiva settles down very sweetly at night. She loves to curl up in a corner of the couch, preferably on my favourite blanket, and laze the evening away. There is nothing she loves more – other than food – than our attention. Except when she is actually sleeping. That’s when Shiva can not stand being touched. I love to torture her by gently laying on her and listening to her grumble below my ear.

Like every other proud dog owner, I could go on. But I think I’ve given a decent portrait of this crazy mutt. Now I turn it over to you. What’s my puppy?

Once you are done guessing, make sure to check out the other participating blogs! There are a lot of awesome canines out there waiting for you.

68 thoughts on “Magical Mystery Mutt Tour

  1. I’m going to guess Catahoula Leopard Dog because of the markings – that was the first thing that jumped out at me. The ear shape, white feets, thicker-looking coat and boundless energy make me think perhaps Border Collie?

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    • We know someone who insists she is part border collie. I’m not so sure. She is not nearly as focussed.

      I’d never heard of a Catahoula before until I came across a photo of one while browsing online one day. They are pretty rare in this part of the world, but you never know…

      Thanks for your suggestions!

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    • I like the analogy! Though I don’t know if high-class really applies. We can pretend. Sometimes I think she is more like a Hummer. She’ll take a beating and keep on going.

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  2. I have always been stumped by Shiva! I’m usually pretty good at these things, but she’s a real humdinger!! I just love her, whatever she is. She’s Shiva.

    PeeS. I loved your last post about the letter to her. That was so cool!

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  3. If you were in Australia, I would suggest Koolie or Australian Cattle Dog. But you’re not, so as AJ suggested, a Catahoula would have that colouring.

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    • The shelter actually told us they thought she was part Australian Cattle Dog. The body type and ears are all wrong but the colouring is there, and her fur is similar. Could be in their somewhere!

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  4. I don’t have any idea either – but she 100% adorable! I love her little white patches at the end of her “limbs” – paws, tail, AND nose!

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  5. hi there,

    i think catahoula seems like a mighty good guess! here’s a quote i thought you might appreciate – “You must be ready to teach and exercise a Catahoula. If not, he will eat your house. The Catahoula will not let you forget that you own a dog.” –Don Abney

    HAHA 🙂

    apart from that though, georgia has a couple of friends that are very similar to shiva. 1 is dappled like sheevs, the other tiger striped. but body shape, size, temperament etc….VERY similar. and they probably have some pitbull in them [or staffy as we would say here].

    so maybe…? xox

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    • Yeah, I’ve wondered about the Staff. It’s very possible. She feels absolutely no pain, even after ramming head first into a tree or falling off the top of the A-Frame. Very likely it is part of her make-up. Especially with her very small waist.

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  6. The spots in her coat remind me of an Australian shepherd or Catahoula leopard dog–both high energy dogs. Is her coat soft like a shepherd?

    The broad snout gives her a little bit of a bully appearance and would match the sweet temperament and desire to cuddle at night once she’s rocked her exercises.

    Whatever the mix, she’s 100% beautiful.

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    • Her coat is smooth, soft, and feathered at the ends. It’s a single coat but seems to do an excellent job of keeping her warm. Her fur also dries very fast, which is good as she hates being wet.

      I realise now how much information I left out! Oops.

      Our trainer thinks she is part Australian Shepherd/part Staffordshire.

      Thanks! I am inclined to agree. 🙂

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  7. Tanner is terribly jealous of Shiva’s beautiful snowfall. Can he come to visit? What fun it would be for him to experience snow. I can only imagine; it never happens here.

    Hope to see you Sunday for the Super Dog Sunday Photo Blog Hop.

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    • You can tell Tanner that snow is highly over-rated. After a couple days, he would grow very tired I am sure. Much better to stay in sunny Florida if I were he!

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  8. Well, from what I gather, I would say she’s a Catahoula Leopard dog. She looks akin to these dogs:
    (1) http://www.greatdogsite.com/breeds/details/Louisiana_Catahoula_Leopard_Dog/

    (2) http://puppydogweb.com/gallery/catahoulaleoparddogs/catahoulaleoparddog_abadia.jpg

    And this site describes the breed and different lines. Interesting.
    http://puppydogweb.com/caninebreeds/catahoula.htm

    There is one in my area who runs agility and is a very athletic little girl, who is not all that friendly with people till you get to know her. She got lost last year, ran off on a pet sitter, and that was one of the problems with getting her back. She didn’t come to strangers. Luckily, she was found!

    I am now going to read the rest of the reviews. I’m curious what others think. I may try this on my site. I have a dog that I, too, would like to hear background opinions on. But you’ll probably be the only one who comments. LOL!

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    • That’s what we’ve thought. However, I’ve never heard of Catahoulas before until I stumbled upon a photo one day. There are not very prevalent in Canada in general and not in Nova Scotia at all. If she is, she is one of very few. But anything is possible!

      Her appearance and personality definitely fit. Your friend’s dog sounds a lot like her – not so thrilled with strangers but if you have enough food Shiva will eventually get over her reticence. I am so glad her dog was found! Shiva was rescued off the streets by a complete stranger who brought her into the SPCA before we adopted her. So I have hope that if she ever is on the lam, someone will be able to capture her. Hopefully it never happens at all. That’s why we work so hard on her recall. 🙂 I grew up with an escape artist dog and I never want to go through that again.

      Thanks for the links!

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    • Awww, perfect. Don’t let her hear you. It’ll go to her head and I’ll never get her to listen to me again. 😉

      Thanks for your suggestions! I think she may have terrier as well, she shakes her head just like my parents’ JRT when she is playing with a toy. Who knows?

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  9. I was thinking Cattle Dog because of the marking/coloring, but when I saw her face to the camera, I see more Aussie… but her ears remind me more of a boxer/pit the way they are shaped… and she has white feet, which could also be back to the aussie (white feet, don’t treat), but then she is all muscle, which could be one of the bulldog pitbull breeds… in short, I think she could be officially a Heinz 57! She’s a beauty!

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    • So you think BC, eh? That’s interesting. I really don’t see it but I’ve heard that a lot. I must be missing something. Maybe the Catahoula is blinding me. 😛

      Thanks for your suggestion!

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  10. I agree with the Australian Cattle Dog/Catahoula guesses… maybe also a hint of terrier? It’s in the face, for me… possibly rat terrier or maybe fox?

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  11. I can’t add anything new, will go with the Catahoula mixed with a bit of staffy. And she has got the best of everything, obviously:) If she was in New Zealand (where there aren’t a lot of Catahoula’s but people are beginning to hear about them) she’d be described as a CatahoulaX pig dog! Which doesn’t mean she’s part pig but that she was bred to use for pig hunting.

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    • I could see that. Shiva loves to chase anything that runs in the opposite direction. She is just crazy enough to take on a pig. After all, she takes on the neighbourhood cats.

      The best of everything, I like it. 🙂

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  12. Australian shepherd dog would explain the coat and spots. Lab would make a case for her “cute face look”, energy and being happy for food. I am probably totally wrong 🙂

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    • I really have no idea. She could be fifty different things. An SPCA special is what we tell people. They told us Australian Cattle Dog mix but I am sure they were just guessing as well.

      Thanks for your suggestion! Lab would be awesome but I don’t think she’s nearly friendly enough. Who knows?

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  14. I have no idea what type of dog Shiva is, except that she is an extraordinary one! I have been having the most annoying day (week) and just took a 2 minute break over here… Shiva’s pictures made me smile – my first one of the day… Give that pretty girl a hug from me!

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  15. OK, I am not seeing where you are from that Cathoula’s are not common. Well, OK, I don’t think they are common anywhere, but we have a few around here. What screamed at me when I first saw Ms Shiva is Australian Shepherd. She almost has a hound looking body but the head tilt is something pits do. If there is pit in her it is tiny. And I had not heard of pig-dogs before this tour.
    She sounds similar to the mystery mutt I shared, at least in size, so I am trying to picture him with her coloring.
    What about Australian and Italian, like an Italian greyhound mix?

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    • Others have suggested greyhound because she looks so thin. She runs like one for sure but isn’t nearly as tall. It could be in there somewhere.

      I don’t think there are many Catahoulas in Canada. They seem to be a southern US type of breed. But who knows, right?

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  17. I’m a clueless lurker on this one, just coming round to see everyone’s wonderful mutts and the commentary on them. My take: Shiva is stylish, athletic, and classy — a breed apart!

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  18. Kristine – Shiva is perhaps the hardest dog I have ever tried to guess. I am in agreement that her coloring is very similar to a Catahoula (my friend has one only hers is more brown, but the patterns are the same). I also would guess maybe some pit in her, but gosh gee willikers, she’s just hard to guess!

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  19. I quizzed my husband and he said Catahoula and Border Collie. Seems like the general opinion here. I suppose both would account for for the energy. But I sure like reading about her, whatever breed she is! 🙂

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  20. I’d guess Aussie x. She’d definitely not Cattle dog- she’s merle, not ticked. If you were in Louisiana I’d be more inclined toward Catahoula, but Aussie seems a more reasonable choice given your location. Pit bull doesn’t seem out of the question for the other side of the equation, but who knows.

    Gorgeous dog!

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    • Yes, our trainer thinks part Aussie, part Am Staff. It would explain a lot of her quirks as well.

      Thanks for the compliment! 🙂

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  21. Hi. Thanks for leaving me such a nice comment!
    I’m a real newbie when it comes to dog breeds… I can tell Shiva is adorable and has as much energy as Aschiuta. My first thought was “wow, she looks like a Dalmatian that has been rolling around in a pile of ash”. But I’d say it’s not just the fur colour or pattern… She could just as well be a breed of her own 🙂

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  22. I’m thinking Catalouah leopard dog too, maybe with some pitty mixed in. In the last picture (which is adorable), the roundness of her face and the way her ears are remind me of pitties. She’s cute and sounds like a lot of fun!

    Kirby’s mom

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  23. I saw… wait for it… schnauzer. And as for the people who said pit bull, I say Staffordshire terrier, the pit bull’s first cousin. I don’t know enough about the Catahoula or blue heeler, but I think it’s cool when a mutt has a rare breed mixed in.

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  24. Finally got over here to see Shiva and I think she is definitely part Am Staff. That face reminds me of my Am Staff Sharona. Sharona is also relentless when it comes to toys. Kong footballs are the only toy that hasn’t been destroyed in minutes! Although she will eventually tear those up too, and like Shiva, she spits out the rubber pieces!
    Shiva is a beautiful girl.

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  28. look at our blog from today and tell me if you agree that this last photo of shiva looks so much like the photo i posted of baby blue. i couldn’t figure out what looked so familiar about my photo of blue for the longest time, and then it struck me . . . she is channeling her inner shiva!

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