Tale of a Tail

There is something about Shiva that has frequently captured people’s curiosity. Can you guess what that is?

No, it’s not the manic look in her eyes. It’s her tail!

More specifically, the curl in the end of it.

I too have often wondered what bizarre combination of breeds in her genetics combined to create this unique feature. Perhaps it’s the Pomeranian in her?

Or maybe it’s something else. Maybe, just maybe, Shiva is part pug!

It could happen.

If you have a mixed breed dog,Β does he or she have any interesting characteristics that have garnered a lot of attention?

35 thoughts on “Tale of a Tail

  1. I personally love Shiva’s curl at the end of her tail. I admit, I’ve often wondered too. It’s fun to guess sometimes isn’t it? I have a client (Dylan) who’s tail not only curls, but angles to the side as it curls. It’s quite funny looking, but also adorable.

    BTW – I’d go with Pug. πŸ™‚

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    • This is what I am saying. She’s totally pug. Either that or Shiba Inu.

      I’ve never seen an angled curl before. Dylan sounds adorable! Do you know what breed he is?

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  2. If I didn’t already know about Shiva’s illustrious heritage based on her DNA test, I’d guess a spitz type dog like a husky. She obviously enjoys the snow.

    One of Shadow’s most striking characteristics were her “eyebrows.” I once read that a group of Native Americans (can’t remember the tribe) felt that “eyebrows” on a dog were a sign of special wisdom. Obviously they never met Shadow who was very lovable but dumb as a bag of rocks. πŸ™‚

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    • Who knows? In the world of dog DNA anything is possible. Since I don’t believe the technology is there yet when it comes to testing, I’ll refrain from trying again.

      Shadow did have some gorgeous eyebrows. Perhaps there was a little method to her ignorance. They say it is bliss, after all. πŸ™‚

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  3. Bender’s facial markings! People ask about them all the time. They also want to know what he is because he has a big head but a fairly lean body. I’ve had vets say he looks like two different dogs stuck together.

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    • Haha! Poor Bender. The funny looking ones seem to always be the first adopted from shelters. Perfection is boring.

      Have I told you before how much I love his name? Because I do. It suits him so well.

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      • Yeah it turned out well. I had no idea what he would grow up to be like since both his parents were unknown and he was only 8 weeks old when I got him πŸ™‚ At least noone will accuse him of being a pitty with the lanky back end that he has. Actually when Barbie isn’t around people ask if he has Greyhound in him – but next to Barbie they don’t ask that question so much.

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  4. Sampson is a mix. We KNOW his mother was a Golden, originally we thought his dad was a black lab, but the last time I talked to his mother’s owner she said it could have been a pit, so we aren’t really sure and I haven’t done the DNA test (although I’m really thinking about it.)

    The comments we get regarding Sampson are normally what a handsome face (and soulful eyes) he as and his coloring. The best I can describe is a creamy peanut butter color. It’s really stunning. Of course it gets a bit lighter in the summer months.

    So I must have missed the part where you had the DNA test run on Shiva, I’m going searching for that post!

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    • I did link to our adventures in DNA testing in this post. You can find the results here: https://rescuedinsanity.com/2011/04/06/when-dna-explains-nothing/ But I guarantee you’ll either be totally underwhelmed or die laughing. I did. I was very glad I didn’t have to pay for it.

      Sampson does have beautiful colouring, I totally agree. He has such a sweet-looking face. I just want to give him a hug. He doesn’t look like a pit bull to me but I know it’s so hard to say by appearances alone. Genetics work in so many weird, though fascinating, ways.

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    • Pug, definitely pug. Or maybe Leah is a Pomeranian too! Wouldn’t that be something?

      Huskies can also have curled tails, though it’s not the breed standard. It’s really hard to say, isn’t it?

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  5. I love her tail! I would love to do a DNA test on Pearl for fun, but I don’t have the money. I don’t know if she has any specific characteristics that get people guessing about her, but people (myself included) seem to love to speculate about what breeds she might have in her background and we get guesses that are all over the place.

    I don’t have a guess on Shiva’s tail but I have to say this post had me googling dog breeds with curly tails and let me tell you they are all SO CUTE. Seriously, the basenji? My heart melts.

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    • I love speculating too. It’s fun when people try to guess what Shiva is. We have a long list of very different answers. My default answer is always just “mutt, the best breed there is.” Usually people are inclined to agree.

      My mother in law recently sent me a link to a Texan breed she thinks might be in Shiva’s background, but I wonder now if it suits Pearl better. Have you heard of the Blue Lacy? Here’s the wiki link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Lacy

      The basenji is adorable! A good day is a day spent googling dog breeds. πŸ™‚ I am glad I could inspire a search!

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    • Hurley also has some awesome eyebrows – he is just all around gorgeous, though. I love the big dogs best. Every time I see a video of him I have to smile.

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  6. Hi Kristine, my brother Owen and I are mostly American Cocker Spaniels but there’s something else in our mix too. Anyways we both have our full tails, and we both have really long ears. Owen’s ears are longer and skinnier than mine and he has a longer nose than I. But I’m the cutest πŸ™‚

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  7. I’ve always been amazed at how many breeds have that tail curl in the breed standard. I’m guessing that it was amusing to very early breeders and they wanted to preserve it.

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    • I’ve wondered that too. It serves no real purpose, ultimately. Via Westminster the other night, which I watched part of against my better judgment, I learned the Briard standard requires the dog to have a crook in the tail. Attractive for sure, but really kind of pointless.

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  8. Dobermans, when left natural, have a curly tail! Curlier than that, though, I think. They’ve always been docked, though, so now that there are natural ones in shows…they’ll have to figure out a tail standard.

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    • I didn’t know that! I guess I haven’t seen very many Dobermans with tails. 😦 Fortunately, my province recently made a law banning tail-docking and ear-cropping so hopefully this will change in the future.

      Maybe Shiva is part Doberman? Wouldn’t that be interesting…

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  9. Shiva’s curly tail is so cute. When Rio’s being a whippet he has a low curled tail set like Shiva πŸ™‚

    Everything about Rio gets people’s attention. His giant ears, his cattle dog markings (“oh look mommy, a dalmatian”), and the fact he is skinny. He’s just a ridiculous looking dog BUT he’s SO cute! LOL!

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    • People have asked if Shiva is part whippet as well. She is too large overall but who knows? She is skinny enough. No doubt she is a hundred different things, a mix of mixed parents of mixed great grandparents.

      I love Rio’s giant ears! They are so completely charming. He is the perfect example of why mutts are the best!

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  10. Yay for curly tails! πŸ™‚ Dante’s not shy at all, so those that are familiar with the breed are always surprised. But he also just gets a lot of attention because people think he’s a baby greyhound, or I’ll just get a “what kind of dog is THAT?” type response. πŸ˜‰

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  11. I am also wondering here why his tail looks like that but it looks cute and I love it. Maybe, it is because he get it from his family breed.

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  12. oh my gosh, i loooooove shiva’s tail. i wish desmond had a cool floppy tail. he pretty much has the traditional greyhound tail–only his has a crook in it from his icky past.

    people often stop us to ask what kind of dog he is, since he has the greyhound body, the pit face/chest and the pointer ears and muzzle. and then they notice his wonky legs from his icky past. poor guy. if he were a high school student, he’d probably have a complex. lol

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