Awesome folks have organized a Blog-Hop event especially for Mutts! People will post photos and basic information about their favorite mutts and blog-hoppers will give it their best shot to “guess the breeds”. When I heard about this event, I just had to enter with my two mutts–Rio’s a pretty easy one… but Shayne.. well.. she’s not as simple. So here are my two Mutts for Review!
This is Rio:
Rio is a boundless pit of energy and drive. He loves lure coursing, loves agility, but LIVES for frisbee. The word “squirrel” is like a four-letter work starting with “F” in our house… we don’t say it because Rio will spend the next five minutes frantically looking for the squirrels. He loves to chase squirrels… and has caught and killed chipmunks in our yard. His natural tail carriage is low and curled when just standing around and low to mid when walking about… and ALLL over the place when he’s running around. He is an incredibly silly, goofy, laugh-inducing dog–there’s never a dull moment with him being silly and loving life!
Rio has a very light double-suspension gait (there are two points in his gallop where all four feet are off the ground), with t0ns of undulation of the spine, and a really nice flying trot. He is also wicked fast when he gets into it! He is quite light and loose on his feet. He has a short sleek coat with a thin under coat–he has feathering on his thighs and tail. Barking is a very common nuisance behavior and he has a CRAZY large “vocabulary” of barks–yips, yaps, woofs, boofs, ARUURRUUUs… much can be gained about his intentions by his bark. When playing with other dogs he displays some typical pushy herding behaviors.
Although Rio is an absolute beast in most areas of life, he can be the most calm and gentle of creatures around people. He is the type of dog who has drive and pushiness coming out the ears but who could also make a great therapy dog because he’s so gentle with new people. He is very intuitive and caring with people, gently approaching people who are clearly interested in him. I admit I have a pretty accurate “what is he?” guess..but wonders what others think.
This is Shayne:
Shayne is now 5 years old and hasn’t slowed down one iota. She is a high drive, high energy dog who is an absolute brute force to be reckoned with. She is a run-it-down-and-kill-it type girl… she has been known to hit a wall at full speed and keep going after a ball. She is intensely driven but doesn’t have much prey drive–squirrel chasing is only an occasional past-time for her. She does have some herding tendencies, lots of circling, crouching and staring at flocks of geese, but I’m not sure if she has actual herding ability.
Whereas Rio has a light floaty gait, Shayne’s gait is all about power. She is not really built for speed–short legs, broad chest, but she is wicked fast and powerful when she runs. She is a much more flat gait–not too much undulation, but she gets low and powerful when she’s running. Although Rio is faster in general, Shayne is “faster” on a straight short sprint so she can get low frisbee throws that Rio can’t. She is incredibly powerful and strong. She carries her tail most often very high and somewhat curled over her back… sometimes it’s swung low but not too often. Her tail is also somewhat short. She has a great double coat with some feathering on the back of her legs and on her tail. Her color ranges from a dark red-brown to a lighter red-brown with lots of red highlighting in the summer. She also has a freakish amount of extra skin all over her body LOL. She’s not a huge barker but when she does its is deep and loud–my old apartment neighbors met her they swore I had a rottie or GSD in my apt!
Shayne is a quite a friendly dog with people (after a few years of remedial socialization). She’s tolerant of kids (wonderfully tolerant) and does enjoy saying hi to strangers. She is the ultimate cuddle bug and loves to snuggle on my lap every opportunity she gets. She is, however, very controlling with other dogs. She is a very bossy female and quite the fun police.
So … two mystery mutts…. what are YOUR guesses??