|Barked: Tue Mar 27, '07 8:57am PST |
|We're still trying to figure out exactly what breed(s) our pup is. She's adorable as can be and we love her - but it's a mystery to us. We have no idea who or what her parents were. Her and her brother were found together on the side of the road. We immediately thought she had lab in her. She looks lab...her brother does not. Her brother has thicker & fluffier fur and has the color markings of an Australian Shepherd (although not AS fluffy as an Aussie). His vet immediately said Aussie, mixed with something. Allie has sleek, short fur, webbed feet and long legs. Everyone who sees her says she's a Chocolate lab...even though she is not solid brown (she has white on her chest, a little on her toes and a tiny bit on her nose) Her vet agreed that she might be Aussie - but wasn't sure otherwise and said she can tell better once her adult fur starts to come in. Her webbed feet indicate to me that she is some sort of retriever/water/hunting dog.
Well this week I have started to notice a change in her fur on her back. It has started to get thicker and has a distinct wave to it. I recently became aware of Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. DH and I went to a Hunting & Fishing Expo and they had a demonstration there from a local training place that trains retievers. I mistakingly called a Chessy a Chocolate and was sternly corrected. I noticed that her fur was thicker and had a bit of a wave to it as well.
I have done some reading on Chessy's and found that not only do they have the thick, wavy fur....but they also have amber eyes, long legs and can have white on their chest and feet....and people who don't know what they are often mistake them for Chocolate labs.
Can anyone give me any other ideas of traits (physical or personality) that distinguish a Chessy from a Chocolate? I don't know if Allie really could be one - or if her physical traits are just a combination of breeds (of which we are unsure of what exactly they are).
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