|Barked: Mon Dec 13, '10 7:42pm PST |
|of course it's relevant, Tyler! Mutts tend to get passed over in the normal "what kind of dog should I get?" threads, so this is the mutt payback! MUTTS ROCK! Anyone who's looking for a purebred could be just as happy with a mix (there, I said it ) IF they choose carefully.
Bruno is my mystery mutt. His DNA test said he was 25% Chinese Shar Pei, 25% Scottish Deerhound, and 50% CHIHUAHUA. For a fifty-lb Akita look-alike. Seriously. But it's plausible, he's very devoted, very vigilant and somewhat reactive, like Chi's often are. Loving but not overly effusive or clingy. It's funny to think that a dog so handsome (to me at least ) was not the result of any planned breedings by humans (not likely, in any case, with that breed mix!)
He's frikken SMART too- I swear he's a faster learner (and more obedient) than my family's Aussies and Lab.
His energy level is AWESOME too. He's super-chill in the house, just lays around, has NEVER chewed up anything. Even dirty underwear, stinky shoes, etc. But when it's time to go, he's ON IT! Simply beautiful to behold at a full run next to my bike. His running conformation is excellent, perfect effortless action. And watching him hunt field mice or rabbits in a brush pile is hilarious.
And of course, he only cost me 35 dollars to adopt, he came already neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, housetrained, and in perfect total health. Of course, he did come with some behavioral issues, but we're working on that and he's improved quite a lot. (And that's not just a shelter dog thing... dogs from anywhere can have issues.)
Yay for mutts!
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