We’ve been having a lot of fun with Tegan, the new puppy. We play with her constantly. And between ourselves, we try to guess what breeds of dogs her parents were.
She is long and low. The gene for short-leggedness in dogs is their version of dwarfism. It is found in only a few breeds, yet oddly, it is the dominant gene.
Long and low breeds: dachshund, either Cardigan or Pembroke Welsh corgi, Swedish valhund, basset hound.
Her coat is black, with “pumpkin seeds” above her eyes.
Black dogs with pumpkin seeds: Doberman pinschers, Rottweilers.
But her muzzle and paws are speckled, brindled or “merled”.
Dogs that are brindled or merled: Greyhounds, pit bulls, boxers, dachsund, Cardigan Welsh corgi, Australian shepherds, cattle dogs, collies, including border collies. The gene for merling is incompletely dominant, which means it is dominant except when it’s not. Helpful? Not so much for me, either.
She has no undercoat — soft fine hairs that provide insulation.
Dogs without an undercoat: greyhounds, pit bulls, Doberman pinshers, Rottweilers.
Her coat is stiff and wavy.
Rottweilers, Chesapeake Bay retrievers.
Her paws occasionally point out.
Dogs with bow-legs, or “knuckled-over”: bassets, pit bulls (this is a flaw in either breed that can become severe). Hers isn’t bad, and we hope she’ll eventually outgrow it.
Her ears are thin and erect…
Erect ears: lots of dogs have erect ears, but for our purposes I’ll limit the choices to others we’ve talked about — corgis, cattle dogs, border collies.
Rottweilers and Doberman pinscher ears are actually droopy — when you see these dogs with erect ears, it’s because they’ve been cropped so they stand upright.
…except when her ears curl back, which is called a “rose” ear.
Ears that curl back: greyhounds, pit bulls.
She is the friendliest, cuddliest dog I’ve ever had.
Cuddly dogs: Everybody has their favorites, but the breed that has been the most consistently cuddly for me has been pit bulls. Yes, pit bulls. The ones I have known have been crawl-in-you-lap-and-hug-you friendly.
I’m sure I’ve missed some breed with these characteristics, but I think I got the main ones.
So what do you think? What breeds went into Tegan?