Even though "Stella Sunday" has beautiful consonance, I couldn't wait to share her results. Boy were you guys wrong!
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As for guesses lab and terrier--pit/Staff and Jack Russell (Stewie's influence?)--were the most popular. Saluki, Akita, greyhound, Great Dane, poodle, and Chi were all outliers.
I've always thought Shar Pei because of her forehead but also these little ridges of fur on her neck and the way her neck is so ill-defined. Well, I vacillated with Chow Chow too, especially when she was being stubborn! The other day, I saw her next to a Shiba Inu and became convinced she was a Shiba x Lab (that link leads to a dog that could be Stella's twin). Still, my best friend looks more like me than my sister does. Really, people think we're sisters all the time...so the same DNA doesn't always show the same.
I will say that there are certain of Stella's characteristics that don't show up in photographs. You can't pet her coat against the grain and see how fluffy it is. She's definitely not flat coated like a lab. She's also not black but sort of black and brown. And I guess the internets threw you a loop on the tongue. (Still wish I could get a good shot of it. If you saw it, you'd know why I wanted to call her Ladybug.)
Now that we "know" it will be easier at the dog park. She's still #1 in our hearts...
Border collie photo by Lenkahol. Shar Pei photo by Rodrigo de Almeida. Chow Chow photo by Remigiusz Józefowicz. All available on Wikimedia Commons.