Sunday, November 08, 2009

Stella Sunday, part deux

Stella is a mutt, as I have mentioned. People are always asking "what" Stella is.

For my birthday, the dude got me a DNA test for Stella. When I saw that I was going to have to brush her cheek for 30 seconds at some point when she hadn't had food for an hour, I thought it was going to be a long time before that test got sent. But there she was lying there dozing, waiting for her morning walk (after which, food), I figured I should try. She was curious, but let me have my hand in her mouth for a whole 30 seconds. (When we first got her, we could hardly touch her mouth, except when she decided our wrists looked pretty juicy.)

Soon, in the next two weeks in fact, we will learn more about "what" Stella is.

I thought you might like to get in on the guessing. We used the Canine Heritage test, which is not as accurate as a blood test. They only test for 100 breeds and Stella may be something they don't test for. Here are some photos of her particular characteristics.


Ear: little triangles


Snout: sometimes it looks short (left) sometimes it looks long (right)


Tail: Some curl, that's not "just the way she holds her tail." Also, the very end is broken, that's why it looks like it straightens back out at the end. She came that way.


Coloring--notice the white on the rump, "underarms" and underside of the tail. (Who lies half in their bed? How comfortable can that be?)

I have tried to photograph her tongue, which is black and red, to no avail. That may be a red herring (it certainly smells like herring). The internets say that having a multicolored tongue is more like having freckles rather than being indicative of breed.

I should probably mention that she's pretty short. Comes up to my knee. (18-20"--we're guessing here because she is not with us. But I'm sure she's having fun at her sleepaway.)

Some of her bad habits include chasing rabbits, eating gerbils, chewing sticks, digging holes, and relishing her freedom. She also loves to put her paws or her whole head in the water bowl, usually one after the other. She'll fetch a stick, but not a ball. Also she is smart, but stubborn.

People have suggested that she is part lab, chow chow, Shar-pei, Staffordshire terrier (pit bull), and greyhound. Keep in mind they only test for just over 100 breeds. Be sure to check out some crazy ass results, and keep in mind that some mixes will still carry the DNA of their ancient ancestors (Afghan Hound, Chow Chow, Lhasa Apso, Pekingese, Shar Pei, Shih Tzu, Tibetan Terrier, Saluki, Basenji, Akita, Shiba Inu, Samoyed, Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute).

Guesses in the comments. The only prize Stella can offer is her love. Although I may be able to find some crap in my mother's house if you insist on it.

20 comments:

Barbi said...

I would definitely guess Lab & pit bull terrier.

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

No idea really - I'm far from a breed expert - my two little dogs are mutts too, although they prefer to be called mix breed - seems to make them feel more important than they really are.

Sophie and Gracie send their love to Stella!

Nic said...

I think she is a labrador cross Staffordshire Bull Terrier with possibly a bit of smaller terrier (Jack Russell?) in her.

Whatever she is, she's lovely :o)

Charlene said...

I vote for Pit and Great Dane (the eye expression), but didn't check the top 100 list.

Adrienne Martini said...

I'm gonna go with chihuahua, lab and, um, poodle. Seems as likely as anything else. Besides, I have cats. What do I know about dogs?

Anonymous said...

I say Stell is 100% beauty queen.

Oh, is that sexist? Sorry.

dd

valerie said...

I agree with Barbi, I think she's got some lab and pitbull in her for sure. Can't wait to find out the details. She's a lovely dog!

Colorado Stitcher said...

Here head makes me guess a bit of lab but some bull terrier. Perhaps a scent hound in there too given she likes here freedom.

My first dog was a mutt and I think they are great dogs. Her mother was the dog next door - part cocker part sheltie - so I used to say my dog' mom was cocker/sheltie and her dad was a travelling sales dog.

Can't wait to find out what Stella is (besides a cutie pie)

Brigid said...

Ummm.... She's a *dog*....

And you!? Pls offlist me and confirm (or deny) that you are *Frau Doktor N*...

And prolly you know someone formerly known as the H----.

Miss Quoted said...

I am going to guess Lab and honestly she looks like she has a dab of Jack Russell Terrier in her - which is an awesome thing.

Machiavelli said...

Eating gerbils? Please tell me this subject was not covered in the blog. I don't want to know. . .yet I kinda do? No, no, I don't want to know.

Barbara said...

Pit bull and lab is my guess. She really is cute!

Wanda said...

I went to your blog from another blog to see what you had in your sewing bag...and now....I'm hooked! And I can't wait to see the "stella results". I never heard of this kind of test! I think of our childhood mutts and wonder!

Alice said...

Thanks for the link to that website! I will vote for lab and why not.... some Saluki. Its those triangle ears, and some of the temperament that remind me of my girl Grace Kelly. She looks pure Saluki, but because she is a rescue we don't know for sure.... our vet called her a Doha Special, his term for mutts from Qatar. I think I might be tempted to take this test too.

mainely stitching said...

Woof woof. Lola says she knows but isn't telling. Rigby says it's just plain rude, digging around in one's DNA strands like that.

I, however, will look forward to seeing what results you get from the DNA testing - I think it's cool. :)

Xeyedmary said...

I say pit bull, black lab and Akita or husky (the white ass hair).
But she sure is a sweetie pie!

Coral said...

Stella is a princess; Lab X Jack Russel, with a spot of Greyhound - ha ha!

Give the *girl* a tiara and be done with it!!

Caroline said...

100% bitch.

:)

doris said...

I like Caroline's guess best!

Margie said...

I'm still going with Lab/AmStaf. With 100% cutie pie tossed in.