When people see Sephi, they often ask what kind of dog she is. She is a rather unique looking dog but I think it is funny that people try to categorize her as a specific breed. Sephi is unique, but not because she is a rare kind of dog breed. She is an American dog – or mutt if you will – four kinds of dog all rolled up into one little dog.
As an American dog, her genetics probably trace to a number of common dog breeds found in the US. My guess is that she is part Labrador Retriever, part German Shepherd, part Chow Chow, and someone has even suggested a bit of Border Collie. While a Labrador Retriever is the only dog breed with origins in America, the German Shepherd and other dog breeds are very common and popular in the US.
How do I know what kind of dog Sephi is? Well, I did not do one of those DNA tests. Like most American dog owners, all I can do is guess.
Labrador Retriever – She is almost completely solid black in color and her head has a little bit of a Labrador Retriever head-shape to it. She also seems to have a little bit of hunting instincts. Not much to go on, so I would say 12.5% Labrador Retriever.
German Shepherd – She has long pointed ears and her eyes are rich brown in color and very expressive like a German Shepherd’s. We knew someone with a black German Shepherd once and when the two dogs walked side by side, Sephi almost looked like a miniature version of him. Based on that, I would guess 25% German Shepherd.
Chow Chow – Sephi has a spotted black tongue. (Chow Chows are known to have solid black tongues.) Her tail curls up over her back almost like a Chow Chow, but not quite as curled. And she has a stocky build and body shape like a Chow Chow. My guess is that she is probably 50% Chow Chow.
Border Collie – Sephi has a little bit of white on her feet. Not as much as a Border Collie, but none of the other dog breeds I have guessed have white feet. Sephi is also very high energy and she has a strong herding instinct. She could be 12.5% Border Collie.
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