What Kind of Dog Breed is Sephi?

Sephi in Bed

What kind of dog is Sephi?

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.

What kind of dog do you have (or think you have)?  If you’re not sure, feel free to share a photo of your dog and let us take a guess.  Email us a jpeg photo at naturebydawn@aol.com.  We can post your photo on our blog and invite everyone to give their input.  Also, consider being dog pals on My Dog Space.com.

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