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Mutt Mix 101

**This is Buster**
Busters genetic makeup has been the topic of many conversations in the last 9 months since we adopted him.  The litter that he was kenneled with at the rescue was listed as Lab/Pointer mixes, however we are pretty sure that Buster is not this mix and was most likely mixed in with a group of puppies not truly his siblings. 

Although he does resembles the characteristics of this mix, he doesn't quite match the bill in size and stature for either.  Buster is long and lean, very muscular and has topped out at a whopping 23 pounds and about 14 inches in height.  Not even close to what a Lab/Pointer measures in at:

Appearance: The Lab-Pointer is a beautiful, medium sized dog.

Size: The Lab-Pointer can weigh between 35 to 50 pounds.

**This is not Buster, this is a Lab/Pointer mix**

Buster is most certainly a mix, or a mutt if you will, but of what breeds?  I cannot count how many times this question has been asked.  He looks lab-ish, but is too small.  He has some Terrier traits, but not enough to convince me.  At the right angle you can see Chihuahua, but again the size and traits are not fitting.  The list of options go on and on and on and on..... 
I looked up the definition of Mutt, and found the following on an Ehow article written by David Samson:

A mutt is any dog of mixed breed or uncertain ancestry. In contrast to purebreds, mutts display a high degree of genetic variation, and come in a wide variety of sizes, colors and temperaments. The terms cur, tyke, mongrel and "Heinz 57" also refer to dogs of mixed breeding.

Read more: What is a Mutt Dog?
eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/info_8736923_mutt-dog.html#ixzz21efKuJYJ

This defines Buster all right, but doesn't get me any closer to an answer.

I have looked into Doggy DNA testing (yes, my curiosity is getting the best of me on this) only to decide that the cost is not worth the risk of all the poor reviews I have found posted online and a warning from my vet that the results are a toss up.

I resigned myself to the fact that I will never know what Buster truly is.

This fact of uncertainty remains the same, but at the suggestion of a good friend I looked into another breed and I am now convinced that Buster fits the bill.

Let me introduce you to the Miniature Italian Greyhound:

**This is not Buster, this is a Miniature Greyhound**

Now don't get me wrong here, I still firmly believe that Buster is a Mutt and has multiple breeds included in his one of a kind DNA, but I am convinced that Miniature Greyhound is at the top of that list.

Here is what I have found on the breed:

History: Believed to have been popular 5th century BC as evidenced by representation on artifacts. An ancient breed which was popular with nobility during the Renaissance times. This tiny tot has had a recovery in popularity due to its Hypo allergenic qualities and low maintenance, low odor coat.

Personality: The Italian Greyhound is affectionate, non aggressive and playful. They are reserved with strangers. They can quiver with excitement. They are gentle and elegant and extremely loving. They love human companionship but can be left alone for short periods without suffering from separation anxiety.

Playful, lively, energetic, he can be a fast-moving dog when young and outside will run and run just for the fun of it.  Like the grey hound he will chase a ball but sees no point in retrieving it - that's for you to do - and if there's a squirrel or a bird to chase instead, so much the better.  Inside, he loves nothing more than to jump on furniture and hurtle around a room from chair to table to bed in a kind of doggy assault course. 
Without anything to chase indoors he will play with stuffed toys and, always curious - some would say nosey - he likes to be up high. If he can find a window ledge to sit on he will entertain himself for hours watching the world go by - and wanting to join in.
But on the other hand the miniature greyhound is a creature of comfort. He hates the rain and will refuse to go for a walk in cold weather if he can get away with it. If there's a spare sofa he will make sure he fills it by stretching to his full length. He likes nothing more than to doze in the sun, waking from time to time to eat or be stroked.

Appearance: Short and fine coat. In solid colors of black, slate, grey or yellow. White patches are allowed only on feet and chest. Athletic and slim in appearance.

Family: An excellent companion dog, not suitable for young children due to their fragile frames. He is gentle and gets on well with other family pets.

Training: The miniature Greyhound can be challenging to train particularly in cold weather as it hates getting cold or wet and dislikes windy days too. Jumping up must be discouraged early on. They need gentle and determined training.

Ideal Home: Highly suitable for apartment living or in the country but it must have some daily exercise outdoors. This is a quiet house companion and care must be taken not to trip over this little dog that will become your shadow. In-door kenneling is absolutely essential.

Lifespan: 13 plus years.

Watch dog: Whilst these dogs are reserved with strangers, they are not considered watch dogs or alert dogs.

This content is taken from my website : 'Explore Italian Culture'. Visit us to find out all about Italy. : The miniature greyhound: an animal fact file of the miniature italian greyhound. http://www.explore-italian-culture.com/miniature-greyhound.html#ixzz21TSjGoXZ

Check, check, check and check.  Like I said, I am convinced we have found a major part of his lineage.

Besides, I adore him no matter what mix of Mutt he is.  He is a a snuggle bug, hilarious to watch run around like a maniac in the back yard, very tolerant of the girls antics and an all around good pup.  Here are some of my favorite pictures of him so far:

**Buster taking a nap on the big puppy at the cabin**

**Buster taking a nap on "his" pillow**

**Buster and Ada napping after a hard day of playing**

And because apparently most of the pictures I have of Buster are of him sleeping, here is one to prove he is awake sometimes too:

**Buster and his friend Rupert playing**

1 comment:

The Mordorski's said...

Agreed- no matter the breed, Buster looks like a sweet dog and a good cuddle buddy!