Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Can You Help Determine My Dog's Ethnicity?

Hewitt, my dog child, is a mutt.

He's a mixed breed. A shelter dog. A pound puppy. A heinz 57. A hybrid. Whatever you want to call it. He's definitely not a purebred.

He's got some unique or unusual features and I'm always trying to figure out what his ethnicity is. I've heard people comment that he's probably a Lhasa Apso, Shih Tzu, Terrier mix, Maltese and even a Bichon mix before.

Whenever I try to peg him, I get stumped. He's too large to be a Shih Tzu or Maltese, his legs are too long and ears are too short to be a true Lhasa. His nose is too long to be a Brussels and his coat is too straight to be Poodle.

Anyone else own mixed breed dogs? Does it bother you that you can't figure out what you're dog's ethnicity is? Is that just me? I found a few hybrid dog breeds that really make me think that's what Hewitt could be but I'm not sure. I need a second opinion. Sure, I know there are dog DNA tests but those are ridiculously expensive. So, I figured I'd do the next best thing and ask y'all, my blog readers, to help me.


I'm pretty sure he's mixed with a Brussels Griffon. The real question is...what other dog is he mixed with?

Can you help Hewitt and I solve his identity crisis? For the record, finding out his ethnicity will not make me love him more or less...it will just be nice to be able to put a breed on his vet paperwork instead of "Terrier X". Also, I completely realize that this crosses the line into weird, obsessed dog lady, but hopefully it's endearing enough to not venture to the creepy side.
Also, I know Hewitt doesn't really have an ethnicity...but I like calling his breed that. :)
And, another side note - as I read this the morning after I wrote (I usually write my posts the night before) I realize that I should probably wait to publish them until I read them again. This post is ridic and quite a testimony to the fact that after 10 pm I get delirious. The end.
Have an interesting Tuesday, y'all.


  1. He looks almost exactly like our Wicket, who is a purebred Lhasa. In fact while I was reading this M exclaimed, "that's Wicket!!" So the authority of the 4 year old says definitely Lhasa Apso :)

    1. That's what I always thought he was, but when his hair is shorter I guess he looks different. Glad to know that M thinks he's a Lhasa. :D

  2. Based on the pics here I'd say cavachon! Buri swear he looks Lhasa a LOT of the time! It's a toss up! And carry on crazy dog lady, no shame in your game

  3. I don't know what he is, besides adorable of course.

  4. Lhasa or a short haired or Griffichon! :)

  5. You are not the only one. People ask me all the time what breed Orvis is, because of his unique coloring. I never know what to say! He has the coloring of an Australian Cattle Dog, but is entirely too long and lanky. He also has longer hair, but not as long as an Australian Shepherd. And his face really looks like a hound. I just tell people, "he is...breeds."

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