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    Tkay your girl does look like a Maremma pup in that picture. Very cute.

    Paw-Sha what a lovely boy Buddy was. I bet people sometimes called him a GSD x.

    Puggerup when I got my first Pug Mary (a black) a woman asked me what she was crossed with. She said Mary could not possibly be purebred as there was no such thing as a black Pug. The husband has always called the Pugs Miniature Mastiffs when he is not telling people they are aliens.

    I'd love to see a photo of Hyacinth, Hyacinth. I like mystery dogs.

    I might take the Whippet to the bus stop next time and find out what sort of cross he is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    I love the things that folks come up with....

    I most usually get - "Lassie cross Greyhound?"

    But I actually had a guy argue with me recently - admittedly he was out the front of the pub and a little under the weather (I said a little, not a lot! ) - that my dogs were "some sort of greyhound crosses". He just could not be convinced otherwise - not even by his wife!

    The hardest part is that if I actually come out and say they're Borzoi I still get blank looks. So the old name "Russian Wolfhound" seems easier most of the time!
    Russian Wolfhound sounds much tougher than Borzoi. Maybe you could get them some spiked collars so they live up to the name? Actually wasn't it Borzoi blood they used to turn the working Collie into an artistocratic, decorative companion?

    Idea!! If I mated Kenna Sheltie to Strada Whippet do you think I could sell the pups as Teacup Borzoi?

    Only joking.

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    Hi Deerhound

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/members/h...r-younger.html

    Excuse the long link - there's a couple of pix on an album attached to my profile.

    There is a puppy that visits my favourite oval that I call a "Pharoh Hound" but is actually cross greyhound, great dane and something else with long legs. And the first time it met Frosty,it behaved quite well. The second time - I had to pull it off Frosty by its tail. Grr. Trouble is the bigger and older it gets, the harder it will be for them to socialise it properly.

    Hyacinth is what I wanted to call "Frosty" when I first met her, because she had a bucket on her head. But you can't yell "Hyacinth" across an oval.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post

    Hyacinth is what I wanted to call "Frosty" when I first met her, because she had a bucket on her head. But you can't yell "Hyacinth" across an oval.
    Sorry about that. I made a few silly mistakes last night for some reason, eg. putting a bid of $700 instead of $7.00 on a dog postcard on ebay. Fortunately I won it for $5.00. I've never forgotten the Mrs Bucket connection so the name Hyacinth sticks in my mind. I can think of worse names to call across an oval. It took me months before I realised why I got a lot of funny looks when I called my black Pug "Puck". Putting a "y" on the end made it more acceptable.

    Frosty is a pretty girl. I can see why people might think GSP x. The head and the ears are Pointer rather than Cattle dog. Also her colouring is quite common in first cross GSPs. Do you think her temperament is herding or gundog? Just curious.

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    A kid came up to me once and asked "Excuse me, can I pat your Bull Massive?"

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    Hi Deerhound

    She's definitely got heeler tendencies and attitude - she does heel and chase - though I think I've persuaded her not to bite people on the ankles anymore. The main way I get her to come back to me is to run away, and she will heel (heeler) then head me (kelpie/border collie). Did wonders for my knee rehab - going zig zag direction changes playing tag with her. When she's "it" she definitely cuts me off like a herding dog.

    She also likes to sniff like a hound. Spends a lot of time with her nose to the ground tracking the scents on the oval.

    And she's not obsessively obedient like I've seen with many kelpie crosses. More like a heeler there.

    But she's not a wanderer like the GSP that I used to share a house with - it would take off for its previous home 40km away, and I know two beagles that would happily leave home and just go and go. Frosty likes to keep me in sight even if she won't necessarily come back close enough to go on leash reliably. Sometimes she lives up to the title of "blue glue".

    So I think she might be heeler x kelpie x something else. Ie kelpie doesn't explain the shape of her face or her floppy ears. Maybe there was a kelpie x GSP out there?

    I met a kelpie x sharpei yesterday. It was kelpie in colour (Red) and attitude (grovel wiggle) but Sharpei ears and boxy chest and more curl in the tail than most kelpies. Quite a nice dog.

    And this morning I met a "petit basset griffon vendeen" which I thought was a three way cross and why would anyone want to do that on purpose and how could you show it? - except it wasn't. It was very cute and well behaved, and looked like Mutley from Penelope Pitstop. Apparently it was declared unsuitable for show because it wouldn't "stand for inspection" - it kept sitting. Frosty has that problem with "stand for inspection" too.

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    when we got our purebred black lab ( i was 10) we took her out for a walk now my lab is VERY short we always say she is part corgy (she's not)... any way we took her out to hanging rock vic and as ahe struggling up the stairs as a 3 month old puppy would do this man commented when asked by his son what type of dog " i think she's some sort of fat chiwawa" i was so offended!!!

    lol i think its funny when people ask me what breed gyps is i thought gsd's were very well known and she Definitely does'nt look like any thing else unless you count wolf!

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    That's a good one DH.
    A resident at work calls my bichon x shiz tsu a jack russell.
    My black GSD.....belgian shep.
    One of my maremma x GSD's...anatolian shep.
    The other a leonburger, I wish LOL.
    My pharaoh...a greyhound.
    The more people I meet, the more I like my dogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deerhound View Post
    Actually wasn't it Borzoi blood they used to turn the working Collie into an artistocratic, decorative companion?

    Idea!! If I mated Kenna Sheltie to Strada Whippet do you think I could sell the pups as Teacup Borzoi?

    Only joking.
    Yep it was. Queen Victoria was given some Borzoi from Russia and used them over the working collies as she found them more beautiful with the Borzoi blood. The long time breeders of working collies weren't reall happy about it but when it's the Queen I guess you can't argue! So hence you have teh Rough Collie - and yes, Lassie....

    Funny you should say that about Kenna. There is a new breed which is starting to become recognised worldwide - Silken Windhounds. Beautiful little dogs, commonly believed to be a standardised Borzoi Whippet X. But through their DNA mapping it has been found to have Shaltie blood in there...

    You should google them - Silken Windhounds that is. The closest thing yet to a pocket sized Borzoi!!

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