Sunday, July 27, 2008

A Fat Cat and A Skinny Dog

I know this is called Fat Cat Crochet but most Fat Cat's are well, fat and lazy. Pipurr is no exception. And being a Cat she is generally uncooperative where cameras are concerned. And well, she's boring. She does this....

and a lot of this....and this.

So when I saw came across a web sitefor a Canine Heritage Breed Test, I thought what the heck. The DH and I love our mutt dearly but always wondered just "what" she might be. She runs like a Greyhound, chases anything that runs, happily jumps into the lake and doesn't know the meaning of the word "fetch". Out of basic curiosity I bought the test. The cheek swab tests for over a 100 breeds. The results are divided into 3 catagories.

Primary – contains a majority of a specific breed (50% or greater). Most mixed breed dogs will not usually have a breed in this category unless one or both of their parents are purebred.

The Secondary – category reports breeds that are easily recognizable within your dog. While these breeds may have a strong influence on your pet, each breed listed makes up less than the majority of your dog’s DNA.

In the Mix – This final category identifies breeds that have the least amount of influence on your pet’s composition, however, they still appear, at a low and measurable amount, in your pet’s DNA.

So what do you get when you combine an
English Coonhound,

a Dachshund,

a Collie and

a Shetland Sheepdog?

Apparently that's what they tell us our Sparkie girl is. We just call her our
100% Pure Bred, American Mixed Breed, of the South Carolina Variety !

But the description of English Coonhound does seem to fit her best: renowned for speed and endurance, has a strong but racy body, a deep chest, and well-defined musculature. A balanced, powerful dog with no exaggerated parts, it possesses the grace and attitude of a well-conditioned athlete. In general an English Coonhound denotes a tall and leggy animal, thinly boned and built for the chase.

That's all true of my Sparkie. If it moves she'll chase it; squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks, ducks, butterflies, frogs, beetles. No catching has ever been done, just treeing. Well, the frogs and beetles get caught and sometimes eaten.