What Exactly Is Dukie? (Answer Below)

9 Jan

Dukie’s been my constant companion these last few days. Actually, he’s been my constant companion since he was old enough to stop being a moronic dog and to start being a good dog (they say dogs are toddlers until they are 2 years old, and that’s about how old Duke was before he started being a good dog).

It struck me the other day, though, that most people probably wouldn’t know what breed of dog Duke was if I didn’t tell them. Okay, so first of all Duke is a purebred Mutt, so he’s not technically any “breed”. Unlike other mutt dogs, however, Scott and I know exactly what dogs went into making Duke. The woman who owns Duke’s mom and dad also knew THEIR parents, so we definitely know what mixture went into Duke.

The question, however, is this: would a person who doesnt’ know what breeds went into Duke be able to figure it out?

I’m usually really good at being able to guess what types of dogs went into a mutt, and there’s no way I would be able to guess what type of dogs Duke’s mom and dad were. Care to take a guess? I’ll give you some hints.

1. There are four different dogs that went into making Duke (his mom was a mix of 2 dogs and his dad was a mix of 2 dogs).

2. He’s extremely protective of the kids.

3. He’s a woman’s dog and will follow me around and not Scott – even though he was supposed to be Scott’s dog.

4. He’s 6 years old and still plays like he’s 2.

Here are a few pics of our beloved family member. Can you guess what breeds he’s made of?

Edited to add – Okay, two of you got that Duke is part collie, and you’re right! And the German Shepherd guess is close (and is what would I guess) but isn’t quite right…he’s Shepherd, but not German….I’ll leave you with that and see if you can figure out the rest!!

Edited to add…again – You guys got close! You nailed that he’s part collie and shepherd. Here is what Duke’s ancestry is:

Duke’s Mother: Collie and Australian Shepherd (I have decided by the way, that when something happens to Duke – a long, LONG time from now – we’re getting an Australian Shepherd).

Duke’s Father – Husky and Wolf

Yeah, Duke’s dad is something like 70% wolf. He’s slightly illegal. He’s completely white and his fur is actaully very rough. You can’t get anywhere near him without the owners being there. His mother, on the other hand, is extremely nice. She’s a real woman’s dog and always sleeps on the moms side of the bed, as Duke does.

I love that my mother left a message on here (hi Mom!) because when we got Duke she did flip out over his father’s genes. And now it’s the only dog she’s not scared of. She pampers Duke so badly that she even went out and got him a doggie sundae when she watched him for a night!!

To be honest, though, Dukie deserves it. He’s always there for us whenever we need him (as long as the neighbor isn’t stealing him). He’ll do things for the kids that we can’t get him to do, like roll over. He’s been brought to different preschools to help the kids learn how to be gentle around dogs and let them smell them first – the parents are always shocked when the kids can take Duke’s leash and can walk around with them.

The boys, Kamik and Takaani, aren’t well-trained yet, but they’re still young. Even though, I’m not sure if they’ll ever be as devoted to this family as Duke is.

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9 Responses to “What Exactly Is Dukie? (Answer Below)”

  1. Winnie January 9, 2009 at 3:23 pm #

    I say Collie, German Shepherd, Lab

    Oooh – one out of three…and one of your other guesses is CLOSE!

  2. Sherry January 9, 2009 at 4:29 pm #

    I couldn’t possibly guess all four, but just looking at him I would guess that he’s got German Shepherd in him, and probably some kind of collie as well. Both would also account for being very protective of the kids.

    (That’s one thing I could never count on with Pearl. She’s an absolute sweetheart but she loves every human so much that I figure she wouldn’t be much protection because she’d be too busy trying to give a burglar or what have you as many kisses as possible!)

  3. scootersbabygirl January 9, 2009 at 4:35 pm #

    Sherry – close! You and Winnie have the same idea….

  4. Sherry January 9, 2009 at 4:45 pm #

    Shepherd, Collie, Retriever, and something else?

  5. JM January 9, 2009 at 11:50 pm #

    I thought you told me part of what he was, but Mark informs me there is no such thing. *shrug*

    Mark says, “Part Belgian shepherd.”

  6. Mom January 10, 2009 at 12:07 am #

    I know the one that nobody will guess!! When Randi said she was getting this dog I almost had a heart attack with worry about Toad (the baby at the time). As he grew and Randi and Scott trained him he has grown to be the best dog I have EVER known. One that I will never forget…he’s my “grand dog”.

  7. scootersbabygirl January 10, 2009 at 12:55 am #

    Hi Mom!! LOL

  8. scootersbabygirl January 10, 2009 at 12:56 am #

    There is no such thing as…an Australian Shepherd??

  9. JM January 11, 2009 at 12:30 am #

    Ah, apparently there is, but they’re not actually Australian, which is why Mark didn’t know about them.

    “The Australian Shepherd is a breed of herding dog that was developed on ranches in the Western United States. Despite its name, the breed, commonly known as an Aussie, did not in fact originate in Australia. They acquired their name because of its association with sheepherders who came to the United States from Australia.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Shepherd

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