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: Name That Mutt


bustamelon
09-30-2005, 03:30 PM
OK. I just posted my first E in the gallery (this one here) (http://www.elementownersclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=17710), and a friendly fellow pet/E owner (Hondamade4dogs) saw my pooch in the pics and said I should post over here. So I am. But this isn't gratuitous -- I actually do have a question, and having seen a lot of the pets on this board, I suspect a lot of you might be able to help me out with this:

What kind of dog is Mingus?
He was adopted about a year and a half ago through a program called Save-a-Sato, where stray dogs in Puerto Rico are sent to various shelters on the US mainland. This guy was found in a university parking lot on the southern side of the island. His name used to be Zapato (shoe), but we changed it to Mingus (http://www.mingusmingusmingus.com/) . The shelter people could only say they thought he was some kind of terrier, which I agree with. But I can see other breeds there too:
Fox Terrier
Pit Bull Terrier
Greyhound
Whippet
Lab
Beagle
... and his coloring is almost exactly like this guy:
http://www.elementownersclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=17567

You'll also notice, as did Hondamade4dogs, that he is thin as a rail, despite having a voracious appetite. So far no diagnosis.

http://www.bustamelon.com/images/mingus/p3070110.jpg
Around 5 months old here.

These were all taken fairly recently, within the last few months. He'll be 2 in November.
http://www.bustamelon.com/images/mingus/Mingus-for-Milkbone.jpg
http://www.bustamelon.com/images/mingus/P1010010.jpg
http://www.bustamelon.com/images/mingus/P1010021.jpg
http://www.bustamelon.com/images/mingus/P1010029.jpg
http://www.bustamelon.com/images/mingus/mingus_checks_it_out.jpg
http://www.bustamelon.com/images/mingus/scary_yawn.jpg

You can see he is a dog of 1000 faces. And a character, just like his master's car.

In the scary picture, he's just yawning. Not getting ready to rip my face off.

stewardrobbins
09-30-2005, 04:28 PM
Hello, this is Steward's wife Kathy. He says I should answer this, as I train shelter dogs and have handled over 3,000 in the past two years. Sometimes we have to guess at their heritage. I do see more Whippet than anything else. That being said, the street dogs of Puerto Rico, and everywhere else, for that matter, have many generations of mix in them, so you will never know! I would just tell folks that he is part Whippet, and his father was a traveller who showed up in an Element one day. :lol:

RealWheels
09-30-2005, 05:07 PM
Does your dog like to ride in the E? He looks like a fun campanion. BTW, thanks for saving the life of a precious pet.

3rdHonda
09-30-2005, 05:37 PM
I do see some terrier (fox terrier perhaps?) in the face and ears, but yeah, that body seems to be all whippet. Would that make him a whippier?

hiker chick
09-30-2005, 07:20 PM
What a cutie! :)

lae10851
09-30-2005, 07:24 PM
If people ask, just tell them he is purebread sweetheart!!

All three of my dogs are shelter adoptees. We take turns thinking they are one breed or another depending on what day it is.

Mingus is such a cutie, you lucked out!!

bustamelon
09-30-2005, 08:04 PM
Does your dog like to ride in the E? He looks like a fun campanion. BTW, thanks for saving the life of a precious pet.

Funny story: he always loves to ride in the car, any car. But on his first ride in the Element we had to put him in the way back with the seats up regular style. We didn't have any rug or blanket or anything. He was terrified I think, because he couldn't see us up front and he couldn't really see out the windows. And of course he was sliding all over the place, desparately trying to get a grip. So, he got the sh** scared out of him. Literally. If it had been ANY other new car, it would've hit the fan (excuse the expression). But after a quick wipedown, I instantly knew I picked the right vehicle. :cool:

Since then we have kept him in the middle row with his padded bed. He stays put usually with his head right between the front seats.

fliggie
10-01-2005, 05:20 AM
He is quite beautiful! I would guess, having a grey myself, that he is a grey or whippet mix due to his body and the perkiness of those ears. The coloring is also grey-like, but the face is much fuller. Does he have spots on his belly?

Here is a picture of my grey:http://fliggie.mydogpages.net/artists/1561/0/1cdc2fd8fde958e00927dd1a5fa91864.jpg

bustamelon
10-01-2005, 01:56 PM
He is quite beautiful! I would guess, having a grey myself, that he is a grey or whippet mix due to his body and the perkiness of those ears. The coloring is also grey-like, but the face is much fuller. Does he have spots on his belly?

a few spots, mostly in the business area, inside thighs and belly.
Yes we got lucky -- he is a handful sometimes, he is SO high energy and we are SO not, and he gets barky now and then. Especially when motorcycles or trucks go by. But he is a good looking guy, got all the best aspects of whatever breeds he comes from, and he is incredibly sweet and loving. In fact, since we got him at 4 months, to this day, if you sit down on the floor with him (and he's not too revved up), he will climb into your lap and sit. Too big for that now, but we let him get away with it since he's so light.

Your guy sure looks like he's making himself at home! Cute. Definite similarities.

JohnE
10-24-2005, 08:07 PM
...You'll also notice, as did Hondamade4dogs, that he is thin as a rail, despite having a voracious appetite. So far no diagnosis.


Busta, we had a cat that had simlar symptoms as you describe. We found that our cat had a thyroid tumor that was treated succsufully with radioactive iodine. After treatment was completely back to normal behavior. The condtion can be diagonised though a blood test. We do not know if dogs are prone this this aliment, but it is worth asking...

1stpik
10-27-2005, 02:14 AM
Your dog looks to be a tri-mix or more. Very tough to i.d.

I see Whippet/Italian Greyhound in the ears, Fox/Rat Terrier in the face, and Labrador Retriever in the paws and the general size.

The only way to know is to have his DNA tested. I think it's expensive, though.

I have a little 13 lb. mutt from the pound. He looks like a simple two-dog mix; definitely Chihuahua and probably Rat Terrier. See what you think.

bsdowner
10-27-2005, 05:40 AM
I agree with 1stpik - greyhound/whippet, plus fox/rat terrier, and lab (big feet) - an All-American designer dog!

some dogs are just thin - like a typical greyhound. My Belgian Sheepdog is thin under a good coat of fur.

If you are feeding good quality food, like Breeders Choice, Flint River, Evo, BARF (bones and raw food), etc. and not the cheap food store stuff, he should be ok. Iams used to be a good food, but now it is corn-based and some dogs don't do well on it.

Have the vet run a T4 thyroid test just to be on the safe side. The T4 test shows ratings that don't show up in normal blood work. T4 test should be run whenever a dog shows unusual behavior changes and unusual weight loss/gain.

joemama
10-27-2005, 06:26 PM
Yep it's amazing what shows up in mixed dogs.

I have a Jack Russell Terrier Mini Dachshund mix named Skip that I adopted from a shelter four years ago today. She is five years old but still looks like a puppy.

People ask me all the time what kind of dog she is and where they can get one like her.

She is a great dog and really is my best friend.

hiker chick
10-27-2005, 06:56 PM
What a doll, JoeMama! Nicely composed pics, too. :)