DogsMom Exploring the Blogosphere

February 4, 2011

No Chihuahuas

Filed under: Animals,Whatzit — Laura R @ 8:57 AM

I have been enjoying visiting the blogs on the Magical Mystery Mutt Tour

and encourage you to hop on the tour yourself.

We have no shortage of Mystery Mutts here.




  Who should we focus on?




The smallest member of the clan is Mr. Z


While we did not clean up for these photos he really is both cream & yellow with here and there white.  He is both larger and cleaner than he appears in these photos and he has more hair than it appears.

Z is about 22″ tall and weighs between 35 and 40 pounds. Presently 17 months old.
He does not have a high yappy voice but he is the complainer of the group. He expresses his opinion on everything.


   I was assured his father was a white lab of typical lab size.


No one wanted to tell me anything about his mother.

I was told he came from a litter of 7 and he was the one they wanted to keep.

I wish I had the investigative talents of Jack’s human to learn more.

It was a case of boy meets girl, each has unneutered/not spayed dog, and landlord did not allow pets to begin with.

Last spring

Sometimes he almost has a bulldog stack.
Medically he is prone to stomach pains, possibly pancreatitis.  I am very particular about his diet.
He is very sweet, good with the cats, has endless energy.
So – what’s your guess? 
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  1. How cute! Golden Retriever and I don’t know what. What a neat little dog!

    Comment by Kelly — February 4, 2011 @ 4:21 PM

    • Oh- I wish. I love him dearly but his personality is too independent to have any Golden in him. Can a dog be both codependent and resentful?

      Comment by dogsmom — February 4, 2011 @ 4:33 PM

  2. I would definitely have guessed a Golden mix of some sort… Now that you say no, I’m stumped!

    Comment by AJ — February 4, 2011 @ 5:30 PM

    • Honestly I have no idea what he is but I have known many Goldens and nothing about him suggests golden to me.

      Comment by dogsmom — February 4, 2011 @ 5:50 PM

  3. hmmmm.. how can they be sure his dad was a lab but not know what his mother was? I do see some kind of bully in his wide skull and ear set…I would have guessed golden, too, by his color and his tail…some terriers are prone to pancreatitis and CKCS, too and GSD…I’m a big help huh?

    Samoyed…The eyes are the eyes of a Samoyed! that could also explain his coat and independance

    Comment by Stumpy and Cyndi — February 4, 2011 @ 5:43 PM

    • Maybe if I start thinking of him as a Golden he will adopt some of the charcteristics? He really is a sweetie and a mama’s boy.

      Comment by dogsmom — February 4, 2011 @ 5:52 PM

  4. I wouldn’t guess Golden Retriever either, but I love the color and the attitude.

    Comment by jan — February 4, 2011 @ 6:39 PM

  5. Thanks for stopping by to visit All Things Dog Blog. I’m glad you enjoyed my post about Xena. She was almost 14 when we lost her–a good life for a Retriever.

    I’d like to invite you and your wonderful pack of Mutts to join us for our first annual Super Dog Sunday Photo Blog Hop. Read more here:

    Comment by Carrie Boyko — February 4, 2011 @ 6:53 PM

  6. Hello again and so happy to see you stopped in at my FB page. I just left poor Melissa a link to Xena’s eulogy, that I wrote upon return from the vet. I used the emotion to give her a good sendoff. If you’re interested, it’s here:

    Does your blog have a FB page?

    Comment by Carrie Boyko — February 4, 2011 @ 7:22 PM

    • No Fb page or twitter for me. I am on FB as Laura DogsMom. Have my hands full taking care of critters and trying to find time to blog. (And craft and read and take photos and YARD SALE!)

      Comment by dogsmom — February 4, 2011 @ 7:39 PM

  7. well one thing is he is sure cute! his temperament could come from the lab… the legs & head look a bit bully to me as well. did you get him from the dads home that the mom was not around? it is weird that they would want to hide a mix anyway?? He’s cute, just love & enjoy him.

    Comment by Faythe @ GrammyMouseTails — February 4, 2011 @ 7:59 PM

    • I got him from someone (a young girl) who said she was the sister of the guy who had the lab. (If it was actually a lab or lab mix.) I did not get to see either parent dog and even after asking multiple times about the female dog never got a clear answer. I was told he has no pit or akita in him. There may be terrier. Really no information at all.

      Comment by dogsmom — February 4, 2011 @ 8:21 PM

  8. I love this hop! It is so fun!

    Z is so cute!

    By the way his back leg stance is I would guess maybe Bulldog, but his ears have me stumped!
    Ok Bulldog, Retriever, Boxer??? Final answer.

    Comment by Jen — February 4, 2011 @ 9:33 PM

    • LOL- you may advance to another round, even if your answer is not 100%

      Comment by dogsmom — February 5, 2011 @ 1:31 AM

  9. hi there 🙂 sorry to be so late, but here i am finally!

    Mr Z [what a fantastic name!] – i think he might have some golden retriever mixed with the lab. labs are one of the breeds prone to pancreatitis i believe [greedy guts that they are!] he’s not very big so maybe he has some other furry mid-size dog in him like a an australian shepherd [i know, i know…the colouring is all wrong! but they do have a more slight build and are definitely energetic!]

    well, that’s my very scientific deduction :p have a great day!

    Comment by georgia little pea — February 5, 2011 @ 12:26 AM

    • I have only been to 2/3 of the tour myself at this point. Tomorrow is another day. I may need to try a DNA test and tarot cards to define his breeding.

      Comment by dogsmom — February 5, 2011 @ 1:30 AM

  10. He looks a lot like my friend’s dog, which is golden retriever and samoyed mix. I luv all your mystery mutts!

    Comment by Peggy @Peggy's Peg Place — February 5, 2011 @ 10:04 AM

    • I am going to start think of him as a golden mix and see how that affects our relationship.

      Comment by dogsmom — February 5, 2011 @ 11:05 AM

  11. Hey, thanks for visiting Bocci’s Beefs and your kind comments! Notice the book that Parental Unit and I are trying to put together-we’d love more rescue stories! See link at the very top of our sidebar with my smilin’ face:-) And if you’re really interested, you can feel free to advertise the “call for rescue stories” on your blog as part of your “promotional package”! 🙂

    Bocci and his Parental Unit, Joan

    Comment by Joan DeMartin — February 5, 2011 @ 10:32 AM

    • I can definitely help you get some rescue stories.
      And I will do what I can to promote for you.

      Comment by dogsmom — February 5, 2011 @ 11:04 AM

  12. I definitely see the lab, maybe a little Am Span? There is something in the shape of his forehead that reminds me of my dog. But he has a fluffy tail and fluffy ears, so maybe he has some sort of spaniel in him as well? Or perhaps Setter? Let’s say Lab/Am Span/English Setter, just for fun. 🙂 He looks like a handful! The best kind of dog, in my opinion. 🙂

    Comment by Kristine — February 5, 2011 @ 11:21 AM

  13. What a sweetheart! I’m not going to try to guess because I am clueless — hey, I held this blog hop to learn about breeds, and boy am I — but I aim to visit everyone.

    Frankie changes colors too. I couldn’t tell though: Does Z have different coats depending on the season? In one picture he looked smooth and short haired, in another I saw definite chest hair. Maybe a body wax 😉

    Comment by Edie — February 5, 2011 @ 3:24 PM

  14. Thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting!
    I think Mr Z is really cute, and he does look smaller in these photos. You got ahead of me and already mentioned Golden Retriever… My knowledge is lost beyond that. His mom was probably a medium-sized female; the body shape reminds me a little of my own dog Aschiuta.

    Comment by Lavi — February 5, 2011 @ 3:56 PM

  15. Mr. Z is a cutie pie and I love his name! Definitely Golden retriever/lab, but what else?? He does look like he might have some bully in him, especially in the last picture. Looks like he has a very faint bit of a white stripe in between his eyes…too cute!

    Kirby’s Mom

    Comment by Cheryl and Kirby — February 5, 2011 @ 6:43 PM

    • He does have a white stripe. You have very sharp eyes.

      Comment by dogsmom — February 6, 2011 @ 8:30 AM

  16. Wow…I quickly learned on this blog hop how much I have to learn about dog breeds! My first thought was Golden until I saw the photo from last spring. Mr. Z is a tough nut to crack!

    Glad I found your blog…hops are great for meeting new dog blogger friends. 🙂

    Comment by According to Gus — February 5, 2011 @ 8:42 PM

    • I never thought Golden until I saw a link on the blog hop to a Golden breeder’s site and her dogs were almost white. There are similarities in the tail and the chest hair. I do know that white and cream both are the dilutes of the yellow gene, which in turn is actually related to the brown gene which is the dilute of black.

      Comment by dogsmom — February 6, 2011 @ 8:36 AM

  17. There’s a little dude at our dog park (what I blog about at looks a lot like Mr. Z. Morris’s owners say he’s part Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever– so that answers the people who said, “Part retriever, but what kind?” 🙂

    Does he like to jump and chase frisbees? That would confirm the retriever label. And 35 pounds of boundless energy is like having a bullet in the house!

    Comment by one person's view — February 5, 2011 @ 8:48 PM

    • Yes- he is a jumper. Not so much frisbees but tennis balls. And loves to play with empty milk jugs.
      The size is definitely closer to a Toller than a Golden although Field Goldens are more compact than confirmation golden retrievers.

      Comment by dogsmom — February 6, 2011 @ 8:33 AM

  18. My Biscuit is a definite Mystery Mutt. Thanks for the heads up and the link! 🙂

    Comment by Lamb — February 6, 2011 @ 12:02 PM

  19. I couldn’t find an e-mail address for you so I wanted to tell you about the Barn Chicks meme. Send me and e-mail and I would be happy to. My e-mail is
    Thanks–great blog 🙂

    Comment by Amy at Verde Farm — February 6, 2011 @ 3:44 PM

  20. Hmmm… some lab and golden perhaps? In any event, adorable! 🙂

    Comment by Pup Fan — February 7, 2011 @ 10:44 AM

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