Thursday, September 30, 2010
Pug - Pugs are stressed by hot and cold weather. So is Ziggy. They are prone to allergies. Ziggy has a lot of allergies. Pugs tend to wheeze and snore. Ziggy snores occasionally. Ziggy might be part pug!
Akita Inu - Akitas are intelligent, courageous and fearless. So is Ziggy. But they are also careful and very affectionate with its family. That's not Ziggy. I'm going to rule out Akita as a possible match.
Shiba Inu - Shibas are known for preferring to stay clean. I definitely will rule out Shiba Inus as a possibility.
Keeshond - I had a keeshond growing up. She was a great dog, but she was nothing like Ziggy. Therefore Ziggy must not have any Keeshond in him.
Basenji - This one is easy. Basenjis don't bark. Ziggy barks loudly. Therefore Ziggy is not part Basenji.
Chow Chow - Chows are self-willed. Ziggy is very self-willed. Chow chows can be a handful with passive owners. Ziggy is a handful with any owner. Ziggy might be part Chow Chow.
Norwegian Elkhound - Norwegian Elkhounds are docile and trustworthy. Ziggy is neither. They are affectionate with their family - also not Ziggy. They like to roam and bark. Ziggy doesn't bark unless he wants something. So I will rule out the Norwegian Elkhound as a possible match.
Siberian Husky - As I'm reading these breed descriptions, one statement about the Siberian Husky quickly caught my eye. Siberian Huskies are known to be destructive if they have no outlet for their energy. That's Ziggy!!! Ziggy must surely be a Siberian Husky mix!! But just to make sure, I'll continue my research.
Alaskan Malamute - These dogs sound similar to Siberian Huskies, but they are known to like to howl and dig - Ziggy doesn't do either. They also love to be outside, and Ziggy is always wanting to go back indoors. So Ziggy is probably not part Alaskan Malamute.
Karelian Bear Dog - These dogs have a good sense of humor. So does Ziggy! They are known to be intelligent and energetic, just like Ziggy. My research shows this is not a breed for the casual pet owner. Owners must be capable of handling this very forceful canine. Wow - that fits Ziggy perfectly. Except then I read this line - "this breed has a small appetite for its size". Okay, I have to rule this one out. Ziggy has a huge appetite. I don't think he's ever been not hungry.
Pomeranian - Pomeranians are intelligent, inquisitive and active. So is Ziggy. They have a delightful nature. I guess with Ziggy it depends on who you ask. Pomeranians are constant shedders. So is Ziggy. So there's a chance that Ziggy is part Pomeranian.
Samoyed - The Samoyed is all white, and so is Ziggy. But they are known to be very friendly to everyone. Ziggy isn't unfriendly - he just doesn't much care one way or the other. So Ziggy is probably not part Samoyed.
And that leaves me with the following possibilities. Is Ziggy part Pug, part Chow Chow, part Siberian Husky, or part Pomeranian? Or is he just a poorly bred American Pit Bull Terrier? Occasionally APBTs do have a curly tail like Ziggy (known as gay tail), which is considered to be a fault in the show ring. So that's another much more likely, but much less interesting, possibility. What do you think?