Tag Archives: Mixed Breed Dogs

Buddy and Luna


Buddy is another good friend that I play with every day at the Pawm Springs dog park. He is a Poodle/Bichon mix. Talk about energy: this guy has an unlimited supply. Nothing slows him down when he is playing at the park—not even the summer heat. He is all fun on the run. They also call him “Muddy Buddy” and from the looks of it, you can tell why. If there is water and mud in the park, he will lay in it. I guess that’s how he stays cool.

Luna and Ellie

Luna is another Poodle/Bichon mix, but she’s still a puppy at five months old. This was her first visit to the dog park so she was a little apprehensive at first. After checking out the other dogs and sniffing some others, she began playing with Buddy.

Both Buddy and Luna are the same mixed breed (i.e. Poodle/Bichon) but with different colors and different coats of fur. Buddy has a Bichon coat of fur while Luna has a longer and softer coat. I would have never guessed that these two are the same type of mixed breed. I suppose it’s true what Forrest Gump said, “Ma’ma always said life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get*.” The same holds true for us dogs but that’s what keeps life interesting. Have fun—play hard. See ya’ at the park.

• From the movie Forrest Gump written by Winston Groom

The Results Are In

The results are in for Dexter’s DNA test. Dexter is an Australian Cattle Dog/Australian Shepherd/Dachshund mix.

Links of Interest:
Dogs 101: Australian Cattle Dog [Animal Planet video]
Australian Cattle Dog [Animal Planet]
Dogs 101: Australian Shepherd [Animal Planet video]
All About the Australian Shepherd [VetStreet]
Dogs 101: Dachshund [Animal Planet video]
Information about the Standard Dachshund [Animal Planet]

If you’re interested in finding out the genetic makeup in your mixed breed dog, check out my post on Wrestling with Dexter.


Petri, a Chinese Crested/Papillon

This is Petri, a Chinese Crested/Papillon mix. When people see a Chinese Crested, they think it has mange, but it is actually hairless. Petri, like other Chinese Cresteds, is outgoing, energetic and spright. They make wonderful companions for children and seniors.



Links of Interest:
Dog Breeds: Chinese Crested [Animal Planet]
Dogs 101: Chinese Crested [Animal Planet video]
Chinese Crested Breed Information [VetStreet]
Dogs 101: Papillon [Animal Planet video]
Breed All About It: Papillon [Animal Planet video]
Papillon Breed Information [Vet Street]


Dog Breed Inquiry

Samina has a question. She got a Shih Tzu mix puppy from the shelter and wants to know how to determine his exact breed.

It can be difficult to tell what breed a puppy is until she or he is an adult, but Dog DNA testing is one way to determine your puppy’s genetic makeup.

I would also suggest following the guidelines of How to Identify Your Adopted Mutt in Six Steps.

Animal Planet has a great show called Dogs 101 about dog breeds. Here’s their short video on Shih Tzus.

Regardless of what breed your new puppy is, with proper training and a lot of love, he or she will be a loving companion for you and your family.

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Wrestling with Dexter


This is a new friend I met at the park. His name is Dexter and he is a four year old whatever. His family met him at the Humane Society shelter when he was eight weeks old. His breed is unknown at this time. Whatever his breed is, we know by just being around him that he is very smart and full of energy.

After watching me catch the frisbee, he figured out real quick that if you go retrieve it and bring it back to a family member it will get thrown again. His family is very curious as to his breed mixture so they are sending a sample of his DNA for testing. The family thinks he might be part Border Collie and a mixture of something else. What do you think?

There are a lot of great dogs like Dexter at your local dog shelter. Check ’em out. They need a home. Just like me, they’ll become someone’s best friend.

Links of interest:
Dog DNA Tests: Do they really work?
Dog DNA Tests: Why Your Mutt’s Makeup Matters

Ellie and Dexter wrestling

I’m teaching Dexter how to wrestle without getting hurt.

Ellie and Dexter playing