The Big DNA Reveal:Birdie
The guesses are in and although no one got it quite right (it would have been a miracle!), Birdie thanks you all for throwing out so many small breeds, like the Jack Russell and Fox Terrier. She’s a little self-conscious about her weight, so it was a big ego boost for Birdie that so many of you think she’s a petite little gal.
Before you see Birdie’s results, I’d like to tell you what Birdie’s dad and I thought she was, based on her behavior and physical characteristics.
There was no doubt in our minds that she was part Beagle, but Birdie is 40lbs. Too big to be a Beagle. Plus she never, ever makes any noise. I think she barked once two years ago. And once the year before that. Not very hound-ish.
She’s also really broad chested. Even though she’s much smaller than Boogie, her chest is the same width. When we try to buy her coats, we always have to look for extra stretch, otherwise she pops the front clasp open like the Hulk. Plus, she has a very wide stance in the front and is strong as an ox. So our guess was that Birdie was part Beagle, part American Bulldog.
Or part cowgirl:
So what did the Bird turn out to be? Here are her results!
It turns out that we have a Beagle, Mastiff, Shepherd mix! We were really surprised by the Belgian Tervuren, but not as surprised as you’d think by the Dogue de Bordeaux. Maybe that would explain why Birdie is built like a brick house. I have no idea how accurate this is, but it confirms that she is a Beagle mix and now we’re having a lot of fun referring to her as a Mastiff.
So, how should I break the news to Birdie that she’s not a Jewish Beagle from New Jersey?
Next up: Boogie’s Results…