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Instead of doing a DNA test to find out Simone's breed make-up, I decided to do it the old fashioned way: by guessing. The thing with guessing is that every few days, my guesses change. Last week, I was sure Simone was a Min Pin cross after someone sent me a picture of a Min Pin (it was wearing a duck costume). Earlier this week I was thinking she's part Whippet after seeing a Whippet at the dog park. Watching the Whippet outpace her by about three to one didn't shake my conviction either. I just assumed that Simone was crossed with something slower, like butter. She's not fat or anything but I don't think exercise would make it into her top ten favorite things to do since "eating" would fill up all the spots on that list.

Then yesterday, someone sent me this video about a guy, Heini Winter, who cycles around with his pack of dogs.

And I thought, hey, they all look like Simone.

After some searching, I discovered the dogs in the video are known as Eurohounds, roughly a mix of Husky and Pointer. They are bred for performance, which means they are bred for health and temperament, and not to a visually based breed standard.

Eurohounds are known for their endurance and focus and I'm sure if given the chance Simone would dazzle us with her endurance and focus too but in the house there's not much to endure, other than waiting for meals, but there is a lot to focus on like getting pets, naps, jumping on Smitten, dancing, ripping up old magazines, running up and down the stairs, climbing onto laps, skipping into the kitchen every chance she gets. Or maybe that's not focus. Maybe that's lack of focus.

I guess I'd have to say Simone is more of a generalist than a specialist, whatever breed that is.

6 Comments to “Simone's breed”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Well, let's see: given the apple dome skull, and the low placement of the ears, combined with the distance between her eyes, and their slight tilt, combined with the thinner muzzle and the slight brindling, I'd say Simone is -- wait for it -- a dog!

  2. I think the the Latin name for Simone's breed is canis adorabilis

  3. Flossy says:

    Talk about the epitome of "pack leader" with a pack of calm submissive dogs. Great video. Smiling the whole way through.

  4. NK says:

    What has happened to Simone? has she been adopted or do you still have her?

  5. Fred says:

    NK, Simone is still with me. She and Smitten have become best buds in the past couple of weeks so it's hard to decide what to do.

  6. nk says:

    Oh, you KNOW what you have to do!

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