Yes. I'm at it again.
The DNA test is being processed, so I'll quit boring you with my obsession soon.
After I did all that DNA study I was OK with the potential results on Brockle. Unless he is a combination of 175 breeds in the first couple generations, the results should give me an idea or three of who he is.
This craziness is my trainers fault. Yes, HMT, you. The first time we met, he immediately started evaluating (playing) with my new dog.
"He's cool," HMT said. "What is he?"
"The pound said he was a collie/GSD cross," I replied.
"Hmmm," he said.
A few minutes later, the eternally patient, awesome trainer in her own right, and retired due to injury wife of HMT, Saint B, drove by on her way to town. She stopped to say "Hi."
"Hey, Saint B, check out our new client, Brockle," HMT said.
"Oooh, he's kinda cool," Saint B said."What is he?"
"The pound told her he was collie and GSD."
"No he's not. Maybe collie...healer? I don't know, but he's not a shepherd."
"Why?" I asked.
"His color," Saint B said. "It's recessive. GSD coloring is extremely dominant. If there's any shepherd in there it's a few generations back."
And so began the mystery of my dog.
I did quite a bit of research into dominant and recessive traits (genes).
As usual, keep in mind this is my very unscientific mind at work.
Basics are, if it's a recessive trait it's as weak as an inbred Italian Greyhound. In order for a recessive trait to appear it has to be crossed with another animal that carries the same trait.
Brockle's mostly white, piebald, orangish coat is recessive. So both parents would need to carry a gene for this color.
A dominant trait is all JRT. It only needs to be in one parent to appear. And then it kicks some ass.
Recessive traits can be pure evil, hanging around for generations and hiding in the shadows, until another like recessive enters the gene pool then BAMMO! you've got cleft palates, bulgy eyes, Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome...
This is where my research took me.
Here's some dog data.
|Brockle's "smooshy" face|
He definitely doesn't have GSD legs.
Brockle measures 27 inches at the shoulder.
He weighs 72 pounds.
The vet would like him to be closer to 80 pounds, but he's a light eater.
He has a long, fluffy double coat which he blows twice a year. In between he's a light shedder.
His ears are so big I have trouble getting them to fit in a head shot.
His color is described as tipped sable piebald with ticking and a black mask.
His head is narrow, he has a clearly defined stop and he's pretty jowly for a long nosed dog.
He's really tall.
GSD - 23-26 inches
Doberman - 24 - 28
Borzoi - 26-28
Anatolian Shepherd - 29-32
Malinois - 24-26
Border Collie -19-22
Australian Cattle Dog - 18-20
Australian Shepherd - 20-23
He has fine bones.
Long oval feet, the middle toes extend way past the outside ones.
He is very fast. We clocked him at 37 mph on a recall. I'm pretty sure he would be faster if he was in prey mode. He runs like this:
|Lurchers left, Brockles left|
His ears have a distinctive shape.
|Belgian Shepherd (Trevuren)|
His tail is interesting...
as is his body type.
His color keeps causing problems.
Australian Cattle Dogs immediately come to mind. Their size, build, and attitude just don't add up. Still, I see a lot of dogs called heelers that could. Maybe.
|Purebred Australian Cattle Dog|
So...remembering that I need a recessive gene from both parents to get a recessive trait, but only one gene from one parent to get a dominant trait...
White collies are the result of either to white parents or two white factored parents.The color is inherited independently of the dominant sable.
Black Mask - this is interesting, short noses (brachycephalic dogs) are recessive and begin to disappear within one generation when out-crossed with dogs with regular noses, many of these breeds have masks. Technically, Brockle could have some Boxer back there somewhere).
black and tan
|Plush coat GSD and Brockle|
That's the end of my physical meanderings. Next, I'm going to talk about his behaviors...it gets really interesting.