Thursday, January 21, 2010

What is Mika?

Written by Rosie
Its always been amazing to me how complicated mix-breed dogs are.
Their roots have always come from pedigree dogs, but after generations of 'mixing', you just don't know what they are 'made of' after a while.
So... what is Mika 'made of'?

The feathering on the belly, on the legs (although at this time, he was suffering from malasezzia so hair was dropping off), and a really really amazing tail... Golden Retriever perhaps?

The amazing tail.

He was indeed a very beautiful boy - this was before the yeast struck him and when he didn't have his Dry Eye Disease/Infection - in which his left eye is constantly producing mucus because it does not produce enough tears.

Close-up on the face.
One ear is up and one ear is down.

Another stack

It's fascinating.

Extremely clever
Quite dominant and loves marking although he is neutered
Tries to do things his own way, sneaky
He is our only dog that doesn't look or listen to you when you talk to him - he doesn't have 'the eyes'
Very short attention span
Height 17"

When we got him, he was 8 months old, and being a puppy, was extremely naughty, and would really try our patience, and alpha. And at that time, we were still not really 'with it' in the doggy world. So we didn't know how to really control him.

Now, at 2 and a half years old, he has finally mellowed down, is more mature, but with a lot of consistency and training, he is a much better behaved dog. He knows the limits (hopefully), he's getting there anyway.
Previously, getting him to down was a tough job, and he hated it. He would feel so stressed and stiff. But now, the grooming he gets daily (which he loves) and slowly, he is 'down'ing more often, and even rolling over(voluntarily), which was even out of the question before.

So I guess he's maturing a lot, and he's gone quite a long way, which is good.
He LOVES people.
He is very confident.

Any ideas on what he might be?


Sara said...

I definitely see golden retriever in him! I can't quite pinpoint what else. What a wonderful description you wrote!

Ricky the Sheltie said...

I agree with the Golden Retriever too but I am not sure what else. Thanks for introducing Mika to us!

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