What’s That Mutt?: McCartney – not a Beatle or a Beagle, but maybe something in between?

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Jennifer adopted McCartney as a puppy from Wright-Way Rescue in Chicago.

Guest blogger Jennifer Zentz lives in Indianapolis with her dog, McCartney, loves photographing him and is the volunteer co-chair of the Humane Society of Indianapolis‘ Mutt Strut fundraiser. Today she tells us about using the Canine Heritage Breed Test to determine what breeds are in McCartney’s family tree.

My pup, McCartney, is one and a half years old. He’s an Old English Sheepdog-colored, Border Collie-like-jumping, Labrador-retrieving and Beagle-barking one-of-a-kind dog.

I came across McCartney’s listing on Petfinder a little over a year ago. I fell in love with his puppy photo and just knew I had to go check him out. (Find out what McCartney looks like today after the jump.)


See a larger view of McCartney as an adult by clicking on the picture.

We scheduled a drive to Chicago in late January 2009 and met him at Wright-Way Rescue. It was an instant match. We weren’t sure exactly what he would turn out to look like, but figured he had to be part Old English Sheepdog.

Now that he’s full-grown, he’s developed into a beautiful, unique dog. His fur texture and color have changed over time and he’s got characteristics of many different breeds, including the athleticism of a Border Collie, the love for chasing tennis balls of a Labrador Retriever and the howling at passing cars and dogs of a Beagle.

We can’t take him on a walk or to a dog park without hearing the question, “What kind of dog is that?” It’s hard to not give a long-winded explanation, so we’ve tried to come up with some clever answers. I’ll leave you with some photos of my pup, and hopefully with the help of the Canine Heritage Breed Test, the mystery can be solved.

What do you think McCartney’s test will reveal? Tell us in the comments below!

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Thanks to our partner Canine Heritage for donating McCartney’s breed test.
For more information on how to test your dog’s DNA, visit the Canine
Heritage Web site

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