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Magical mystery mutt tour: What are you Little Greg and Peggy Sue?

February 4, 2011

When we heard about the Magical Mystery Mutt Tour put on by Will My Dog Hate Me?, Peggy’s Pet Place and I Still Want More Puppies, we knew Peggy Sue and Little Greg had to be in on the action.

Woohoo!! We LOVE games.

Woohoo!! We LOVE games.

So what’s this all about? Well, mutt lovers everywhere are posting stories and pictures of their lovable pups, and then readers try and guess the mix of the dogs. It’s not an exact science, clearly — but it’s definitely A LOT of fun … and an excuse to post more pictures of dogs.

Current Instincts has two residents dogs so let’s start off with the older, Little Greg (LG). I wrote a lengthy post about his origins last week but let me elaborate on his stats and personality.

Little Greg

Little Greg aka Mr. Handsome

Weight: 35 pounds

Height: Not sure of the exact length or height but his body comes up to just about my knees (I’m 5’7) and I’d say he’s maybe 24 inches long from nose to butt.

Coat and bone structure: Super short-haired coat and he’s very muscular. He’s just a sturdy dog.

Personality: LG is extremely sweet and calm, and he listens very well. He doesn’t play with toys at all and he loves to cuddle. He’s protective of his family and doesn’t back down to many dogs — definitely a dominant personality. LG is particular about other dogs, and while friendly with most, he only plays with a few, namely his step-sister Peggy Sue. He also LOVES going for runs and has fantastic endurance. He’s accompanied me on a 12 mile run before and was absolutely fine afterward.

Interesting facts: LG has one floppy ear and one that sticks straight up as well as a black-spotted tongue — very weird. I wish I could get a picture but he doesn’t really like it when I force his mouth open …

Here is another picture of our handsome fella.

Enjoying the sunshine.

Enjoying the sunshine.

Now on to Miss Peggy Sue.

Peggy Sue

Peggy Sue the princess

Peggy Sue the princess

Weight: 42 pounds

Height: Similar to Little Greg but she’s much longer.

Coat and bone structure: Short-haired but kind of fluffy and her body is like Jello — you can move her around however you please. Very flexible.

Personality: Peggy Sue is SUPER energetic.  She loves to play with everyone and everything — and if there are no toys or friends available, she finds some way to entertain herself, either by running around in circles or throwing a ball up in the air. She’s very fast — few dogs can run faster than her — and she has an extremely good sense of smell — she’s been finding toys in 3 feet of snow. She’s a lover, very smart, and she also submits to everyone — Peggy Sue has no desire whatsoever to be a dominant female.

Interesting fact: She makes snorting noises — kind of like a pig or a pug — when she’s very excited.

And a picture of the little princess.

Peggy Sue found a new toy. (Isn't she sooo long?!)

Peggy Sue found a new toy. (Isn't she sooo long?!)

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  1. Kathy permalink
    February 4, 2011 2:02 pm

    My dog doesn’t look like LG at all, but some character traits are similar. Calm, doesn’t play with toys, very protective, a little black on the tongue. Mine is a chow mix. Maybe LG has a little chow somewhere.

    • February 4, 2011 2:04 pm

      We’ve heard that before too because of the tongue! And his tail curves — sort of. It’s really fun trying to figure it out though!

  2. February 4, 2011 2:49 pm

    Peggy Sue looks a lot like my friends dog and we can’t really figure out what she is either. I think Little Greg looks like a Lab mixed some sort of hound.

  3. February 4, 2011 3:15 pm

    Ok so the ears are the cutest thing ever. You think of chow with the black on the tongue, but I don’t really see much chow there. Maybe there’s a bit of dalmatian in there, because our dalmatian had spots on his tongue and in his mouth! Peggy Sue looks like mostly lab. They both look like great dogs!

    • February 4, 2011 3:48 pm

      Thanks so much! The ears really are something else.

      Dalmatian is an interesting one but he does have a squarish face like the Dalmatian I had growing up so it’s definitely a possibility!

  4. Kristine permalink
    February 4, 2011 3:36 pm

    Little Greg has a similar facial expression to my dog Shiva. The colouring is different but his eyes and muzzle remind me of her. Maybe he is part Catahoula? I love those floppy ears! Too cute. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anything quite like them.

    Peggy Sure looks border collie-ish with maybe some black lab? She is quite beautiful as well.

    What awesome dogs! Wish I could hang out with them for a day or two.

    • Jack Weiland permalink
      February 4, 2011 3:40 pm

      Border Collie makes a lot of sense, actually. She’s fast and has tons and tons and tons of energy. Maybe a lab/collie mixoid.

    • February 4, 2011 3:45 pm

      Aww thank you so much!!!

      I think you’re on to something with the Catahoula! I’ve never heard of the breed before but when I Google imaged, the body and face shape were very similar. Even just their stance. They’re gorgeous dogs!

      Border Collie would make a LOT of sense for Pegs as she is super energetic and kind of runs like one.

      Thanks again for sharing!

    • Jack Weiland permalink
      February 4, 2011 3:45 pm

      Catahoula = good call. I’d never heard of them until now. They do look very similar though! Even the body shape/definition as well.

      So he’s a Catahoula … something.

  5. Jack Weiland permalink
    February 4, 2011 3:39 pm

    I’m going lab/greyhound on Peggy Sue. Her body is kind of a lean version of a lab, she’s really tall and fast as all get out.

    (Yep, all get out. It’s Friday people, party time.)

    Greg? Jeez I don’t know. I could see some pit bull in there. We assume he’s related to Sybil (from the story Bianca wrote) but it’s hard to tell what she is as well.

    In conclusion: they are basically everything, and they’re fantastic.

  6. February 4, 2011 6:58 pm

    I thought I saw some pit bull (American Stafforsdshire terrier to be more precise) in LG as well, so Catahoula, Am Staff and Lab is what I think…and part bat, because those ears had to come from somewhere (land of adorable, probably!)!!
    I think Peggy Sue looks predominantly black lab with some border collie.

  7. February 4, 2011 7:19 pm

    Hi there, here’s another blog I haven’t visited!

    I love the look of your dogs and they sound like they have great personalities too.

    LG – I’m going to go for pit bull/stuffy and pharaoh hound. he has magnificent big ears, even if one of them is more down than up! And the coloring may be right. As for the spotted tongue, there are heaps of dogs with that so he could be part anything from ridgeback to chowchow (yeah right). Btw, he looks a lot like shiva from rescued insanity. Except for the dappled coat.

    PS – I would think is part Labrador. She has that sweet face. But the longish FLEXIBLE body is a puzzle. I can’t imagine she’s part Bassett hound with her energy :p so that leaves me with…daschund. Oh dear. Well lab is biggish + dash is small = medium?

    • February 5, 2011 8:39 am

      Well thank you for stopping by! And for your guesses!

      Imagining a lab and dash together makes me giggle and looking at Peggy Sue makes me giggle so perhaps you’re on to something!

  8. February 4, 2011 7:56 pm

    What expressive faces your pups have! Treasure those photos. I love them. It’s not everyone that can take good pictures of black dogs.

    We’d like to invite you to join our first annual Super Dog Sunday Photo Blog Hop. You can read more here:

    • February 5, 2011 8:40 am

      Thank you so much!!!

      We’re definitely going to participate — Peggy Sue has her footballs ready to go 🙂

  9. February 4, 2011 10:29 pm

    My brother’s dog Ruthie, had the exact same ears, one up and one floppy. She was a black lab/german shepherd mix. I definitely guess part lab for LG.

    As for Peggy Sue, love the name btw, I’m going to jump on the border collie bandwagon.

    They’re both beautiful dogs…12 mile runs?! Wowzas!

  10. February 4, 2011 11:36 pm

    Can I just say, I am so smitten with those ears on LG.

    • February 5, 2011 8:42 am

      You can — they’re extremely smitten-able. And he knows just how to use them to get whatever he wants.

  11. February 5, 2011 10:04 am

    I always go along with Georgia Little Pea’s guesses — she is a breed guru! And I am a breed-noramous.

    But I’ve been having so much fun hopping around to see all the gorgeous mutts. Yours are beauties for sure, Little Greg sleek and sweet, Peggy Sue oh so soulful and such a lady — except when she snorts! That cracked me up.

    • February 7, 2011 11:04 am

      Hahaha seriously. The snorts are ridiculous — she really isn’t very ladylike in her actions at all — but she’s still a little princess!

  12. February 5, 2011 10:47 am

    Wow- this is a toughie. Love the first picture where they both look like nondomestic ancesters (ie wolves) charging back toward the trees. LG has some similarities (including the ears) of my Godiva, excpet she is chocolate. So I will go with Lab/dobe/Shep/Collie mix. And maybe throw in a touch of pointer and border collie for good measure.
    Miss Peggy Sue – I see some lab or pointer in her as well, but that great ruff…hmmm. I think Australians have longer hair than Border collies, don’t they? She has very beautiful and expressive eyes.

    Black on a tongue is just pigment and is not an indicator of breed. Many breeds can have it.

  13. February 5, 2011 5:09 pm

    Oh my gosh! The first thing I did when I saw them was say “Awww!!!” So cute!

    Although Peggy Sue’s coloring is different, she has the same same look as one of my clients, Henry. He’s Cattle Dog/Corgi/Beagle mix. I would say that she has Beagle in her and Cattle dog possibly with Lab mixed in. Those eyes! Oh so sweet!

    LG’s ears are definitely adorable. I am smitten as well. I have to say I thought Am Staff too. I also thought Georgia was close. And, like she said their are a lot of dogs with spotted tongues so that could be a red herring. What a cutie pie!

    • February 7, 2011 11:08 am

      Aww thanks!!

      Naturally we think they’re the cutest in the world so it’s nice to get confirmation that they are indeed adorable — and we’re not just biased!

  14. February 7, 2011 11:30 am

    So many good guesses! I don’t think I’ve come up with any that others haven’t already guessed. However, they are both so adorable! (And I had to smile at your description of Little Greg – Bella’s ears do the same thing!)

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