The only time that I ever got any answer, it was an 'Ah-ha!' moment.
It's when I dna tested Gil, and he came up with a high percent Sharpei. He had no wrinkles, mostly he looked like a shepherd/hound, but his skin was much looser than most dogs.
Sharpei's aren't that common in many places, especially not here. Especially then. But, there was one person that had them, and while Gil's family lived in a different neighborhood, his family had moved, before the pups were born, *from next door to the Sharpei people!*
Quite a few things fell into place for me about him, and even though I wished that I had known it earlier, I was still glad to learn it at all.
Still, 1 out of a *lot* of dogs.
I do think that I have figured out something about a dog, recently, that we had found in the 80's. We got her a good home, though I would have kept her in a heartbeat.
She was small, like a large Chihuahua, with wirehair, Chi ears, etc. I could only assume, from the fur, body type, ears, size, etc. that she was some type of terrier-Chi mix.
Well, the other day on animal T.V., I saw a rare dog from Portugal that looked just like her! They come in 3 sizes, and one can be as small as 8"-10". She could still have been a terrier-Chi, but boy did she look like that other breed, and act like one, too!
Lol, him having you pick up the ball! Smart boy! :-)
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