Name that breed: A childhood dog

After our first dog, a Springer spaniel named Fritzi, was hit by a car, we went to the shelter looking for a puppy. This was years before Petfinder, so you actually had to go to the shelter to browse the selection.

A young couple sat outside the shelter with a puppy they were trying to unload. The powers of a puppy must not be underestimated. This was not the small dog we were looking for, but we brought her home anyway. Her name was Sasha, and my memory is that we were told she was an Austrian shepherd. As far as I know, there is no such breed as an Austrian shepherd, so in my mom’s memory, the breed was later changed to Australian shepherd. But I remembered her having pointed ears and being more German shepherd-like in coat and muzzle design. Finding these picture, I see that I am right, but she’s not a German shepherd. More Husky-like, but that doesn’t seem right either.

Any thoughts?


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Published by Kari Neumeyer

Writer, editor, dog mom, ovarian cancer survivor

6 thoughts on “Name that breed: A childhood dog

  1. I agree; maybe some GSD or spitz-type dog in there, but I could also see an Australian blue heeler in her coloring and size (although her muzzle is narrower).

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