As an American girl, I know the basics about where I came from. I’m a mutt, just like my pup. I have some Scottish, Irish, English, German, American Indian, and maybe one or two other things I forgot. The easy part of being human, is that when I can’t remember or didn’t know, I could just ask my parents or grandparents. I can’t ask my dog where she came from, so I have to trust that the rescue shelter was told the correct thing, or guessed the right combination.
They were told that Ginger was a Golden Retriever/Basenji mix. When they took her into the vet, she automatically said that she was also a Shar Pei mix based on the shape of her forehead. Since I have had her, I’ve had multiple people tell me that they think she’s *insert your choice of dog here*. One guy told me that he saw Whippet in her which I guess I could kind of see, but not really. A couple people have mentioned that she could have a little bit of Pit Bull in her as well. However, last night when I was in Mud Bay looking for tasty treats (another story for another time), another customer took a great liking to Ginger, just ooo-ing and ahh-ing over how pretty she was, how cute her ears are, and how well she behaved. She asked what her mix was, so I gave her the standard answer of Retriever/Basenji/Shar Pei and she said “Hmm, I don’t see Golden in her at all, or Basenji really. I was going to guess she was a Pharaoh mix.” I nodded and made the appropriate “oh, yeah?” thinking to myself “What the hell is a Pharaoh dog?!”. The lady then told me that they are striking dogs and she knew a couple that lived up on Phinney Ridge and that Ginger really resembled them.
So, once I got home, I decided to just do a quick Google search on Pharaoh dogs. I sat on my couch reading the characteristics of these dogs saying over and over “Hey! That sounds exactly like Ginger!”. Then I decided to search a Pharaoh/Shar Pei mix and see what popped up. What do you know? A link to a youtube video showed up with Ginger’s face staring back at me. (It wasn’t actually Ginger, just a complete look-a-like) I just sat there dumbstruck. Of course, I could definitely be wrong on this, and it’s not like she can correct me if I am, but it seems to fit.
Here are some of the qualities they list for Pharaoh dogs:
- Great keenness for hunting small game (explains the craziness for squirrels and cats)
- Medium sized
- Likes to chase and very fast (ding, ding, ding!)
- Alert expression (she always looks like she’s thinking)
- Independent nature (oh boy, yes, yes and yes.)
- Would prefer to sleep with its family (Well, here’s my bedtime problem)
- Loves/Needs to run (I guess I better get back to my 5k training)
- Not demonstrative but quietly affectionate (this actually sums her up perfectly)
I also learned some cool things about this breed like their health is apparently quite good, and they tend to live between 11-16 years. Yay!!
Of course, I know that I have to take into account that she is a mixed breed, therefore, I don’t know what else is hiding out in there, but it was nice to find some commonalities with her. I felt like I gained a little more insight into my baby girl.