Yep. Her full name is Apple Puzzle. That’s what happens when your 5-year old names your puppy. We call her Apple…. Ms. Puzzle, if you’re nasty.
We’re trying to figure out her breed. Here are her specs, if you want to play along.
VERY smart. She sends my emails for me… just kidding. But she does learn tricks very quickly, including how to open the baby gate (check out the video).
Reddish brown hair THAT SHEDS EVERYWHERE. Also some black areas of hair. So, this points to a SHEPHERD, right?
She also has long legs that weed out breeds like Dachshund or Corgi.
Very anxious…we’re talking like small dog level anxiety over here. She doesn’t do well with much outside the house where she feels safe. Her vet says this might suggest a breed like SHIBA INU. This would also account for her size, which is smaller than a shepherd. Full grown weight is about 42 pounds. This is her anxiety riding in the car. She has to hold my arm to stop whining.
This photo is her at the vet after she broke her leg. 🙁 So that anxiety is understandable.
But where do the cupped ears come from? We thought they’d stand up when she got older, but nope. They’re folded for life. Not a lot of breeds have cupped ears, from my understanding. Not Shepherd, not Chow, now Shiba. The mystery continues…
She loves to fetch sticks, play tug of war and dig holes…so many holes…is this breed-specific? Or just a puppy thing?
She also likes water, but it’s taking her a while to warm up to a lot of it. Check out the video to see how she reacts to spraying water. It’s hilarious.
Apple refuses to accept she’s not a lap dog. Or a leg dog. Or an arm dog. Doesn’t matter what part of your body she can find, she’s gonna cuddle up and go to sleep.
Whatever breed she is, Apple is a happy girl!