Magical Mystery Moxie Mutt

Our Rating:
MoxieOur Moxie came to us from a shelter in Tennessee, rescued by Happy Tails of New England and transported to Boston, where we were lucky enough to adopt her as our own. Moxie has been with us since April of 2010, and she’s just an awesome dog… everything we wanted in a second dog.

She’s fun-loving, funny, sweet, cuddly, feisty, and ready to do anything and go anywhere, as long as it is with us. She is best friends with Cassie, our Golden Retriever, and they spend hours everyday chasing, wrestling and stealing each other’s toys.

But what is she? Well, first of all she’s drop-dead gorgeous, but that’s not an officially recognized AKC breed. We have our definite thoughts on her heritage, but I won’t bias the conversation here to see if we get different opinions.

Here are her “stats”:

  • Weight: 40 lbs
  • Height: 18 inches
  • Length: 28 inches (note she’s very wiggly, measuring was not that easy!)
  • Coat: Plush, double coated… Cruella DeVille would steal her in a heartbeat.
  • Energy: she will chase a ball or frisbee across the yard or pool until she drops.  She’s got tons of energy, but will calm down for us nicely in the house
  • Intelligence:  Harvard potential… and not afraid to try new things at all.
  • Outgoing:  A little hesitant on first meeting new people, but fast to accept people and dogs and is friendly.  She’s not submissive, and will correct another dog off if they play too rough.  She’s a great watchdog, not so much a guard dog.  But I always know when the UPS guy approaches… or the dog next door is let out, or somebody walks down the street… you get the picture… she can bark!  But she does stop when I acknowledge whatever it was, so that’s good.

What else?  Well she’s got skinny little legs and tiny feet.  She smiles.  She’s happy to go on her back for a belly rub.  She HATES being groomed or having her nails done, but she’ll let me rub her feet. She’s a talker and likes to chatter with me with all kinds of word sounds.  She’s a yelper and is quite sensitive to any kind of pain (being under my feet all the time she tends to get stepped on periodically and BOY does she let me know!)

Well, that’s about it… what do you think?

16 replies
  1. Kristine
    Kristine says:

    Obviously she is beautiful. Really, that should be a breed. Beautiful mutts. But I guess it would be hard to choose a winner.

    I automatically thought Sheltie. I think she may be too small for collie. While her colouring is like a GSD, she isn’t big enough for that either. But that could be the Sheltie. Maybe a Belgian Shepherd? They also have the longer, fuller coat. Sheltie/Belgian Shepherd mix. That’s my call. 🙂

    • moxie
      moxie says:

      I agree she’s too small for a collie, and also has more of a sheltie face… I had a lovely rough collie and their faces are quite different. We think she’s a sheltie/shepherd or maybe sheltie/tervuren (but shepherd is easier to prounounce!)

    • moxie
      moxie says:

      People that know Tervurens always come up to us and ask if that’s what she is… she looks just like a mini Tervuren, they say!

  2. georgia little pea
    georgia little pea says:

    Hi again! These bloghops are like family gatherings aren’t they? :p

    Ok, I think moxie is a sheltie and lots of Belgian shepherd mix. She looks quite close to the Belgians around our area (the dogs, not the people ) .

    I LOVE that last picture btw hehe 🙂

  3. Opie's Mom
    Opie's Mom says:

    She’s beautiful. I’d say collie and shepherd. She looks like a brunette lassie. If she’s really smart I am definitely leaning toward some collie and sheltie. We had a shepard collie mix when I was a child. Prince was so smart — looked more shepard than collie, but had that slightly pointed collie snout. Love her coat! I’d probably sneeze my head off with her in the room, but I’d still give her a good belly rub if she’d like it! Here ears look very shepardish.
    Whatever she is she’s 100% CUTIE!

    Opie’s Mom

  4. Lori @ According to Gus
    Lori @ According to Gus says:

    Wait, drop dead gorgeous isn’t a breed?

    I’m going to jump on the bandwagon and agree with collie. Beyond that, I’d make a fool out of myself guessing. What I am certain of is that’s she’s absolutely beautiful! I love her skinny little legs and big ears!

  5. Karen
    Karen says:

    Your Moxie looks almost identical to my childhood dog. She was bigger than a sheltie and I just met a Belgian Tervuren today. The tervuren had the same body type and coat, some similar markings. Her head (my dog) had more of a dish to the nose like a sheltie. I would love to hear the results if you get a DNA test done. My girl is passed away now but if she was alive I would get DNA testing since she was the best dog in the world and just like yours – absolutely beautiful.

    • moxie
      moxie says:

      Yes, I agree! Moxie is the perfect size, and I love her spunk, and she is truly beautiful. I would love to know her true genes, but I’ve heard so many reports that the DNA results are all over the board in terms of accuracy. We see a lot of shepherd and sheltie personality traits, so that’s our best guess, but Tervuren people also remark that she MUST be part Terv… whatever she is, we love her tons and think she is perfect. 🙂

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