Quandary : “A state of bewilderment or perplexity; a dilemma”.
The DNA test results for Ferris are in!! …Drumroll please…
As suspected, Ferris is primarily of mixed heritage, to be more precise 62% mixed breed, with genetic markers in the terrier, sporting and companion groups.
There are dozens of dogs within each of these groups with a wide variety of differences in size, coloring, and temperament. Terriers are typically used for hunting vermin (love that word – vermin), sporting refers to hunting dogs, and companion dogs are primarily smaller dogs, including most of the toy breeds (lap dogs).
As far as specific breed markers, the DNA revealed – 25% American Staffordshire Terrier, and 13% Australian Cattle Dog.
Apparently the rescue listing him as an Australian Cattle Dog mix was partly right, but if you look at the percentages, they’d have been more accurate calling him an American Staffordshire Terrier mix.
No surprise that the majority of his heritage is “MIXED”. It’s exactly why we all had such a hard time guessing. It’s official, Ferris is basically a Mutt. Calling him a Mutt is in no way derogatory. I’m a Mutt, and most of my favorite people (and dogs) are Mutts.
I’ll probably continue to call him a Quandary Hound. I like how it sounds.