Friday, November 27, 2015

A Dog of a Different Color

This dog is a Panda German Shepherd. Panda German Shepherds come from a single bloodline, which does not include White German Shepherds. This coloration is a result of a piebald mutation, which shows up in many species.

This unusually colored Rottweiler may be due to vitiligo, a condition that causes depigmentation. The cause is unknown.  To me he looks like one of those masked, Mexican wrestlers.  El Chompo!

Bull the Labrador Retriever is a chimera. He may have a somatic mutation.

These Labrador Retrievers have a somatic mutation, which causes yellow labs to show black spots. This mutation is not inherited or passed on to the offspring.

Boston Terrier.

These are Mudis, a Hungarian herding breed.

These puppies created a sensation because when they were born they looked like pandas.  Uh-hu, and if you believe that, I have some nice bridge property to sell you...

Zuma is an English Cocker Spaniel was born with blue eyes and a tri-color merle coat. But his unusual colors came at a price. The same genes that made him so different also left him deaf and with a form of tunnel vision. He was facing euthanasia when his rescuers, the St. Louis Senior Dog Project, rescued him.

Is he advertising his prowess or his personality?

A spotted dog from Kalimpong, West Bengal, India. © Sukantho Debnath  A spotted dog, possibly artwork, from Kalimpong, West Bengal, India. (Original description on flickr is: “I have never seen a dog like this before, have you? some naughty cat has something to do with this, I think")

It’s interesting how when you travel to the more remote parts of the world, you still see dogs. I remember being stuck in a raging sandstorm on the western fringes of the Sahara some years ago, and there was a recognisable family group of dogs there, whose coats were virtually the same colour as the sand. They were living on the fringes of human society, just as their ancestors would have done – scavenging for whatever food and leftovers they could find. 

It’s easy to see how localised breeds would then have developed under these circumstances. There are somewhere around 400 breeds today – some ancient, others modern – and barely half of these are officially recognised for show purposes in the UK, Australia and North America. Many breeds in the world are still largely unknown therefore, outside their area of origin.

When you think about it, what sets dog breeds apart is their physique, rather than their coloration. 

While there are various breeds such as the Russian black terrier which can be defined by their coloration, there’s only one – the Dalmatian, which is distinguishable by its spotted patterning.

That’s what makes this particular pet dog, photographed on the streets of Kalimpong, a hill station in India’s famous tea-growing district of Darjeeling, West Bengal, so remarkable. It has a very distinctive and unique spotted patterning, but clearly isn’t of any particular breed type.

There’s no physical resemblance to a Dalmatian evident in its appearance, but perhaps surprisingly, I don’t think the possible influence of this breed can be ruled out entirely. Kalimpong was a town famous for its educational institutions established there during British rule, which began in the 1860s.
It became home to many expatriates, with a particularly strong Scottish representation amongst them. 

This unusual dog may represent an unexpected legacy from that era. A Dalmatian brought from Britain during colonial rule may well have ended up transferring its spotted patterning into the dog population of the region. This would then explain how such markings could emerge in litters of puppies today.

Yeah right, and if a pig had wings it would fly.  Whoever did the paint job on that spotted dog was very talented, I'll give him that, but these dogs turn up in several spots (sorry) in Asia - mostly tourists traps.  And some of them are a good deal less convincing as natural.  They get less and less believable. To wit:
Location not stated
White Beach, Borkay Island, the Phillippines
Spotted in Myanmar
location not shown
Bored in Tibet
More "CE"
and then there's this guy...
Clearly a zebra/German Shepherd Dog hybid

And this "Pit Tiger"


And then there's the fad in China of painting dogs to look like pandas or tigers.  Take a look at this Chow...

And the "tiger retriever"... 

And then there was the zoo that was busted exhibiting a painted dog a s a real panda...

Photo from Corpo forestale dello Stato (Italy's State Forestry Police)

An Italian circus has been busted for trying to pass two chow chow dogs off as panda bears.

The Orfei circus painted black circles on the fluffy white puppies and had them pose for pictures with children, the International Business Times reported.

Italian police were tipped off to the scam by an animal rights group.

The Animal Protection Party visited the circus undercover and found the dogs in disguise.

"We believe it's unacceptable to ridicule animals for entertainment and profit," Fabrizio Catelli said.

The circus is being investigated for animal mistreatment, but was allowed to keep the puppies as long as they aren't used in the show.

The IBT reported the animals were in good health, except for excessive eye watering caused by exposure to numerous camera flashes.

The circus denies all the allegations.

"It's obvious they are dogs," circus secretary, Riccardo Gravina told IBTimes UK.

"No animal was mistreated," he added. "They are like children to us."


All in all, it makes a purple poodle perfectly passé.  Even with appliqué jewels.