Was reading that Bandit's coloring is not the AKC approved version for her breed, the Great Pyrenees (aka Pyrenean Mountain Dog). The horror! Idly wondering if her mom had a thing going on with the milkman's dog, did some further research on GP coloration. Turns out, black & white is indeed a GP color, just not a "show-dog" color. According to the k9s.supanet site:
"It is similar in size, shape, and coat texture to the Newfoundland, which unlike the Pyrenean usually has a black or brown coat. However, the Landseer Newfoundland and a Great Pyrenees with dark patches on its coat are difficult for the layperson to tell apart."
Well okay then! Not that Bandit gives a rat's @ss, mind you. Call her a bastard's get, call her a Newfoundland, just don't call her late for supper.
Aside: It looks like Bandit's guarding instincts are starting to kick in. Keeping my fingers crossed that Maggie's will be following shortly.
[photo: Bandit on the upper left, Maggie on the lower right. But you knew that already.]
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