I have no idea what he is. I usually answer “mutt.” The only known is that he’s red heeler / Aussie cattle dog. He has the markings of a beagle, the stature of a whippet, and more than 5 people have said he trots like a hyena. (Including the creepy dude that had to mention he has seen hyenas in Africa and can verify that he does move like one.)
I had 3 criteria for a dog, I wanted a hiking partner, a running partner, and a Frisbee dog. I used to threaten ex-boy that these things combined would make for some serious competition for the main man in my life. And Jack has 2.5 down. (he’s a bit of a poser with the Frisbee, he loves trotting around with the disc in his mouth covering his entire face and he knows how to retrieve the Frisbee, but going for it mid-air, he’s got some coordination kinks we’re working on…)
I thought about having the $75 breed DNA test done, but he’s probably a compilation of more than 2 breeds in which the accuracy drops from 75% to 45%. Not worth it.
But what is worth it is that he makes strangers smile. (and scares away poets.)