Misha’s Adorable Mix Revealed

As rescued dogs typically do, Misha came to my mom as a mystery mix. She was guessed by Loyal Rescue to be a Cairn terrier mix and was listed as such. Some of my mom’s friends and neighbours had guessed Misha to be a Dandie Dinmont terrier (which I’d never heard of!) or a Cairn terrier mix, as Loyal had thought.

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After we got Hogan’s DNA results, I figured Misha, similarly, could be a mix of many breeds—one of which I felt certain would be Chihuahua (judging by her snout). What I never would have guessed is that Misha is a designer dog! She is a first-generation mix from two purebred parents—one a Chihuahua (nailed it!), the other a rat terrier (never would have guessed it!)—called a rat-cha.

This is a rare black Chihuahua. (The snout is definitely Misha's snout.)

This is a rare black Chihuahua. (The snout is definitely Misha’s snout.)

This is a long-haired Chihuahua. Considering Misha's wiry coat, there must be long hair in her ancestry.

This is a long-haired Chihuahua. Considering Misha’s wiry coat, there must be long hair in her ancestry.

A rat terrier with short legs (they're usually long-legged, I think).

A rat terrier with short legs (they’re usually long-legged, I think).

The more I look at this picture, the more I think Misha's breeds make sense.

The more I look at this picture, the more I think Misha’s breeds do make sense.

It’s mostly because of Misha’s coat and colouring that this breed mix surprises me. Her bark resembles a Chihuahua’s bark, and her energy doesn’t quite match that of a rat terrier, but it comes close. She’s also got a funny little run that apparently is Chihuahua-like. So there we go. Misha is a rat-cha!

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