Some of you might remember when I first got started blogging and you saw my picture of how I looked when I was in the slammer for three months. Some people thought I was Border Collie/Lab mix and others thought I might be Spaniel/ Lab mix.
Because I was pretty pushy, and very willful, my Mom thought that I was Borador (Border Collie/Lab) and that is what she called me for a long time.
However, (and you saw this photo yesterday) when winter comes my furs are curly and thick, which is more Spaniel like. So my Mom looked up some things about the Spanador and she found lots of things that are just Me.
Living with a Spanador
Personality: The Spandor is a happy, friendly, loyal, jealous, crazy bundle of joy that loves walks other dogs and people. They love playing ball and carrying one around. They just love everybody and everything. (This is not me, I am no ballplayer, but I do love peoples!Temperament: The Spandor is never agressive but loves a good play fight. They are very sweet, playful dogs who can be reserved around new people until they warm up to them. (This is me!)
Family Dog: The Spanador is a great family dog. They are typically very gentle with children, smaller dogs and cats. They can be rambunctious at times so care should be taken around the elderly or small children. (This is me, too, I just get carried away but try not to with little people, I just love them, and I don't hurt old peeps because my Mom is one.)
Shedding: Depending on the coat, the Spandor can be a low to heavy shedding dog. (Woo, ask my Mom, every morning I get a brush, and its full of my furs.)
Grooming: The Spanador requires daily brushing as their coat gets matted easily, especially the fluffy hair on the legs during the winter.
Training: The Spandor is a great dog to train. They may have some jumping issues though and should be trained not to jump at a young age. The Spandor may be hard to crate train as they do not like to seperate from their owners or other companions. Start crate-training at a young age to help eliminate this. (This is me again!, I love to jump and get in somebody's face, but my Mom has learned to train me not too. It is hard for both of us, but she keeps at me! She has also taught me basics and to shake paws ( I love to do this with peoples I meet!)
Behavior: The Spandor is a loyal, smart, energetic and loving dog who absolutely loves attention. (This is me, but I also love my bed!)
Barking: The Spandor barks when they want to play, feel scared or threatened, when someone comes to the door or sometimes in their sleep. They have a deep, Lab-like bark and like to grunt. (This is me too, and my Mom didn't get the grunt at first, but now she hears it sometimes. After I get up from a nap, I go find my Mom and bark at her a couple of times just to say " hello, I'm back on the job!"
Weather: The Spanador loves all weather. (This is somebody's dream because I hate storms, thunder, rain and wet feet, don't like the summer heat, but I do love spring, fall and winter! Especially tromping through the snow in winter.
Exercise: The Spanador loves walks, the park and the beach but they can also be happy curled up on the sofa beside you. They are happy with one long walk and play daily as well as longer country walks. They can be over exercised especially when young so you should build up to longer walks and make sure they have a day of rest every couple of days. This is pretty much me, I know I can be overexercised when its hot like yesterday, but mostly I hang out in my back yard then. In the house, I love to play with squeaky toys and have everyone I have ever got. I only wrecked one because I didn't like its face or color.
Physical Ability: The Spandor can be a jumper, with the ability to jump on to or off of tall objects. They can even jump very high to see out windows. (Yep, I can do this but my Mom sort of discourages it.)
Size: The Spandor is around 20 inches tall. (This is exactly what I measure, exactly!
Companionship: The Spandor makes a great companion dog. They love being with any living thing. They are very social and loyal dogs. They love to sleep right in your lap no matter how big they get. They don't like being left alone and will follow their owner from room to room. (This is me, right on the money!)
Eyes: The eyes of the Spandor can be blue or brown in color. (I'm brown but the only blue eyes I see are those beautiful Huskies, like
the OP Pack!
Body: The Spandor has a small to medium, athletic body like a Labrador Retriever, but with shorter legs. (Thats me too.)
Forequarters: The front legs of the Spandor are shorter than a Lab's.
Tail: It is possible for the Spandor to be born without a long tail looking like it was docked halfway up or they can have a long tail. (My tail looks like its docked half way up and its thick, very expressive.)
Color: The coat of the Spandor can be black or light tan with a few white patches and markings. (I have a very small white star on my chest.)
Coat: The Spandor's coat is medium to long, very soft, shiny and can be curly. (Thats me, curly, curliest in winter!)
This is too long, I guess, but its been fun finding all of this stuff out. So I think you can call me Stella Spanadora which sounds cool, doesn't it!
Cheers and hugs,
Stella Spanadora (formerly Borador), Zkhat and Jo