Did I solve the mystery?
Almost 14 years ago a female puppy woke me up licking my face, it was so tiny I could hold it with one hand. Our brother brought it home and told us the puppy's mother was rescued by a pet shop owner, but she was pregnant and died giving birth three weeks before. We were at the time looking for a dog after overcoming the loss of our poodle, so another poodle was the first choice.
Althought this puppy didn't look completely like a poodle, we couldn't resist her cuteness and charm, so we immediately welcomed her. As she grew old, we were intrigued by her big dark eyes and her soft, not poodle-like hair... she also happened to be very healthy, curious and active, and she had the habit of standing up quite often. Given that we don't count on many breed experts, people usually made fun of us saying she was a strange/funny mixed poodle with huge eyes, which made us love her more because we thought she was unique. I
I could write endlessly about what an exceptional dog she is. She's the smartest dog I've ever had and despite loving and friendly, she has quite a character of her own. She loves being the center of attention and she's so playful and active no one believes this old lady turns 14 in a few months. But problems come with age: she had a knee surgery at 10 so we cannot let her stand up or jump anymore... she also has heart problems now, so we try to keep her calm and give her all the attention she needs.
Today I was watching 101 dogs in Youtube, boasting about my "mixed poodle's" intelligence, and I saw a picture of a dog similar to mine among the suggested videos! It was a Coton de Tulear, so I have spent the last few hours watching videos and looking for pictures of them, and I am still surprised to see how they all have these big dark eyes and soft hair I love so much about mine. She might not be 100% related to this beautiful breed, but at least I won't say she is a very strange, big-eyed mixed poodle anymore.
What do you think? Does she pass the test? If not, at least I guess she's as pretty as yours ^_^
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