Written by Helette Louw and Klaus Rau
Professional photography By-Joao Photography
Our search for a dog began when I was involved in a smash-and-grab robbery near our house. My fiancé’s work at that time left me home alone a lot and, after the ordeal, I needed something that would keep me company, as well as alerting me to any danger.
My fiancé, Klaus, had always wanted an Alaskan Malamute dog, and so the search began. We found Nukka, who was classified as an Alaskan Malamute puppy, along with her two siblings. We chose her because of her keen interest in the world around her… and her beautiful eyelashes.
Not a Malamute
It became clear very early on that she was likely not the Alaskan Malamute we’d been looking for. Firstly, she was quite small and, secondly, she had purple spots on her tongue, which made everyone think she was almost certainly part Chow.
But despite her “Not Malamute” status, Nukka is by far the best “first” dog Klaus and I could have gotten together. She’s the type of dog that makes you believe that having a dog is easy… so easy that you’d get a second one (which turned out to be not-so-easy), and we love them both.
Nukka excelled fast in her puppy training classes, and she never barked unless she felt someone was intruding on her property. She loves ear scratches and snuggles from everyone, but due their thick fur, she overheats quite quickly, so we sleep with the fan on well into the winter to accommodate her. She always has a smile on her face and absolutely adores my fiancé, whom she’ll follow anywhere.
The MuttMix test was a birthday gift to Klaus after it became very clear that she wasn’t the Malamute we thought she was, and we were curious to find out more. I believed she had Husky or Samoyed in her, while – as it turned out – my fiancé was spot on with calling her a Husky-Chow mix.
Nukka’s MuttMix Results:
Level 2 Siberian Husky
Level 2 Chow Chow
Level 5 Border Collie
Neither one of us could have guessed the small percentage of Border Collie she had in her, but now her love for agility training and her graceful jumps suddenly make sense.
We don’t care if she isn’t an Alaskan Malamute; we’re just happy we found this precious fluff ball when we did. She’s every bit an equal member of our family.
Dominique of MuttMix adds…
This combination of breeds will make for an incredibly intelligent, loyal and protective dog – exactly what this family needed!