The bulldog is an English breed. Bernard is a saint. Corgi. Mastiff. Chihuahua. Many individuals have attempted to determine which breeds went into the creation of a dog dubbed Bighead, but the majority have failed.
Bighead and his four littermates were just 6 weeks old when they came at the Humane Society Silicon Valley in California in June.
Finnegan Dowling, digital marketing manager at Humane Society Silicon Valley, told The Dodo, “The four of them were found as strays and a Good Samaritan brought them here.”
Lauren Gallagher, who works in the finance department at Humane Society Silicon Valley, accepted the four puppies into foster care at her house, but she was especially fond of Bighead, who had a peculiar appearance.
Bighead’s brothers and sisters were normal-sized border collie mixes, but he had small, stubby feet and a massive head, earning him the nickname Bighead.
“There were three regular pups and one dog with a huge melon head,” Dowling explained. “So, ‘Oh, it’s the huge head puppy,’ everyone said. I believe she intends to alter his name, but everyone has become accustomed to him being referred to as Bighead.”
Bighead’s appearance differs from that of his littermates for unknown reasons, although Dowling believes the litter may have had more than one father.
“It’s not uncommon for litters to have various dads, and for those litters to have a lot of variation,” Dowling said.
Bighead’s unique appearance inspired Humane Society Silicon Valley employees to get his doggie DNA checked. Everyone tried their hardest to predict while they awaited the outcome.
“What Bighead is has become such a big deal,” Dowling added. “There’s a gift card up for grabs in an internal competition.”
Everyone, even Dowling, was taken aback by the results.
“He’s 25% Shar-Pei, 25% Boxer, 12.5% American Staffordshire Terrier Mix, 12.5% Border Collie, 12.5% Lhasa Apso, and the remainder are mixed-breed groupings,” Dowling explained. She also announced the news on the organization’s Facebook page today.
Bighead now has two big brothers: Otto, a Weimaraner, and Dozer, a Great Dane. Despite their differences in size, they both adore Bighead, particularly Dozer.
Dowling remarked, “[Dozer] is quite gentle.” “All he does is go down on his stomach and play with him.”
When it came time for Bighead and his littermates to find permanent homes, Gallagher made the decision that Bighead would not be one of them.
Dowling added, “I would guess she [Gallagher] has fostered dozens, if not hundreds, of puppies for us and has never retained one.” “However, she managed to keep Bighead.”
Dowling predicted, “He’ll probably always be a short, stocky, stubby little person.” “It’ll be intriguing to watch whether he develops that colossal melon head.” But I’m leaning toward saying ‘no.'”