Guess That Mutt – Chestnut

Today I’m featuring a special lady.

Chestnut is up for adoption with Dog Adoption & Welfare Group (DAWG) in Santa Barbara, Calif. Update: Chestnut has been adopted!

Here’s how “Guess That Mutt” works:

I share some pictures and info about the dog, and then you leave your best guesses on the dog’s breed mix in the comments.

This week, everyone who guesses will be entered into a drawing to win a bag of dog treats from Fruitables! (More info below)

Chestnut’s foster owner Anna S. sent me these photos, and she would love to hear what kind of mix you think Chestnut is.


What kind of mutt mix is Chestnut?

chestnut the brindle bull terrier mix for adoption in Santa BarbaraThe shelter calls Chestnut an “English bull terrier mix.”

Anna says her foster dog is about 3 years old and “a little too chubby” at 55 pounds. She is spayed and “ready to go home.”

Chestnut also needs very little exercise but will work for food, according to Anna.

“She will sometimes just roll around, play growl and zoom around the house. And then take a nap. I’ve read that bull terriers do that.”

Chestnut carries groceries and library books in her dog backpack, and the pack is also helping with loose-leash walking, Anna said.

“She loves to play with kids and is such a happy dog.”

More about Chestnut

Chestnut’s adoption fee is $250, according to her profile with the rescue.

Anna said Chestnut is crate trained, potty trained, good with all people and bigger dogs. Since she has a strong prey drive, she may not be compatible with “small critters.”

Chestnut the bull terrier mix

“She likes her walks and is content to play inside – fetch, tug of war, trick training. I think she could be a good apartment dog.”

How you can win a bag of Fruitables dog treats!

For a chance to win a FREE bag of Fruitables ” skinny minis” dog treats for your dog, just leave a comment with your best guess on Chestnut’s breeds. A “winner” will be chosen at random on Aug. 13. Must have a U.S. mailing address to win. The treats are soft, chewy and watermelon flavor. More info here.

*Congrats Jessica!


We don’t actually know Chestnut’s breed mix. This is just for fun!

My guess: bull terrier/American pit bull terrier/corgi.

*Send your mutt pics to if you’d like to feature your mutt in my next Guess That Mutt post. Check out the previous mutt here – a cute dog named Barney.

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  1. J. Jenkins on August 9, 2014

    That dog is GORGEOUS!!! My guess is an American Staffordshire and bull terrier mix.

  2. Rebekah on August 9, 2014

    Beautiful dog! I came up with some crazy thoughts at first glance, including akita and basenji. I am still not entirely ruling out basenji.

  3. Anna on August 9, 2014

    Thank you very much for featuring Chestnut!

    Interesting guesses so far. She is a medium dog but very heavy and strong for her size.

    I’d say definitely an English Bull Terrier, maybe with some Boston Terrier and Basenji?

    Chestnut would be happy to win the low calorie treats – she’s on a diet. 🙂

  4. Jessicavy on August 9, 2014

    Hmm, no way to argue against bull terrier. The brindle markings remind me of many boxers I’ve seen (not that other breeds don’t come in brindle) so I’d guess a boxer was involved, too. She looks like so much fun! I hope she gets a home soon.

    • Jessicavy on August 9, 2014

      Australian cattle dog! That was the breed I couldn’t think of. Her build and ears remind me of an Australian cattle dog. Just had to add that. So I guess my new guess is Bull terrier, boxer, Australian cattle dog.

  5. Jen Jelly on August 12, 2014

    I definitely see Bull Terrier, seems like she could be a Staffy mix. She’s absolutely gorgeous.

  6. Dawn on August 13, 2014

    Staffordshire terrier mix. Perhaps a little cattle dog mix.

  7. Anna on September 12, 2014

    Chestnut went to her new home today!
    Thanks everyone for your good wishes!