I enjoy getting the dogs out and about, it's always a good time to educate people. I've certainly heard the gamit of breeds people think they are. Most of the time because of the general size they expect the kids are some kind of terrier or mix. Most often Jack Russels, but everything up to an Akita. And for some reason when they really think they know what it is, they keep thinking Australian, instead of African.
The blacks definitely get a more confusing look. Quite often people would see my reds and brindles, and then look at Louie with either "so what is he?" or "is that the same kind?". Also it's amazing how many people don't realize that the brindle is actually a different color. lol My Cleo is quite heavily marked and very distinct, but a lot of people just look at them and ask how the heck i tell them apart? Then they say, "well this one is a little bit darker?". :rolleyes:
And I get a lot of the relative comments too. I have a funny side comment to that though. I used to work at a horse camp and we had a big Belgian draft male, and at the same time a small Shetland pony boy. They were both chestnut, although I think the pony was actually a silver bay. It was amazing how many kids and parents thought they were mother/son standing around in the pasture together. Especially since the big boy's "parts" were rather prominent and eye level. lol