Some ask, is he a cat, raccoon, or maybe an otter? The cute animal from a mountain province in Vietnam is none of those. But he is an adorably unusual puppy that captured the attention of the Internet.
Meet Dui, which translates to Bamboo Rat in English. The curious pup has the face of a dog, a body that resembles a cat, fuzzy gray fur, pointy ears, and a snubby kitty-like tail. He also shows off the cutest canine grin.
The puppy, who is now about five months old, is playful and his antics just amplify his unique appearance. He is the cutest thing and has captured the imagination of people who wonder exactly what breed of dog he could be.
Some speculate he could be mixed with a H’mong dog, a breed originating from Northern Vietnam. H’mong dogs are an ancient breed that was used for hunting and guarding. They are known to be strong, intelligent, social, and loyal family pets.
Bored Panda interviewed Dui’s owners Hai Anh and Tuan who said they were unsure of the exact breed their pup is mixed with, saying they think “he is a mix of a native dog breed and a short-legged dog called a dingo.”
“But [we] think he might have a gene mutation too.” They added that they bought him in a mountain province.
Whatever he is mixed with he has sure sparked a debate and is gaining popularity on Instagram. It’s really no surprise because who can resist that adorable face? The mystery pup also loves to play with people and other dogs and could not be sweeter.
Hai Ahn said, “It’s been only 5 days since we created Dúi’s fan page and it now has more than 40K likes. The dog now has loads of fans both in Vietnam and around the world.”
So what is your best guess at the breed? We hope his owners do a DNA test so the riddle can be solved. In the meantime, pass the cuteness on to your family and friends.