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Snowy: Which breed of dog is he?

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#31 · Posted: 9 Jul 2007 10:11
i have a book on dogs. snowy's description matched very closely with airedale terrier. but later i saw somewhere that he is a fox terrier
Mark Falconer
#32 · Posted: 10 Jul 2007 16:58
Snowy is in fact referred to as a 'mongrel' at least twice in the books -- I'm not sure whether that's descriptive or pejorative.
#33 · Posted: 24 Dec 2008 03:52
Maybe he's a mixed breed?
#34 · Posted: 24 Dec 2008 13:47 · Edited by: luinivierge2010
An interview with Hergé almost entirely devoted to Milou appears in a 1974 issue of the magazine "Mon Ami, Mon Chien". He confirms there that Milou is an unnaturally white Fox Terrier (and somewhere in another interview he indicates that Milou is in fact a twice-modified Fox Terrier: (1) without any markings; (2) with modified ears - which happen to match Tintin's quiff.

Meanwhile, in a television interview from 1978 Hergé says the following: "Milou est d’une race qui est approximativement le Fox à poil dur, un peu bâtard tout de même … à l’époque ces chiens étaient à la mode et c’est pour ça que … j’ai choisi à en faire vaguement un Fox Terrier à poil dur" (the emphasis is Hergé's).

Milou can perhaps be defined as a modified Fox Terrier.

But then, of course, he is unique !
#35 · Posted: 31 Dec 2008 07:07
Milou est d’une race qui est approximativement le Fox à poil dur, un peu bâtard tout de même … à l’époque ces chiens étaient à la mode et c’est pour ça que … j’ai choisi à en faire vaguement un Fox Terrier à poil dur"

What does it mean, please?
#36 · Posted: 11 Feb 2009 09:30 · Edited by: jock123
What does it mean, please?


“Milou/ Snowy is of a breed which is roughly wire-haired Fox [terrier], yet a little mongrel all the same… At the time these dogs were fashionable and it is for that… I chose to sort of make him a wire-haired Fox Terrier.”

An interesting find, luinivierge2010, as this is the first concrete quote I have seen for the Fox Terrier theory; however you have to question just how much of a Fox terrier, given the lack of the distinctive qualities such as colouring etc. mentioned above!
Harrock n roll
#37 · Posted: 1 Mar 2009 22:14
I just saw the 1978 TV clip mentioned earlier by luinivierge2010. Hergé also mentions an early French cartoon of two dogs "Ric et Rac", who were drawn by an artist called Pol Rab. One dog was a Wire Fox terrier, the other a black Scottish terrier.


Was Snowy a cross between these two dogs?
#38 · Posted: 15 Mar 2009 06:19
That is a cool find. Is sure looks like it might have been!
#39 · Posted: 13 Nov 2017 07:26
I think Snowy might be a Sealyham Terrier, just without the long hair. Judging from this photo of one from 1915, it seems like they did look a bit like Snowy.
#40 · Posted: 10 Jul 2019 11:24 · Edited by: Furienna
Back when I was a kid, I just heard that Snowy was a terrier. Now I realize that there is a whole family of different terrier breeds, which makes it a bit harder to pin it down.

That said, we now have two quotes from Hergé, confirming that Snowy (mostly) is a fox terrier, albeit with an unusual white color. Snowy is much like my childhood cat, who was purely white too. It is only as an adult, that I have come to realize that she had an unusual color.

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