I've noticed that, depending on their depth of knowledge of dogs, most people will zero in one of the following characteristics:
- long legs
- svelte appearance
Which brings me to the top guesses for Ray's breed based on the above criteria:
- German Shorthair Pointer, Dalmatian, Bluetick Coonhound, Spaniel mix
- Great Dane (I can actually see the resemblance here - click on the link to see why)
- Greyhound (at least the coloring is right on this one)
- Some kind of hound (usually this is as close as people can get, although Redbone Coonhound has been named on more than one occasion. Apparently people know about Redbones because of their appearance in the book Where the Red Fern Grows. And, if the linked photo is fairly representative, at least the Redbone has Ray's head-tilt, forehead wrinkles, and mobile eyebrows.)
People who know NOTHING about dogs think that Ray is a mixed breed. They don't realize that he is the PERFECT EXAMPLE of a Redtick Coonhound.
And then there was the woman who thought Ray was a Redneck Coonhound. But that was just a miscommunication.