Sam's dad says: We got Sam from Pets, Inc., in Columbia, SC, when he was just eight weeks old. They knew who his parents were and told us that he is part border collie, part cocker spaniel, and part basset hound. Sam loves to play with any toys that we get him, and the only toy that we have found that will last more than a day (seriously) are the $.99 ropes at Wal-Mart. Sam is now full-grown and about a year and a half old. He weighs in at 35 pounds now and his snout has grown into a more pointed snout than you see in the pictures.