Hold Up—Is This a Bear? Or a Dog? Or a Stuffed Animal? We DK

We're joking. We totally know. YEAH.

Any zoologist will tell you that species identification is difficult. (WRONG, a zoologist should not be saying that to you, please ask for his references.) However, we are mere bloggers (not zoologists), and sometimes species identification actually is difficult. (Please see: mouse-deer. Is it a mouse? Or a deer? How are we to know when both animals are right there in its name?!)

Enter: Chowder the Bear Dog, who—much like the mouse-deer—is presenting two species in one name. We have to admit, he’s pretty confusing. At first glance we truly thought he was a bear: the round head, the set-back eyes, the half-moon ears! But after a close, nearly-scientific study, we are able to conclude that Chowder is, in fact, a dog. (A dog who looks a lot like a bear, but a dog nonetheless.) (We’re pretty sure.)

Here’s where we thought Chowder was a bear:

Parents: Who's a good boy? Chowder: Me me me treat please I'm drooling 👅

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And then we saw this video of him eating indoors from a dog bowl and we were like, “Nah, that is for sure a dog, right?”:

And then, we saw this pic and decided that he was neither bear nor dog, but simply a stuffed animal:

Hmm I look pretty good in this lighting 😎

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But looking at this pic, he is for sure a dog:

So tempted to not eat all that food behind me 😬 #mustresist #dogsofuptc

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Or is he a bear about to break into your cabin to eat all your sandwiches?

I love people watching from my window ❤️

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Oh okay, video proof of his dogdom:

Being a good boy for dat bae-con treat 🥓

A video posted by Chowder (@chowderthebeardog) on

A dog doing dog things while technically looking like the fluffiest, softest, friendliest bear of all time? We love you, Chowder!

Sometimes I really wonder... If i'm part dog, part stuffed teddy bear 🤔

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