A long time ago on a trip to North Dakota for geese, I had a run in with a critter that today still defies identification. He could fetch ducks and geese better that any Labrador I had ever owned, and I had owned some pretty good ones.
The dog's name was Norman. Norman! Now what kind of name is that for a dog. Then to add insult to injury, the animal was a cross between a Basset Hound and a German Shepherd. The head was pure German Shepherd and the rest of him was 100% Basset Hound.
If your imagination fails you, it's alright. No one would believe it unless they saw it for themselves.
I only have one thing that bothers me about Norman. He was never castrated and somewhere there may be another one with his same genes.