Sunday, May 9, 2021

DNA day

Today is Mother's Day and also my twenty fourth anniversary. My family asked if there was anything I wanted, and I said I'd like a DNA kit for Piper.

I got that plus a DNA kit for Emma...
and one for Darcy.
Tomorrow I will swab their mouths and mail the samples. Today I'm speculating about the results. This is Darcy at two years old. She is forty five pounds and has a double coat. She is extremely smart and trainable, incredibly barky and has the best natural recall of any dog I've ever owned. Also, she has an underbite.
I am strongly convinced she is a Finnish Spitz mix. I'd guess the other half is some kind of herding dog, but I don't know for sure.
Emma is about thirty eight pounds, shy and not at all barky. Her coat gets thicker and whiter every year.
My best guess is that she's a Shetland Sheepdog mix, heavy on the mix. 
Piper is seventeen pounds with a thin wispy coat and slightly bug eyes. All her body parts are long - long neck, long back, long legs. She's moderately barky and a fast learner.
The shelter listed her as an American Eskimo mix, and I think that's accurate. However, she could also be part Samoyed, part Pomeranian, part long haired Chihuahua or ???
So... What do you think? I'd love to hear everyone's guesses as to the girls' genetic backgrounds. And who knows, maybe I'll even find a prize for whoever's guess is the closest!

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  1. When I was a kid, we had a dog that looked like Emma and my parents were told that he was a collie/shepherd mix. He got loose one time, and got hit by a car. Mom & Dad finally found him at a local vet's office with some injuries. They paid around $700 to get him fixed up, which was a lot of money back in the late 1950's. He was cantankerous but he was our dog and we loved him.

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    1. I wouldn't be shocked if Emma is part collie. In a lot of ways, she's the most mysterious one to me. Because she was feral before we adopted her, it's harder to sort out the nature/nurture parts of her personality.

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  2. I would guess Chihuahua and Eskimo for Piper, the larger "deer" type Chi, that is.

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    1. I kind of feel that Piper is going to be a little bit of a lot of things. I do hope she's at least part Eskimo, though.

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  3. My best (random LOL) guesses:
    Darcy- GSD, Chow, lab, Australian Shepherd
    Emma- Collie (smaller type) and/or Husky, Shepherd, Lab, Akita
    Piper-Chihuahua, Pomeranian, some kind of terrier

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    1. I won't be surprised if Darcy has some Australian Shepherd in her. That or Australian Cattle Dog are my best guesses for the non-Spitz part of her make-up.

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    2. I think you got the closest with Darcy. She's a heeler, Aussie, Chow, Border Collie, German Shepherd, Husky mix.

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  4. Darcy has quite a similar build to our dog, who is a huntaway, (An NZ farm dog, not sure if they have left our shores) and collie. I don't know but She might be a Huntaway/spitz mix? Also the huntaway is known for being super barky.

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  5. Depending on the prevalence of rarer breeds in your area that could be a possibility, but I'd expect Darcy and Emma to be some sort of Australian Shepherd, Collie, or Shetland Sheepdog mix. I wouldn't be surprised if Piper came back as a Chihuahua mix. Fun fact, Embark can only go back 3-5 generations, so if a cross was done farther back, the dog may still show up as a purebred (thus why silver labs often test as purebred labs, etc.). It was really cool to see the breeds that my husky mix had, and you never know, maybe you'll find some siblings too!

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    1. Given the prevalence of chihuahuas in this area, I wouldn't be shocked if all three of them came back with a little bit of that. LOL. Two swabs are already in the hands of the US Postal Service. We'll know soon.

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  6. Because there is usually some kind of a wildcard thrown in, I'm thinking corgi and/or JRT is going to show up in some of yours!

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    1. The wild card was REALLY wild. Emma came back as 42% pit bull.

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  7. My last Eskie had a massive double coat and was twice Piper's size but was otherwise very similar in build--long legs, tall ears, big Betty Boop eyes.

    I suspect you're going to get some chow and Australian shepherd, and maybe some retriever in smaller percentages. Finnish spitzes are so uncommon in the US that I would be surprised if that shows up.

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    1. You called with Piper. She is a purebred Eskie. Also worth noting, after two months of good food, less stress and fewer hormones, her coat is coming in nicely. She looks much more like a typical Eskie already. There wasn't any retriever in either of the big girls, but they both had some Chow and Darcy also has a lot of Aussie.

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