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!