Puppy DNA results

In my Gratuitous Puppy Pictures post, I mentioned that I was submitting a DNA sample to determine my puppy’s breed mix. The results are in: apparently one of her parents was a pure German Shepherd, and the other was half Boxer and half a mix of various breeds.

Grandparents-sm

Apparently they weren’t able to identify the “mixed breed” portions of her ancestry, but they might include, from highest to lowest probability: Jack Russell Terrier, English Toy Spaniel, Large Munsterlander, Glen of Imaal Terrier, and Collie.

I have a few thoughts about the results:

  • I obtained the DNA sample via a cheek/gum swab, so we must consider the possibility that my puppy is a carnivorous alien creature, and that her last three meals were two German Shepherds and a Boxer.
  • I never would have guessed she was 1/4 boxer, but after browsing some pictures on the web, I now see that the white patches of her fur are located in the same places as on boxers.
  • I am surprised that her ancestry is primarily large-breed dogs, as I do not believe she will grow much larger. Either she picked up a “small dog” allele from another ancestor, or there is something about canine genetics that causes combinations of large-dog breeds to result in a more average-sized dog. My brother also had a mixed breed dog who was smaller than either of his two main component breeds.

Although my puppy fooled us all with her Doberman disguise, two readers correctly identified her German Shepherd ancestry. Their prizes are posted below. Note that code names are being used, as we don’t want a repeat of that whole Sarah Connor thing.

Equinoxio-sm
Arcane-sm

Advertisements

7 comments

  1. Tajima Jenkins · · Reply

    I should have guessed Glen of Imaal Terrier!

  2. Awesome, thank you for the promotion!!

  3. -ahem- Regarding your first hypothesis (alien carnivore), I am NOT going to mention poodles, chihuahuas and Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” but poodles are smart, chihuahuas are insane and well… Fill in your own conclusions.
    -matt

  4. Pardon me if I missed any of your writings, but with the awards about the puppies I suspect you are U.S. Army. My intuition could be wrong. Besides, “K-9 Corps” is a term used by the U.S. Army launched in 1942. You could be an analyst searching all writing for terrorist communications… πŸ˜‰

    On Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 12:26 AM, Planetary Defense Command wrote:

    > Planetary Defense Commander posted: “In my Gratuitous Puppy Pictures > post, I mentioned that I was submitting a DNA sample to determine my > puppy’s breed mix. The results are in: apparently one of her parents was a > pure German Shepherd, and the other was half Boxer and half a mix of > various “

    1. While Planetary Defense Command is happy to work with local militias in defense of the planet, we cannot allow ourselves to be subordinate to any of them. We have to be prepared to respond to alien invasions, robot uprisings, and other threats wherever they occur, worldwide.

  5. equinoxio21 · · Reply

    Roger that! πŸ™‚

  6. Fun post. Looking forward to following you blog!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: