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.
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.