Friday, November 20, 2015

We Had Our Dog DNA Tested (Don't Judge!)

From the time little Shelby first came into our lives, we were puzzling over what breed she was. 




As a puppy, everyone seemed to compare her to a King Charles Spaniel...



...so we went with that. King Charles Spaniel mixed with...something else. But over a dog's life, you'll be asked countless times, "What breed is your dog?" It's annoying when you don't have a good answer. Plus, the older she got, the less she had that smushy King Charles face. Her nose was way too long.



So finally, as she approached her eighth birthday, I decided to do something crazy. I got one of those DNA tests and swabbed her. The results?



Not a King Charles Spaniel in the entire chain! One parent was a Cocker Spaniel, which is this:



Her other parent was a Jack Russell Terrier mix mixed with a Chow Chow mix. The DNA test breaks it down with a handy-dandy lineage chart:



Basically, she's a whole bunch of breeds all in one. If you're thinking about DNA testing your pets, the process was super easy. The kit arrived in the mail, I swabbed the inside of her mouth, and then I sent the kit back. Within a couple of weeks, the results arrived via email. It was about $100...was it worth it? It could have identified health risks, if they'd shown up on her DNA markers, so yes.

Plus, if it gives me an answer to this question:



It's worth every penny!

62 comments:

  1. Hahaha! Yay!! She's really cute.,

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  2. Had no idea you could do that! Identifying health risks alone is worth it.
    I definitely see the Cocker Spaniel in her. Chow-Chow? That one really blended in.

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    1. I don't see that one, either. I can see Jack Russell Terrier in her build a little. My vet marked her as "Spaniel Mix" when we first brought her in and I think the vet said something like, "Well, she's some kind of Spaniel, definitely."

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  3. I find that quite fascinating! Although I'm pretty sure on my heritage, I've always thought it would interesting to test myself!!! Had no idea there was a dog version! Gotta love science.

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    1. I think you can learn more through Ancestry.com than a DNA test. I haven't done that, but my mom did and we found exactly how we're related to Jesse James.

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  4. Cool. That's great that we can pin point our furry friend's genes. You just never know.... And like you stated, it' good to know for health reasons...

    Happy pre- Thanksgiving!

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    1. Yes...all ours said was that she might be intolerant to some medications. But the kit advises you to pass the info. on to your vet for your dog's records.

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  5. Stephanie, I used to work in the pet supply field (I did not sell animals, just the supplies), and I think it is great that you did this! Beautiful photos. :)

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    1. I thought everyone would think I was crazy. Pet lovers understand, for sure!

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    2. No, it isn't crazy at all. I think it shows that you love your pet. I prefer seeing people loving and caring for their pets, what really annoys me is cruelty and neglect.

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  6. Amazing how it can show the mixed breeds in the dog. We have use DNA test for to identify who the mother of a calf was several time in order to have them registered as pure bred. Instead of using a swab, we use hair from the tail and send it in to Holstein Canada lab.

    Your little dog looks very cute.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. They had two swabs in the kit, so I had to swab her twice, then just put them in the box. I was surprised something doesn't get damaged in mailing it!

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  7. That's really neat. Shelby is super adorable! Have a wonderful weekend. :)

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  8. Very nice mix, they aught a make a breed of it's own.

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    1. My husband always says, "She's a Shelby" when people ask what breed she is. They just think he means "sheltie!"

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  9. Such a cute dog :) I don't see the Chow in her, but adorable none the less. It would have been interesting to DNA Koda and see if he was more than corgi :)

    Hubby's brother did the DNA on himself; he was quite surprised what came back, totally different than what their parents said they were.

    betty

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    1. I don't see the chow, either--and definitely NOT the personality. She's the opposite of aggressive. In fact, if other dogs are around, she always lurks off into a corner and acts all shy and timid. I call it her, "I don't want any trouble" stance!

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  10. Shelby is adorable!! It's crazy how they can know all that from swabbing the inside of your mouth.

    My friend's got the ugliest mutt that ever lived and is constantly asked what breed he is. Her answer? "Umm.... dog?"

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    1. It's good that even an ugly dog can find a loving home!

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  11. Ha. We got asked that all the time whenever we walked Buddy (he passed over a few months ago). Had no idea there was such a kit. Shelby is adorable, no matter what her breed.

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    1. There are several...we used one called Wisdom. I wish we'd done it earlier--I'd recommend it when you first get a new dog, if you choose to adopt a mixed-breed one. Purebreds don't need it, I guess, unless you have a reason to believe you might not have a purebred...

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  12. I didn't know you could do that! Trisket, our dog, is now 15 and is the greatest dog but we never knew for sure of the father's breed.

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    1. I think I saw an ad for it...I must have been targeted by advertisers as a crazy dog lady!

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  13. I took the ancestry dna test for myself but never tried the canine version for my dog. I know for sure she's a jack russell and she's suppose to have beagle in her too.

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    1. Love Jack Russells...I always think of that adorable dog on Frasier.

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  14. Either way, she's adorable!
    Love the tortoise pic :-) I had a desert tortoise for more than ten years - he thought he was one of the dogs,

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  15. Good for you. You wanted to know so you did the test. Awesome. We called Little Bit, Little Bit because she was a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  16. Mixed breeds make beautiful dogs. Our dog is a German shepherd and Grey Hound mix. She's adorable. Shelby is adorable too. Go mixed breeds!

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  17. HAHAHA! I laughed out loud with that last image! One thing's for sure about your dog: she's absolutely adorable.

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  18. She's just so stinkin' cute! Love the mixes <3

    That turtle pic is funny lol

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  19. Whatever breed she is, she is cute and so adorable. Its really amazing how through one swap, they can find out so many things. Have a lovely weekend!

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  20. Someone dumped what was obviously a purebred minpin near my house (today is six years since I found her!). Of course, she's my dog now, breed confirmed with vet, etc.

    Last year, an out-of-town friend adopted what the shelter told her was a dachsund/chihuahua. She posted photos on FB and she looked exactly like my dog. I told her straight out she had a minpin. She got her dog DNA tested and, while not purebred, she was definitely mostly minpin and no dachsund at all. I think there was a little chi, but I can't remember.

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  21. How interesting! I didn't even know you could have your pet DNA tested. We have two purebred Boxers from the same sire and we should have had them tested for health risks. The oldest one was fine until she had an infection that cost lots of $$$$$ to cure and ever since she hasn't liked other dogs. The second one we got a few years later has a colon problem and we have spent over ten thousand dollars on him and he still has problems. My grandson wanted a small dog to take to college so we got him a rescue puppy and don't know what she is, other than cute and obviously a terrier/dachshund mix. We think dachshund because she is long and white with black spots all over except for two brown spots on her cheeks and she loves to burrow. She seems quite healthy...thank goodness. Your dog is darling.

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  22. Why do people even care about the breed, isn't it a bit offensive to all the dogs who have no breed? All my dogs I've ever had didn't have a breed, nor do my cats, they're just carefree animals, don't need groups and breeds and races :)

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  23. It's a curiosity that needed to be answered! And LOL, she is so cute.

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  24. I love it! I so wish we had done that with our dog before she passed away.

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  25. Definitely a way to get good information about a pet. Especially since certain breeds have common health ailments. How interesting your dog turned out to be a mix of different breeds from what you originally suspected. She sure is cute!
    ~Jess

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  26. It sounds like money well spent to me.
    Those that use it with the intent of 'purifying the gene pool' get less than no applause though.

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  27. I would never judge someone for something they feel is worthwhile and can afford it. It sounds like a fun thing to do. Personally, I'd like to get my own DNA sample. I know my great, great, grandfather is from Germany, but there is little more I know. One of these days I'll do it.

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  28. Neat. I didn't know you could do that. It would be nice to know what kind of dog you have. She is precious.

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  29. very interesting, didn't know DNA could do that!

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  30. That's cool. I don't know if I'd care that I didn't know the dog's breed (what's wrong with answering with "she's a mutt"?), but it's cool that you can find out definitely.

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  31. That is really neat! I think it's great you got your doggie checked out. My hubby and I often wonder about our dog that actually looks like a Dingo.

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  32. Very cool indeed. Essentially, all that matters is that is a canine. Doesn't matter how many breeds are coursing through its veins, it's a dog. At the very least, the lineage makes for a fascinating conversation.

    Father Nature's Corner

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  33. I thought I saw the cocker spaniel part and jack terrier!! I don't really see the chow chow mix in her. Thanks for sharing this!! I will see you at Thanksgiving, Aunt Stephanie!!

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  34. I meant Jack Russell. Oops!!

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  35. I adore all animals, but I'm super partial to cats. That being said, when I look at my furry friends I'm addicted to the cuteness factor unless I'm paying out BIG cash. (lol) Then I want to know all the deets. It's great that they have DNA tests for our animals, so we can have all the facts! Hugs...Ro

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  36. I think it's awesome that people can have this done. If you can afford it, why not? I'd do it if I had dogs.

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  37. Such a cute dog. My cats look like regular American shorthairs, so I don't think they're any breed but that. I've done a DNA test on myself, though.

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  38. She's definitely got the colouring of a Cavalier King Charles but her snout is definitely longer than Archie's short stubby one. I don't think it really matters what breed she's got in her, she's a beauty just the same.

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  39. Great Post! I'm sure it put your mind to rest on the health issues and being a mix s/he's probably one smart pup. :-)

    Anna from Elements of Writing

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  40. That is so cool! Is little Miss Shelby a rescue?

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  41. Shelby is such a cutie. Good for you. It was worth it to know her breed/s. Now you'll gave a long answer to questions re her origins!

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  42. That is cool. ^_^ I've known a lot of people who liked purebreds, but I've always found mixed-breed dogs to be more interesting and fun to be around, usually more active. Not sure why.

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  43. The test sounds amazing. All three of our dogs are mixed breeds. Well, regardless of her DNA, Shelby is still a beauty.

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  44. She's a cutie! I love that caramel color in her coat. And know you know...the rest of the story. ;)

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  45. I didn't know there was such a thing. I would've loved to known for the two dogs I had. My first was growing up. She was 'supposedly' half chihuahua and half border collie. Looks-wise she was just a smaller version of a border collie, so I always wondered about the chihuahua thing.

    The dog we had most recently--who died last winter. She was part poodle (an educated guess). But the other part of the mix we couldn't figure out. She was a stray from the humane society, so we really didn't know.

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  46. Don't judge you at all! I would do the same thing -- just for fun and as you said you might learn something!

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  47. My roommate has a dog that we have NO idea what he is and she's been thinking about doing this. It's kind of fun to hear about it from someone who has actually used it.

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