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What Dog Breed Is It?

Posted in Dog Breeds & Breed Tests

By Laura Yurchak

"What breed do you think my dog is?" I get this question often. I answer this question with another question. What does your dog do? Do they hunt, herd, chase, or observe? A dog’s play pattern and behavior tendencies can give you an indication of what type of breedthey may be.

Now we have DNA tests that can give us information on a dogs breed. Amy Wence did a great job explaining her experience with the test in the August 2009 newsletter article “Mixed Feelings about Mixed Breed Analysis” http://www.lovingpawsllc.com/newsletters. I am asking those of you that have had the test done on their dog to share their finding with us. We will print your results in the next newsletter. Here are a couple results we would like to share with you now.

Harley Yurchak

Harley has some brown coming out on his sides and floppy ears, which are not traits of a Border Collie. He also lacks the Border Collie “eye”. I did some research on the Border Collie. The Book ofJob, in the Old Testament, briefly mentions dogs working sheep. The first mention of dogs working sheep in a similar way to the Border Collie was in 1570. The first reference to the word “collie” wasn’t until 1617. (Border Collies by Margaret Collier) There are no breed records of how this breed evolved. There is only speculation as to what breeds may have contributed to their existence.
Harley's Results
Testing Lab: BioPet Vet Lab– mouth swab – February 2010 Results: Level2 : 37-74% Border Collie Level4: 10-19% Labrador Level 4: 10-19% Poodle 

Ginger McLain

When we firstr eceived Ginger's Wisdom Panel results, we could definitely see the GSD, possibly the Samoyed and the Akita but Mastiff was just off the charts. I did a little bit of internet hunting on the Mastiff breed and found that the Entlebucher is Mastiff derivative. When looking at the photos of the breed, I could see quite a bit a Ginger in there, especially as a puppy. Theyare herding dogs, so that would also explain a lot. She is definitely a herder, that's why we all thought she had border collie in her.
Ginger's Results
Testing Lab: Mars Veterinary – May 2008 Results: Akita German Shepherd Mastiff (Entlebucher) Samoyed

Lance Challand

When I first opened Lance's results I thought they made a huge mistake. There was no way Lance could be primarily Corgi (at least of the percentages they determined) he has long legs. I started looking at photos of the Corgi. Yes, I knew what they looked like and a little about them but it wasn't until I really started looking that I realized he has a lot of the facial features and back of the Corgi. He loves to chase and herd things as well. Other than some of the fringe on his belly and tail I don't notice a ton of the Irish Setter influence in him.
Lance's Results
Testing Lab’s name:– Wisdom PanelInsights Results-At least 25% Pembroke WelshCorgiand at least 12.5% Irish Setter

Ifyou would like to sendus your results to post in the next newsletter please send the following to Laura@lovingpawsllc.com -Your Dog's Name -Testing Lab’s name -Results -Picture of your dogand a picture of the dogs thatmake up your dog's DNA.

Posted: 7/1/2010 | Updated: 4/14/2011

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