Thursday, March 29, 2012

Heinz-57 Part II: And the (DNA) Survey SAAAYS...

Thanks to everyone here and on Facebook who took a shot at which dog breeds went into making mutt-tastic Inja. Your guesses included:

German Shepherd:

 Catahoula Leopard Dog:

Some kind of sighthound (ie, Greyhound):

Australian Cattle Dog:

Egyptian Pharaoh Dog:

Labrador Retriever:

Rhodesian Ridgeback:

(This would account for the stripes...)

If you remember, this is what Inja looks like:

...and according to the Wisdom Panel, her actual DNA says... (drumroll please)

25% German Shepherd:

25% Samoyed:


25% Bullmastiff:

and 25% mixed breed, with the most likely suspect (at 18% probability) the Plott Hound:


With her ears, no argument about the Shepherd. Bullmastiff seems a bit of a stretch, but it could account for her laid-back persona and the brindle. I can definitely see Plott Hound not only in the brindle, but in her lean, athletic build. It's a breed I never would've guessed. Plotts are bear-hunting dogs from Appalachia, and I knew a ton of them when I lived in Tennessee. I have met a few in Oregon, so it's certainly possible.

But what about that Samoyed? I have to say, I've never seen a Sammie without its coat, so maybe there's more of a resemblance than first meets the eye. And a sweet Sammie just might be where Inja gets her gentle, easygoing nature.

DNA breed tests are a pretty recent development, so while they're fun to do -- especially in a dog like Inja, who routinely stumps even the most expert-y of dog experts -- I'm taking the results with a grain of salt. Anyway, whoever her ancestors were, nothing changes the fact that she's our one-of-a-kind, adorable girl.

What do you think? If you have a mutt, would you want to see what shakes out of the family tree?


Lisa Nowak said...

What a fun thing, being able to DNA test your dog. Of course now there's a record if she ever commits a crime.

Christine Fletcher said...

Ha! I didn't think about that. Guess we'll have to scrap our nefarious plans involving heists-by-dog.