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.

Unknown said...

There are brindle catahoulas, and dutch shepherd seems more likely to me than a german shepherd. I don't know how accurate those test are but I can't believe that there is Samoyed in her.Then again, I am at a loss. My brothers dog is the same as yours for sure. He has great tracking capabilities and can run 20 to 30 miles an hour. He was extremely aggressive and territorial,but that was mostly taken care of. He is good with most dogs but sometimes feels dominant toward dominate males.His agility is uncanny and can jump extremely high.