Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Results Are In!

     After having spent a day at the shelter I know that dogs who come in as strays without any information are often given a description or listed breed based on an estimated guess after a quick look by whoever is doing the intake process that day.  They try their best, but it's busy and without any information or history, sometimes a guess is all they have.  We were told that Maple was a Jack Russell mix which was easy to believe with the telltale tan patch on her left eye.  At the time she was only eight weeks old and tiny!  We started to have some doubts about her Jack Russell status when she wouldn't stop growing!  We went away for two days when she was a puppy and came home to an entirely different dog.  She was tripping over her giant paws and lanky limbs and we started to realize our little Jack Russell was not so little!  50lbs later...
     As a result of overwhelming curiosity we decided to try a Wisdom Panel DNA test.  We ordered the kit, swabbed Maple's cheeks, mailed in the samples and waited for the results.  We had some bets going.  We really thought the test was going to come back with a mix of Jack Russell Terrier, Red Tick Coon Hound, Beagle and Greyhound.  Turns out, according to the test, Maple is not any of those breeds!
     Maple is a mix of Great Pyrenees, Shetland Sheepdog (sheltie) and Miniature Pinscher (minpin), with the potential for these other breeds: Afghan Hound, Bedlington Terrier, Leonberger, Silky Terrier and Yorkshire Terrier.  Or as Brandon would say, "She's a Maple!".


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