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Ask a silly question

And you get a silly answer.

For Christmas this year I got son a DNA test kit to run on Hazel. Just for fun. We took some cheek swabs and mailed them off.We just got the results back. They are not quite what I had expected. I remember her mother as a smallish, (smaller than Hazel who is 70 lb.) brownish southern hound. Of course nobody knows who the father is-- there were 12 pups, they may not have even had the same dad.

Hazel came back as Boxer X Amstaff on one side, (presumably the dad,) and nearly impenetrable mutt on the other. Ingredients there included possibly  Bloodhound, and Catahoula Leopard Dog!

Of course a mutt mix is harder to sort out than a straight cross between two established types. I often wonder what happened to her siblings-- are they out there somewhere, and are their people as delighted with them as we are with Hazel?

We got very lucky with Hazel-- she is a lovely person who happens to be a dog. Finding out what may have gone into the soup pot is interesting-- but it changes nothing else.


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Jan. 19th, 2014 07:14 am (UTC)
People seem to get hung up on blood-lines, both for themselves, (race/nationality) and for animals. I don't think it makes a bit of difference, and I doubt Hazel cares. Quite often, the "mutt" turns out to be the best all around dog!
Jan. 19th, 2014 03:05 pm (UTC)
Oh yes. I have always had mutts. When I was a child my parents had both kinds of dogs. We had a pure-bred German Shepard, (who bit me severely on the face and had to be executed,) a Pug and a Springer Spaniel. These were serially, not all at the same time.

We also had several mutts. They were all good dogs, even the one that bit me. (She just disliked me for some reason-- she adored my mom.)

Hazel is a little afraid of very small dogs. They often bark at her. But she knows that even the tiniest Chihuahua is a dog-- and she will play with them.
Jan. 19th, 2014 05:22 pm (UTC)
Friends of mine had a Chihuahua/Yorkie mix, and I don't think she realized how small she was compared to Collies and German Shepards. Once saw Chiquita stand her ground with a Collie whose nose was longer than she was.
Jan. 20th, 2014 09:58 pm (UTC)
We had a Yorkie- they are afraid of NOTHING!! German Shepherds crossed the street rather than 'invade' her territory! They were bred and trained as 'ratters' in the mines of York England.
Jan. 19th, 2014 07:29 am (UTC)
Amstraff, there goes your homeowner's insurance rates! I have two rescue collie dogs that would be fun to DNA. The person I got one told me Australian cattle dog, but I think they really meant Australian Shepherd, and the other is like a Border Collie without the standard coloring. I hope that both being non-standard means they won't develop weird genetic anomalies.
Jan. 19th, 2014 03:09 pm (UTC)
Oh I live in Brooklyn. More than half the dogs here are pits. Hazel does not look very pittish.

I know a dog who is Border Collie crossed with Australian Shepard he is... intense.

Yes, I am all for hybrid vigor. Hazel is quite healthy. She did need ACL surgery two years ago, but she has none of the weird inbred troubles.

If left to their own devices, dogs would have none of those.
Jan. 19th, 2014 12:54 pm (UTC)
I'd love to know what mongrel blood I have. Lots of races intermingled with Brits!
Jan. 19th, 2014 03:10 pm (UTC)
Oh me too! I am Brit/German which means I could be anything.
Jan. 19th, 2014 08:30 pm (UTC)
A Catahoula Leopard Dog?! That has to be a made up breed XD What a fun thing to do! Though as you say, it changes nothing, Hazel is Hazel and you love her for who she is :)
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