Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Results Are In! Dog DNA Tests

Last year, Tim was determined to get our dogs DNA tested. They are all rescues, and the girls are such odd sizes for their looks that we really had no clue what breeds they could possibly be. The tests were simple spit swab tests and we got the results back in a few weeks! Here's what we found...

Bear Lee

We got Bear from the local Humane Society when he was about one and a half. He's now four and weighs 80 pounds. As soon as we saw him, we put him on hold, knowing he would go fast. His paperwork said he was a stray, but he was already potty-trained and knew how to sit, so I believe he was owned at some point before we got him.

We didn't really need to test Bear. Just by looking at him it's pretty obvious. But Tim is nothing if not thorough, so Bear tested too. And SHOCKING....

Results: Rottweiler

He also included about 5% Alaskan Malamute which is strange considering he's petite for a Rottie. Bear is goofy, cuddly, attentive, needy, and loyal. He's definitely the strong/silent type, and a big baby at heart.

Piper Jane

Pipe was our first pup and she's from the same Humane Society as Bear. We got her at about 7 months old and she was an owner surrender - they claimed she was too hyper. She is now three and a half and about 30 pounds. She was also potty-trained and knew simple commands.

When we got Piper, she was listed as a German Shepherd/Miniature Pinscher mix. What a combination, right? So we've been eager to see what she really was!

Results: German Shepherd / Rat Terrier

Just like the others, she had small percentages of other random breeds, but these were her two main results. It definitely makes sense, but still the size difference of those breeds alarms me! She definitely has the "eyebrows" of the terrier and she has a double coat like a shepherd.

Piper is energetic, loving, and has no sense of personal space. She's always running around with a toy in her mouth or finding the softest blanket and curling up with it.

Lennox Flour

Lennox was our little accident. We were totally fine with two dogs and then we saw this floppy puppy and had a moment of weakness. Lennie is from a nearby town's shelter who was doing an adoption event at our Petsmart. She was a couple months old when we got her and she's now one. She weighs about 50 pounds. She was the cutest puppy ever, but the potty-training process has turned me off from wanting to get puppies again in the future. Rescuing adult dogs is more for me!

When Lennox was a puppy we initially thought she was a German Shepherd mix of some kind. But after comparing her pictures to some online, we knew that wasn't right. And now she's a medium size dog with such thick, long fur and a really curly tail (you can't tell in the photos but when she stands it makes a complete circle).

Results: Norwegian Elkhound / Akita

I don't know about you but I had never heard of a Norwegian Elkhound. So, of course, we Google it immediately and WOW. That's definitely her. Or the closest we've ever come! 

Lennox is our calm child. I call her a 'space cadet' because she doesn't seem to always be with it. She's just laid back and carefree, not needing too much attention. But.. she is psycho about food. If there's one thing that gets Lennox up and focused, it's food.

So, there you have it! We've finally learned a bit more about our pound puppies! It was so exciting to discover their breeds so we can do more research and see if their personalities match the breed traits. Sometimes they do (Elkhounds are very vocal during play - definitely Lennox), sometimes they don't (Rottweilers love the cold/snow/baths - definitely NOT Bear).