Breed Identification Contest
DNA results came back for the girls.
What a surprise to me.
When I first opened the file with the results (click
here for 10mg pdf) showing one full Chihuahua parent and one
half Pomeranian and half mixed breed my response was total
disbelief. I contacted the
company asking them “are you sure?”
Their answer is below and totally makes sense the identification
of the mix breed grandparent totally fills in the blanks
so these girls are half Chihuahua, quarter Pomeranian and a quarter
mix that includes Poodle and Spaniel.
None of the terrier that we had predicted LOL.
Here is the response from the Vet reading the results.
sample obtained from Pru was of very good quality and
generated a very good genetic signature that supports that
she had a Chihuahua parent with a Pomeranian grandparent.
The other grandparent is a mix of mix though there is
evidence of some spaniel and Poodle in the mix. From the
provided pictures, we see that Pru exhibits a long coat and
a black and tan pattern - both of these traits are recessive
meaning that she needed to inherit these genes from both
sides of her family tree in order to express these traits.
Both the Chihuahua and Pomeranian carry both of these
traits. Pru also exhibits facial furnishings (the beard and
eye brows) and drop (down) ears with what appears to be a
light curl or soft wire appearance of the coat. A single
copy of the wire or the curl gene can cause this
appearance. Both the curl and wire gene are dominant as are
the furnishings trait and drop ear genes which are being
passed down to Pru through the mixed grandparent and perhaps
from the distant Poodle. The overall shape and size of the
ears, their position on the head, as well as the overall
facial features such as muzzle length and brow width are the
result of all the ancestors working together towards the
average. As such, it is not surprising that Pru exhibits an
intermediate muzzle length and brow width. Visual ID has
been shown to be only ~25% accurate. Though we do not state
an accuracy on our swab kits because the sample quality
obtained is dependent on the client's success in swabbing,
our internal testing on our blood test kits has shown it to
be over 90% accurate. Given the sample obtained from Pru
was on par with what we would obtain from a blood test
sample, we would expect her test's accuracy to be
equivalent. Thus, Pru is the unique result of the various
genes that she has received from her pure and mixed
ancestors which have worked together to make her one-of-a
Phoebe Piper and Pru are sisters
who were removed from the California Shelter
A minimum $1 per
guess to be submitted via PayPal to
P3Contest@DisplacedPetsRescue.com (send to friends and
family) -or- by mail to Displaced Pets Rescue, 54585 Nehalem Hwy
S, Vernonia OR 97064. Be sure to include your guess and
your contact information. Note:
You are welcome to donate more to this contest if you wish.
enter as many times as you wish - each breed combination is a
is not a breed - be more specific like "Skye Terrier" or
"Norwich Terrier". (these are not
guesses, just examples)
guess Multiple breeds for the combination - like "Cairn Terrier,
Poodle & Doberman" (these are not guesses,
are multiple winners the pot will be split equally amongst them.
The winner/winners are welcome to donate their winnings back to
winner or winners of this contest will receive 50%
of the total monies collected.
for the generous
donation of the Wisdom Panel Insights DNA test kit.
DNATest kit sample submitted was taken from Pru. Sample was
Here are the girls.
All three girls
are sweet and affectionate. They all have similar body types so as
you look in the pictures what you can't see in one you should be
able to see in the other. Pru has the softest coat more silky
in appearance. Piper has some of the more wiry hair along with
the silky stuff Phoebe has more of the wiry hair and very little of
the silky. On their heads the coat is all very similar soft
and silky stuff.
Piper has her new home.
Pru has her new home.