Thanks to everyone who guessed Chloe’s breeds last week. We were completely surprised by her DNA-test results! We had been convinced she was part Australian Shepherd, part hound. The most likely combination seemed to be either Australian Shepherd or Border Collie and Beagle. We were astonished to find out that she is 0% Australian Shepherd, Border Collie, or Beagle.
Chloe came back with no primary breeds identified, Staffordshire
Bull Terrier as a secondary breed and Italian
Greyhound “In the Mix.” Who knew?! We would never have guessed that
she had any Staffie in her, and we only see the Italian Greyhound when
we are unsuccessfully trying to catch her to bring her back from the dog
However, we realize that Chloe may still have herding and hound DNA in
her, and that the breed test does not yet include some of the more
obscure breeds. (See what breeds are included on the Canine Heritage
Breed Test here.) We suspect she may also have some Australian
Cattle Dog or Australian Kelpie and American
Foxhound in her family tree.
When we adopted Chloe, we knew she was a mutt and that we were just
going to take her as-is and love her anyway, so knowing her results
doesn’t change that one bit. From a practical point of view, however,
it’s nice to have some background on her history. She has always been a
skinny girl, and the fact that she has Italian Greyhound in the mix
makes us feel better about her being at a healthy weight. It is also
good to know what she is not, and rule out health or behavior issues
associated with some herding breeds such as Border Collies.
Chloe is a great example of why mutts rock. Tell us: Why do you think mutts rule?
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