How exciting it was when I received Pepper’s DNA results in the mail! I couldn’t wait to open it to find out what my dog is really all about.
There were no primary breeds listed so I know that Pepper did not come from a purebred parent.
The secondary-breed category stated that she has Keeshond in her (as many of you guessed). This was not a surprise to me. She has the same coloring as a Keeshond and the very thick, fluffy coat that you see all poofed out on a Keeshond.
The most surprising to me was the “In the Mix” category. I found out that Pepper has some German Shepherd in her. As I look at her face, I can see the resemblance. I’ve always felt that German Shepherds have soulful eyes and that is a trait that stands out on Pepper. It was also the trait that drew me into adopting her from the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm in Fairport, NY, 11 years ago.
Also “In the Mix” was Brittany. Wow, I didn’t see that one coming! But now that it’s actually in print, I can see where she gets the hyper, high-energy personality. I knew a breed with that trait had to be hidden in Pepper somewhere.
What fun it has been doing the DNA test and getting closer to Pepper and her heritage. The mystery has been unraveled!
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