Puppy Update

Olivia   November 15, 2018   32 Comments on Puppy Update

It took a while, but I finally got my Wisdom Panel DNA test results for Skye. The results are pretty interesting and not what most people (and I) guessed.

The American Staffordsire Terrier part makes sense. Although several breeds have brindle in them, pibble seemed like the most likely contributor – especially for a rescue mutt.

1st night at obedience class

The ChowChow and Eskimo dog are really surprising. I had guessed she got the fluffiness from some sort of shepherd (my guess was Australian) but I would have believed German or Belgian or really any shepherd. Most commenters thought she was some sort of shepherd as well.

Wisdom panel gives you a best guess at a family tree, which is fun to look at even if they admit it is just a best guess and not a definite.

Who would combine Chow Chow and Eskimo Dog? They’re nowhere near the same size as each other. I guess they’re both fluffy. Skye certainly LOVES the freaking snow:

The Boston Terrier I don’t see at all, but the lab part makes some sense. As she’s growing, she’s getting a lean, lab-like look to her. Wisdom Panels gives you a whole bunch of additional information including testing for Multidrug Sensitivity (MDR1), which is a gene mutation that causes some dogs to have issues with wormers and other drugs. I was concerned that might be an issue if she did have Aussie in her and it’s a relief to know I don’t need to worry about that. You can elect to pay more for additional health concern testing, but I didn’t. I was glad MDR1 was included in the base test.

They also give you an ideal weight chart based on breed:

Yeah, I don’t think we’re going to get there. She’ll might hit 35, but I doubt she’ll get much bigger. At 17 weeks, she only weighs 15 lbs.

always in motion = never in focus

My guess is the malnutrition her mom died of and that she came to use with stunted her growth. We’re feeding her as much as we can, but she’s not a good eater and would rather bound around playing instead. Oh well, she’s a cute fluff no matter what.

This isn’t a sponsored post and non of the links are affiliate links. My friend bought me the test as a gift. However, I would recommend Wisdom Panel if you want to test your own dog’s DNA. It was pretty easy to do and the postage is pre-paid so you just pop it in the mailbox and that’s it. Wisdom Panel gave me one discount code for $10 off if anyone is interested (it’s not an affiliate code and it only works once). If you’re interested, leave a comment and I’ll send it to you.

32 thoughts on “Puppy Update

  1. Teresa

    SHe is quite the eclectic dog! She definitely is adorable. I really want to do this for my son’s dog so if you want to send me the code that would be great. But I’m ok if you give it to someone else.

    1. Olivia Post author

      It’s yours. Check your email. You might want to cross compare with amazon and make sure it’s not cheaper there even with the code. My friend bought mine on Amazon. I don’t know how the prices compare.

  2. Liz

    She’s cute no matter what! That panel is super cool. I love stuff like that and really like that they give you representative photos of the breeds, too.

  3. Elizabeth

    That is definitely a neat test and shows an interesting mix of breeds for Skye! She’s so adorable and floofy! I would have loved to do this for my old dog, as she was a rescue mutt from Arkansas, but when she was alive I guess I didn’t realize it was such an easy and affordable option. At least now I know for the future, as I am sure we will have another rescue mutt someday! 🙂

  4. roamingridersite

    Sky is adorable – so much fluffy energy. Her list of breeds is interesting . The Eskimo dog caught me by surprise as she is so tiny but you never know how those genes are going to show up

    1. Olivia Post author

      The eskimo dogs can be smaller as some breeders breed more apartment friendly versions. But it wasn’t something I had even thought of.

  5. Megan K

    25% dog 😛 😛 😛 100% cute!

    She’s all KINDS of things! that’s so interesting. My sisters dog is mostly chow and she stayed really super soft even when she grew up, so I hope you get that part of the chow.

    also fwiw I did not think getting the cheek swab was easy at all, bailey thought we were going to cut his face off for some reason so it took 2 of us and eventually Sara had to put him in a headlock. the things we do for science.

    1. Olivia Post author

      She’s so small, my husband held her and I grabbed the swab. She definitely wriggled a ton and made it as difficult as possible, but again, she was so small there was no contest. I could totally see this being much more of a PITA with a bigger dog.

  6. rooth

    Love all the puppy updates! Ours isn’t a great eater either. He’s currently losing weight, even though he’s still a pup, so we’re adding toppers to make the food more interesting. All my animals are so spoiled

  7. nadsnovik

    Those pitties seem to make it into every breed mix, lol. I totally thought Shepherd, but I guess I need to stop making that my go to. I imagine she is has a long lineage of mutts in her family tree. I sometimes forget that it’s not always a purebred breeding with a purebred, its a lot of mutts breeding with a lot of mutts. I’m excited to see what she grows up to look like!!

  8. Tracy

    Well, they certainly didn’t include the 100% Cute or the 75% Fluff that she’s obviously made of, LOL! Which, IMHO is really all that matters 😉

  9. Cait

    I really like the Embark panel over the Wisdom panel- they’ve used a MUCH bigger sample size for their breed guesses (for example, European pom bloodlines will come back as ‘unknown’ on Wisdom but correctly identified on Embark), but both are pretty cool!

    Eskimo doesn’t surprise me at all- there’s a lot of them out there and someitmes people underestimate how common they are. They’ve always come in sizes- they’re just the US name for one color of the German Spitz, which goes from small (klein) to medium (mittel) to giant (grosse) – 9-12″, 13-15.5″, and 15.5-17″

    1. Olivia Post author

      I don’t think I’ve ever seen an Eskimo dog in real life, just pictures and movies. I know they can come in small so maybe she got some of the smallness from that.

  10. Stacie Seidman

    What a mix! Wow! Maybe some of her being small is from the Boston Terrier. I forget which company I used for Artie’s DNA but it gave a lot less information. He only had Pug and Corgi in him though, so maybe there really wasn’t much info to give.

    1. Olivia Post author

      Oh god, the snow. It just will not stop. Some snow is normal. What we have going on is not. This storm was massive and really hit the north east hard. It’s all over the news. I’m really hoping next year does not suck this much.

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