I love science. I am analytical to a fault (my nickname is Spock). I like to think I’m pretty good at rationalizing and problem-solving, and being able to evaluate data and render sound decisions.
Well I got this one so wrong. I remember 10th grade biology and those genetic matrices and I think I got a good grade. Seemed easy enough. HA. Apparently canine genetics are a little more complicated.
The Wisdom Panel shows the main breed components. In Reggie’s case it happens to be three contributors and some mixed breeds. The mixed breeds are comprised of several detected breeds but not in large concentrations and *disclaimer* there could be other breeds not detected.
Reggie is not a Labrador, nor is he a Greyhound. And he is not a Flat-Coated Retriever as I had so boldly predicted. I was BLOWN AWAY by the results. I will be honest, I only kind of see physical markers of one of the three main breeds in my dog, and I don’t see any of the typical behavior characteristics of the three in my dog.
So drum roll please…..Reggie is:
American Staffordshire Terrier, Australian Shepherd, and Doberman Pinscher.
Uh, what? The only one that has some physical characteristics I can pick out is the Doberman. He doesn’t herd, he is not a good guard dog, he doesn’t bark. At times I can see the “smile” on his face that is reminiscent of the American Staffordshire Terrier. But this is DNA. It’s science. It has to be true. The other detected breeds are Lancashire Heeler, Scottish Deerhound, Australian Terrier, Bassett Hound, and Norwich Terrier. Another huh? This is crazy talk. Not an ounce of Labrador in that dog.
What do I do with this information? For one I think I will tell his vet. His papers say “Lab Cross”. Ha ha he’s not a Lab! Will it change the way I train him or treat him? No. He’s 6 1/2 years old and he’s a sweetheart and very well trained, but of course a work in progress- all dogs are. It is so cool that this is available to show the mix of what he’s made of, but it doesn’t change the underlying message. Each dog is an individual and should be treated as such. This blend of breeds doesn’t mean that he portrays all these breed characteristics. I was completely shocked- I was convinced he was largely sporting breeds due to his love of small furry animals and the water. He’s still Reggie, unique and special and mine!