Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sample-in-Progress

Not knowing what breed mix Oliver is is driving me a little nuts. I do know that he's a crazy, lovable, and loyal mutt, and that's what really counts. But I always thought my next dog would be a Pit Bull, not some kind of hound mix.

I am a handsome devil, aren't I?

Oliver has all of the makings of a hound. Nose to the ground, floppy ears, long and lanky (okay, my apologies to the Dachshunds and Bassets).

Lady with the camera, quit it, willya?

Of course, there's the crazy tail that's missing a few inches, but we'll never know that story. It still wags like crazy and gets his point across!

Hey! Where'd the rest of my tail go?!

Ollie gets along great with the other dogs. And Charlie is in love with her little brother. The other dogs are all about 12 years old, and they've had enough of her playing. So having a play pal has really made her a lot happier.

Usurper. As soon as my guillotine is back from the
shop, it's curtains for you.

I am a regal pooch. I will take over this household.
You will obey me.

So what is he? I know Trouper is a Border Collie, Lucy's a mini-Australian Shepherd, Buster's a Parson Russell Terrier, and Charlie is a Shiba Inu/Pit Bull mix. But what mix is Oliver, really?

Well, I decided to do a DNA test on him. I got a Canine Heritage Breed Test and swabbed his cheek. This pup is so eager to please, swabbing his cheek was a breeze. Any of the others would have fought me tooth and nail. And we're talking much more tooth, believe me.

I sent the sample to the company the last week of May, and it's supposed to take 4-6 weeks to get results. So the toe tapping has begun. I'm getting antsy and it's only been three weeks. I keep checking the site for updates, but all I see is "sample in progress." It's driving me crazy!

Both my brother and the vet have votes in for Rhodesian Ridgeback mix. I see Redbone Coonhound. Of course, this picture at the Canine Heritage site looks just like Ollie, and it's a Boxer/St. Bernard mix (yikes!). So who knows? Only the DNA will tell.

Of course there are some caveats. DNA tests are only as good as the markers they test for. In other words, if they don't test for "Poodle," your dog isn't a Poodle as far as they're concerned, no matter what your AKC papers say. But the Canine Heritage test looks for over 100 breeds, so it's a start. Redbone Coonhound and Rhodesian Ridgeback are both on there, and so is Staffordshire Bull Terrier. American Pit Bull Terrier isn't, though (hey, you never know!, and a girl could dream...).

I'll keep you posted. But the results had better come in soon!

14 comments:

  1. This is so exciting! I can't wait to find out what my furiend Oliver is made of.

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

    PeeS Happy Father's Day to all the men in your life!

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  2. Oh, DNA tests are very exciting. Whatever Oliver is he sounds like a lovely pup and that's mainly what counts. Still, we'll all be looking forward to learning what his ancestors were.

    wags, Lola

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  3. Isn't waiting for something the worst?? Can't wait to hear the results!

    Wags,
    Zona

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  4. I've always been interested in how those work. Keep us posted will you? I think right now all we can say is that Oliver is well loved!

    Sam

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  5. Wow didn't know you could do that, can't wait to find out
    See Yea George xxx

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  6. Oh, how exciting! We were Most Happy with the dee-en-ay peoples we used but they were different from your dee-en-ay peoples. I will be looking forward to seeing what your dee-en-ay peoples have to say and we will luvs little Oliver no matter what his test says is in his family tree!

    Wiggles & Wags,
    Mayzie

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  7. I kind of like that little ball at the end of his tail, it's cute! I used to have a kitty with a hook at the end of his.

    It'll be interesting to find out what kind of dog Oliver is. My dogs are purebreds but I've thought of having them tested anyways. Just because...

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  8. Just love him. But it would be interesting in knowing What personality traits he may exhibit. That's why we stick to scotties...we know what to expect!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

    PeeS Of course, we can't wait to see what he is either.

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  9. What a mystery!! And, such a sweet one what a most fabulous and unique tail!

    Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
    Sierra Rose

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  10. His ears are longer than mine but there is some resemblance. We know my mom was a GSD and we were pretty sure my dad was a neighborhood black lab where my mom lived (and of the 9 puppies, 6 were solid black). Quite a few dogs that look like me are on Twitter and I even found one in a Shelter in Poland that looks startling like me. We are virtually adopting her. My papa was a rolling stone ...

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  11. Patience may be a virtue, but it is not a trait I have! The suspense is killing me! Let us know when you find out.

    Your pal, Pip

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  12. Can't wait to hear the results of the DNA test. Would love to do one on Sagira.

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