Friday, January 22, 2010

The Awesomest JS Post Ever: Doggie DNA Results

Thank you for your patience, readers. I know everyone has been on the edge of their seats so without further delay, check out the results on this handy-dandy chart:



I know what you're thinking: "Chow Chow!?! Rhodesian WHAT?!?" Before we get into just how shocking these results are, let's talk about how the test was done, how the results were presented, and what they mean. If anyone has a greater understanding of DNA testing, I urge you to weigh in via the comment section on this post. Here goes.

The BioPet Vet Lab DNA Breen Identification Test required two cheek swabs - at least ten seconds of swabbing each - with lots of time, space and distance from food and other dogs in the hours before the swabs. The directions were followed extremely carefully. A few weeks later, the Ancestry Analysis Certificate arrived with the following explanation/disclaimer:

The breeds listed in the following report include the breeds that we detected in your dog. In processing, breeds are detected as ranges rather than absolute values. These are then listed on your certificate as values, which are defined as follows:

Level 1: Over 75% of the DNA found in your dog is from the breed listed (Most mixed breeds will not show any breeds listed under Level 1 unless the dog has a purebred parent)
Level 2: Each breed listed represents between 37-74% of your dog's DNA
Level 3: Each breed listed represents between 20-36% of your dog's DNA
Level 4: Each breed listed represents between 10-19% of your dog's DNA
Level 5: Each breed listed represents less than 10% of your dog's DNA

Jack's ancestry certificate lists his breeds as follows:

LEVEL 3: CHOW CHOW
LEVEL 3: COLLIE
LEVEL 4: BOSTON TERRIER
LEVEL 4: BULLDOG
LEVEL 4: RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK

The percentages in the pie chart up above are approximate and for the purpose of JustSaying's short-attention-spanned readers only. BioPet Vet Lab did not provide such an easy to understand visual. They only sent horoscope-sounding personality assessments of the detected breeds and potential associated health problems. No photos or specifics (like whether Jack has American or English Bulldog, Border or Welsh Collie, etc). Here are some highlights - some applicable, some ironic - from those summaries:

The Chow Chow has an innate sense of dignity and may seem aloof and detached. They may be restrained with their affections and are very independent. They can learn, but do not have a strong desire to please their masters and must see the point of commands given.

Highly intelligent and easy to train, the Collie is extremely loyal, devoted and protective. They are sensitive and sweet. May be suspicious of strangers. They may nip at people's heels, due to their herding nature.

Although originally bred for dog fights, the Boston Terrier of today is much less aggressive. They are enthusiastic, have a sense of humor and like being a part of their family.

The bulldog is kind and resolute. The can be very persistent, especially when seeking out attention. Their digestive systems are very active, which may result in flatulence.

A ferocious hunter, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is calm and gentle in the home. They are loyal, straighforward, and very protective of their families. A very healthy breed that is able to withstand extremes in temperatures.

Here's my assessment:


13 comments:

Becky said...

I think Chow Chow's and Collie's are hyper dogs....makes sense ;)

Fun results...thanks for sharing!

Cid73 said...

What breed is not represented by this wonder dog, Jack? There is something for everyone to love. Just wondering...does he smell cat on the person opening the DNA envelope or is he just anxious about learning the results? Did his owner get him all whipped up into a froth this week? I know, too many questions.

Deborah said...

Well, Cid73, I haev lots of answers. On Jack's adoption paperwork there was one note: "He hates cats" which leads me to believe that had he merely been smelling the cat on AF he would havd grabbed than enevelope away from mer. My guess is that his Collie intellect allowed him to fully understand all the excitement. :-)

Deborah said...

Bec. Now that I think about, the truly shocking thing to me was the lack of Jack Russel for that reason - the hyperness. All this time I though "it's just the Jack Russel in him." Maybe this is a case where NURTURE wins out over NATURE ;-)

Lisa said...

Shocked. I am with you...the real surprise: no Jack Russel

Filatore said...

What's his tongue like? Chow's have dark (almost black) tongues....

Deborah said...

Tongue is pink as can be. That is one of the first things we checked when we saw Chow. The only Chow traits can see similar are in the way they stand (but then again lots of dogs stand like that) and in the extreme hairiness. Jack has short hair and all but he is a shedding machine. Year round.

AF said...

Best post yet (besides the one with the hidden identity). I'm glad to hear Jack's not moping around anymore. Obviously, he read this blog entry and made sense of the results.

Deborah said...

Thanks, AF. And thanks for all your help with the results. Jack has cheered up a bit since my attempts to explain the results and my apologies for misleading him and others regarding his heritage for all these years.

Anonymous said...

Surprised I never noticed how much Jack's face does resemble the Border Collie. ALSO interesting the Bull Dog is defined as kind and resolute BUTT with flatulence (and no not a typo) L M

Deborah said...

Good one, LM. Good one. :-)

Tina said...

I'm excited for Jack that he is aware of his heritage now! That's a crazy mixture of doggies.

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