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  • Blitzen, an Australian Cattle Dog and Doberman Pinscher mix tested with EmbarkVet.com Blitzen, an Australian Cattle Dog and Doberman Pinscher mix tested with EmbarkVet.com
    I'm an excellent sitter if I think I'm about to get a treat!

“Hi, my name is Blitzen and I rescued my human family at 9 weeks of age. I’m an Australian cattle dog disguised as a Doberman and I enjoy soccer, chewing, digging, food, eating everything in sight, and playing with other dogs and people. My dislikes include waiting, timeouts, baths, cold weather, and rain. I love my humans and I especially love my adopted canine brother, Aspen. We’re inseparable and wear each other out with our constant play.”

Place of Birth

Oklahoma, USA

Current Location

Morton, Illinois, USA

From

Bloomington, IL, USA

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Registration

Microchip: 991 001 001 995 591

Genetic Breed Result

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Embark Supermutt analysis

What’s in that Supermutt? There may be small amounts of DNA from these distant ancestors:

Australian Cattle Dog

A classic cattle dog, Australian Cattle Dogs were developed from a mixture of breeds in Australia in the 19th century, and still maintain their energetic herding instincts today.

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Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinschers are a strong and athletic breed that are built to guard and protect.

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American Bulldog

American bulldogs are enjoying a healthy increase in popularity, either as a working/protector dog or as a family pet. All over the world, they are used variously as "hog dogs" (catching escaped pigs or hunting razorbacks), as cattle drovers and as working or sport K-9s. American Bulldogs also successfully compete in several dog sports such as dog obedience, Iron Dog competition and weight pulling.

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German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherds are confident, courageous dogs with a keen sense of smell and notable intelligence. These are active working dogs who excel at many canine sports and tasks -- they are true utility dogs! Their versatility combined with their loyal companionship has them consistently listed as one of the most popular breeds in the United States.

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Siberian Husky

Bred initially in Northern Siberia, the Siberian Husky is a medium-sized working dog who is quick and light on their feet. Their moderately compact and well furred body, erect ears and brush tail suggest their Northern heritage. Huskies are very active and energetic and are known for being long distance sled dogs.

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Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzers are an alert and spirited breed with guard dog tendencies.

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Boxer

Developed in Germany, the Boxer is a popular family dog: patient, loyal and smart-requiring lots of exercise and proper training. For active families or owners looking for a rambunctious jogging buddy, Boxers may be the perfect breed. Boxers delight their humans with their sense of humor and affectionate nature.

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DNA Breed Origins

Breed colors:
Australian Cattle Dog
Doberman Pinscher
American Bulldog
German Shepherd Dog
Siberian Husky
Miniature Schnauzer
Boxer
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Blitzen
Family Tree From Embark PARENTS GRANDPARENTS GREAT GRANDPARENTS Australian Cattle Dog mix Mixed Australian Cattle Dog Miniature Schnauzer mix Doberman Pinscher / American Bulldog mix German Shepherd Dog / Siberian Husky mix Australian Cattle Dog Australian Cattle Dog Miniature Schnauzer mix Mixed Doberman Pinscher American Bulldog mix German Shepherd Dog mix Siberian Husky mix

Our algorithms predict this is the most likely family tree to explain Blitzen’s breed mix, but this family tree may not be the only possible one.

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Health Summary

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Blitzen is at increased risk for one genetic health condition.

And inherited one variant that you should learn more about.

Primary Lens Luxation

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Blitzen inherited one copy of the variant we tested

How to interpret this result

Blitzen has one copy of a variant in the ADAMTS17 gene and is at some risk for developing PLL. This variant is known to have an additive effect, so while dogs with one copy of the variant like Blitzen have a higher risk than dogs with two healthy alleles at ADAMTS17, their risk is much lower than a dog with two copies of the variant. Actual risk associated with having one copy of this variant appears to vary in a breed-specific manner. A study published by Gould et al 2011 supports that Tibetan Terriers with one copy of the variant have minimal risk of developing PLL, whereas this risk can range from 2-20% in other terrier breeds. Please consult with your veterinarian to discuss the best ways to monitor Blitzen's eyes and vision.

What is Primary Lens Luxation?

PLL occurs when the lens spontaneously detaches from its normal residence within the pupil, leading to reduced visual acuity. Anterior lens luxation is when the lens falls forward and posterior lens luxation is when the lens falls backwards in the eye.

ALT Activity

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Blitzen inherited one copy of the variant we tested

Why is this important to your vet?

Blitzen has one copy of a variant associated with reduced ALT activity as measured on veterinary blood chemistry panels. Please inform your veterinarian that Blitzen has this genotype, as ALT is often used as an indicator of liver health and Blitzen is likely to have a lower than average resting ALT activity. As such, an increase in Blitzen’s ALT activity could be evidence of liver damage, even if it is within normal limits by standard ALT reference ranges.

What is ALT Activity?

Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) is a clinical tool that can be used by veterinarians to better monitor liver health. This result is not associated with liver disease. ALT is one of several values veterinarians measure on routine blood work to evaluate the liver. It is a naturally occurring enzyme located in liver cells that helps break down protein. When the liver is damaged or inflamed, ALT is released into the bloodstream.

Breed-Relevant Genetic Conditions

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Multiple Drug Sensitivity

Identified in Australian Cattle Dogs and German Shepherd Dogs

Hemophilia A

Identified in Boxers

Hemophilia A

Identified in German Shepherd Dogs

Hemophilia A

Identified in German Shepherd Dogs

Von Willebrand Disease Type I, Type I vWD

Identified in Doberman Pinschers

Canine Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency Type III, CLAD III

Identified in German Shepherd Dogs

Progressive Retinal Atrophy, prcd

Identified in Australian Cattle Dogs

X-Linked Progressive Retinal Atrophy 1, XL-PRA1

Identified in Siberian Huskies

Collie Eye Anomaly

Identified in Australian Cattle Dogs

Day Blindness

Identified in German Shepherd Dogs

Canine Multifocal Retinopathy, cmr1

Identified in American Bulldogs

Cystinuria Type II-A

Identified in Australian Cattle Dogs

Urate Kidney & Bladder Stones

Identified in American Bulldogs and German Shepherd Dogs

Anhidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia

Identified in German Shepherd Dogs

Renal Cystadenocarcinoma and Nodular Dermatofibrosis

Identified in German Shepherd Dogs

Mucopolysaccharidosis Type VII, Sly Syndrome, MPS VII

Identified in German Shepherd Dogs

Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis 5, NCL 5

Identified in Australian Cattle Dogs

Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis 8, NCL 8

Identified in Australian Cattle Dogs

Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis 10, NCL 10

Identified in American Bulldogs

GM1 Gangliosidosis

Identified in Siberian Huskies

Persistent Mullerian Duct Syndrome, PMDS

Identified in Miniature Schnauzers

Deafness and Vestibular Syndrome of Dobermans, DVDob, DINGS

Identified in Doberman Pinschers

Degenerative Myelopathy, DM

Identified in Boxers and German Shepherd Dogs

Dilated Cardiomyopathy, DCM1

Identified in Doberman Pinschers

Dilated Cardiomyopathy, DCM2

Identified in Doberman Pinschers

Myotonia Congenita

Identified in Miniature Schnauzers

Myotonia Congenita

Identified in Australian Cattle Dogs

Ichthyosis

Identified in American Bulldogs

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Through Blitzen’s mitochondrial DNA we can trace his mother’s ancestry back to where dogs and people first became friends. This map helps you visualize the routes that his ancestors took to your home. Their story is described below the map.

Haplogroup

A1b

Haplotype

A408

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A1b

Blitzen’s Haplogroup

This female lineage was very likely one of the original lineages in the wolves that were first domesticated into dogs in Central Asia about 15,000 years ago. Since then, the lineage has been very successful and travelled the globe! Dogs from this group are found in ancient Bronze Age fossils in the Middle East and southern Europe. By the end of the Bronze Age, it became exceedingly common in Europe. These dogs later became many of the dogs that started some of today's most popular breeds, like German Shepherds, Pugs, Whippets, English Sheepdogs and Miniature Schnauzers. During the period of European colonization, the lineage became even more widespread as European dogs followed their owners to far-flung places like South America and Oceania. It's now found in many popular breeds as well as village dogs across the world!

A408

Blitzen’s Haplotype

Part of the A1b haplogroup, the A408 haplotype occurs most commonly in Doberman Pinschers. It's a rare find!

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A1b is the most common haplogroup found in German Shepherds.

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Through Blitzen’s Y-chromosome we can trace his father’s ancestry back to where dogs and people first became friends. This map helps you visualize the routes that his ancestors took to your home. Their story is described below the map.

Haplogroup

A1a

Haplotype

H1a.53

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A1a

Blitzen’s Haplogroup

Some of the wolves that became the original dogs in Central Asia around 15,000 years ago came from this long and distinguished line of male dogs. After domestication, they followed their humans from Asia to Europe and then didn't stop there. They took root in Europe, eventually becoming the dogs that founded the Vizsla breed 1,000 years ago. The Vizsla is a Central European hunting dog, and all male Vizslas descend from this line. During the Age of Exploration, like their owners, these pooches went by the philosophy, "Have sail, will travel!" From the windy plains of Patagonia to the snug and homey towns of the American Midwest, the beaches of a Pacific paradise, and the broad expanse of the Australian outback, these dogs followed their masters to the outposts of empires. Whether through good fortune or superior genetics, dogs from the A1a lineage traveled the globe and took root across the world. Now you find village dogs from this line frolicking on Polynesian beaches, hanging out in villages across the Americas, and scavenging throughout Old World settlements. You can also find this "prince of patrilineages" in breeds as different as German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Pugs, Border Collies, Scottish Terriers, and Irish Wolfhounds. No male wolf line has been as successful as the A1a line!

H1a.53

Blitzen’s Haplotype

Part of the A1a haplogroup, this haplotype occurs most frequently in Golden Retrievers, Border Collies, and the Coton de Tulear.

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Dogs with A1a lineage travelled during European Colonial times.

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