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  • Cross, a Belgian Shepherd tested with EmbarkVet.com Cross, a Belgian Shepherd tested with EmbarkVet.com
    Cross 2 years old

“This high-drive pup was shipped up to us from Texas at 8 weeks old and has been the easiest dog to train in protection. In his spare time, Cross loves to cuddle with his boys or play search (“zook-zook”).*Bit of history: A Dutch Shepherd is a Malinois with a brindle coat color. The breed nearly went extinct in WW2 and Malinois blood was brought in. Dutchies & Malinois perform best at what they were originally bred for, KNPV dogs. With this breed, genetic lines REALLY matter!”

Place of Birth

Texas, USA

Current Location

Buffalo, Minnesota, USA

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Genetic Breed Result

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Belgian Malinois

The Belgian Malinois is an impressive working dog. These guys have become a staple within the military and the police force due to their intelligence and drive. They can make wonderful companions as long as they are thoroughly exercised.

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Breed colors:
Belgian Malinois

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  • On 6/21/2022 changed handle from "cross3" to "crossteambiteyourfaceoff"

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Health Summary

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Cross inherited one variant that you should learn more about.

Spongy Degeneration with Cerebellar Ataxia 1

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Cross inherited one copy of the variant we tested

What does this result mean?

This result should not impact Cross’s health but it could have consequences for siblings or other related dogs if they inherited two copies of the variant. We recommend discussing this result with their owners or breeders if you are in contact.

Impact on Breeding

Your dog carries this variant and will pass it on to ~50% of his offspring.

What is Spongy Degeneration with Cerebellar Ataxia 1?

This is a neurodegenerative condition similar to the human multisystemic SeSAME/EAST syndrome. However, unlike SeSAME/EAST syndrome, affected dogs do not show signs of kidney disease or deafness.

Breed-Relevant Genetic Conditions

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Mucopolysaccharidosis Type VII, Sly Syndrome, MPS VII (GUSB Exon 3, German Shepherd Variant)

Identified in Belgian Malinois and Belgian Shepherds

Spongy Degeneration with Cerebellar Ataxia 2 (ATP1B2)

Identified in Belgian Malinois and Belgian Shepherds

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Coat Color

Coat Color

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Body Size

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Through Cross’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

B1

Haplotype

B71

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B1

Cross’s Haplogroup

B1 is the second most common maternal lineage in breeds of European or American origin. It is the female line of the majority of Golden Retrievers, Basset Hounds, and Shih Tzus, and about half of Beagles, Pekingese and Toy Poodles. This lineage is also somewhat common among village dogs that carry distinct ancestry from these breeds. We know this is a result of B1 dogs being common amongst the European dogs that their conquering owners brought around the world, because nowhere on earth is it a very common lineage in village dogs. It even enables us to trace the path of (human) colonization: Because most Bichons are B1 and Bichons are popular in Spanish culture, B1 is now fairly common among village dogs in Latin America.

B71

Cross’s Haplotype

Part of the B1 haplogroup, the B71 haplotype occurs most commonly in Belgian Malinois. It's a rare find!

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The B1 haplogroup can be found in village dogs like the Peruvian Village Dog, pictured above.

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Through Cross’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

A1b

Haplotype

Ha.4/11

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A1b

Cross’s Haplogroup

For most of dog history, this haplogroup was probably quite rare. However, a couple hundred years ago it seems to have found its way into a prized male guard dog in Europe who had many offspring, including the ancestors of many European guard breeds such as Doberman Pinchers, St. Bernards, and Great Danes. Despite being rare, many of the most imposing dogs on Earth have it; strangely, so do many Pomeranians! Perhaps this explains why some Poms are so tough, acting like they're ten times their actual size! This lineage is most commonly found in working dogs, in particular guard dogs. With origins in Europe, it spread widely across other regions as Europeans took their dogs across the world.

Ha.4/11

Cross’s Haplotype

Part of the A1b haplogroup, this haplotype occurs most frequently in mixed breed dogs.

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Great Danes and Pomeranians have this in common!

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