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Elissa

Samoyed

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  • Photo of Elissa, a Samoyed  in Houston, Texas, USA Photo of Elissa, a Samoyed  in Houston, Texas, USA
    Elissa the Samoyed with her brother Spike the Husky.

“Elissa is a Samoyed rescued from Animal Control via rescue group; she was an owner surrender for euthanization, which of course did not happen as she was rescued!”

Current Location

Houston, Texas, USA

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Houston, TX, USA

This dog has been viewed and been given 4 wags

Genetic Breed Result

Samoyed

Elissa

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Samoyed

A working breed, the Samoyed can be strong-willed at times, but above all they remain friendly, gentle, and devoted family dogs. The Samoyed was originally bred to hunt, haul sledges, and herd reindeer. Among the breed’s duties: pack hiking, tracking, and warming their owners by sleeping on top of them at night.

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Genetic Stats

Wolfiness

1.2 % MEDIUM

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Breed Reveal Video

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

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

Haplogroup

A1a

Haplotype

A266

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A1a

Elissa’s Haplogroup

A1a is the most common maternal lineage among Western dogs. This lineage traveled from the site of dog domestication in Central Asia to Europe along with an early dog expansion perhaps 10,000 years ago. It hung around in European village dogs for many millennia. Then, about 300 years ago, some of the prized females in the line were chosen as the founding dogs for several dog breeds. That set in motion a huge expansion of this lineage. It's now the maternal lineage of the overwhelming majority of Mastiffs, Labrador Retrievers and Gordon Setters. About half of Boxers and less than half of Shar-Pei dogs descend from the A1a line. It is also common across the world among village dogs, a legacy of European colonialism.

A266

Elissa’s Haplotype

Part of the large A1a haplogroup, this uncommon haplotype occurs in dogs with European ancestry.

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The Paternal Haplotype reveals a dog’s deep ancestral lineage, stretching back thousands of years to the original domestication of dogs.

Are you looking for information on the breeds that Elissa inherited from her mom and dad? Check out her breed breakdown and family tree.

Paternal Haplotype is determined by looking at a dog’s Y-chromosome—but not all dogs have Y-chromosomes!

Why can’t we show Paternal Haplotype results for female dogs?

All dogs have two sex chromosomes. Female dogs have two X-chromosomes (XX) and male dogs have one X-chromosome and one Y-chromosome (XY). When having offspring, female (XX) dogs always pass an X-chromosome to their puppy. Male (XY) dogs can pass either an X or a Y-chromosome—if the puppy receives an X-chromosome from its father then it will be a female (XX) puppy and if it receives a Y-chromosome then it will be a male (XY) puppy. As you can see, Y-chromosomes are passed down from a male dog only to its male offspring.

Since Elissa is a female (XX) dog, she has no Y-chromosome for us to analyze and determine a paternal haplotype.

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