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FrendL (The Fabulous & Occasionally Ferocious)

FrendL (The Fabulous & Occasionally Ferocious)

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  • Photo of FrendL (The Fabulous & Occasionally Ferocious), a Rottweiler and German Shepherd Dog mix in Port Townsend, Washington, USA Photo of FrendL (The Fabulous & Occasionally Ferocious), a Rottweiler and German Shepherd Dog mix in Port Townsend, Washington, USA
    Easter FrendL / April 2007, age 7.5

“FrendL was running lost down my street on Xmas Eve ’99 when our paths first crossed. With no one looking for her, we became best friends. Together on our travels over 18 (!) years, folks everywhere stopped to admire & love on her, often asking me what kind is she? “Dachstralian Border Corgi” I’d say, based on her looks & temperament, or “Papillon Rottweiler” as a joke, little knowing. Frend was extraordinarily bright, sweet, playful, & kind. I was honored & blessed to be her friend. R.I.P.”

Current Location
Port Townsend, Washington, USA
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

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Genetic Breed Result

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Mixed Breed

50.0% Rottweiler
15.1% German Shepherd Dog
9.2% Chow Chow
6.3% Shetland Sheepdog
6.0% Black Russian Terrier
6.0% Samoyed
4.1% Pekingese
3.3% Supermutt

Embark Supermutt analysis

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

Rottweiler Rottweiler
Originally used for driving cattle and protecting valuable convoys, Rottweilers are now popular family pets as well as guard, police and military dogs.
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German Shepherd Dog 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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Chow Chow Chow Chow
This distinctive-looking dog breed has a proud, independent spirit that some describe as catlike. Often aloof and suspicious of strangers, the Chow Chow may not be a cuddle buddy, but for the right person, they are a fiercely loyal companion.
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Shetland Sheepdog Shetland Sheepdog
Shetland Sheepdogs are a lively, smart and athletic herding dogs that also makes a great family pet.
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Black Russian Terrier Black Russian Terrier
The Black Russian Terrier originated as a military and police dog during the time of the Soviet Union. Their intelligence and thick coat allowed them to thrive in their role under the Red Army. Today you are more likely to find them in the suburbs guarding your house.
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Samoyed 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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Pekingese Pekingese
Pekingese were dogs bred for centuries to be the prized companions of the imperial family of China. Today they are still cherished family companions and show dogs who greet everyone they meet with dignity and grace.
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Genetic Stats


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Predicted Adult Weight
Genetic Age
120 human years Learn More
Based on the date of birth provided

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DNA Breed Origins

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Breed colors:
German Shepherd Dog
Chow Chow
Shetland Sheepdog
Black Russian Terrier
Changes to this dog’s profile
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  • On 9/11/2018 changed name from "Frendel Wigley" to "FrendL (The Fabulous & Occasionally Ferocious)"
  • On 9/11/2018 changed handle from "frendelwigley" to "frendl"

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FrendL (The Fabulous & Occasionally Ferocious)
Family Tree From Embark PARENTS GRANDPARENTS GREAT GRANDPARENTS Mixed Rottweiler German Shepherd Dog / Chow Chow mix Shetland Sheepdog / Samoyed mix Rottweiler Rottweiler German Shepherd Dog Chow Chow mix Shetland Sheepdog mix Samoyed mix Rottweiler Rottweiler Rottweiler Rottweiler

Our algorithms predict this is the most likely family tree to explain FrendL (The Fabulous & Occasionally Ferocious)’s breed mix, but this family tree may not be the only possible one.

Health Summary

FrendL (The Fabulous & Occasionally Ferocious) inherited one variant that you should learn more about.

And one variant that you should tell your vet about.

Dilated Cardiomyopathy, DCM2

FrendL (The Fabulous & Occasionally Ferocious) inherited one copy of the variant we tested

What does this result mean?

Our research indicates that this genetic variant is not likely to increase the risk that FrendL (The Fabulous & Occasionally Ferocious) will develop this disease.

Scientific Basis

Dogs with similar breeds to FrendL (The Fabulous & Occasionally Ferocious) are not likely to have increased risk of developing the disease. Research has indicated increased risk in other breeds that are not found in FrendL (The Fabulous & Occasionally Ferocious).

What is Dilated Cardiomyopathy, DCM2?

DCM is the most common acquired heart disease of adult dogs. The heart has two heavily muscled ventricles that pump blood away from the heart. This disease causes progressive weakening of the ventricles by reducing the muscle mass, which causes the ventricles to dilate. Dilated ventricles do not contract and circulate oxygenated blood well, which eventually leads to heart failure.

ALT Activity

FrendL (The Fabulous & Occasionally Ferocious) inherited one copy of the variant we tested

Why is this important to your vet?

FrendL (The Fabulous & Occasionally Ferocious) has one copy of a variant associated with reduced ALT activity as measured on veterinary blood chemistry panels. Please inform your veterinarian that FrendL (The Fabulous & Occasionally Ferocious) has this genotype, as ALT is often used as an indicator of liver health and FrendL (The Fabulous & Occasionally Ferocious) is likely to have a lower than average resting ALT activity. As such, an increase in FrendL (The Fabulous & Occasionally Ferocious)’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

Multiple Drug Sensitivity

Identified in German Shepherd Dogs and Shetland Sheepdogs

Hemophilia A

Identified in German Shepherd Dogs

Hemophilia A

Identified in German Shepherd Dogs

Von Willebrand Disease Type III, Type III vWD

Identified in Shetland Sheepdogs

Canine Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency Type III, CLADIII

Identified in German Shepherd Dogs

Progressive Retinal Atrophy, CNGA

Identified in Shetland Sheepdogs

X-Linked Progressive Retinal Atrophy 1, XL-PRA1

Identified in Samoyeds

Collie Eye Anomaly

Identified in Shetland Sheepdogs

Day Blindness

Identified in German Shepherd Dogs

Urate Kidney & Bladder Stones

Identified in Black Russian Terriers and German Shepherd Dogs

X-Linked Hereditary Nephropathy, XLHN

Identified in Samoyeds

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

Degenerative Myelopathy, DM

Identified in German Shepherd Dogs and Shetland Sheepdogs

Juvenile Laryngeal Paralysis and Polyneuropathy

Identified in Black Russian Terriers and Rottweilers

Oculocutaneous Albinism, OCA

Identified in Pekingese

Intervertebral Disc Disease (Type I)

Identified in Pekingese

Additional Genetic Conditions

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Base Coat Color

Base Coat Color

Dark or Light Fur
E (Extension) Locus
Can have dark fur
Red Pigment Intensity LINKAGE
I (Intensity) Loci
Any light fur likely yellow or tan
Brown or Black Pigment
B (Brown) Locus
Black or gray fur and skin
Color Dilution
D (Dilute) Locus
Dark (non-dilute) fur and skin
Coat Color Modifiers

Coat Color Modifiers

Hidden Patterning
K (Dominant Black) Locus
More likely to have patterned fur
Body Pattern
A (Agouti) Locus
Black/Brown and tan coat color pattern
Facial Fur Pattern
E (Extension) Locus
No dark mask or grizzle facial fur patterns
White Spotting
S (White Spotting) Locus
Likely to have some white areas in coat
M (Merle) Locus
Unlikely to have merle pattern
No impact on coat pattern
Other Coat Traits

Other Coat Traits

Furnishings LINKAGE
Likely unfurnished (no mustache, beard, and/or eyebrows)
Coat Length
Likely long coat
Likely heavy/seasonal shedding
Coat Texture
Likely straight coat
Hairlessness (Xolo type) LINKAGE
Very unlikely to be hairless
Hairlessness (Terrier type)
Very unlikely to be hairless
Oculocutaneous Albinism Type 2 LINKAGE
Likely not albino
Other Body Features

Other Body Features

Muzzle Length
Likely medium or long muzzle
Tail Length
Likely normal-length tail
Hind Dew Claws
Likely to have hind dew claws
Back Muscling & Bulk (Large Breed)
Likely normal muscling
Less likely to have blue eyes
Body Size

Body Size

Body Size 1
Body Size 2
Body Size 3
Body Size 4
Body Size 5


Altitude Adaptation
Normal altitude tolerance
Appetite LINKAGE
Normal food motivation

Through FrendL (The Fabulous & Occasionally Ferocious)’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.







FrendL (The Fabulous & Occasionally Ferocious)’s Haplogroup

This female lineage can be traced back about 15,000 years to some of the original Central Asian wolves that were domesticated into modern dogs. The early females that represent this lineage were likely taken into Eurasia, where they spread rapidly. As a result, many modern breed and village dogs from the Americas, Africa, through Asia and down into Oceania belong to this group! This widespread lineage is not limited to a select few breeds, but the majority of Rottweilers, Afghan Hounds and Wirehaired Pointing Griffons belong to it. It is also the most common female lineage among Papillons, Samoyeds and Jack Russell Terriers. Considering its occurrence in breeds as diverse as Afghan Hounds and Samoyeds, some of this is likely ancient variation. But because of its presence in many modern European breeds, much of its diversity likely can be attributed to much more recent breeding.


FrendL (The Fabulous & Occasionally Ferocious)’s Haplotype

Part of the large A1d haplogroup, this common haplotype occurs in village dogs all over the world. Among the 23 breeds we have sampled it in, the most common occurrences include Rottweilers, English Setters, English Springer Spaniels, and wirehaired pointing griffons.

Some other Embark dogs with this haplotype:

The vast majority of Rottweilers have the A1d haplogroup.

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 FrendL (The Fabulous & Occasionally Ferocious) 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 FrendL (The Fabulous & Occasionally Ferocious) is a female (XX) dog, she has no Y-chromosome for us to analyze and determine a paternal haplotype.