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Vietnamese Village Dog

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    Chill’n on mommy’s side of the bed

“Halo was rescued from the Yulin meat market by Chance’s Bridge to Home in July 2021, @ approx 9/10 months old. Halo was distemper/parvovirus positive, but has since been treated & recovered with no side affects. Halo finally caught his freedom flight out of the depths of hell on July 17th 2022 & became apart of our family. He has fit in beautifully & not struggled to adjust whatsoever. Feels like he’s been apart of our family forever. We would do it all again in a heartbeat 💗”

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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

From

Yulin, Guangxi, China

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Genetic Breed Result

Vietnamese Village Dog

Village dog trace breed analysis

Village dogs often have short stretches of DNA that match purebred dogs, due to a distant common ancestor or a more recent mating between a purebred and a village dog. Halo has short stretches of DNA in common with these breeds:

What exactly are village dogs?

Village dogs are the free-breeding, free-roaming “outside” dogs found around the world living in and around human settlements big and small. They are also known as island dogs, pariah dogs, or free-ranging dogs.

Many village dog populations precede the formation of modern breed dogs.

They make up about 3/4s of the billion or so dogs living on Earth today. They serve as trash cleaners, sentinels, and even sometimes companions while still retaining much of their freedom. Embark’s founders have studied village dogs on six continents since 2007 in their efforts to understand the history, traits, and health of the domestic dog. Through this work they have discovered the origins of the dog in Central Asia, and also identified genetic regions involved in domestication and local adaptation, such as the high altitude adaptation in Himalayan dogs. Embark is the only dog DNA test that includes diverse village dogs from around the world in its breed reference panel.

So what breeds are in my dog?

In a very real sense, Vietnamese Village Dog is the actual breed of your dog. Village dogs like this descend from separate lines of dogs than the lines that have been bred into standardized breeds like Labradors and Poodles. If you trace the family tree of Halo back, you won’t find any ancestral dogs that are part of any of those standardized breeds.

Vietnamese Village Dog

Vietnamese Village Dogs are very special dogs. Originating in Vietnam, these dogs have some of the most ancient domestic dog ancestry around, going back over 15,000 years. Now, that’s quite the family tree.

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Village dogs have lived just about everywhere across the world for thousands of years. Long before there were any recognized dog breeds, there were village dogs around the fires and trash heaps of early human villages. Halo is part of this ancient heritage, not descended from a specific breed, but continuing the ancient lineage of dogs that were our first, best friends.

Embark's co-founders studied Village Dogs on six continents in their efforts to understand the history, traits, and health of the domestic dog. Through this work, they discovered evidence for the origins of the dog in Central Asia , and they also identified genetic regions involved in domestication and local adaptation. As a result, Embark has the largest Village Dog reference panel of any canine genetics company.

We compared Halo's DNA to a global panel of thousands of village dogs. This plot highlights regions of the world where Halo's DNA is most similar to those village dogs. The areas of darkest red reflect the greatest similarity to our village dog panel.

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Similarity to village dog groups around the world. Darker red reflects greater similarity.

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Through Halo’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

A6

Haplotype

A456

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A6

Halo’s Haplogroup

A6 is a rare maternal lineage. The only breed we have seen it in to date is Tibetan Mastiffs. Otherwise, we only see it in village dogs in Nepal.

A456

Halo’s Haplotype

Part of the A6 haplogroup, the A456 haplotype occurs most commonly in Southeast Asian Village Dogs and East Asian Village Dogs.

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Tibetan Mastiffs are the only registered breed to have this rare haplogroup.

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Through Halo’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

A2a

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Hc.6

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A2a

Halo’s Haplogroup

A2a is a truly ancient lineage. Unlike the recent upstart A1 lineages which found their way from a few popular European males a couple hundred years ago into many dogs in many breeds, A2a shows ancient roots without major recent expansion. It is likely one of the oldest eastern Eurasian male lineages of dogs, where it has existed for thousands of years. Nowadays, it's commonly found in Tibetan Terriers and Chow Chows as well as in Southeastern Asian village dogs. The Chow Chow seems to have been depicted in sculpture over 2,000 years ago, so this is an ancient lineage indeed, and dogs with it have a long and noble pedigree! Males from this lineage have continued to be bred in similar forms and breeds for millennia.

Hc.6

Halo’s Haplotype

Part of the A2a haplogroup, this rare haplotype occurs in village dogs in Vietnam.

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The large-sized Tibetan Mastiff descends from this ancient lineage.

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