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Josie

Mixed Breed

“Josie was part of an abandoned litter found on the side of a road in Kentucky. They were taken to a shelter, then to a rescue, where we got her. As a baby, she looked like a full yellow lab. She grew into her more shepherd features later. She's very calm and stoic, with a hilarious personality. She hates to cuddle but loves to kiss your face then run off to her next adventure.”

Instagram tag
@TuesdayandJosie

Place of Birth
Kentucky, USA
Current Location
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
From
Louisville, KY, USA

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Genetic Breed Result

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Mixed Breed

36.3% Labrador Retriever
32.4% German Shepherd Dog
14.6% Golden Retriever
6.3% Chesapeake Bay Retriever
6.1% Chow Chow
4.3% Supermutt

Embark Supermutt analysis

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

Labrador Retriever Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever was bred for hunting and excelled in retrieving game after it was shot down. Known for its gentle disposition and loyalty, the Labrador Retriever has become a favorite of families and breeders alike.
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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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Golden Retriever Golden Retriever
Developed as an ideal hunting retriever, the Golden Retriever's eagerness to please and friendliness has made them an extremely popular family pet.
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Chesapeake Bay Retriever Chesapeake Bay Retriever
The loyal and affectionate Chesapeake Bay Retriever is well-known for a water resistant, wavy coat that it loves to get wet retrieving waterfowl.
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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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Genetic Stats


Wolfiness

0.6 % LOW Learn More

Predicted Adult Weight

51 lbs Learn More

Genetic Age
25 human years Learn More
Based on the date of birth provided

Breed Mix Matches

Explore other Embark dogs who have breed mixes that are similar to Josie’s.
A Mix Match of 100 means they are the exact same breed mix!

DNA Breed Origins

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Breed colors:
Labrador Retriever
German Shepherd Dog
Golden Retriever
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Chow Chow
Supermutt

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Family Tree From Embark PARENTS GRANDPARENTS GREAT GRANDPARENTS Mixed Labrador Retriever mix German Shepherd Dog / Chow Chow mix Golden Retriever / Chesapeake Bay Retriever mix Labrador Retriever German Shepherd Dog / Labrador Retriever mix German Shepherd Dog Chow Chow mix Golden Retriever Chesapeake Bay Retriever mix Labrador Retriever Labrador Retriever German Shepherd Dog Labrador Retriever

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

Through Josie’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

C1

Haplotype

C27

Map

C1

Josie’s Haplogroup

Congratulations, C1 is a very exotic female lineage! It is more closely associated with maternal lineages found in wolves, foxes and jackals than with other dog lineages. So it seems dogs in this group have a common male dog ancestor who, many thousands of years ago, mated with a female wolf! This is not a common lineage in any breed, though a good number of German Shepherds and Doberman Pinchers are C1. It is also found in breeds as diverse as Peruvian Inca Orchids and Pekingese; it is rarely found amongst Labrador Retrievers, Border Collies, Siberian Huskies, or Cocker Spaniels. Despite its fascinating origins, it is widely distributed around the globe, and even shows up frequently among Peruvian village dogs. It almost certainly survived at low frequency in Europe for millennia and then was dispersed outside of Europe by colonialism, though not as successfully as some other lineages.

C27

Josie’s Haplotype

Part of the C1 haplogroup, this haplotype occurs most commonly in German Shepherd Dogs, Labrador Retrievers, Siberian Huskies, and village dogs from Peru and Croatia.

Some other Embark dogs with this haplotype:

The C1 maternal line is commonly found in Jackals.

This 'Paternal Haplotype' tab is for deep ancestral lineage going back thousands of years.

For recent ancestry—"What breeds did my dog inherit from her mom and dad?"—please refer to the Breed, Family Tree, or Summary tab.

The Paternal Haplotype refers to a dog’s deep ancestral lineage stretching back thousands of years, before there were any distinct breeds of dog. We determine the Paternal Haplotype 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 Josie is a female (XX) dog, she has no Y-chromosome for us to analyze and determine a paternal haplotype.