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Kit

Mixed Ancestry

“Adopted/rescued outside of Charlotte, NC Nov. 2021. Now residing in Charleston, SC. Estimated birthday Sep. 13 2020. Loves: cuddling, playing with stuffed toys, going to the beach, long walks anywhere, car rides, attached to mom at the hip! Hates: baths, other dogs (sometimes... lots of improvement!) that's it really! We have already done the Wisdom Panel DNA test, (Kit is a a cattle dog, chihuahua, Aussie shepherd mix), interested in finding close relatives!”

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Place of Birth

Lenoir, North Carolina, USA

Current Location

Charleston, South Carolina, USA

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Lenoir, North Carolina, USA

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Genetic Breed Result

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Embark Supermutt analysis

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

Australian Cattle Dog

A classic cattle dog, Australian Cattle Dogs were developed from a mixture of breeds in Australia in the 19th century, and still maintain their energetic herding instincts today.

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Chihuahua

Chihuahuas have a huge personality that defies their tiny frame, known to be highly active and intelligent canines.

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Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherds are an energetic mid-sized breed that make the perfect companion.

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Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniels are handsome and intelligent hunting dogs that are also well-suited to life as a loving family pet.

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Miniature/MAS-type Australian Shepherd

Miniature American Shepherds (also known as Miniature Australian Shepherds, or Mini Aussies) have the trainability, intelligence and energy of the larger Aussie cousins, and excel at outdoors activities and agility competitions.

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Discover dogs who share a similar breed mix to Kit. A higher score means the two dogs have more of their breed mix in common. A score of 100% means they share the exact same breed mix!

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DNA Breed Origins

Breed colors:
Australian Cattle Dog
Chihuahua
Australian Shepherd
Cocker Spaniel
Miniature/MAS-type Australian Shepherd
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Here’s what Kit’s family tree may have looked like.
Kit
Family Tree From Embark PARENTS GRANDPARENTS GREAT GRANDPARENTS Mixed Australian Cattle Dog mix Australian Cattle Dog / Australian Shepherd mix Cocker Spaniel / Chihuahua mix Australian Cattle Dog Chihuahua mix Australian Cattle Dog Australian Shepherd mix Cocker Spaniel mix Chihuahua mix Australian Cattle Dog Australian Cattle Dog Chihuahua Mixed
While there may be other possible configurations of her family’s relationships, this is the most likely family tree to explain Kit’s breed mix.

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Through Kit’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

C36

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C1

Kit’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.

C36

Kit’s Haplotype

Part of the C1 haplogroup, the C36 haplotype occurs most commonly in Karelian Bear Dogs, West Highland White Terriers and Portuguese Water Dogs.

The C1 maternal line is commonly found in Jackals.

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

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