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Knox

Mixed Ancestry

“Knox was rescued from Heart of Texas Lab Rescue in 2019. He has a white chest, dewclaws on back feet and a curly tail. Knox loves snuggling with his sister Josie, and swimming in the pool. He spends most of his time going on hikes in the woods with his dad.”

Place of Birth

Texas, USA

Current Location

Austin, Texas, USA

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Great Pyrenees

The Great Pyrenees is an exceptionally loving dog whose primary function is to protect sheep, goats, livestock, people, children, grass, flowers, the moon, lawn furniture, etc., from any real or imaginary predators that may intrude on your personal space. They have a strong build and an amazing thick white coat that exudes elegance and majesty. They make a great family dog because of their intelligence and steady temperament.

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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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American Pit Bull Terrier

The American Pit Bull Terrier originated in the British Isles and descends from the Mastiff-type dogs introduced to England in antiquity. The breed was brought over to the United States by English immigrants in the 1800s, and quickly became one of the most popular and widespread breeds there.

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Neapolitan Mastiff

The Neapolitan Mastiff dog breed is a family and guard dog who was developed in southern Italy. Today this massive breed is known as a gentle giant.

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DNA Breed Origins

Breed colors:
Great Pyrenees
Labrador Retriever
American Pit Bull Terrier
Neapolitan Mastiff

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Here’s what Knox’s family tree may have looked like.
Knox
Family Tree From Embark PARENTS GRANDPARENTS GREAT GRANDPARENTS Great Pyrenees mix Labrador Retriever mix Great Pyrenees American Pit Bull Terrier / Neapolitan Mastiff mix Labrador Retriever Great Pyrenees mix Great Pyrenees Great Pyrenees American Pit Bull Terrier Neapolitan Mastiff mix Labrador Retriever Labrador Retriever Great Pyrenees Great Pyrenees mix
While there may be other possible configurations of his family’s relationships, this is the most likely family tree to explain Knox’s breed mix.

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Through Knox’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

A1a

Haplotype

A382

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A1a

Knox’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.

A382

Knox’s Haplotype

Part of the large A1a haplogroup, this haplotype occurs most frequently in Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.

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Shar Pei dogs think A1a is the coolest!

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Through Knox’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

A1b

Haplotype

Ha.46

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A1b

Knox’s Haplogroup

For most of dog history, this haplogroup was probably quite rare. However, a couple hundred years ago it seems to have found its way into a prized male guard dog in Europe who had many offspring, including the ancestors of many European guard breeds such as Doberman Pinchers, St. Bernards, and Great Danes. Despite being rare, many of the most imposing dogs on Earth have it; strangely, so do many Pomeranians! Perhaps this explains why some Poms are so tough, acting like they're ten times their actual size! This lineage is most commonly found in working dogs, in particular guard dogs. With origins in Europe, it spread widely across other regions as Europeans took their dogs across the world.

Ha.46

Knox’s Haplotype

Part of the A1b haplogroup, this haplotype occurs most frequently in Great Pyrenees.

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Great Danes and Pomeranians have this in common!

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