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“Lin Lin was rescued from a sewer in China in 2015. The uncle said he was a papillion, so that's what we always thought. Evidently not! Lin Lin is the best dog I've ever owned, and has been living in Holland since 2019. You can find me on Instagram by searching linlin_xiaogou.”

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Place of Birth

Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China

Current Location

Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands

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Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China

This dog has been viewed and been given 43 wags

Genetic Breed Result

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East Asian Village Dog

Many years ago, when wolves began scavenging our hunting camps, they became gradually attuned to human life. Genetic changes in those wolves over time led to tameness, small body size and early age of first reproduction that soon after yielded what we see today in the East Asian village dogs.

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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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DNA Breed Origins

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East Asian Village Dog
Pekingese

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

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Health Summary

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Lin Lin has one variant that you should let your vet know about.

ALT Activity

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Lin Lin inherited one copy of the variant we tested

Why is this important to your vet?

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

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Oculocutaneous Albinism, OCA

Identified in Pekingese

Intervertebral Disc Disease (Type I)

Identified in Pekingese

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Through Lin Lin’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

B1

Haplotype

B77

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B1

Lin Lin’s Haplogroup

B1 is the second most common maternal lineage in breeds of European or American origin. It is the female line of the majority of Golden Retrievers, Basset Hounds, and Shih Tzus, and about half of Beagles, Pekingese and Toy Poodles. This lineage is also somewhat common among village dogs that carry distinct ancestry from these breeds. We know this is a result of B1 dogs being common amongst the European dogs that their conquering owners brought around the world, because nowhere on earth is it a very common lineage in village dogs. It even enables us to trace the path of (human) colonization: Because most Bichons are B1 and Bichons are popular in Spanish culture, B1 is now fairly common among village dogs in Latin America.

B77

Lin Lin’s Haplotype

Part of the B1 haplogroup, this haplotype occurs most frequently in Japanese Chins.

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The B1 haplogroup can be found in village dogs like the Peruvian Village Dog, pictured above.

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Through Lin Lin’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

A1a

Haplotype

H1a.33

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Lin Lin’s Haplogroup

Some of the wolves that became the original dogs in Central Asia around 15,000 years ago came from this long and distinguished line of male dogs. After domestication, they followed their humans from Asia to Europe and then didn't stop there. They took root in Europe, eventually becoming the dogs that founded the Vizsla breed 1,000 years ago. The Vizsla is a Central European hunting dog, and all male Vizslas descend from this line. During the Age of Exploration, like their owners, these pooches went by the philosophy, "Have sail, will travel!" From the windy plains of Patagonia to the snug and homey towns of the American Midwest, the beaches of a Pacific paradise, and the broad expanse of the Australian outback, these dogs followed their masters to the outposts of empires. Whether through good fortune or superior genetics, dogs from the A1a lineage traveled the globe and took root across the world. Now you find village dogs from this line frolicking on Polynesian beaches, hanging out in villages across the Americas, and scavenging throughout Old World settlements. You can also find this "prince of patrilineages" in breeds as different as German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Pugs, Border Collies, Scottish Terriers, and Irish Wolfhounds. No male wolf line has been as successful as the A1a line!

H1a.33

Lin Lin’s Haplotype

Part of the A1a haplogroup, the H1a.33 haplotype occurs most commonly in Lhasa Apsos. We've also spotted it in East Asian Village Dogs.

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Dogs with A1a lineage travelled during European Colonial times.

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