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  • Lucky, a Mountain Cur and American Pit Bull Terrier mix tested with EmbarkVet.com Lucky, a Mountain Cur and American Pit Bull Terrier mix tested with EmbarkVet.com
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“He is the best boy. Learns very fast. Listens so well.”

Place of Birth

Michigan, USA

Current Location

Kaleva, Michigan, USA

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Genetic Breed Result

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Mountain Cur

Mountain Curs are an American breed of treeing hound. Developed in the South—particularly Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee—Mountain Curs are an all-American breed that has been prized for years as excellent hunting companions and loyal pets.

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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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Beagle

The Beagle is a scent hound and a great family pet. They are known for being affectionate and having loud voices.

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German Shorthaired Pointer

German Shorthaired Pointers are highly intelligent and energetic hunting dogs, while being a very friendly and willing companion.

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English Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniels are an energetic and loyal companion dog, bred for hunting but also popular among families.

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Plott

The Plott is a rare hunting breed that has the distinction of being the state dog of North Carolina.

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DNA Breed Origins

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Mountain Cur
American Pit Bull Terrier
Beagle
German Shorthaired Pointer
English Springer Spaniel
Plott

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Here’s what Lucky’s family tree may have looked like.
Lucky
Family Tree From Embark PARENTS GRANDPARENTS GREAT GRANDPARENTS Mixed Mountain Cur mix American Pit Bull Terrier / Mountain Cur mix German Shorthaired Pointer / English Springer Spaniel mix Mountain Cur Beagle / American Pit Bull Terrier mix American Pit Bull Terrier Mountain Cur German Shorthaired Pointer English Springer Spaniel mix Mountain Cur Mountain Cur Beagle American Pit Bull Terrier mix
While there may be other possible configurations of his family’s relationships, this is the most likely family tree to explain Lucky’s breed mix.

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Through Lucky’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

A1e

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A2a

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A1e

Lucky’s Haplogroup

This female lineage likely stems from some of the original Central Asian wolves that were domesticated into modern dogs starting about 15,000 years ago. It seemed to be a fairly rare dog line for most of dog history until the past 300 years, when the lineage seemed to “explode” out and spread quickly. What really separates this group from the pack is its presence in Alaskan village dogs and Samoyeds. It is possible that this was an indigenous lineage brought to the Americas from Siberia when people were first starting to make that trip themselves! We see this lineage pop up in overwhelming numbers of Irish Wolfhounds, and it also occurs frequently in popular large breeds like Bernese Mountain Dogs, Saint Bernards and Great Danes. Shetland Sheepdogs are also common members of this maternal line, and we see it a lot in Boxers, too. Though it may be all mixed up with European dogs thanks to recent breeding events, its origins in the Americas makes it a very exciting lineage for sure!

A2a

Lucky’s Haplotype

Part of the large A1e haplogroup, we see this haplotype in village dogs up and down the Americas as well as French Polynesia. Among the breed dogs we have detected it in, we see it most frequently in English Springer Spaniels, Papillons, and Collies.

Irish Wolfhounds are a consistent carrier of A1e.

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Through Lucky’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

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H1a.18

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A1a

Lucky’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.18

Lucky’s Haplotype

Part of the large A1a haplogroup, this haplotype occurs in village dogs in Turkey. Among breeds, it is most commonly seen in German Shorthaired Pointer, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, and English Bulldog.

Dogs with A1a lineage travelled during European Colonial times.

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