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Maisie

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“Maisie is a sweet, playful dog who loves strutting around on sniff walks and playing with her favorite Green Ball. She's extra talented at melting into laps. Big into squirrels and rabbits.”

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Genetic Breed Result

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Shih Tzu

This ancient breed is the perfect lapdog. Sweet and easygoing, they want nothing more than to be close to their humans.

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Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is a hypoallergenic, fluffy, white companion breed with a charismatic, cheerful temperament. Known for their clownish antics, the Bichon Frise can put a smile on anyone's face.

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Genetic Stats

Wolfiness

1.2 % MEDIUM

Predicted Adult Weight

20 lbs

Genetic Age
35 human years

Based on the date of birth provided

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DNA Breed Origins

Breed colors:
Shih Tzu
Bichon Frise

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Changes to this dog’s profile
  • On 12/6/2021 changed handle from "maisiemoo2" to "maisiesmooshmallow"
  • On 9/20/2019 changed handle from "maisiesmooshmallow" to "maisiemoo2"
  • On 8/13/2018 changed name from "Olive Smooshmallow" to "Maisie Smooshmallow"
  • On 9/30/2018 changed name from "Maisie Smooshmallow" to "Maisie"
  • On 10/1/2018 changed handle from "olivesmooshmallow" to "maisiesmooshmallow"

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Maisie
Family Tree From Embark PARENTS GRANDPARENTS GREAT GRANDPARENTS Bichon Frise / Shih Tzu mix Shih Tzu mix Bichon Frise Shih Tzu Shih Tzu Bichon Frise mix Bichon Frise Bichon Frise Shih Tzu Shih Tzu Shih Tzu Shih Tzu Bichon Frise Bichon Frise mix

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

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Health Summary

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

ALT Activity

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Maisie inherited one copy of the variant we tested

Why is this important to your vet?

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

Identified in Shih Tzus

Intervertebral Disc Disease (Type I)

Identified in Bichon Frises and Shih Tzus

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Through Maisie’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

A1b

Haplotype

A268

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A1b

Maisie’s Haplogroup

This female lineage was very likely one of the original lineages in the wolves that were first domesticated into dogs in Central Asia about 15,000 years ago. Since then, the lineage has been very successful and travelled the globe! Dogs from this group are found in ancient Bronze Age fossils in the Middle East and southern Europe. By the end of the Bronze Age, it became exceedingly common in Europe. These dogs later became many of the dogs that started some of today's most popular breeds, like German Shepherds, Pugs, Whippets, English Sheepdogs and Miniature Schnauzers. During the period of European colonization, the lineage became even more widespread as European dogs followed their owners to far-flung places like South America and Oceania. It's now found in many popular breeds as well as village dogs across the world!

A268

Maisie’s Haplotype

Part of the large A1b haplogroup, this uncommon haplotype occurs most frequently in Labrador Retrievers and has been spotted less often in Golden Retrievers, Poodles, and Chihuahuas.

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A1b is the most common haplogroup found in German Shepherds.

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

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