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Marvin

Mixed Ancestry

“Marvin is a big goofball who loves to snuggle! He is very sensitive and a gentle big boy. Him and his siblings also have extra toes!”

Place of Birth

Maskwacis, Alberta, Canada

Current Location

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

From

Alberta, Canada

This dog has been viewed and been given 12 wags

Genetic Breed Result

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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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Saint Bernard

The Saint Bernard is a gentle giant that has been saving lives in the Swiss Alps for centuries. These easy-going guys can make great family additions, as long as you are okay with cleaning up slobber.

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German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherds are confident, courageous dogs with a keen sense of smell and notable intelligence. These are active working dogs who excel at many canine sports and tasks -- they are true utility dogs! Their versatility combined with their loyal companionship has them consistently listed as one of the most popular breeds in the United States.

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Bulldog

Originally a bull-baiting dog, bulldogs today are gentle and loving while still carrying the stocky frame of their forbearers.

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DNA Breed Origins

Breed colors:
American Pit Bull Terrier
Saint Bernard
German Shepherd Dog
Bulldog

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Here’s what Marvin’s family tree may have looked like.
Marvin
Family Tree From Embark PARENTS GRANDPARENTS GREAT GRANDPARENTS American Pit Bull Terrier mix American Pit Bull Terrier mix American Pit Bull Terrier German Shepherd Dog / Bulldog mix American Pit Bull Terrier Saint Bernard / American Pit Bull Terrier mix American Pit Bull Terrier American Pit Bull Terrier German Shepherd Dog mix Bulldog mix American Pit Bull Terrier American Pit Bull Terrier Saint Bernard 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 Marvin’s breed mix.

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Through Marvin’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

A393/A559

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A1a

Marvin’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.

A393/A559

Marvin’s Haplotype

Part of the A1a haplogroup, the A393/A559 haplotype occurs most frequently in Yorkshire Terriers, Russell-type Terriers, and Tibetan Terriers.

Shar Pei dogs think A1a is the coolest!

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Through Marvin’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.19

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A1a

Marvin’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.19

Marvin’s Haplotype

Part of the large A1a haplogroup, this haplotype occurs in village dogs throughout central Africa. We also see it in English Setters, where it is the most common haplotype for that breed.

Dogs with A1a lineage travelled during European Colonial times.

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