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Spanish Galgo

“Mayla was used for hunting in Spain. When she was about 2,5 years old she was brought to an animal shelter Fundación Benjamín Mehnert. We adopted her in March 2021.”

Place of Birth

Spain

Current Location

Netherlands

From

Spain

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Spanish Galgo

Spanish Galgos are often called the “Spanish Greyhound” and it's really no wonder why—they look very much like greyhounds. Actually it's more likely that these dogs are the predecessors to the English Greyhound that we have today; however, they are a totally distinct breed. Spanish Galgos are taller but slighter and have very long tails and snouts. They also come in two different kinds of coats (wire-haired and smooth haired), which is not a characteristic of the English Greyhound. They are a very ancient breed of dog and are a member of the sighthound family.

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Through Mayla’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

A1a

Haplotype

A471

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A1a

Mayla’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.

A471

Mayla’s Haplotype

Part of the A1a haplogroup, the A471 haplotype occurs most commonly in mixed-breed dogs.

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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 Mayla inherited from her mom and dad? Check out her breed breakdown.

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

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