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Merlin

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“I adopted Merlin from a rescue in Turkey. He's around 9 years old. He's very calm and sweet natured; he doesn't bark much and is happy to just cuddle and hang out. He gets along with my basset hound and my senior cat.”

Place of Birth

Bursa, Turkey

Current Location

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Bursa, Turkey

This dog has been viewed and been given 7 wags

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Genetic Breed Result

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Embark Supermutt analysis

What’s in that Supermutt? There may be small amounts of DNA from these distant ancestors:

Llewellin Setter

The Llewellin Setter is widely cherished as one of the best field hunting dogs around. These dogs are well-loved for their hunting prowess, spirit, and sweet dispositions.

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English Setter

English Setters are beautiful bird dogs that have been charished by royalty and other dignitaries for hundreds of years. It is said that they are the friendliest of all the setter breeds. These dogs love being around people and make wonderful companions.

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Pointer

The Pointer is a hard-working bird dog that is happiest when on the hunt. This is a high-energy breed that will be more than a handful for first-time owners. When given a job and plenty of room to run around, the Pointer can make for a wonderful companion.

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Genetic Stats

Wolfiness

1.2 % MEDIUM

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DNA Breed Origins

Breed colors:
Llewellin Setter
English Setter
Pointer
Supermutt

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  • On 3/13/2022 changed handle from "merlin457" to "merlinthesetter"

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Merlin
Family Tree From Embark PARENTS GRANDPARENTS GREAT GRANDPARENTS Mixed Mixed Llewellin Setter mix English Setter / Pointer mix English Setter / Llewellin Setter mix Mixed Llewellin Setter Llewellin Setter mix English Setter Pointer English Setter Llewellin Setter Mixed Mixed

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

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Through Merlin’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

Haplotype

A234

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A1e

Merlin’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!

A234

Merlin’s Haplotype

Part of the large A1e haplogroup, this haplotype occurs in village dogs in South America, South Asia, and into the South Pacific. Among breeds, we see it in highest frequency among Vizslas, Boxers, and Yorkshire Terriers.

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Irish Wolfhounds are a consistent carrier of A1e.

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Through Merlin’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

Merlin’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

Merlin’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.

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Dogs with A1a lineage travelled during European Colonial times.

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