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Shih Tzu

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“My mommy bought me in the parking lot at a Home Depot on Harwin and Bissonet in Houston, Tx in November of 2019. She thinks I had a very rough life before that because when she got me I was completely dirty and matted and I was very sick.. but thankfully my mom nursed me back to health and raised me to be a happy healthy puppy! I am so very spoiled now!!!! I love to spend my time playing fetch, eating treats, going on car rides with my mom, and playing with my best friends Jax, King and Zyra.”

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Cypress, Texas, USA

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Houston, Texas, USA

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

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Through Mochi’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.

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B1

Haplotype

B81/84

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B1

Mochi’s Haplogroup

B1 is the second most common maternal lineage in breeds of European or American origin. It is the female line of the majority of Golden Retrievers, Basset Hounds, and Shih Tzus, and about half of Beagles, Pekingese and Toy Poodles. This lineage is also somewhat common among village dogs that carry distinct ancestry from these breeds. We know this is a result of B1 dogs being common amongst the European dogs that their conquering owners brought around the world, because nowhere on earth is it a very common lineage in village dogs. It even enables us to trace the path of (human) colonization: Because most Bichons are B1 and Bichons are popular in Spanish culture, B1 is now fairly common among village dogs in Latin America.

B81/84

Mochi’s Haplotype

Part of the B1 haplogroup, this haplotype occurs most frequently in Golden Retrievers, Poodles, Yorkshire Terriers, Chihuahuas, and Beagles.

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The B1 haplogroup can be found in village dogs like the Peruvian Village Dog, pictured above.

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Through Mochi’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

B

Haplotype

H15.7

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B

Mochi’s Haplogroup

B is a relatively rare paternal line that has only recently started to expand. The dominant lineage among the ancient Shih Tzu breed, it is also found among Tibetan Spaniels. Outside of these two breeds, B seems to be a particularly common paternal line among the village dogs of India and Southeast Asia, though it is found as far afield as Africa and down into Oceania. Considering that it is particularly diverse in northern India, it could be that this lineage hung out mostly in South Asia after the expansion of domestic dogs from Central Asia. Because it is present in Mongolia as well, it may not be surprising that ancient East Asian dog breeds are also part of this lineage. Alternatively, perhaps males representing this lineage headed north out of southern Eurasia, which eventually gave rise to the Shih Tzu and may have inspired stylistic representations of lions in ancient China!

H15.7

Mochi’s Haplotype

Part of the B haplogroup, this haplotype has been found in village dogs in Qatar and India. Unlike most other haplotypes within the B haplogroup, we do see this in a select few breed dogs. Specifically, it occurs in the Shih Tzu and Tibetan Spaniel.

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The B Haplogroup is most commonly found the adorable Shih Tzu breed.

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