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Nika

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See what’s hidden in the pages of Nika’s DNA story. You can learn about the breeds that make Nika who she is, her genetic family tree, and even go back in time to see where her ancestors came from.

“Nika loves to smile and her treats!”

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Genetic Stats

Wolfiness: 3.7 % HIGH Help
Predicted Adult Weight: 59 lbs Help
Genetic Age: 64 human years Help

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Family tree

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Explore an interactive family tree and get a picture of Nika’s family.

Breed Families

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Dog breeds have been created over time for work and companionship. Find out about other dog breeds related to the breeds found in Nika.

Maternal Haplotype

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Through the DNA inherited from Nika’s mother we can trace her ancestry back to where dogs and people first became friends. Find out how far Nika’s family has traveled.

Paternal Haplotype

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The Y-Chromosome is only passed down from father to son. Nika’s DNA includes a story of where her father’s ancestors came from. We’ll show you more about how we categorize his ancestors all based of the science of genetics.

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

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Breed Families

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Dog breeds have been created over time for work and companionship. Find out about other dog breeds related to the breeds found in Nika.

Maternal Haplotype

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Through the DNA inherited from Nika’s mother we can trace her ancestry back to where dogs and people first became friends. Find out how far Nika’s family has traveled.

Paternal Haplotype

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The Y-Chromosome is only passed down from father to son. Nika’s DNA includes a story of where her father’s ancestors came from. We’ll show you more about how we categorize his ancestors all based of the science of genetics.

What’s your dog’s story?

Now that you have explored what’s behind Nika find out what your dog’s DNA has to tell you. Embark tells you more about your dog than you ever thought possible. Are you ready? Let’s go!

DNA shows us the unique path to each of today’s recognized breeds by exposing the relatedness between them.
Siberian Husky
3 related breeds
Siberian Husky
Bred initially in Northern Siberia, the Siberian Husky is a medium-sized working dog who is quick and light on their feet. Their moderately compact and well furred body, erect ears and brush tail suggest their Northern heritage. Huskies are very active and energetic and are known for being long distance sled dogs.
Related Breeds
Alaskan Malamute
Sibling breed
Greenland Dog
Sibling breed
Samoyed
Cousin breed

Some images and text courtesy of the AKC, used with permission.

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Maternal Haplotype

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Through the DNA inherited from Nika’s mother we can trace her ancestry back to where dogs and people first became friends. Find out how far Nika’s family has traveled.

Paternal Haplotype

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The Y-Chromosome is only passed down from father to son. Nika’s DNA includes a story of where her father’s ancestors came from. We’ll show you more about how we categorize his ancestors all based of the science of genetics.

What’s your dog’s story?

Now that you have explored what’s behind Nika find out what your dog’s DNA has to tell you. Embark tells you more about your dog than you ever thought possible. Are you ready? Let’s go!

Through Nika’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

A2

Haplotype

A29a

A2

Nika’s Haplogroup

A2 is a very ancient maternal line. Most likely it was one of the major female lines that contributed to the very first domesticated dogs in Central Asia about 15,000 years ago. Some of the line stayed in Central Asia to the present day, and frequently appear as Tibetan Mastiffs and Akitas. Those that escaped the mountains of Central Asia sought out other cold spots, and are now found among Alaskan Malamutes and Siberian Huskies. This lineage is also occasionally found in several common Western breeds, such as German Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers. Curiously, all New Guinea Singing Dogs descend from this line. These are an ancient and very interesting breed found in the mountains of Papua New Guinea. Unfortunately, they are now endangered. They are closely related to the Australian dingo, so you could say its cousins are dingos! This line is also common in village dogs in Southeast and East Asia. Unlike many other lineages, A2 did not spread across the whole world, probably because it did not have the opportunity to hitch its wagon to European colonialism - or because these dogs just prefer hanging out in mountains, tundras, islands, and other hard-to-reach places!

A29a

Nika’s Haplotype

Part of the A2 haplogroup, this haplotype occurs most commonly in Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamutes, Labrador Retrievers, and village dogs from Alaska.

Some other Embark dogs with this haplotype:

Dingos commonly possess this haplogroup.

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Breed Families

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Dog breeds have been created over time for work and companionship. Find out about other dog breeds related to the breeds found in Nika.

Paternal Haplotype

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The Y-Chromosome is only passed down from father to son. Nika’s DNA includes a story of where her father’s ancestors came from. We’ll show you more about how we categorize his ancestors all based of the science of genetics.

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This 'Paternal Haplotype' tab is for deep ancestral lineage going back thousands of years.

For recent ancestry—"What breeds did my dog inherit from her mom and dad?"—please refer to the Breed or Summary tab and the Family Tree tab.

The Paternal Haplotype refers to a dog’s deep ancestral lineage stretching back thousands of years, before there were any distinct breeds of dog. We determine the Paternal Haplotype by looking at a dog’s Y-chromsome—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 Nika is a female (XX) dog, she has no Y-chromosome for us to analyze and determine a paternal haplotype.

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Family tree

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Explore an interactive family tree and get a picture of Nika’s family.

Breed Families

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Dog breeds have been created over time for work and companionship. Find out about other dog breeds related to the breeds found in Nika.

Maternal Haplotype

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Through the DNA inherited from Nika’s mother we can trace her ancestry back to where dogs and people first became friends. Find out how far Nika’s family has traveled.

What’s your dog’s story?

Now that you have explored what’s behind Nika find out what your dog’s DNA has to tell you. Embark tells you more about your dog than you ever thought possible. Are you ready? Let’s go!