Nova

Mixed Breed

“Nova is a rescue dog, but sometimes we think it is the other way around! She loves napping and getting belly pets as much as she loves going on adventures backpacking, snowshoeing, backcountry skiing, and river-rafting. She is a Colorado princess for sure!”

Current Location
Denver, Colorado, USA
From
Lincoln, NE, USA

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Genetic Breed Result

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Mixed Breed

75.5% Anatolian Shepherd Dog
24.5% Maremma Sheepdog
Anatolian Shepherd Dog Anatolian Shepherd Dog
The Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a native of Turkey, where he was developed as a shepherd’s companion and livestock guardian. He was bred to resemble the size and color of the livestock he defended so predators would not detect him among the flock. Sometimes called the Anatolian Karabash Dog, he’s a fiercely loyal guard dog and a large, impressive dog breed, weighing 120 to 150 pounds at maturity.
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Maremma Sheepdog Maremma Sheepdog
Maremma Sheepdogs are an ancient livestock guardian dog breed known for their serious but affectionate nature.
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Genetic Stats


Wolfiness

2.5 % HIGH Learn More

Breed Mix Matches

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A Mix Match of 100 means they are the exact same breed mix!

DNA Breed Origins

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Breed colors:
Anatolian Shepherd Dog
Maremma Sheepdog

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Breed Reveal Video

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

Through Nova’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

C1

Haplotype

C50

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C1

Nova’s Haplogroup

Congratulations, C1 is a very exotic female lineage! It is more closely associated with maternal lineages found in wolves, foxes and jackals than with other dog lineages. So it seems dogs in this group have a common male dog ancestor who, many thousands of years ago, mated with a female wolf! This is not a common lineage in any breed, though a good number of German Shepherds and Doberman Pinchers are C1. It is also found in breeds as diverse as Peruvian Inca Orchids and Pekingese; it is rarely found amongst Labrador Retrievers, Border Collies, Siberian Huskies, or Cocker Spaniels. Despite its fascinating origins, it is widely distributed around the globe, and even shows up frequently among Peruvian village dogs. It almost certainly survived at low frequency in Europe for millennia and then was dispersed outside of Europe by colonialism, though not as successfully as some other lineages.

C50

Nova’s Haplotype

Part of the C1 haplogroup, the C50 haplotype occurs most commonly in Anatolian Shepherd Dogs. It's a rare find!

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The C1 maternal line is commonly found in Jackals.

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 Nova inherited from her mom and dad? Check out her breed breakdown and family tree.

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