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Pepper

Mixed Ancestry

“I originally fostered Pepper back in 2016 after she came from Memphis, Tennessee and had puppies, I was fostering her while she was getting spayed/recovery. She was so sweet, I had to adopt her! Her birthday is ~7/2015. She weighs about 55 lbs, all black. Pepper is very smart, strong, affectionate, and confident. We love to go hiking and being active! She has intense prey drive, something we are continually working on controlling. I would love to find out where her puppies went....!”

Place of Birth

Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Current Location

Chicago, Illinois, USA

From

Wright-Way Rescue, Lincoln Avenue, Morton Grove, IL, USA

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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:

Chow Chow

This distinctive-looking dog breed has a proud, independent spirit that some describe as catlike. Often aloof and suspicious of strangers, the Chow Chow may not be a cuddle buddy, but for the right person, they are a fiercely loyal companion.

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American Pit Bull Terrier

The American Pit Bull Terrier originated in the British Isles and descends from the Mastiff-type dogs introduced to England in antiquity. The breed was brought over to the United States by English immigrants in the 1800s, and quickly became one of the most popular and widespread breeds there.

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German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherds are confident, courageous dogs with a keen sense of smell and notable intelligence. These are active working dogs who excel at many canine sports and tasks -- they are true utility dogs! Their versatility combined with their loyal companionship has them consistently listed as one of the most popular breeds in the United States.

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Beagle

The Beagle is a scent hound and a great family pet. They are known for being affectionate and having loud voices.

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American Staffordshire Terrier

American Staffordshire Terriers are powerful but playful dogs that are both loyal and affectionate with their owners.

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Dogs Like Pepper

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Discover dogs who share a similar breed mix to Pepper. A higher score means the two dogs have more of their breed mix in common. A score of 100% means they share the exact same breed mix!

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DNA Breed Origins

Breed colors:
Chow Chow
American Pit Bull Terrier
German Shepherd Dog
Beagle
American Staffordshire Terrier
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Here’s what Pepper’s family tree may have looked like.
Pepper
Family Tree From Embark PARENTS GRANDPARENTS GREAT GRANDPARENTS Chow Chow mix American Pit Bull Terrier mix Chow Chow Beagle / Chow Chow mix American Pit Bull Terrier German Shepherd Dog / American Staffordshire Terrier mix Chow Chow Chow Chow Beagle mix Chow Chow mix American Pit Bull Terrier American Pit Bull Terrier German Shepherd Dog American Staffordshire Terrier mix
While there may be other possible configurations of her family’s relationships, this is the most likely family tree to explain Pepper’s breed mix.

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Through Pepper’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

C39

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C1

Pepper’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.

C39

Pepper’s Haplotype

Part of the C1 haplogroup, this haplotype occurs most frequently in Pomerianians and Xoloitzcuintli.

The C1 maternal line is commonly found in Jackals.

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

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