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  • Photo of Riley, an English Springer Spaniel, Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Shepherd, Brittany, and Border Collie mix in Phoenix, Arizona, USA Photo of Riley, an English Springer Spaniel, Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Shepherd, Brittany, and Border Collie mix in Phoenix, Arizona, USA
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“Riley is a mixed breed found in the desert between Phoenix and Las Vegas when she was about a year old. Riley is a happy, wiggley pup who likes affection, patrolling the yard, and carrots.”

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Phoenix, Arizona, USA

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English Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniels are an energetic and loyal companion dog, bred for hunting but also popular among families.

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Australian Cattle Dog

A classic cattle dog, Australian Cattle Dogs were developed from a mixture of breeds in Australia in the 19th century, and still maintain their energetic herding instincts today.

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Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherds are an energetic mid-sized breed that make the perfect companion.

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Brittany

Brittanys are versatile gun dogs whose high energy and affection levels also make them a popular family dog. Originating in France, the Brittany is highly capable of doing the work it was originally bred to do, but at the end of the day, they're happy to spend time with their people and families.

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Border Collie

Border Collies are highly energetic and work-oriented herding dogs, whose stamina is matched by their intelligence and alertness. While they excel at the herding they were bred for, many Border Collies also enjoy flyball, obedience, and other canine sports. As long as they have a job to do and are physically and mentally stimulated, Border Collies can make excellent companions for the right owners.

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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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DNA Breed Origins

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English Springer Spaniel
Australian Cattle Dog
Australian Shepherd
Brittany
Border Collie
Llewellin Setter

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Changes to this dog’s profile
  • On 12/31/2020 changed handle from "rileythewiggles" to "rileywiggles"
  • On 12/31/2020 changed handle from "rileywiggles" to "rileythewiggles"
  • On 12/31/2020 changed handle from "riley1656" to "rileywiggles"

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Family Tree From Embark PARENTS GRANDPARENTS GREAT GRANDPARENTS Mixed English Springer Spaniel mix Australian Cattle Dog mix Australian Shepherd / Border Collie mix English Springer Spaniel Brittany / Llewellin Setter mix Australian Cattle Dog Australian Cattle Dog mix Australian Shepherd Border Collie English Springer Spaniel English Springer Spaniel Brittany Llewellin Setter mix

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

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Through Riley’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

A1a

Haplotype

A267

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A1a

Riley’s Haplogroup

A1a is the most common maternal lineage among Western dogs. This lineage traveled from the site of dog domestication in Central Asia to Europe along with an early dog expansion perhaps 10,000 years ago. It hung around in European village dogs for many millennia. Then, about 300 years ago, some of the prized females in the line were chosen as the founding dogs for several dog breeds. That set in motion a huge expansion of this lineage. It's now the maternal lineage of the overwhelming majority of Mastiffs, Labrador Retrievers and Gordon Setters. About half of Boxers and less than half of Shar-Pei dogs descend from the A1a line. It is also common across the world among village dogs, a legacy of European colonialism.

A267

Riley’s Haplotype

Part of the large A1a haplogroup, this rare haplotype occurs in dogs with European ancestry.

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

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