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  • Photo of Rocky, a German Shepherd Dog and Australian Cattle Dog mix in Eugene, Oregon, USA Photo of Rocky, a German Shepherd Dog and Australian Cattle Dog mix in Eugene, Oregon, USA
    Rocky at 6 months old

“Rocky was found as a stray from Porterville, California. He was rescued to Eugene, Oregon where we took him in as a foster first and then adopted🥰 When we first got him, he was losing hair due to mange, had so much tapeworm in his poop, and couldn’t stop coughing every hour due to kennel cough. Despite going through all that, Rocky is still the sweetest dog ever. The first time he saw us, he immediately jumped into our arms❤️. When we sit on the couch, he always has to cuddle with us.”

Current Location

Eugene, Oregon, USA

From

Porterville, CA, USA

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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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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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Genetic Stats

Wolfiness

1.2 % MEDIUM

Predicted Adult Weight

56 lbs

Genetic Age
15 human years

Based on the date of birth provided

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German Shepherd Dog
Australian Cattle Dog

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

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Through Rocky’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.

Haplogroup

A1a

Haplotype

A382

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A1a

Rocky’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.

A382

Rocky’s Haplotype

Part of the large A1a haplogroup, this haplotype occurs most frequently in Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.

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Through Rocky’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.

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A1a

Haplotype

H1a.31

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Rocky’s Haplogroup

Some of the wolves that became the original dogs in Central Asia around 15,000 years ago came from this long and distinguished line of male dogs. After domestication, they followed their humans from Asia to Europe and then didn't stop there. They took root in Europe, eventually becoming the dogs that founded the Vizsla breed 1,000 years ago. The Vizsla is a Central European hunting dog, and all male Vizslas descend from this line. During the Age of Exploration, like their owners, these pooches went by the philosophy, "Have sail, will travel!" From the windy plains of Patagonia to the snug and homey towns of the American Midwest, the beaches of a Pacific paradise, and the broad expanse of the Australian outback, these dogs followed their masters to the outposts of empires. Whether through good fortune or superior genetics, dogs from the A1a lineage traveled the globe and took root across the world. Now you find village dogs from this line frolicking on Polynesian beaches, hanging out in villages across the Americas, and scavenging throughout Old World settlements. You can also find this "prince of patrilineages" in breeds as different as German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Pugs, Border Collies, Scottish Terriers, and Irish Wolfhounds. No male wolf line has been as successful as the A1a line!

H1a.31

Rocky’s Haplotype

Part of the A1a haplogroup, the H1a.31 haplotype occurs most commonly in Pumis, Black and Tan Coonhounds and Coton de Tulears.

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Dogs with A1a lineage travelled during European Colonial times.

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