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Ruger

Mixed Ancestry

“Ruger was rescued from Texas and brought to a New England shelter, scared and alone. Now he lives with his pawrents, two cat siblings, and a part-meatball younger brother. He's independent, very sassy, and the love of our lives.”

Place of Birth

Texas, USA

Current Location

Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA

From

Salem, Massachusetts, USA

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Genetic Breed Result

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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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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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Maremma Sheepdog

Maremma Sheepdogs are an ancient livestock guardian dog breed known for their serious but affectionate nature.

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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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Great Pyrenees

The Great Pyrenees is an exceptionally loving dog whose primary function is to protect sheep, goats, livestock, people, children, grass, flowers, the moon, lawn furniture, etc., from any real or imaginary predators that may intrude on your personal space. They have a strong build and an amazing thick white coat that exudes elegance and majesty. They make a great family dog because of their intelligence and steady temperament.

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Discover dogs who share a similar breed mix to Ruger. 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:
Australian Cattle Dog
Beagle
Maremma Sheepdog
Anatolian Shepherd Dog
Great Pyrenees

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Here’s what Ruger’s family tree may have looked like.
Ruger
Family Tree From Embark PARENTS GRANDPARENTS GREAT GRANDPARENTS Mixed Beagle mix Australian Cattle Dog / Great Pyrenees mix Maremma Sheepdog / Anatolian Shepherd Dog mix Beagle Australian Cattle Dog mix Australian Cattle Dog Great Pyrenees mix Maremma Sheepdog Anatolian Shepherd Dog mix Beagle Beagle Australian Cattle Dog Australian Cattle Dog mix
While there may be other possible configurations of his family’s relationships, this is the most likely family tree to explain Ruger’s breed mix.

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Through Ruger’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

A1e

Haplotype

A427/A623

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A1e

Ruger’s Haplogroup

This female lineage likely stems from some of the original Central Asian wolves that were domesticated into modern dogs starting about 15,000 years ago. It seemed to be a fairly rare dog line for most of dog history until the past 300 years, when the lineage seemed to “explode” out and spread quickly. What really separates this group from the pack is its presence in Alaskan village dogs and Samoyeds. It is possible that this was an indigenous lineage brought to the Americas from Siberia when people were first starting to make that trip themselves! We see this lineage pop up in overwhelming numbers of Irish Wolfhounds, and it also occurs frequently in popular large breeds like Bernese Mountain Dogs, Saint Bernards and Great Danes. Shetland Sheepdogs are also common members of this maternal line, and we see it a lot in Boxers, too. Though it may be all mixed up with European dogs thanks to recent breeding events, its origins in the Americas makes it a very exciting lineage for sure!

A427/A623

Ruger’s Haplotype

Part of the A1e haplogroup, the A427/A623 haplotype occurs most frequently in Australian Cattle Dogs, Border Collies, and Australian Shepherds.

Irish Wolfhounds are a consistent carrier of A1e.

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Through Ruger’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.

Haplogroup

A1a

Haplotype

H1a.39/57

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A1a

Ruger’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.39/57

Ruger’s Haplotype

Part of the A1a haplogroup, this haplotype occurs most frequently in mixed breed dogs.

Dogs with A1a lineage travelled during European Colonial times.

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