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Shep

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“Shep is a calm and independent puppy who is quickly growing. He loves playing with other dogs and meeting new people!”

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Place of Birth

Lockhart, Texas, USA

Current Location

Austin, Texas, USA

From

San Antonio, TX, USA

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Tibetan Mastiff

The Tibetan Mastiff is one giant fluff ball. This ancient breed has been guarding and protecting their owners for thousands of years. This intelligent and indepent dog loves to be around the people they care about.

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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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Siberian Husky

Bred initially in Northern Siberia, the Siberian Husky is a medium-sized working dog who is quick and light on their feet. Their moderately compact and well furred body, erect ears and brush tail suggest their Northern heritage. Huskies are very active and energetic and are known for being long distance sled dogs.

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Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute is a large, fluffy spitz breed recognized as being one of the most ancient breeds of dogs. The forebears to the modern Malamute crossed the Bering Strait with their owners over 4,000 years ago. Their size, thick coat, and work drive make them ideal dogs for pulling sleds, but they also make amicable companions.

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Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever was bred for hunting and excelled in retrieving game after it was shot down. Known for its gentle disposition and loyalty, the Labrador Retriever has become a favorite of families and breeders alike.

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DNA Breed Origins

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Tibetan Mastiff
Great Pyrenees
Siberian Husky
Alaskan Malamute
Labrador Retriever

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Family Tree From Embark PARENTS GRANDPARENTS GREAT GRANDPARENTS Mixed Tibetan Mastiff Great Pyrenees / Alaskan Malamute mix Siberian Husky / Labrador Retriever mix Tibetan Mastiff Tibetan Mastiff Great Pyrenees Alaskan Malamute Siberian Husky Labrador Retriever Tibetan Mastiff Tibetan Mastiff Tibetan Mastiff Tibetan Mastiff

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Through Shep’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

A2

Haplotype

A448

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A2

Shep’s Haplogroup

A2 is a very ancient maternal line. Most likely it was one of the major female lines that contributed to the very first domesticated dogs in Central Asia about 15,000 years ago. Some of the line stayed in Central Asia to the present day, and frequently appear as Tibetan Mastiffs and Akitas. Those that escaped the mountains of Central Asia sought out other cold spots, and are now found among Alaskan Malamutes and Siberian Huskies. This lineage is also occasionally found in several common Western breeds, such as German Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers. Curiously, all New Guinea Singing Dogs descend from this line. These are an ancient and very interesting breed found in the mountains of Papua New Guinea. Unfortunately, they are now endangered. They are closely related to the Australian dingo, so you could say its cousins are dingos! This line is also common in village dogs in Southeast and East Asia. Unlike many other lineages, A2 did not spread across the whole world, probably because it did not have the opportunity to hitch its wagon to European colonialism - or because these dogs just prefer hanging out in mountains, tundras, islands, and other hard-to-reach places!

A448

Shep’s Haplotype

Part of the A2 haplogroup, the A448 haplotype occurs most commonly in McNabs. It's a rare find!

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Dingos commonly possess this haplogroup.

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Through Shep’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

B1

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B1.0

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B1

Shep’s Haplogroup

This is a lineage that is found infrequently in dogs and may only be found in gray wolves and dogs with recent wolf ancestors. It is very different from all known dog lineages indicating a long time between the most recent common ancestor of canids in this lineage and domestic dogs.

B1.0

Shep’s Haplotype

This haplotype has been spotted in wolves and dogs with wolf ancestry. Not only is that pretty neat, but it also helps move science forward.

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The mysterious wolf hides many genetic mysteries unknown to science - like where this male lineage came from.

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