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Smokey

Norwegian Elkhound

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“We adopted Smokey in March 2020. He was rescued from a shelter in Virginia. When we adopted him we were told he was an Elkhound mix. We were shocked when we found out he is 100% Elkhound. Smokey is a silly little boy who loves to hide under the bed. He has us trained well and we are committed to making everyday his best day ever!”

Current Location

Point Pleasant, New Jersey, USA

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Virginia, USA

This dog has been viewed and been given 11 wags

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Norwegian Elkhound

The Norwegian Elkhound was the main companion of the Vikings. These guys have been used in almost every role imaginable for a dog. In modern times, they are primarily companion dogs, but they are still used for hunting and herding.

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

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Through Smokey’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

D

Haplotype

D7

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D

Smokey’s Haplogroup

D is a rare maternal line, which may be the result of an ancient dog breeding with another canid, possibly a wolf. It is found in Afghan Hounds and Scandinavian dog breeds.

D7

Smokey’s Haplotype

Part of the D haplogroup, the D7 haplotype occurs most commonly in Norwegian Elkhounds. It's a rare find!

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Afghan Hounds are one of few breeds that descends from this rare maternal line.

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Through Smokey’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

A2b

Haplotype

Hc.15

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A2b

Smokey’s Haplogroup

A2b appears to have split a few times in succession, which means that some of the Central Asian male ancestors of this lineage went their separate ways before their respective Y chromosomes made their rounds. There is not much diversity in this lineage, meaning that it has only begun to take off recently. Two iconic breeds, the Dachshund and Bloodhound, represent this lineage well. Over half of Rottweilers are A2b, as are the majority of Labrador Retrievers and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. While A2a is restricted mostly to East Asia, this paternal line is also found among European breeds.

Hc.15

Smokey’s Haplotype

Part of the A2b haplogroup, this haplotype occurs most frequently in mixed breed dogs.

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A2b is found in the Daschund breed.

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