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  • Photo of Sonny, a Russell-type Terrier, Chihuahua, Shih Tzu, and Dachshund mix in Bay City, Michigan, USA Photo of Sonny, a Russell-type Terrier, Chihuahua, Shih Tzu, and Dachshund mix in Bay City, Michigan, USA
    At Aunt Becky’s House

“I adopted Sonny in Oct. 2021. My sister found him as a stray in IN where she lives with no tags/chip on a sunny day so she called him “Sonny Boy” until I could bring him home to MI. He’s my “son” so I kept Sonny as his name 💙 His age is unknown (as of Oct. 2021, vet estimated 2 & groomer estimated 5-8). He likes walks, treats, & sleep…a lot of sleep. He’a a cuddler…who snores. I hadn’t had a dog (or any pet) for 15 years and wasn’t looking to get one but I’m so happy we found each other 🐾🐶💙”

Current Location

Bay City, Michigan, USA

From

Syracuse, Indiana, USA

This dog has been viewed and been given 19 wags

Genetic Breed Result

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Embark Supermutt analysis

What’s in that Supermutt? There may be small amounts of DNA from these distant ancestors:

Russell-type Terrier

These small, energetic terriers, developed in 19th century England for hunting small game, are now some of the best agility dogs around.

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Chihuahua

Chihuahuas have a huge personality that defies their tiny frame, known to be highly active and intelligent canines.

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Shih Tzu

This ancient breed is the perfect lapdog. Sweet and easygoing, they want nothing more than to be close to their humans.

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Dachshund

The Dachshund, meaning “badger dog” in German, is a lively breed with a friendly personality and a great sense of smell. Known for their long and low bodies, they are spirited hunters that excel in both above and below-ground work. They come in three different coat varieties (smooth, wirehaired or longhaired) and can be miniature or standard size.

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Pomeranian

The Pomeranian is a cocky, animated companion with an extroverted personality.

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Genetic Stats

Wolfiness

1.2 % MEDIUM

Predicted Adult Weight

11 lbs

Genetic Age
60 human years

Based on the date of birth provided

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DNA Breed Origins

Breed colors:
Russell-type Terrier
Chihuahua
Shih Tzu
Dachshund
Pomeranian
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Family Tree From Embark PARENTS GRANDPARENTS GREAT GRANDPARENTS Chihuahua mix Russell-type Terrier mix Chihuahua Shih Tzu / Pomeranian mix Russell-type Terrier Dachshund mix Chihuahua Chihuahua Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix Russell-type Terrier Russell-type Terrier Dachshund Mixed

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Through Sonny’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

A393

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A1a

Sonny’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.

A393

Sonny’s Haplotype

Part of the large A1a haplogroup, this haplotype occurs most frequently in Yorkshire Terriers, Russel-type Terriers, and Tibetan Terriers.

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Through Sonny’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

A1b

Haplotype

Ha.44

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A1b

Sonny’s Haplogroup

For most of dog history, this haplogroup was probably quite rare. However, a couple hundred years ago it seems to have found its way into a prized male guard dog in Europe who had many offspring, including the ancestors of many European guard breeds such as Doberman Pinchers, St. Bernards, and Great Danes. Despite being rare, many of the most imposing dogs on Earth have it; strangely, so do many Pomeranians! Perhaps this explains why some Poms are so tough, acting like they're ten times their actual size! This lineage is most commonly found in working dogs, in particular guard dogs. With origins in Europe, it spread widely across other regions as Europeans took their dogs across the world.

Ha.44

Sonny’s Haplotype

Part of the A1b haplogroup, this haplotype occurs primarily in Poodles and Belgian Sheepdogs.

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Great Danes and Pomeranians have this in common!

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