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Sophie

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“This beautiful girl rescued me in 2005 when I adopted her at the local animal shelter. Sophie passed away on 10/12/2018 at 13 years old. She would have been 14 had she lived until 2/17/2019. I miss her so more than words can say. She loved the ocean so while her urn sits on my mantle, some of her ashes were scattered in the sea. Sophie, you are always with me in my heart.”

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Genetic Breed Result

Embark Supermutt analysis

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

Rat Terrier

The Rat Terrier is an American dog breed with a background as a farm dog and hunting companion.

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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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Chow Chow

This distinctive-looking dog breed has a proud, independent spirit that some describe as catlike. Often aloof and suspicious of strangers, the Chow Chow may not be a cuddle buddy, but for the right person, they are a fiercely loyal companion.

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Golden Retriever

Developed as an ideal hunting retriever, the Golden Retriever's eagerness to please and friendliness has made them an extremely popular family pet.

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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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American Eskimo Dog

American Eskimo Dogs belong to the spitz family and they actually came from Germany. They got their start in American circuses due to their intelligence. Today, Eskies make wonderful family pets.

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Genetic Stats

Wolfiness

0 % LOW

Predicted Adult Weight

58 lbs

Genetic Age
120 human years

Based on the date of birth provided

Dogs Like Sophie

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Discover dogs who share a similar breed mix to Sophie. 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:
Rat Terrier
Labrador Retriever
Chow Chow
Golden Retriever
German Shepherd Dog
American Eskimo Dog
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Sophie
Family Tree From Embark PARENTS GRANDPARENTS GREAT GRANDPARENTS Mixed Mixed Rat Terrier / Golden Retriever mix German Shepherd Dog mix Labrador Retriever / Chow Chow mix American Eskimo Dog mix Rat Terrier Golden Retriever German Shepherd Dog mix Mixed Labrador Retriever Chow Chow American Eskimo Dog mix Mixed

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

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Through Sophie’s mitochondrial DNA we can trace her mother’s ancestry back to where dogs and people first became friends. This map helps you visualize the routes that her ancestors took to your home. Their story is described below the map.

Haplogroup

A1d

Haplotype

A11a

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A1d

Sophie’s Haplogroup

This female lineage can be traced back about 15,000 years to some of the original Central Asian wolves that were domesticated into modern dogs. The early females that represent this lineage were likely taken into Eurasia, where they spread rapidly. As a result, many modern breed and village dogs from the Americas, Africa, through Asia and down into Oceania belong to this group! This widespread lineage is not limited to a select few breeds, but the majority of Rottweilers, Afghan Hounds and Wirehaired Pointing Griffons belong to it. It is also the most common female lineage among Papillons, Samoyeds and Jack Russell Terriers. Considering its occurrence in breeds as diverse as Afghan Hounds and Samoyeds, some of this is likely ancient variation. But because of its presence in many modern European breeds, much of its diversity likely can be attributed to much more recent breeding.

A11a

Sophie’s Haplotype

Part of the large A1d haplogroup, this common haplotype occurs in village dogs all over the world. Among the 23 breeds we have sampled it in, the most common occurrences include Rottweilers, English Setters, English Springer Spaniels, and wirehaired pointing griffons.

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The vast majority of Rottweilers have the A1d haplogroup.

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The Paternal Haplotype reveals a dog’s deep ancestral lineage, stretching back thousands of years to the original domestication of dogs.

Are you looking for information on the breeds that Sophie inherited from her mom and dad? Check out her breed breakdown and family tree.

Paternal Haplotype is determined by looking at a dog’s Y-chromosome—but not all dogs have Y-chromosomes!

Why can’t we show Paternal Haplotype results for female dogs?

All dogs have two sex chromosomes. Female dogs have two X-chromosomes (XX) and male dogs have one X-chromosome and one Y-chromosome (XY). When having offspring, female (XX) dogs always pass an X-chromosome to their puppy. Male (XY) dogs can pass either an X or a Y-chromosome—if the puppy receives an X-chromosome from its father then it will be a female (XX) puppy and if it receives a Y-chromosome then it will be a male (XY) puppy. As you can see, Y-chromosomes are passed down from a male dog only to its male offspring.

Since Sophie is a female (XX) dog, she has no Y-chromosome for us to analyze and determine a paternal haplotype.

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