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Koda

Mixed Ancestry

“I was found abandoned in a house by police, taken to the Cambridge humane society, and then adopted out to some very nice people who unfortunately didn't understand me and when I showed behaviors true to my breeding, was slated for behavioral euthanasia. Thankfully they decided to give me one last chance and rehomed me through their trainer to my current mom and dad who have a long history with owning guardian breeds and know how to deal with my quirks. I'm brave, protective, loyal and loving.”

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Guelph, Ontario, Canada

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Caucasian Ovcharka

The Caucasian Ovcharka is a massive livestock guardian breed treasured for its loyalty, diligence, and serious nature.

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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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Newfoundland

Newfoundlands are gentle giants known for their loyalty and strength, making them popular working dogs, especially for families with children.

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Perro de Presa Canario

This large, protective Molosser-type breed is often referred to as a Presa Canario or simply "Presa". These dogs were originally bred to work livestock, and now are often used as guard dogs. They're loyal and docile to their family members and often alert or suspicious with strangers.

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Caucasian Ovcharka
German Shepherd Dog
Newfoundland
Perro de Presa Canario

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Changes to this dog’s profile
  • On 2/28/2023 changed name from "Teddy" to "Koda"
Here’s what Koda’s family tree may have looked like.
Koda
Family Tree From Embark PARENTS GRANDPARENTS GREAT GRANDPARENTS Newfoundland mix German Shepherd Dog mix Newfoundland Caucasian Ovcharka / Perro de Presa Canario mix German Shepherd Dog Caucasian Ovcharka mix Newfoundland Newfoundland Caucasian Ovcharka Perro de Presa Canario German Shepherd Dog German Shepherd Dog Caucasian Ovcharka Caucasian Ovcharka mix
While there may be other possible configurations of his family’s relationships, this is the most likely family tree to explain Koda’s breed mix.
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Through Koda’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

A1b

Haplotype

A361/409/611

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A1b

Koda’s Haplogroup

This female lineage was very likely one of the original lineages in the wolves that were first domesticated into dogs in Central Asia about 15,000 years ago. Since then, the lineage has been very successful and travelled the globe! Dogs from this group are found in ancient Bronze Age fossils in the Middle East and southern Europe. By the end of the Bronze Age, it became exceedingly common in Europe. These dogs later became many of the dogs that started some of today's most popular breeds, like German Shepherds, Pugs, Whippets, English Sheepdogs and Miniature Schnauzers. During the period of European colonization, the lineage became even more widespread as European dogs followed their owners to far-flung places like South America and Oceania. It's now found in many popular breeds as well as village dogs across the world!

A361/409/611

Koda’s Haplotype

Part of the A1b haplogroup, this haplotype occurs most frequently in German Shepherd Dogs, Poodles, and Shiloh Shepherds.

A1b is the most common haplogroup found in German Shepherds.

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Through Koda’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.

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D

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H10.2

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D

Koda’s Haplogroup

The D paternal lineage is very common in well-known populations of dogs. Breeds belonging to the D lineage likely have direct male ancestors that can be traced all the way back to the origin of domestic dogs themselves! One popular breed that commonly sports a D lineage is the Boxer. Boxers were developed in the late 19th century from Mastiff dogs, so it is no surprise that D is well represented among Mastiffs, Bulldogs, as well as Terriers. Intriguingly, D is also found among Lhasa Apsos, an ancient Tibetan breed, and Afghan Hounds. While the presence of this lineage in Polynesia or the New World can be chalked up to interbreeding with European dogs brought during voyages of discovery or later settlement, D is also well represented among village dog populations in the Middle East and Africa. If the fact that we find dogs bearing a D lineage in the Middle East (not to mention the large amount of diversity among Middle Eastern D lineage males) is any indication of ancient residence in that region, then the presence among Oceanian village dogs is peculiar. Rather, it may be that D is part of a broader Eurasian group of ancient paternal lineages which disappeared from the eastern portion of its original range, persisting in the island of New Guinea as well as West Asia and Africa. With the rise of Mastiff breeds, the D lineage received a new life as it became common among many types of working dogs.

H10.2

Koda’s Haplotype

Part of the D haplogroup, we have detected this rare haplotype in village dogs in Qatar.

The D paternal lineage is common in Boxers.

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