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See what’s hidden in the pages of Tico’s DNA story. You can learn about the breeds that make Tico who he is, his genetic family tree, and even go back in time to see where his ancestors came from.

Genetic Breed mix

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Genetic Stats

Wolfiness: 0.9 % MEDIUM
Predicted Adult Weight: 45 lbs
Genetic Age: 100 human years

Tico’s Mix Match Buddies

See how closely Tico’s breed mix matches other Embark dogs — a Mix Match of 100 is a perfect breed mix match

Breed Mix By Chromosome

Our advanced test identifies from where Tico inherited every part of the chromosome pairs in his genome. Each chromosome section is colored to represent the breed that it comes from.

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Family tree

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Explore an interactive family tree and get a picture of Tico’s family.

Breed Families

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Dog breeds have been created over time for work and companionship. Find out about other dog breeds related to the breeds found in Tico.

Maternal Haplotype

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Through the DNA inherited from Tico’s mother we can trace his ancestry back to where dogs and people first became friends. Find out how far Tico’s family has traveled.

Paternal Haplotype

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The Y-Chromosome is only passed down from father to son. Tico’s DNA includes a story of where his father’s ancestors came from. We’ll show you more about how we categorize his ancestors all based of the science of genetics.

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Family Tree From Embark PARENTS GRANDPARENTS GREAT GRANDPARENTS Collie mix American Village Dog mix Collie Collie / English Shepherd mix American Village Dog American Village Dog mix Collie Collie Collie English Shepherd mix American Village Dog American Village Dog American Village Dog Mixed
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Our algorithms predict this is the most likely family tree to explain Tico’s breed mix, but this family tree may not be the only possible one.

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Breed Families

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Dog breeds have been created over time for work and companionship. Find out about other dog breeds related to the breeds found in Tico.

Maternal Haplotype

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Through the DNA inherited from Tico’s mother we can trace his ancestry back to where dogs and people first became friends. Find out how far Tico’s family has traveled.

Paternal Haplotype

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The Y-Chromosome is only passed down from father to son. Tico’s DNA includes a story of where his father’s ancestors came from. We’ll show you more about how we categorize his ancestors all based of the science of genetics.

What’s your dog’s story?

Now that you have explored what’s behind Tico find out what your dog’s DNA has to tell you. Embark tells you more about your dog than you ever thought possible. Are you ready? Let’s go!

DNA shows us the unique path to each of today’s recognized breeds by exposing the relatedness between them.
American Village Dog
American Village Dog
American village dogs inhabit most areas of Central and South America and the Caribbean, living in both rural village and urban areas. They go by many names, including “satos” (Puerto Rico) and “potcakes” (the Bahamas).
Collie
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Collie
Collies are attractive herding dogs, boasting a beautiful coat while being highly intelligent. They also make for extremely loyal and sweet family pets.
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English Shepherd
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English Shepherd
A farmer's helper, a loyal companion, a child's shadow: The English Shepherd.
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Collie
Sibling breed
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Some images and text courtesy of the AKC, used with permission.

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Maternal Haplotype

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Through the DNA inherited from Tico’s mother we can trace his ancestry back to where dogs and people first became friends. Find out how far Tico’s family has traveled.

Paternal Haplotype

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The Y-Chromosome is only passed down from father to son. Tico’s DNA includes a story of where his father’s ancestors came from. We’ll show you more about how we categorize his ancestors all based of the science of genetics.

What’s your dog’s story?

Now that you have explored what’s behind Tico find out what your dog’s DNA has to tell you. Embark tells you more about your dog than you ever thought possible. Are you ready? Let’s go!

Through Tico’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

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A1b

Tico’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!

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Tico’s Haplotype

Part of the large A1b haplogroup, we see this haplotype in village dogs in over 25 countries across the world. We have detected this haplotype in lots of breeds, and it occurs most commonly in German Shepherd Dogs, Maltese, English Springer Spaniels, and English Setters.

Some other Embark dogs with this haplotype:

A1b is the most common haplogroup found in German Shepherds.

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Breed Families

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Dog breeds have been created over time for work and companionship. Find out about other dog breeds related to the breeds found in Tico.

Paternal Haplotype

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The Y-Chromosome is only passed down from father to son. Tico’s DNA includes a story of where his father’s ancestors came from. We’ll show you more about how we categorize his ancestors all based of the science of genetics.

What’s your dog’s story?

Now that you have explored what’s behind Tico find out what your dog’s DNA has to tell you. Embark tells you more about your dog than you ever thought possible. Are you ready? Let’s go!

Through Tico’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

A2a

Haplotype

Hc.12

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A2a

Tico’s Haplogroup

A2a is a truly ancient lineage. Unlike the recent upstart A1 lineages which found their way from a few popular European males a couple hundred years ago into many dogs in many breeds, A2a shows ancient roots without major recent expansion. It is likely one of the oldest eastern Eurasian male lineages of dogs, where it has existed for thousands of years. Nowadays, it's commonly found in Tibetan Terriers and Chow Chows as well as in Southeastern Asian village dogs. The Chow Chow seems to have been depicted in sculpture over 2,000 years ago, so this is an ancient lineage indeed, and dogs with it have a long and noble pedigree! Males from this lineage have continued to be bred in similar forms and breeds for millennia.

Hc.12

Tico’s Haplotype

Part of the A2a haplogroup, this rare haplotype occurs in Papua New Guinea and Vietnam.

Some other Embark dogs with this haplotype:

The large-sized Tibetan Mastiff descends from this ancient lineage.

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Breed Families

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Dog breeds have been created over time for work and companionship. Find out about other dog breeds related to the breeds found in Tico.

Maternal Haplotype

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Through the DNA inherited from Tico’s mother we can trace his ancestry back to where dogs and people first became friends. Find out how far Tico’s family has traveled.

What’s your dog’s story?

Now that you have explored what’s behind Tico find out what your dog’s DNA has to tell you. Embark tells you more about your dog than you ever thought possible. Are you ready? Let’s go!