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“Willy is a Long Trail Canine Rescue dog and was living in the woods in VA (3 years) before he was rescued. Willy is a charmer and wins everyone over with his soulful eyes. His favorite activity is napping. Due to food insecurity issues, he can’t be trusted alone around food, including a bag of brown sugar in the cabinet, which we found out the hard way. Willard recently had an X-ray taken and it was discovered he has a bullet lodged in his lung! I suspect it’s from his moonshine smuggling days.”

Place of Birth

Chase City, Virginia, USA

Current Location

Vermont, USA

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Virginia, USA

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American Foxhound

American Foxhounds, the American cousin of the English Foxhounds, are a lucky breed because their history and ancestry are well documented. They came over to the New World in 1650 with a man named Robert Brooke, who sailed from England to Crown Colony in North America (now modern day Maryland and Virginia). This pack of hunting dogs, beloved by the Brooke Family for hundreds of years, evolved to become the American Foxhound. The Brooke hounds were likely mixed with French hounds that were also brought to the Americas, and it was this mix of European breeds that eventually gave us our beloved American Foxhound.

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Pointer

The Pointer is a hard-working bird dog that is happiest when on the hunt. This is a high-energy breed that will be more than a handful for first-time owners. When given a job and plenty of room to run around, the Pointer can make for a wonderful companion.

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Beagle

The Beagle is a scent hound and a great family pet. They are known for being affectionate and having loud voices.

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Plott

The Plott is a rare hunting breed that has the distinction of being the state dog of North Carolina.

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Treeing Walker Coonhound

The Treeing Walker Coonhound is phenomenal hunter and working dog. These hardy hounds were built with unmatched speed and stamina in their respective category. This American breed is mainly used today as a working/hunting dog, but can still make a wonderful companion.

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DNA Breed Origins

Breed colors:
American Foxhound
Pointer
Beagle
Plott
Treeing Walker Coonhound

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Willy
Family Tree From Embark PARENTS GRANDPARENTS GREAT GRANDPARENTS Mixed American Foxhound mix Pointer mix Plott / Treeing Walker Coonhound mix American Foxhound Beagle / American Foxhound mix Pointer Pointer mix Plott Treeing Walker Coonhound American Foxhound American Foxhound Beagle American Foxhound mix

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

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Through Willy’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

A406

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A1b

Willy’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!

A406

Willy’s Haplotype

Part of the A1b haplogroup, the A406 haplotype occurs most commonly in Staffordshire Terriers, Bulldogs and American Pit Bull Terriers.

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A1b is the most common haplogroup found in German Shepherds.

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Through Willy’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

D

Haplotype

H7.1/6/7

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D

Willy’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.

H7.1/6/7

Willy’s Haplotype

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

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The D paternal lineage is common in Boxers.

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