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Zahara

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“She was rescued from a kill shelter in Qatar and transferred to the US by Traveling Tails Dog Rescue. I picked her up from the airport after a very long flight from Qatar on 3/30/21. She can be aloft toward other dogs and strangers. She has so much attitude. When she can’t have her way she will stomp, whine, and back away like a toddler throwing a tantrum. Never turn your back on her when it comes to food. She is a master thief. She has already shown many improvements. Yay Zahara! Thk You TTDR!”

Place of Birth

Qatar

Current Location

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Arabian Village Dog

The oldest known dog remains are from Israel, where dogs have been loved by humans, and buried with them, for over 12,000 years. Middle Eastern village dogs were instrumental in dog evolution. From the Middle East, dogs spread to Africa and Europe, where eventually they were bred to become most of the hundreds of dog breeds we know today. Dogs that remained in the Middle East took on the iconic form of the Saluki, sleek and cool under the desert sun.

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Saluki

Salukis are very fast, very ancient dogs. Some believe they were the first domesticated breed. Salukis are sighthounds, but today they are mainly companion dogs. Today, this is a particularly rare breed.

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Arabian Village Dog
Saluki

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Family Tree From Embark PARENTS GRANDPARENTS GREAT GRANDPARENTS Arabian Village Dog mix Saluki / Arabian Village Dog mix Arabian Village Dog Saluki / Arabian Village Dog mix Saluki Arabian Village Dog Arabian Village Dog Arabian Village Dog Saluki Arabian Village Dog mix Saluki Saluki Arabian Village Dog Arabian Village Dog

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

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Zahara is not at increased risk for the genetic health conditions that Embark tests.

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Through Zahara’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.

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B1

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B1

Zahara’s Haplogroup

B1 is the second most common maternal lineage in breeds of European or American origin. It is the female line of the majority of Golden Retrievers, Basset Hounds, and Shih Tzus, and about half of Beagles, Pekingese and Toy Poodles. This lineage is also somewhat common among village dogs that carry distinct ancestry from these breeds. We know this is a result of B1 dogs being common amongst the European dogs that their conquering owners brought around the world, because nowhere on earth is it a very common lineage in village dogs. It even enables us to trace the path of (human) colonization: Because most Bichons are B1 and Bichons are popular in Spanish culture, B1 is now fairly common among village dogs in Latin America.

B2a

Zahara’s Haplotype

Part of the large B1 haplogroup, we primarily see this haplotype in Salukis and village dogs in and around the Fertile Crescent (Egypt through the Middle East).

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The B1 haplogroup can be found in village dogs like the Peruvian Village Dog, pictured above.

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

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