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  • Photo of Zippy, a Chihuahua and Silky Terrier mix in Burrillville, Rhode Island, USA Photo of Zippy, a Chihuahua and Silky Terrier mix in Burrillville, Rhode Island, USA
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“Zippy has been our best little friend for 3 years. She is a rescue, and quickly made our home her home. She sweetly knows how to get her own way! When she talks to us, she tilts her head, as if to say "do you know what I mean?" Mostly she wants food or to go outside, but sometimes we can't translate. Guessing is fun though, because when we get it right, she spins around and around.”

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Burrillville, Rhode Island, USA

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Foster, RI, USA

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Genetic Breed Result

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Chihuahua

Chihuahuas have a huge personality that defies their tiny frame, known to be highly active and intelligent canines.

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Silky Terrier

The Silky Terrier is a tenacious little fellow from Australia. These dogs look like royalty, but they were bred to run around the Outback. They can make wonderful apartment companions as long as they exercised appropriately!

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Genetic Stats

Wolfiness

0.9 % MEDIUM

Predicted Adult Weight

8 lbs

Genetic Age
60 human years

Based on the date of birth provided

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DNA Breed Origins

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Chihuahua
Silky Terrier

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Health Summary

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Zippy inherited one variant that you should learn more about.

Spinocerebellar Ataxia with Myokymia and/or Seizures

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Zippy inherited one copy of the variant we tested

What does this result mean?

This result does not impact your dog’s health. It could have consequences for siblings or other family members, and you should let them know if you are in contact with them.

What is Spinocerebellar Ataxia with Myokymia and/or Seizures?

Known as the "oldest" (even reptiles and more ancient species have them!) part of the brain, the cerebellum fine-tunes motor signals from the brain to the muscles, allowing for balance and coordination. When the cerebellum does not function properly, dogs become uncoordinated and do not have the ability to perform fine motor skills.

Breed-Relevant Genetic Conditions

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Progressive Retinal Atrophy, prcd

Identified in Chihuahuas and Silky Terriers

Progressive Retinal Atrophy, crd4/cord1

Identified in Chihuahuas

Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis 7, NCL 7

Identified in Chihuahuas

Intervertebral Disc Disease (Type I)

Identified in Chihuahuas

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Through Zippy’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

A1e

Haplotype

A435

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A1e

Zippy’s Haplogroup

This female lineage likely stems from some of the original Central Asian wolves that were domesticated into modern dogs starting about 15,000 years ago. It seemed to be a fairly rare dog line for most of dog history until the past 300 years, when the lineage seemed to “explode” out and spread quickly. What really separates this group from the pack is its presence in Alaskan village dogs and Samoyeds. It is possible that this was an indigenous lineage brought to the Americas from Siberia when people were first starting to make that trip themselves! We see this lineage pop up in overwhelming numbers of Irish Wolfhounds, and it also occurs frequently in popular large breeds like Bernese Mountain Dogs, Saint Bernards and Great Danes. Shetland Sheepdogs are also common members of this maternal line, and we see it a lot in Boxers, too. Though it may be all mixed up with European dogs thanks to recent breeding events, its origins in the Americas makes it a very exciting lineage for sure!

A435

Zippy’s Haplotype

Part of the A1e haplogroup, the A435 haplotype occurs most commonly in Russell-type Terriers. It's a rare find!

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Irish Wolfhounds are a consistent carrier of A1e.

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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.

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

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