So we did it. We bought a dog DNA test kit.
For those who don’t know, my fiance and I adopted a mutt back in July 2005. She’s around 4 years old now, is the cutest, sweetest, most well-behaved dog, and we have no idea what in the world she is. And as much fun as playing “what’s Trixie” is, we’ve decided it would be nice to know for sure.
So, after a bit of research and searching online, I found one on Amazon, which was awesome because I had a $25 giftcard to Amazon 🙂 So we got it!
We bought, after checking the manufacturer’s website to make sure our suspected breeds were all on the list, the BioPet DNA Breed Test Kit. And with my giftcard and free shipping, it was just over $27. Not too bad. It should ship January 8th, which is this upcoming Thursday. So we will hopefully know what our little pooch is by February… which will be great because hopefully that will answer some questions I’ve got about her health (present issues and future ones alike), and her personality.
Here’s her picture:
What a face, huh? 🙂 You can’t really see her body or anything there, but she’s got normal dog legs (not short ones like a Corgi, which is what a lot of people guess she is) and is built very solidly. She’s only about 20″ or so at the shoulder, but weighs about 30lbs, despite looking like she’d be a lot lighter.
My guess is that she’s American Eskimo and Shiba Inu. Here are pics of the two breeds:
From my research, the American Eskimo does come in a bone color, which is a creamy color, and the Shiba Inu has a variety of colors, a couple of which are similar to the colors and markings Trixie has (no mohawk though LOL). And as you can see, the face of the Eskie and Trixie’s face are nearly identical. Both dogs are similar in size to her, and Shibas yodel, which Trixie does as well. The other suspect breeds are the Pomeranian and the Papillon, but they are both small dogs, and the Pap’s markings and colors aren’t anything like those Trixie has.
Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see what results, if any we get once it’s all said and done. I’ll update 🙂
The above photos of the American Eskimo and Shiba Inu courtesy of www.dogbreedinfo.com