Mystery dog

I suppose people in every part of history have felt the excitement of new inventions, learning, and technology becoming available to the masses, but darn it, I think it’s really cool to have DNA testing and bike computers and remote TV recording (remote as in scheduling from an offsite location, not like pressing buttons on the remote) on hand. I bought a dog breed DNA test kit recently for our pup Walter, who is a mutt from the roughest streets of Indy.


Walter is two years old and weighs 50-some pounds. He has a long tail he carries curled up over his back but he relaxes it when lying around. His ears couldn’t decide whether to be up or down when he was a puppy but they’ve settled on erect and folded forward, though he sometimes folds them against his head. He’s a bit lanky, very agile and prancy, and orally-fixated. He retrieves but mostly because he likes to play with you, though he’d rather wrestle, chase or be chased, and chew on your arm while jumping at your head. He is very friendly with people and dogs and happy at all times, and he’s a good watchdog (moderate barker) but tends to run off if a new scary something comes on the scene. His coloring is shepherd-like and he seems to shed like one. Oh, and his tongue is completely purple.


Now accepting guesses of his breed mix. David and I are going to bet on this somehow. We should have results within two weeks!


The kit I bought relies on cheek cell swabs which are mailed to the lab and they compare the DNA to their database of 60-some breeds. I didn’t feel like paying for more expensive kits with more breeds in the list.

My guesses: German shepherd + chow or Akita + (grey?)hound or dalmatian + something small and goofy (beagle?), and maybe some pit bull (though that isn’t a recognized breed in the database, so he’d show up as a related breed).

Any other ideas? I’d offer a prize but I don’t think I get enough readers!


8 thoughts on “Mystery dog

  1. he’s adorable, whatever his ancestry is.

    but I know what you mean about 21st century technology. sometimes I feel like I’m living in a science fiction story.

  2. I’m not sure why I’m curious, but I guess I should be clear that we don’t care what comes back in the test–it’s just for fun.

    It is a bit backwards that we identify dogs by breeds we created, when really those breeds came out of human selections from true mutts way back when.

  3. We don’t know what he is, but he’s awfully cute. Kesey is half Akita and something that jumped the fence. We think it’s border collie. That test is interesting.

    Kesey’s tail used to curl up over his back too, but he bit 1/3 of it off years ago. He had an owie and his previous owner took off his cone. Bad owner – not that Kesey seems to care.

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