Sophia’s Wisdom Panel DNA Tests
I’m sure there are plenty of people out there that don’t believe Wisdom Panel DNA tests are very accurate. When I had one done on Georgia (knowing that she was part Giant Schnauzer) the results came back showing she was Giant Schnauzer on one side of her family tree (bingo) and the other side was American Eskimo. She exhibited physical, personality and temperament traits of both of those breeds so to me, it doesn’t sound like they were very far off the mark.
I decided to have one done on Sophia. Once again, I know half of her family tree because her mom is a Miniature Schnauzer. I was told Dad was a mixed breed of unknown origin so, if nothing else, I thought it would be fun to find out what Wisdom Panel came up with.
Wisdom Panel found the Miniature Schnauzer DNA on Sophia’s mom’s side (bingo!). On Dad’s side, they found Chinese Crested DNA (so that’s where those long, stray, blond hairs all over her head come from).
However, they also consider a portion of Sophia’s ancestry on her dad’s side to be mixed beyond the three generations they test for. In cases like this, they said it’s difficult to identify strong individual breed signals in this mixed portion, so they listed the genetic breed groups with the strongest statistical likelihood, in order of strength (with the most likely at the top of the list). I listed them below. The percentages are what I came up with based on the bar graph they showed. On her physical appearance, as well as temperament, they hit the nail on the head in regards to listing the Terrier Group first. Based on color, physical traits of her curly, cork-screwed tail and color of her muzzle, I’d say she has a little bit of Pug from the Companion Group in her as well. Not so sure I see any of the Hound or Asian Group in her at all.
Terrier Group (90% likelihood)
The Terrier Group ancestors were bred to hunt and kill vermin. They are often characterized as feisty and energetic dogs whose sizes range from fairly small to much larger. Example Breeds: Russell Terrier, Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier, Standard Schnauzer, Chihuahua, Miniature Pinscher
Companion Group (60% likelihood)
This group consists of dogs typically bred for the specific purpose of human companionship, and many are popular pets because of their gentle nature. They became more common as the concept and luxury of dogs as pets prevailed. Example Breeds: Bichon Frise, Pug, Shih Tzu, Keeshond, Pomeranian.
Hound Group (30% likelihood)
The most common ancestral trait of this group is being used for hunting. Some use acute powers of scent to follow a trail while others demonstrate the gift of stamina as they run
down a quarry. Beyond these two common traits, however, generalizations about hounds are hard to come by as the group is comprised of a very diverse lot of breeds.
Example Breeds: Basset Hound, Beagle, Treeing Walker Coonhound, Bloodhound.
Asian Group (20% likelihood)
The Asian Group is comprised mainly of breeds from the Asian and Arctic regions of the world. Often bred for guarding or working they have been invaluable assets to man throughout the ages. Example Breeds: Alaskan Malamute, Chinese Shar-Pei, Chow
Chow, Siberian Husky
I think the most important take-away for me is that it doesn’t really matter what breeds make up her heritage from any other stand-point than maybe a medical/nutritional one or perhaps a temperament one. Aside from those, who really cares? It’s all in fun. She’s simply an adorable mutt with high intelligence and an endless supply of energy who has already planted her little paws firmly in my heart.