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Marilyn's DNA Test is back!

A little background on Marilyn... She is 7 years old this month. My ex-boyfriend got her when she was 8 weeks old and was told the mom was yellow lab and the father unknown. I always thought she looked like she had some border collie in her because of her black long hair and white chest or possibly some black lab and golden retriever. Her fur is a different texture than a golden or border collie and she was never into herding. She LOVES to retrieve. So a few weeks ago I thought it would be fun to get one of those DNA kits and see what it said. The results came back last night and......
One parent is half Lab and half Chinese Crested (!!!!). I never expected that. Chinese Cresteds are small dogs, 8 to 13 inches tall and 7 to 16 pounds. Marilyn is as tall as Helo, about 23 inches and 55 pounds. She is very leggy. The other parent is half Lab and the other half is mixed with St. Bernard, Standard Poodle, Great Pyrenees, Flat Coated Retriever and Clumber Spaniel. The 50% lab is what I was expecting but the other breeds? Except for maybe the flat coat retriever, I was very surprised! She could get her agility from the Chinese Crested. I am wondering if the St. Bernard and Great Pyrenees have very soft, powder puffy fur which is what hers feels like. I have never petted either of those dogs.
The funny thing is my ex-boyfriend used to fluff up the hair on her head and call her a poodle. HA! Oh and when we broke up I told him I got Marilyn.
I'm posting 2 pictures of her. One with her beloved balls in the yard this summer and the other when she was a tiny baby curled up with my heart dog, Leo. The first night we got her we put her in a crate for the night and she cried and cried. So I blocked off the kitchen and let her sleep with Leo. He could sleep anywhere and didn't care where he slept. She immediately fell asleep and I never heard another peep out of her at night. She's such a sweet dog. Loves everyone and all other dogs.
It was fun and interesting to have her DNA tested. I used the Wisdom Panel Insights for Mixed Breed. Amazon has them on sale for $53 dollars right now. I think I paid $64.
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I always wonder what my show dog would have in her DNA - how far back does it go I wonder....! I know the history of the goldens and wonder if the results would show all those other breeds used to develop the golden! Has anyone done this on their purebred Golden?

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How could a dog be part lab and part Chinese Crested, unless somebody purposely did the the breeding? That just sounds physically impossible.

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I always wonder what my show dog would have in her DNA - how far back does it go I wonder....! I know the history of the goldens and wonder if the results would show all those other breeds used to develop the golden! Has anyone done this on their purebred Golden?
I always wondered that, too, but we have seen people on this board that have had golden retriever in their DNA.

Also, a Great Pyrenees was used to create the St. Bernard.

I also wonder how they can tell each parent is half lab? Instead of one parent being full lab, and the other parent being all the other breeds.

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I highly doubt at least the Chinese Crested part I personally don't put a lot of stock in these tests. I think they can be fun and make you think, but I think their accuracy is suspect.

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I think the test is way off on the Chinese Crested myself.

Whatever her background is, Marilyn's beautiful.
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She really is so pretty.

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Marilyn looks a great deal like my late Winnie-the-Pooch, who was a collie/golden retriever cross. What do you think?


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Quick question, do they actually use the DNA sequences? Because if they do, and if they sent the raw sequences to you, you could run them through BLAST!, a research program that would return results showing what animal/breed she is most closely related to. Granted there wouldn't be percentages, but it would show you if she's even closely related to the Crested. Shucks, now I'm interested in how they go about their tests.
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