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    kate battista
    kate battista
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    I just wanted to give you guys a shout out for the work you’re doing and for keeping our results up to date as you add more dogs.

    I thought the addition of apbt would finish off Chandler’s DNA but there’s still about 24% that’s unidentified. Now I’m really curious and excited to see where this goes.

    Thanks!!

    #14999
    lee mcguire
    lee mcguire
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    Please add my thanks to the mix! The updated results appear to be even more accurate (in terms of making sense) with the dog I knew. Boone passed away several years ago, so it’s wonderful to know that he’s still helping with research in some small way. And even more meaningful, with the updated results I was able to do a google image search for that particular mix, and came up with a doggo that looks EXACTLY like my little guy — just slightly different coloring. What’s really interesting is that she was listed for adoption in Austin, Texas… the same place I adopted Boone from more than 15 years ago! Clearly, there’s something in the water there… https://www.adoptapet.com/pet/9091630-austin-texas-basset-hound-mix

    #15003
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
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    Kate, Your dog is beautiful! How mixed is Chandler? I feel like my Luna will always have some unknown cause she has like 13 different breeds. I imagine she has some of the non-breeds or village dogs in her. My Dexter is apparently a first generation mix and his unknown is only 10%. It is super fascinating and exciting to follow. I love that they get on here and engage with us and fill us in!

    #15009
    kate battista
    kate battista
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    Thank you! He is pretty mixed.  He’s 25% APBT, 25% Unknown, 15% Aussie, then boxer, chow, GSD, assorted collie breeds and bulldogs (all under 10% each).  I should update his photo; he finally dropped those last few pounds that were hanging on.

    #15011

    Kate — we are so glad you are enjoying it! Chandler’s unknown portion was comprised of a many tiny fractions of nonsensical breeds, below the threshold for accurate calls. We are indeed suspecting that when this happens, that it may be non-breed or village dog ancestry. One of our next big goals is to confidently call village dog ancestry. The big challenge is that village dogs are not really a breed per se, and they have massive genetic diversity across the world. So, instead of a reference panel, we may look for other genomic hallmarks and machine learning to detect it.

    Lee — we love Boone! Right now, I am re-analyzing the MuttMix survey results using the v2 results, now that we can call American Pit Bull Terrier ancestry. Boone, so far, is the best-guessed dog in the survey. His iconic Basset ancestry really shined through. 🙂

    #15016
    kate battista
    kate battista
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    Kathleen – That’s very interesting! Thanks for that tidbit. 

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