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  • in reply to: village dog #15234
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
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    Oh wow. That’s fun. My Luna (the white dog with the spot on her eye) has 13 different breeds in her, as well as 26.5% unknown. She really doesn’t look like any of them. That’s also why I love her. I love a mutt! They’re so unique. I notice personality traits of her breeds more than the appearance. Her second largest percentage is beagle…….she looks nothing like a beagle, but man does she have a beagle nose and when she gets really worked up she has a beagle like bay.

    in reply to: Swag? #15072
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
    Participant

    I love it!! As a mutt owner I never get to buy the stuff with specific dog breeds. That would be so fun.

    in reply to: Option to “upgrade” later? #14989
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
    Participant

    Katherine, I feel your pain!! I was so excited to participate in this study and was also thinking my dogs would be very useful because of their reactivity and/or fearfulness. I’ve put a lot of time and energy into my Dexter, who is extremely reactive, and it makes me sad to think that many people wouldn’t have been able to and he would’ve ended up homeless. He is also has ACD in him. We don’t have the problem of people approaching us though…..he makes it quite clear very early that they do not want to do that. He lunges and growls and snaps. We’ve been working on it and it’s better. He also has required Prozac and we see a behavioral veterinarian for behavior modification. We can walk a distance away from people without him freaking out now but it’s work. They can’t be moving too much and have to be far enough away. He’s making baby steps but I think he’ll always just be a work in progress.

    Jennifer your description of the ACD and BC was interesting! The ACD is totally my Dex (half ACD and half Jack Russell)……minus the not dramatic part. Lol. He is very dramatic…….Maybe that’s the JRT in him. Anything that moves is going to be killed or herded. He’s also very protective of me and hates strangers. It’s very difficult to introduce him to new people and dogs but once he warms up and their in then he’s good. I read about ACDs when his breed results came back and saw they came about when herding dogs got bred with Dingoes. So no wonder he’s so difficult. Lol. We always used to joke that he looked like a Jackal or a Hyena……so now we call him a Dingo.

    My other dog Luna has some ACD in her as well as Border Collie, but she has 13 different breeds so she has a lot in her. Lol. I always thought she’d have BC in her because of her fearfulness. She’s 15.1% Australian Shepherd, 10.9% Beagle, 9.4% JRT, 6.5% ACD, 5.9% BC. She is fearful of anything new and different, very fearful of sounds. She’s cautious with strangers but mostly indifferent unless they approach her too fast then she will back up and howl. If they have treats she’s their best friend. However, she is extremely reactive around other dogs.

    It’s all so fascinating. I knew what Dexter was mostly because of his behavior. Luna I couldn’t quite get but now I know why…….13 breeds!

    in reply to: Lancashire Heelers / Increase in already known DNA? #15010
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
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    Casey, I have never heard of a Lancashire Heeler either. I had to google it and oh my gosh so cute!!! I had very similar questions with my dogs update. If you go to the forum thread I started called Change in Results you can read the response Kathleen gave me regarding my dog Dexter’s DNA being misidentified as other terriers and how they’ve been able to identify them as Jack Russell Terrier. I don’t know if that’s the case here but seems like it could be. I’m also fascinated with the appearances of the mixed breed dogs. My Dexter looks exactly like the Australian Cattle Dog and Jack Russell Terrier mix that he is. My Luna however…….I have no idea where she gets her appearance! She’s the white dog in my picture. She’s Australian Shepherd, Beagle, Jack Russell, Australian Cattle Dog, Border Collie, American Pitbull, Collie, Boxer, Pug, English Shepherd, Shetland Sheepdog, Brittany, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. She has the softest rabbit like short hair and her ears are not floppy but not straight up……one is semi-floppy to the side. I guess when you mix up that many breeds you get something that’s not really any of them.

    in reply to: Any other Pit Schnauzers? :) #15005
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
    Participant

    Wow. That is an improbable combination! Interesting. My Dexter is a first generation cross between Australian Cattle Dog and Jack Russell Terrier. Not quite that improbable I guess……sure does make for a cute dog! I bet yours is as well!

    in reply to: Change in Results #15004
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
    Participant

    Thank you Kathleen! I appreciate you taking the time to explain. I really am just super curious about the whole thing. I’m not disagreeing or questioning……just intrigued. I think that makes sense with the other terriers being misidentified. But can I ask about my Luna’s changes. Maybe the English Shepherd was misrepresented as German Shepherd? She did have 2.5% Chow Chow but that’s gone……I don’t see any breeds that are similar there. I know the American Pitbull Terrier is a new breed that was added, was the Brittany as well? Also her percentages of most things increased, like she was 10.5% Australian Shepherd and now she’s 15.1%. What causes that to happen? Thank you again for taking the time to explain, I just love learning all I can about this study.

    in reply to: Thank you! #15003
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
    Participant

    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!

    in reply to: Scam #14850
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
    Participant

    Rebecca you will…..it takes time. Luckily for the study they have lots of participation…….but that means they can’t process all our samples quickly. But it will be good in the long run. I think we’ll learn a lot about not only our own pets but dogs in general. And they’ll have to process that DNA in order to be able to use your information so you know it’ll get done. Lol.

    in reply to: About the new "Shapes and Colors" survey #14777
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
    Participant

    Thanks for clarifying. I believe I answered no because I figured it was better to take it literal. I have yet to fill out the survey for my other dog because I wanted to check her tongue first. I’m glad to see clarification on the freckled one……because I would’ve totally thought this was like my dog who has a white coat (with a grey spot on her back and eye) but her skin is so spotted! When she was a puppy she only had a few spots on her skin but every time I bathe her and see her skin underneath she has more spots. She’s covered now. I always call them her freckles. Lol.

    in reply to: About the new "Shapes and Colors" survey #14769
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
    Participant

    I just realized there was another survey! I definitely appreciated the pictures because I don’t know a lot of the terms for coat patterns and such. I also liked that I could pick several options. My little guy has the little spots that are from his Australian Cattle Dog but then he has a big black spot on his butt and the black mask on his face. I wondered about the blue on the tongue though because i know mine have blue on the roof of their mouth and gums…..but I don’t think they have any on the tongue. I’ll have to double check though. I wasn’t sure if I should take it literal and say no cause it’s not on the tongue or if in the mouth is all they wanted to know.

    in reply to: What info do I get from my dog's sequence? #14729
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
    Participant

    I agree Jennifer. I really do like the idea of contributing. I feel like my Dexter has all the “negative” behaviors……so I thought he’d be a goldmine of information. Then I had to get my parents involved because their dog is about as well behaved as they come. He’s really eager to train and learns so fast but is so calm and chill. I think it could be very helpful for breeders as well. I think about the fact that if Dexter had gone anywhere else he would be homeless because no one else would have put up with him and it makes me sad. My dogs are mixed so breeders didn’t play a part here but I still think it would be useful for those who do get dogs from breeders.

    in reply to: What info do I get from my dog's sequence? #14725
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
    Participant

    Oh that will be interesting. My little Dexter has been on a diet and never gets any smaller. I would love to see what size predictions would be for him. His personality report would just say “nightmare” lol.

    in reply to: Scam #7609
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
    Participant

    kate-leber I agree! I was so excited to contribute to this. I”m so fascinated by it. I’ve been trying to guess what one of my dogs is based on her personality. She has to have some kind of livestock breed in her because she sits and stares watch out the window frozen forever! It’s her mission in life. What did your dogs results show? Were you able to guess what they might say? I was pretty dead on with my other dog. He was easy though he looks exactly like an Australian Cattle Dog and Terrier mix……I just didn’t know which terrier(s).

    in reply to: Genes that influence dog behavior. #7568
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
    Participant

    Oh thanks Dawn! I will check that out too. I’m so interested in all this but feel like so much of it is over my head. Lol.

    in reply to: Scam #7362
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
    Participant

    Katie I’m so jealous of you! My dream would be to have a whole pack!

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