New DNA Findings

Science discovers something new every day, right? Well, this time, it’s a DNA discovery, and while that normally stands for deoxyribonucleic acid, in this case, it stands for “Dixie’s Natal Ancestry.”

Through Fab.com, I purchased a doggy DNA kit from Wisdom Panel Insights so I could find out what Dixie is made of, so to speak. (From her looks, the only thing I could imagine was some kind of corgi-terrier mix.)Dixie--a small, black, mixed-breed dog wearing a purple harness

The kit arrived, we swabbed Dixie’s cheeks (she didn’t care for that, although the swabs were soft), and sent off her cells for analysis. It took nearly a month to get the results, but it was worth the wait.

Drum roll, please…

Dixie's DNA results

Toy Fox Terrier? I can see that. Chinese Crested? Well, that could explain her odd, scratchy coat. Labrador Retriever? You’ve got to be kidding–she’s only a foot tall!

It was a fascinating report, and the more I read, the more I realized that Dixie probably does have some Lab in her. She’s much more like a big dog somehow compacted down into a little dog’s body than she is like a small dog: she whines in the way big dogs do; her feet are enormous for her body size; she has a very broad head (between her eyes) and a Lab-shaped face (under the cosmetic whiskers); and–here’s the kicker–she retrieves things!

However Dixie came to be the dog she is, she’s a wonderful girl and I’m delighted that she ended up with me and Teddy. (He’s not quite as delighted as I am, but he’s getting used to his big-little-sister and her general exuberance for life!)

2 Comments

  1. Mtnsmith

    As her faux-ma, I can also attest that she barks like a big dog, deep in her chest, and wants to be a lap dog (and gets to be, unlike her bigger cousins who can only dream…)

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