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What Breed is Sally?

Today I pose you a question – what breed is Sally?


Obviously she is a mixed breed but can you guess what she has in her?
We all assumed she was at least part German Shepard with a bit of Collie thrown in.- but when I came across Wisdom PanelΒ a company that tests your dog's DNA (yup it's Doggy DNA time!) and lets you know the most commonly found pure breed DNA within them.

Your report can include:
Significant Breed – At least 50% of your dog's DNA is matched to this breed. You are likely to see the most trates and features of this.
Intermediate Breed – Between 25 – 49% of your dog's DNA comes from a breed in this area.
Minor Breed – At least 12.5% up to 24% DNA comes from one of these breeds.

To take a DNA sample you are Wisdom Panel supply you with two swabs which you roll around in your dog's mouth close to the cheek area before popping in the post back to them.

We waited just two weeks for the results of Sally's swabs and now we know just what part of our Sally is made of.

SallyI have to admit I am amazed by some of them! I would never have thought she had any of them in her bar the German Shepard as well as the ‘main' sources listed above Wisdom Panel also reported the top 5 DNA traits that were coming up from the mixed part which are:

  • Norwich Terrier 13.05%
  • Bull Terrier 7.64%
  • Miniature Bull Terrier 1.85%
  • Afghan Hound 0.82%
  • Greater Swiss Mountain Dog 0.36%

So what do you think, would you have ever though Sally was aΒ American Foxhound / Dalmatian Mix crossed with Keeshond / German Shepherd Dog Cross?

This article has 58 comments

  1. Autumn

    Love this! Watched the tv show world of dogs on bbc2 the other night and they did something similar with dogs, its surprising! Your dog is so cute

  2. Elle Bee

    Aww Doggy DNA. She is such a cutie and what cool mixes she is πŸ™‚ I don’t think I would ever had guess American Foxhound!

  3. Rosey

    I would have guessed some kind of Terrier, and how cool that there’s doggy DNA!!

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      I know I couldn’t believe it when I came across it I just had to give it a try – I’m sure people have said Terrier of some kind in the past now you say it I guess we were just blinded haha! x

  4. Jessica

    the shape of her ears fits with the hound/dalmatian heritage and her coloring of course shows shepherd. clearly she’s very sweet and 100% loved!
    we’ve thought about doing this for one of our rescue dogs. thanks for sharing your results!

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      They sent through a page on each type of dog and they did a facial feature part which was just grey of the dalmatian and without the spots I could totally see it being her! She’s a cutie and very spoilt!

      I’m really pleased we did – if it will help us with training etc I doubt it shes 12 years old now and too stuck in her ways it’s taken us all this time to get her out of some awful habits she had when we got her at 5. But I just think it’s interesting and I guess one day it might come in useful for the vet as well. If you do go for it I would love to know what yours turns out to be πŸ™‚ x

  5. Dawn ~ Spatulas On Parade

    I would have guessed her to be German Shepherd, hound and maybe a beagle mix.

  6. Melanie

    How cool! I would have loved to find out what my old dog was. He was a mixed and we never fully new what he had in him.

  7. esther james

    thats amazing, I thought she looked like a collie

  8. Cheryl Fisher

    Sally is very cute and sweet girl. I think mixed breeds are the best dogs. I would have said german shepherd and a terrier mix also.

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      Thank you so much! They are lovely aren’t they I love how they are all so different as well and it’s nice that they don’t have the genetic problems we seem to have bred into so many breeds these days. x

  9. Bobbi Burleson

    I would have guessed terrier/hound. Who knew there was doggy DNA????

  10. Pam

    Her coloring does look like German Shepherd but she also reminds me of a beagle. I would have guessed beagle. πŸ™‚

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      Thats what made us think German Shep it’s amazing how she has taken the colouring of that but everything else is so different (well perhaps apart from her bark she has a big dogs bark lol) x

  11. Growing Up Madison

    Wow I never would have guessed. That sounds like a great idea for those wanting to test their pets. I have 2 full breeds (Shih-Tzu and Maltese) so won’t have a need for it but maybe if we adopt which I don’t think we might. 2 dogs is enough.

  12. HilLesha

    What a beautiful dog! πŸ™‚

  13. Pam

    Really interesting. I had never heard of this service. I might try it out. I have two lovely mutts that I would love to know a little bit more about.

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      You can see a lot of information at there website if that helps:

      We brought the package from Amazon – and it comes with 2 swabs, instructions, return envelope and form to fill in so they know who’s sent everything in.

      Sal is a bit of a nightmare when it comes to putting anything in her mouth and it took a couple of trys for me to work out how to do it properly as the first time the swab came out looking dry but it didn’t seem to bother her at all and once I got the nak it was really easy and I could see that it was collecting something on the bristles, you then put it to dry before putting them back in the packets and sending them off.

      It took about 7 days for them to register receipt which is done via email, when they give you your website log in information and you can keep up to date with where it is in the process.

      Then 2 weeks after that we got the email says her DNA report was ready – it’s all done in PDF form via the website and the report you get is a lot more than just the picture you see above, it also includes an information sheet on each breed found and traits you could see in your own dog and the % of DNA found, alongside a certificate of authenticity.

      I believe now – if you register to share your results on the website before you receive them where it shows just Sally’s name above it will have a picture of them instead which I thought was really lovely.

      If you have any questions please just ask and I’ll try and answer them for you.


  14. sarah clegg

    oh my gosh i love your dogd bowtie πŸ˜€

  15. Melinda Dunne

    Oh my gosh that is so neat! I saw something like this on TV and have been wanting to do this with our dog Frosty. I wasn’t sure how it all worked but it seems like it was simple and pretty painless. The results are very interesting.

  16. krystel

    she is so adorable what a beautiful mix

  17. Chubskulit Rose

    She’s beautiful. That’s the name my Mom calls me.

  18. Mel Cole

    Awwww, what a cutie doggie! I miss my favorite pet dog and unfortunately, I can’t have a dog yet as I have 2 active boys.

  19. Stormy Gonzalez

    We stay sooo clear of those. Bull breeds are outsiders and it seems like with our baby, everyone has this preconceived “Ooooh, careful! That’s a pitbull!” thing going on. =/ He’s a sweetie though.

    Never expected the Keeshond in little Miss Sally! Pretty cool though! She’s a beaut. <3

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      It’s such a shame – I was talking to Ash about it after she came out as having ‘bull’ in her, it’s so often about how they are brought up or even the situation they are put in – so many times kids have come from nowhere and thrown there arms around Sally, thankfully she is the sweetest natured dog. But I just couldn’t imagine allowing a child to do that.

      I know so amazed by it! So cool finding it out πŸ™‚ x

  20. Yuen

    This is so cool! I love seeing the different mixes of dogs (:

  21. Le-an Lacaba

    very cool family tree! it’s really rare to find purebred dogs nowadays.

  22. Noor Unnahar

    I thought Sally was German Shepard . I am literally blank with this typo info πŸ˜€ !

  23. Jennifer Williams

    I had no idea they had this. The first thing I think of is the movie Marmaduke, the guy in there could have used it! I bet it would be helpful for people who are adopting pets so they can say exactly what breed an animal is.

  24. Jenny

    she’s an adorable dog πŸ˜€ wish i could get one, i’d totally have me a pug πŸ˜‰

  25. lanie craig

    that is really cool I have rescues and would love to know what they cool

  26. Beauty Balm

    We did this too with our dog Bess and she is half Jack Russell (which we knew) quarter miniature poodle (who knew!) and quarter mixed breed including Otterhound! x

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      Oh wow how amazing how cool is it finding out as well – apparently my parents were sat next to some people thinking of doing it the other day (they thought there dog was collie x Alsation oddly as well) so they said I had mine just done so they are off to do these I would love to know what it comes out as.. x

  27. Linsey Wigmore

    This is really interesting as my dog is supposed to be a jack Russell / poodle cross but greatly resembles a yorkie. I might give this a go xx

  28. cherry@newmummyreview

    as a cat owner I’m a bit clueless but she is a cutie!

  29. Kera

    I was so excited to see the results of Sally’s DNA! I would have never guessed she was part Dalmatian, that’s cool. I really want to do this with our dog Dallas now. We know he’s Rhodesian Ridgeback, but not sure what else he’s mixed with, because he is dominantly RR. Sally is such a cutie.

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      It’s amazing isn’t it – now I know she’s part dalmatian I’m thinking that’s very much were her face shape and ears come from as when you look at them de-spotted it’s very much her.

      If you do, give Dallas a doggy DNA test I would love to know what he turns out to be πŸ™‚ xxx

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