Toby's DNA Results Are In, You'll Never Guess His Breed(s)

Posted on August 12, 2016 by Ella Wallace | 0 comments

Dog breed identification tests have quickly become a firm favourite here at Pupp. Many parents of rescue dogs are curious about their dog's breed, and can now discover their dog's lineage through a simple cheek swab. 

We adopted Toby 18 months ago, and have spent much of that time disagreeing on his breed. With dog DNA tests now available in the store, we decided to settle the argument once and for all!

Ella - "Toby definitely has the Corgi ears, and his mum even more so. I'm going for Corgi crossed with a small Terrier."

Paul - "His features are too sharp for a corgi, I think he looks closer to a Jack Russell. Might have a bit of Fox Terrier, but definitely Jack Russell in there somewhere."

Here's what we had to go on when we first met Toby. He was advertised by the Roscommon SPCA as a corgi cross, though by the time his mum was picked up there was no sign of his dad. 

Who could say no to this?

This is Toby's mum (below). The Roscommon SPCA picked up her and the puppies just after New Years 2015. Their eyes were still closed as they'd been born very recently. She was very skinny and wary of humans (pic is after many weeks of fostering). No clues on his dad.

Dog dna test - toby's mumThe breed of Toby's mum was also up for debate

At the 10 weeks mark (below) Toby's ears had started to grow and his facial features became more pronounced.

Dog dna test toby Dog dna test toby lead

By 12 weeks all that growing had really taken its toll...

Lap nap time. Still Toby's favourite activity.

(Like to take a guess? Drop your idea in the comments, but no cheating - be sure to skip past the results section!)

After a few months his nose began to lengthen and his legs became more muscular.

Dog dna test toby googleToby's first day at work

A year and a half on, Toby is now fully grown! 

 Dog breed identification toby fully grown

With Ella steadfast on Toby being a Corgi cross and Paul fixed on Jack Russell, only the dog breed identification test could prove who's right!

The Results

(Spoiler warning - if you'd like to have a guess in the comments before reading the results now is your last chance!)

DNA Ireland's comprehensive results take about a week to process, after which you're presented with a document summarising the various breeds found in your dog's DNA.

So Corgi or Jack Russell? As it turns out, Toby has none of either!

His results:
DNA Ireland Dog Breed Identification Sample

 

37-74% Rat Terrier

10-20% Golden Retriever

10-20% Flat Coated Golden Retriever

<10% Catahoula Leopard Dog

Toby is less than 10kgs and has an uncanny resemblance to miniature rat terriers. Online breed descriptions provide great insights into his personality, health, and quirks!

 

Well now we know.

If you've done a DNA test we'd love to hear about the results! Share a photo of your dog on our Facebook page, or chat to us in the cafe.

Not sure of your dog's breed? You can purchase dog breed identification tests for €99 from the Pupp store - testing can be done at home with a simple swipe of a swab on your dog's cheek. If like us you've been disagreeing for ages we suggest a simple bet - whoever loses, pays!

 

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Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and we want whatever you buy to be comfortable and well fitted for your pooch. Sizing can often be confusing, with manufacturers using different standards and metrics. At Pupp we list all our sizes in cm's so you can find the perfect fit.

How to measure your dog:

Collars

Neck: Measure right around the neck, allowing enough room to slide 2 fingers in for comfort

Harnesses

Chest: Measure right around the body around the deepest part of your dog's chest, usually just behind the dog's front legs.

Neck: Measure right around the neck, allowing enough room to slide 2 fingers in for comfort

Sizing Guide By Breed:

BREED AVERAGE NECK SIZE
AIREDALE 40.6-55.9cm
AKITA 50.8-55.9cm
ALASKAN MALAMUTE 45.7-55.9cm
AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD 40.6-55.9cm
BASSET HOUND 40.6-55.9cm
BEAGLE 30.5-45.7cm
BICHON FRISE 35.6-45.7cm
BORDER COLLIE 35.6-45.7cm
BOSTON TERRIER 30.5-45.7cm
BOXER 40.6-55.9cm
BRITTANY 35.6-40.6cm
BULL TERRIER 30.5-45.7cm
BULLDOG AMERICAN/ ENGLISH 45.7-61.0cm
BULLDOG FRENCH 30.5-40.6cm
CAIRN TERRIER 25.4-40.6cm
CHIHUAHUA 20.3-35.6cm
CHOW CHOW 45.7-61.0cm
COCKER SPANIEL 30.5-45.7cm
COLLIE 45.7-55.9cm
CORGI 35.6-40.6cm
DACHSHUND MINI 20.3-43.0cm
DACHSHUND STANDARD 40.6-50.8cm
DALMATIAN 35.6-50.8cm
DOBERMAN 45.7-55.9cm
ENGLISH SETTER 45.7-61.0cm
FOX TERRIER 25.4-40.6cm
GERMAN SHEPHERD 45.7-61.0cm
GERMAN SHORTHAIRED 50.8-61.0cm
GOLDEN RETRIEVER 40.6-61.0cm
GREAT DANE 50.8-66.0cm
GREAT PYRENEES 61.0-76.2cm
IRISH SETTER 40.6-55.9cm
JACK RUSSELL TERRIER 25.4-35.6cm
LABRADOR 45.7-61.0cm
MALTESE 25.4-35.6cm
MASTIFF 63.5-81.3cm
NEWFOUNDLAND 40.6-81.3cm
OLD ENGLISH SHEEPDOG 45.7-61.0cm
PEKINGESE 30.5-40.6cm
POMERANIAN 25.4-35.6cm
POODLE MINI 25.4-40.6cm
POODLE STANDARD 30.5-40.6cm
POODLE TOY 20.3-35.6cm
PUG 30.5-40.6cm
SCHNAUZER GIANT 50.8-66.0cm
SCHNAUZER MINI 25.4-40.6cm
SCHNAUZER STANDARD 35.6-50.8cm
SCOTTISH TERRIER 35.6-50.8cm
SHAR PEI 40.6-50.8cm
SHETLAND SHEEPDOG 30.5-45.7cm
SHIH TZU 25.4-35.6cm
SPRINGER SPANIEL 35.6-45.7cm
STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER 35.6-50.8cm
WEIMARANER 40.6-55.9cm
WHEATEN TERRIER 45.7-55.9cm
YORKSHIRE TERRIER 15.2-30.5cm