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As both Daisy and Remington came from Rescues without any real medical history it was not known with any certainty what they were. What breeds of dog are they?
The rescue thought Remy might have been a Tervuren. Daisy was assumed to be a Labrador, and what else they didn’t know. When I first saw her I thought Rottweiler mix and maybe Lab, but she was long legged and small bodied. The Rott’s I have been around were definitely not shaped like she is. And I have only been around labrador puppies or older fat labs, so what did I know?
To me, Remy looked like a full breed German Shepherd – but – I had never seen one with curly hair, and he doesn’t have the undercoat either. So I really wasn’t sure.
And since there is no full medical history, I wanted to know if there were any genetic markers that I should be worried about or prepared for.
So I decided to have DNA tests run on each dog.
I ordered the DNA testing kits online after asking my vet what it would cost to have them tested there. She was upfront and told me the online kits were usually just as accurate at least for the basic information. The price difference was enough to at least try the online test kits first.
The process was pretty simple, the testing company sent me two dna test kits in the mail. I was to administer the tests, then put the tester swab back in the sealed container and ship it back and a few weeks later I would get the results.
Sounds easy enough.
Easy and simple are not the same
Have you ever tried to get a dog to sit still for 15-25 seconds with a cotton swab stuck in their mouth and directions not to allow them to lick or chew?
Yup. Sure. I can do this.
Let me tell you, it is not as easy as it seems. It’s actually pretty friggin hard!
But we got it done. It was easier with Remy than Daisy. He was fine on the second attempt when we laid down and snuggled. A good ol belly rub will keep him calm and still-ish. Good.
I tried that with Daisy. Nope. No doing. Not happening.
Did I mention Daisy is a chewer? If it comes anywhere near the mouth it must be to chew. Yes, it must. Where’d it go? I must chew it!
With Daisy it took 4 tries, and I had to wrestle her to the ground and hold her head.
Simple. Easy peasy. No. Not really.
But we got it done. Yup we did.
And I really hoped I had that swab in her mouth long enough because by my count it was more like 10 seconds, max, maybe.
The swabs were put in the containers and mailed and I hoped.
Sure enough two weeks later the tests arrived in email for both dogs. Woohoo! I don’t have to do it again.
So, what are they?
Remington is 100% Pure Breed German Shepherd with a recessive gene (which is why he has the solid black coat) and he has the gene which makes his hair curly. And sigh of relief, he has no genetic markers to indicate he is anything but healthy. Yay!!!
I can see the Lab, and I am guessing the working breed is Doberman based on her facial coloring, long legs and trim body. I did not see or anticipate the Golden Retriever although she does have webbed feet.
She also has no genetic markers that are negative – just a good healthy dog. This is good!
I have had German Shepherds before and they are my favorite breed. I have worked with or been around other people’s but never owned a Lab, Golden Retriever or Doberman before so am only situationally familiar with their characteristics. Daisy doesn’t resemble any of the personalities of the dogs I have been around with these breeds.
It will be interesting to see as we are together longer if and or which of the tendencies of these breeds she exhibits.
Remington is all german shepherd. No doubt about it. Loyal, strong, steadfast, protective, fierce, loving, teddy bear, smart, playful, fast and sheds like a snow storm.
I should point this out to anyone who has never had a shepherd and sees Remy is so handsome and thinks they want to go out and get one – You best like to sweep and vacuum and have one (or TWO) that works well!
German Shepherds shed like their lives depend on it! Sweeping and vacuuming is a chore of love that I do daily and often twice a day or it literally looks like I have black snow drifts all over the house. And yes he gets brushed every day. It’s just part of the what we choose to find lovable and charming about the breed.
Remington is different in that his fur is soft. It’s not wiry or course like shepherds top coats often are and he doesn’t have an under coat.
I’m not sure why. One of these days I will have to research that and find out
I was not worried about it, but it’s was a relief to know that neither dog has a genetic marker that shows health issues.
German Shepherds can have back and hip problems and so can labradors.
So we just have the known issues of tri-paw and vision deterioration. We can deal with that. No big deal!
In many ways Daisy is still adjusting to her tri-paw status. She was amputated just a short while before we adopted each other. So far she’s doing well and having three legs doesn’t seem to slow her down much. I just have to watch and not let her jump up or down from things. Daisy is a jumper. She would have probably been a really good frisbee dog
It’s unknown how long Rem has had vision issues. My vet says auto immune disorder and I had another professional tell me he was over medicated as a pup. Either way the results are the same.
Curious though – I have been working on his diet and I am seeing a change in the layers that cover his eyes. So over the next several moths I am curious to see if we achieve any improvement. Wish us luck!
In the end it really didn’t matter what breeds these two dogs are. They are both just perfect the way they are.
It is a relief to know there are no known health issues lurking.
You can read about shipping Daisy and Remington to Ecuador here:
They are both happy dogs and definetly still have a lot of puppy in them. Boy do they have energy!
Do you a have a dog with a disability or a special condition? Please share about it in the comments 🙂