He’s “Man’s Best Friend,” but what breed is he?
These days, our dogs are everything. From Chi-Weenies, to Malty-Poos, to Double Doodles.
But now it’s more than guesswork. DNA breed testing can actually help answer the age-old question… “What kind of dog is that?
DK Wright, with News 8’s sister station in Ohio, takes a closer look in the special report… What’s My Dog?
“This is Ana, and she’s a Double Doodle,” says Jailyah Green.
That’s a mix of a mix.
“Well her mom’s a Golden Doodle and her dad’s a Labra-Doodle,” says Julissa Green.
The Greens chose their Double Doodle for a reason.
“Well, because they’re very smart and friendly, very playful and great with kids and other animals,” says Jaime Green. “And they are hypo-allergenic.”
The Herseys of Rayland love their Chi-Weenies.
“They are part Chihuahua and part Weiner dog!” exclaims Hunter Hersey.
“I mean I like the fact they’re small,” says Eric Heshey. “They’ll sit and watch movies with you. They love it when you’re home.”
Judy Rebich of Wheeling has two purebred dogs and two Papi-huahuas.
“It’s part Pappillon and part Chihuahua,” she says.
She says Bella Marie and Bartley James are smart, loving and talented.
AKC Judge Paula Knight loves her purebred dogs, but she doesn’t dis the mixes. In fact, she says breed testing can help us to learn what drives our mystery dog.
“If the breed was bred as a guard dog, of course when the friends come over, the dog’s hackles may go up,” says Knight. “It may growl. And then the dog is punished for this behavior when maybe it’s part Mastiff and that was its job!!”
Reporter, DK Wright, became curious enough to take her own dog to New Horizon Animal Hospital for breed testing. Everybody has a theory about her dog, Chalupa.
“We thought he was a Chihuahua mix 14 and a half years ago,” says Lisa Williams with the Belmont County Animal Shelter. “So, we’re anxious to find out what he really is.”
“He’s got a really coarse coat. I mean I would guess maybe Sharpei,” says Veterinary technician Lauren Porter. “It’s really difficult to say.”
They take blood, pack it up and send it away. Three weeks later, the answer is back.
“Beagle, Chinese Sharpei, some Chow Chow, and some Pembroke Welsh Corgi,” says Dr. Jim Moore, DVM with New Horizon Animal Hospital.
Wright says she’s happy they found no genetic predisposition to disease. And adds that Chalupa’s happy they serve treats.
“We love ’em just the same, no matter what,” says Moore.