We sent Tonks’ dna in for testing and got a shocking surprise. NO LAB. None whatsoever. She is in fact mostly beagle. It explains a lot. Mostly the ever present nose to the ground food tracking. The next largest portion of her makeup is Newfoundland. That’s right – Newfie! We’re calling her a Newfeagle. Get on the bandwagon folks. It’s the next designer breed. After Newfie there is a smattering of Poodle, American Eskimo, German Shepherd and Maltese. What a mutty mutt.
The folks at Dna My Dog were awesome, when the first cheek swab didn’t have a viable sample they promptly sent out another kit. Very cool.
Here is a breakdown of what the different levels mean:
This category is intended to help owners recognize when their pet's DNA contains a majority of a specific breed (75% or greater). If your dog has a strong match to one of our validated breeds, then it is categorized as Level 1. Most mixed breed dogs will not usually have a breed in this category unless one or both of their parents are purebred.
This category reports breeds that are easily recognizable within your dog. While these breeds may have a strong influence on your pet, each breed listed makes up less than the majority of your dog's DNA, between 37%-74%. This usually means one of the parents was a purebred.
This category identifies breeds that have between 20%-36% of the listed breed(s), usually coming from a grandparent.
Represents 10%-20% of the breed DNA, usually coming from a great grandparent
This level represents the lowest level of breed in your dog occurring at 5% or less. However, they still appear at a low and measurable amount in your pet's DNA
So I’ve been trolling the interwebs for pictures of Beagles and Newfies, looking for the resemblance. I can see a bit of her in each of the below pictures, particularly the beagley face and froufy newf neck ruff.
Here are some Tonks shots for comparison. The new ruff is a little collar mushed but you get the idea.