Sunday, April 25, 2010


Bear came to us as a foster puppy from a local rescue group. She was found abandoned at a dump so there was no history on her. All we knew about her was that she had blue eyes and was labeled a husky mix. We recently lost both of our purebred huskies to old age and illness, so we jumped at the chance to foster her. But from the moment we picked her up we started to doubt that she was part husky. Aside from the blue eyes, none of her personality traits matched our other dogs. However, her characteristics were so new to us and so uniquely charming that we eagerly adopted her within days.

As we did research we became increasingly convinced that she was predominately a Border Collie. That theory was buoyed when we received her vet records from the rescue group and she was labeled a collie mix. But when I took her out for her daily run, the consensus among random strangers was that she was a husky. In fact, they generally declared that she was a husky without even asking. On her first trip to our local vet they asked her breed for their records and I proudly declared, "Border Collie." They laughed and disagreed saying maybe she was a Malamute, but certainly not a Border Collie.

Given this daily debate, we had to do a DNA test to satisfy everyone's curiosity.

Her results are:

Level 3
  • Siberian Husky
  • Irish Setter
  • Rottweiler
Level 4
  • Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Very surprising results, but they do make sense given her herding traits and her high level of energy. Thanks for clearing up the great mystery!

Holly B.
Eagan, MN

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