Thursday, August 12, 2010

Meet Molly, Gabby, and Cooper

Gabby is a loving, affectionate puppy that will eat anything in site; whether it is a bag of peach o’s, a bug from outside or her Blue Buffalo dog food. Despite her eating habits she only weighs 40 lbs and is very stout. She has a little brother named Cooper who is a 3 year-old Chihuahua and weighs approximately 8.5 lbs. He does not like other people in his territory and is very protective of me and Gabby. They love to run and play tug-a-war together; surprisingly Cooper typically wins the battle but I think it is because Gabby is so careful with him. They have become best buds and cannot stand to be apart.

Gabby (left, chocolate), Molly (right, black)

Molly is Gabby’s newest friend who came to stay with us while her mom was out of town. Gabby and Molly were friends at first sight and immediately began chasing each other around the yard and acting silly. Molly is very affectionate and enjoys being around people and other animals. After months of research the vet determined that Molly was allergic to everything including grass, cats, etc. Despite her allergies Molly has a cat named Shelby that she loves to play with. Molly loves to swim and tends to point at birds, bugs, and squirrels.

Molly & Shelby

At first glance we thought Gabby and Molly might be similar breeds seeing as they are the same size, have the same hair growth and have similar temperaments. Both dogs came from animal shelter so we never really knew what they were. A co-worker mentioned that he had his dog tested to determine his dogs breed so we thought it would be interesting to find out if Gabby and Molly were of similar breeds.

Here are the results:

Molly - 5 Years Old

  • Level 2: Golden Retriever
  • Level 4: Basenji
  • Level 4: Chow Chow
  • Level 4: Shih Tzu

Gabby - 1 Year Old
  • Level 2: Labrador Retriever
  • Level 3: Irish Setter
  • Level 4: Australian Shepard

Cooper - 3 Years Old
  • Level 1: Chihuahua
  • Level 4: Golden Retriever
  • Level 5: Belgian Tervuren
The results for Cooper and Molly surprised us. We thought Molly might be a Border Collie mix of some sort but we never expected Golden Retriever or Shih Tzu. Her looks closely resemble that of a Basenji and we can also see the Chow Chow. As for Cooper, the Golden Retriever and the Belgian Tervuren were a complete shocker seeing as those are large breeds and he weighs 8.5 lbs. Gabby’s results were not surprising at all. She has the personality of a lab, the coloring and ears of the Irish Setter, and the body size of an Australian Shepard.

Thank you!
Dallas, TX

[Note from Happy Dog DNA: Please note that at Level 1 Chihuahua, Cooper's results mean that he is at least 75% Chihuhua and the Level 4 and 5 breeds are less than 20% of the other breeds which means they were likely present in past generations. He sure looks like a Chihuahua! Thanks for sharing their stories and the results!]

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