Recipe for a purebred shelter mutt

This one time, about two months ago, we started to reveal the results of Gambit’s Wisdom Panel 2.0 DNA test.  We forgot to finish.  Please excuse us for the forgetfulness! Our Dobie hound has not been confirmed to be a Dobie hound, but the DNA test did indicate that he’s part chow chow and Shepherd.

The last major component of his mix was found to be Weimaraner.  With this one, I can see some potential visible resemblances.  Weimaraners tend to be short coated, lean and lanky.

As for the last half of Gambit’s breed mix, besides White Swiss Shepherd, were Dalmation, Basset Hound, Lhasa Apso, and… Treeing Walker Coonhound.

We’re pretty sure the Treeing Walker Coonhound is a definite.  Despite his lack of gloriously long, floppy ears or the need to bay, our Gambit is so coonie it hurts!


It just goes to show that a dog’s predominant breed may barely present itself in terms of looks, personality and instincts while a more minor breed in the mix may dominate.


And that is what makes a Gambit.  Sure looks like the pedigree of a purebred shelter mutt to me!


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3 Responses to Recipe for a purebred shelter mutt

  1. Gambit is a very handsome dog – and unique. You may find this interesting – only 1% of a dog’s genes determine appearance! See – The Canine Genome. That’s why we can never judge a dog’s predominant breed by looks. Max is a St. Bernard/Lab cross who looks kind of like a cross between a Newfoundland and Golden Retriever. I have had purebreds and mixed breeds and every dog is an individual. 🙂

  2. I can’t believe he’s got so much chow in him…I don’t see it. I thought for sure he’d have some dobbie in him. Kaya & Norman are purebred shelter mutts too…they’re the best kind!

  3. Roberta says:

    Justus is a Whineramer – he whines a lot. HA. How interesting about the Chow and Shepherd in Gambit. I see some Shepherd, maybe, but Chow? I’m almost ready to send in Justus’s for fun.

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