When we adopted our second dog, Eleanor, we thought she was a Belgium Malionis. But, this was based on nothing more then Busan Abandoned Pet Sanctuary’s (BAPS) best guess. To be 100% honest, I had never even heard of a Malionis before they told us that it was what they thought she was. BAPS rescues dogs from a city kill pound, and the pound get zero information on the dogs they take in. So on their guess I started doing research on Malionis’s to see if she would be a good fit for our family.
What I learned about the breed impressed me a lot, and Eleanor seemed to fit all the listed characteristics, super smart with endless energy. So for the first few months we had her I was sure she was a Malionis, until we noticed that her black mask that Malionis’s are famous for started to fade.
Then we started playing the guessing game, if not a Malionis, then what? She was so driven during all types of training I was still sure she was a Shepard of some kind. But the fact that we live in Korea meant that the native breed of Jindo kept getting suggested as well (although I was sure she wasn’t). After a while, curiosity got the best of us and we ordered a DNA kit to find out once and for all. We also ordered a test for Miso, our first dog, who we thought was some kind of Chihuahua mix.
The results are in, and Belgium Malionis… you are not the father.
So who is??? Eleanor is a German Shepard mixed with a Akita/Malamute. We where not very surprised, in fact Shepard/Akita was one of my guesses. I only reason I was unsure before the test was because they are both large dogs and Eleanor is more medium sized. But, the DNA test predicts that Eleanor will be 48-75 pounds and as of right now she is only 38 pounds. Maybe she still has some growing to do, she is just over old 1 year old, but she hasn’t grown that much in the 7 months we’ve had her so I guess we will wait and see.
This was all very interesting to Sam and I, but most people probably could care less. So lets move on to Miso’s DNA results, because they where both surprising and entertaining.
Our pre-test guesses included Chihuahua/Beagle and Chihuahua/Min Pin, but the only thing we where sure about was that she was part Chihuahua. Well it turns out our little 7kg Chihuahua Mix has almost no Chihuahua in her at all! She is a Jindo-Shih tzu-American Cocker Spaniel mix. Odd combo right? Well it gets better.
The DNA test shows the whole family tree up to the great grand parents. Miso’s grandparents on one side where a Jindo and a Shih Tzu, and every time I think about how that happened I laugh out loud. If you are unfamiliar with Jindo’s, do a quick google search and you will see why this is so funny. The other side of the family was a purebred American Cocker Spaniel and a dog so mixed the DNA test couldn’t tell what it was. I guess she proves that opposites attract.
If anyone wants to know more about Busan Abandoned Pet Sanctuary you can click on the link to visit their website. They are doing truly great work helping the unlucky dogs of South Korea and could always use some help in the from a donation or if you happen to be in the Busan area you could volunteer on Sundays.
As for the test, we used Wisdom Panel 2.5 and are very happy with the service. The main reason we used them was because, from the little research we did, they seemed to have the largest dog DNA database. It was also completed very fast and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a DNA test.
Well, see you later…