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Mystery Dog, May 7, 2013

Mystery Dog of the Week

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Gracie, submitted by PBLN Radio listener Maria Soma, is our last Mystery Dog of the Week. Her DNA test (Wisdom Panel Insights) found her to be half American Bulldog and half mixed breed. The breeds given for her mixed-breed parent were Irish Water Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, Flat-Coated Retriever, Miniature Pinscher, and American Staffordshire Terrier (these breeds are listed in relative strength of each breed in the test analysis).

The purpose of this game was to underscore the difficulty of identifying dogs based on looks alone. The visual identification of mixed-breed dogs is not a science and is notoriously unreliable. We also recognize that the determination of breed by DNA testing is not perfect and is evolving.

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