We have a contest winner for the Diesel DNA Contest and I have to tell you, it was the toughest one to date. (Even as I write this, we’re gearing up for another).
When the results came in we were all flabbergasted, well, that and confused. That’s because none of us had ever heard of one of the breeds, which immediately started up a flurry of research. I’m happy to say that not only did we achieve one of our goals here at adogslifereview.com, pet rescue awareness, we also had our generous dog-parent and contest voter Donna, donate the dog bed she won to a needy dog.
So, here was the issue; we had a TON of great votes, but we had a truly unique DNA result, so in order to designate a winner, we had to get down to the more obscure bits of DNA. This is because the ancestry of the main breed is also a little up in the air. Diesel came back as mostly Australian Koolie and a Kuvasz with a smaller percentage as “mixed breed”. Now you may remember that we received a lot of Australian Cattle dog & Heeler votes and it took a while to break down the Koolie heritage before we could determine that the Cattle Dog connection wasn’t strong enough for a wining vote, in addition, not a single vote even came close to the Kuvasz connection, so that meant we had to go to the “mixed breed” portion of the Diesel dog’s test results. You see, if you order up one of these awesome fun tests, you get back an enormous amount of information. This includes not only the main breeds related to your dog, but the smaller DNA hits that are bunched into the “mixed breed” section. In Diesel’s case, those results came back as Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Papillion, Doberman, Australian Cattle Dog and, wait for it…..Boxer! And it was the boxer vote that put our girl Donna in the winner’s circle! She voted Australian Cattle Dog, Aussie Shepherd, Dalmatian and Boxer! Donna wrote in her vote that if she won, she wanted the bed to go to a cold, needy dog in Idaho, since her pampered pooch Molly lives in the temperate climes of Arizona and snoozes with the best of the on her Tempur-Pedic bed.
The story of the Koolie is an interesting one; a talented and intelligent working dog whose ancestors came to Australia with the sheep they were herding. The story of whether they came from England or Germany remains a bit of a mystery. One thing that isn’t a mystery however, is the good science our dog loving friends down under use to keep the breed strong, smart and healthy; responsible breeding without ridiculous standards for appearance. Something American breeders and the AKC could learn from.
The other side to Diesel’s relatives is the Kuvasz; a large and very old breed from Hungary, by way of Tibet, the Kuvasz was used as a guard dog and large game hunter, some traits that Diesel had shown too. The Kuvasz is related to the Great Pyrenees, a very popular sheep guard dog out here in Idaho. Diesel has exhibited a lot of Koolie traits as well, high energy, excellent mental stimulation, agile and able to develop strong family relationships.
Anyway you look at it Diesel is a great example of a rescue success story as well as the countless benefits that come with mixed breed dogs and adoption. Stay tuned for our search for a chilly, needy dog in our area, I’ll be enlisting the help of the Animal Shelter of The Wood River Valley as well as local law enforcement to help me find a dog who could use a bed…..anyone want to donate a dog house? J