Shasta's Breed, Revealed!

(NOTE: Based on time elapsed since the posting of this entry, the BS-o-meter calculates this is 14.472% likely to be something that Ferrett now regrets.)

If you’ll recall, our dog Shasta is a rescue – and a bit of a mystery.  But thanks to the Wisdom DNA Panel, which allows you to send a sample of your dog’s cheek cells off for reading, we have been waiting anxiously for two weeks to know what Shasta is.
If you’ll also recall, Shasta is sixteen pounds and looks like this:
Our new dog, Shasta Clarion McJuddmetz
Theories have ranged from Chihuahua to Miniature Pinscher to Spitz to Idris Elba.  But the report is in, for those of you who’d like to download it, and the official tally is:
But assuming that’s not enough for you, the official official breakdown is:
Beagle / Miniature Pinscher / Shiba Inu mix.
…seriously?  Look at that face.  Do you see beagle?  I do not.  And a Shiba Inu is a big fluffy poofy dog, and Shasta is small and wiry.  Which just goes to show you how genetics is weird, because heck, you throw all those three in the bin and wind up with something that every vet was positive was mostly chihuahua, but as it turns out there are only trace elements of chihuahuaness in our dog.
But seriously.  If you’ve got a dog and $65 to throw about, download that PDF and check it out.  It’s pretty detailed, and it’s a nice way to waste some money if you’re curious about your dog’s ancestry.  Thanks so much to Jocelyn Perkins for sending me her dog’s results, which convinced me to get Shasta’s.
…beagle. Beagle?  Beagle.


  1. Yet Another Laura H.
    Nov 18, 2013

    When I learned about the history of the _concept_ of dog “breeds,” my mind was a little bit blown.

  2. Tom
    Nov 20, 2013

    I could be wrong, but given that I’ve seen plenty of Shiba Inu(s, ugh, pluralizing Japanese) while abroad in the country, they’re a more sleek dog, rather than being floofy.
    She’s definitely got Shiba ears, though. And she’s a cutie. Congratulations on your dog!
    (I’m also refraining from devolving into shibe-speak. You’re welcome. ;D)

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