Twiggy, Toki’s country cousin, recently took one of those newfangled DNA tests.
We always thought she was an Akita mix, so we were very curious to see the results.
Drumroll please . . . !
Twiggy is 1/2 Akita, 1/4 Golden Retriever (who knew!) and 1/4 Chow (don’t they seem to turn up in every mutt’s family tree?)! According to the DNA test, both of Twiggy’s parents were 1/2 Akita, as opposed to one parent being a full Akita. Go Twiggy!!!
Have any readers given their pup a doggy DNA test? What were the results? Did they surprise you?
If you can’t get enough of these DNA tests, check out the National Geographic Genographic Project, a global study of the migratory history of the human species. Scientists are collaborating with indigenous and traditional people from around the globe to gather DNA in order to understand where we came from and how we got to where we are today. You can also contribute and become part of this effort–and learn about your ancient ancestry–by purchasing a Genographic Project DNA kit. I submitted my DNA test a few years ago, and am now a member of the Genographic Project database, where I can read about the migratory history of my ancient ancestors (think tens of thousands of years ago). One cool aspect of the project is that they will continue to update your results page (which is password protected and anonymous) as they gain more information from the research project results. If you’re interested in the ancient history of humans, you should check out the Genographic Project website which explains the project and highlights findings from this ambitious endeavor.