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Boxer?! HUH!!? No lab at all!?
Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2013
So... I found a dog on the side of the highway. She appeared to be a lab mix, maybe golden, a bit of shepherd or husky tossed in... This is what the vet said when we took her to the vet for first shots etc, and scheduled a spay for 2 weeks later. At the spay appt, we found out she was having puppies! 6 or 7 of them. My vet looked at me and asked what was I going to do? I was like, well, what can I do!? I guess I'm having puppies. She laughed, told me I'm a saint, and proceeded to turn me in the direction of information since I'd never had a dog that wasn't spayed, therefore, no exposure to raising pups. I was clueless. Fast forward 2 months, 7 CRAZY puppies later! They were crazy and sweet, and as much as we loved them, we loved to see them go! The odd thing was all 7 puppies were different. There were two that looked like shepherds when born, but turn out to look like hounds, or rottweilers as they got a bit older. One looked like a full blood golden. Another looked more like an otter than a dog. I decided to do a DNA test on the mom (the dog we kept) and see what she was. Level 3 BOXER and German Shepherd?? Level 4 Siberian Husky and Corgi?! Say what!? Level 5 American Eskimo and Brittany?! Pure craziness! But then, looking at a couple of the pups, I totally see the Boxer now. And, looking at the mom, she's like the Mr. Potato Head of all these breeds, and, it's obvious! After having the pups, her already thin frame became scary thin while nursing. Then, as they were weaned, she's got the super compact strong body of a boxer. She's got the eyes and fur of the corgi, and the snout and ears of the Brittany. She's got the undercoat/tail of the shepherd and husky and gaze. She's got the stance and feathering of the Eskimo and corgi. She's a brilliant dog. Super intelligent, and very high energy, but extremely loving and devoted. She's a mix of many of the dog breeds my son wanted, and I told him no because I didn't like them (shedding/big/protective/high energy etc.) But, yet, as she is, she's perfect. I do think by raising 7 pups for a stray we found weeks before giving birth I've secured my place in heaven (I had no idea how hard that would be!!! Spay and neuter your pets!!!) but I got lucky I found this dog in a lab mix costume (no lab at all!!) and gave her a chance without prejudice. I told the adopters I was doing a DNA test, so... If any of you reading this are part of the Snipe family, this is the kit I ordered! Those Snipes are limited edition, as Snipe got spayed on the 15th of May :)
As far as the process and such, it couldn't have been easier! Cheek swab when the dog has been away from others and shared toys/bowls/etc for a few hours and send it in. Keep the little code you're given in your packet, and check the results online. A few days after your results are available on line, you get a little packet in the mail with your certificate and a very brief summary of the breeds identified in your pet. I totally recommend this kit.