Bella, our rescue ‘mixed shepherd’ puppy, now 11 weeks old –
We wanted to know what she was so we sent away for the DNA test from Wisdom Panel. We swabbed Bella’s cheek with the kit provided, mailed it in, and then waited for the results.
mixed with Boxer?
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog?
Saint Bernard? (OMG please no!)
Hurry up, we’re dying to know!
Then, last night I got an email-
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My first reaction – No way, CHOW CHOW? Huh? And German Shepherd isn’t even ‘significant’? In fact, NO breed is significant… we have a ‘not quite significant’ breed, then a ‘not quite intermediate’ breed, then another thats tagged with an asterisk that explains * Minor amount detected at low confidence. These results are not included in accuracy calculations . It doesn’t add up! And WHY is the picture of that Chow Chow dog so BIG compared to that German Shepherd… does that mean its a gigantor size dog?
Then I turned the page –
WHA?????????????????????????????????????? NO WAY!!!!!!!! What is that? That’s not a dog, thats a big hair ball! OMG, what did we get ourselves into? Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahh……….. (husband is laughing at this point)
Oh great, agressive tendencies, just great….. I knew German Shepherd’s had some of that, but now a mix-mix of agressive?
and barely a factor-
So that was it. I let it sink in a minute… Chow. Chow. I can’t say that word without hearing Eddie Izzard’s (hilarious comedian) voice-
I immediately googled Chow Chow puppies, and realized that they look, at 11 weeks, JUST like that picture up top – big fur ball puppies –
that is NOT our puppy. So maybe it’s safe to say Bella won’t be fully furry? A Shepherd Puppy-
and a search on Chow Shepherd Pups- look at this pup named Brutus, Bella looks alot like him-
Here’s Louie at 3 months-
and Louie at 1 yr 8 mths, weighing 60 lbs, slender and tall-
A few more Chow/Shepherd mix dogs-
Looking at all of this, it’s still hard to know what you’re gonna get. I think Bella will end up looking like some version of the above, but not a full blown hairball Chow Chow. Comparing breeds, at least the Chow is a smaller dog 🙂 I’m not too concerned with traits, I’ve read quite a bit online already from shepherd mix and chow/shepherd dog owners – I think as long as we do a good job raising/training/socializing Bella as a puppy, she will be a wonderful addition to our family!