I finally did it.  I had DNA testing done on my rescue dog so I could learn about her makeup.  Before I reveal the names of the 4 breeds, I'd like to tell you a little background.

When I adopted her from the rescue organization I was told Taylor was a Hound/Boxer mix.  So for almost 4 years, that's what I was telling people.  But I kept having people say things like, "Really?  She looks more like a Jack Russell to me," or "Hmmm, her body looks strong like a pitbull."  And then I noticed she does that cute pointing thing with her paw lifted and her tail straight out, so I would tell people she was part Pointer as well as Hound.

To get some added entertainment mileage out of my $70 DNA test investment, I posted photos of Taylor on Facebook and asked people to guess her 4 breeds.  Nobody got it 100% right but I loved reading the responses.  My favorite came from a high school friend who looked at the photos and wrote that her "breed" names were:   1. Cuteness 2. Adventurous 3. Lovely 4. Poised.

The truth is that it doesn't matter to me what type of dog she is or what her background was.  She is my fur-baby and I am so grateful to have her in my life!  In addition to being cute and poised, she is playful, loving, sweet, funny, and plays well with others.

Although the breed testing wasn't necessary, it was a fun splurge and it's made for some interesting conversations so I'm glad I did it.  It was actually very easy to do, just swabbing the inside of the dog's cheeks.)

So now...drum roll please...Taylor is a mix of:

American Staffordshire Terrier, Catahoula Leopard Dog, Belgian Malinois, and Viszla!

Have you tested your dog's DNA?  Any surprises?

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