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For those of you who maybe don't know us because we've been less active here recently, Snowball was listed as an American Eskimo Mix at the local shelter. At the time, shelter policy was to list all dogs as bred mixes, unless the dog was surrendered with registration papers. We were looking to adopt a dog, and had previously been looking at getting an american eskimo puppy, so it seemed like a pretty good fit (turns out it was, and he became our bestest boy <3 ). Whether or not he was purebred was never really important to me, except as a matter of curiosity. He certainly looked purebred to me, and acted like a very nicely bred dog with a stable temperament that closely matches the breed standard.

7 years later, Snowball is now ~15 years old, and I finally decided to get him DNA tested.

https://my.embarkvet.com/dog/snowball3
 

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Wow! Very close and very believable. I've 'known' Snowball for a while through DF and he really is the goodest boy isn't he :D

ETA Is he really 14 years old now?!?!?
 

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Wow! Very close and very believable. I've 'known' Snowball for a while through DF and he really is the goodest boy isn't he :D

ETA Is he really 14 years old now?!?!?
He really is and we really lucked out - he was a perfect first dog. Only one behaviour "issue" that was readily modifiable (although it took some time), and pretty happy to play training games. Even at 13, he was happy to play rally with me, and I kind of wish I could go back and time and get him as a puppy - I think he would've been a fun sporty dog if we'd gotten into it when he was younger.

He's somewhere between 14 and 15; we have his year of birth based on vet records from his previous vet: 2004.

that is awesome ! so is it safe to assume only one generation parent was the Lop, with the rest all being AE. both being pure bred
Looks like it, more or less. Certainly nothing else detected, but the hypothetical family tree also includes one "American eskimo mix" on the side with the lhasa, which makes me wonder if it was some kind of outcross program. Also explains why he doesn't shed that much, and why his hair is so gosh darn downy compared to other eskies I've encountered/fostered. I used to think it was because we used to get him clipped short and it just grew in weird.

But also a pretty cool illustration of breeding back to type.
 

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Eskies aren't as overbred as Chihuahuas so I hope that takes care of any health worries too, but what do I know, lol.

I'm glad you had it done. I question some of the results so it's nice to see one that is 100% believable coming from a shelter dog. I don't really care about Laurel's breeds, I'm just upset that I (probably) fell for a scam and she (probably) could have done a lot worse than me under the circumstances.

If I was serious about wanting "another Laurel", I would just have to raise another puppy under my sweatshirt all winter after another personal problem, lol; it still wouldn't work because (people and) dogs can't be mass produced.
 
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