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Ciao, chow chow, I’m Akita now


My dog’s lineage took another wild swerve last night when it was revealed that — contrary to an earlier DNA test that showed him to be Rottweiler and chow — he is actually Rottweiler and Akita.

The two detectable breeds in my dog Ace (left) and Elliot (right) were revealed at our “ohmidog! Identity Crisis and Breed Reveal Party,” which raised $500 for the Franky Fund for sick and injured animals at Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS).

While Ace’s mix was correctly guessed by a member of the crowd that gathered at the Idle Hour Tavern for the reveal, nobody nailed the two breeds that showed up in Elliot Gould: boxer and golden retriever.

Kelly Gould, Elliot’s owner — though she has nothing against boxers and golden retrievers — immediately demanded a recount, saying the DNA test’s findings were not at all in line with what she suspected.

Elliot, the winner of our “What’s in Your Mutt” contest, spent the day before the party at my house, where he behaved, in true mutt fashion, magnificently. At the Idle Hour, guests sized up Ace and Elliot, and tossed their guesses, along with their Franky Fund donations, into a fishbowl.

At 8 p.m., the envelopes were opened and the test results were announced. The two winners — in Elliot’s case, the person who came closest, picking boxer/shepherd — will receive ohmidog! sweatshirts. From the rest of the entries, three more winners were drawn to receive dog treat baskets, courtesy of K-9 Kraving Dog Food.

Thanks to K-9 Kraving, the Idle Hour, Mars Veterinary (makers of the Wisdom Panel MX Mixed Breed Analysis test kit), Dr. Johnny Slaughter (the vet who took the blood samples), and all those who showed up for the party.

(Tomorrow: Now what? We’ll take a look at what, if anything, the test results mean — to the dogs and their caretakers.)


Comment from Marie
Time February 12, 2009 at 11:38 am

What were some of the other spectator guesses for Elliott? Golden Retriever? I would demand a recount too…

Comment from Nona Nelson
Time February 12, 2009 at 4:00 pm

This is what concerns me about these tests. Not that there’s anything wrong with being part golden retriever, and sure, there could be a little gold in then thar genes, but this pup sure looks more like a shepherd or a rottie.

I want to test my pit bull mix, whose short, stout and built like a cinder block wall, but I don’t want to waste my money and have the results tell me something silly like he’s part pomeranian, part Irish wolfhound.

Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time February 12, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Heh…heh…I’m feeling rather egocentric about this since I speculated about Ace’s true ancestry back in December:

What’s so cool about this is that Ace is the perfect, gentle giant–so kindly disposed towards humanity that he can be a therapy dog for children. These two “dangerous and aggressive” breeds have come together to create a terrific dog. That speaks volumes about our human prejudices.

Comment from Mary Schmidt
Time February 12, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Ah, now I understand the curly tail. Akita!

They look like two good dogs to me.