Since everyone was convinced Lexicon was a Rottweiler because of her coloring I decided to get a DNA test so I could tell them what she actually was and for my own benefit in training her. I decided to use Wisdom Panel since I had heard the best things about them. It took about a week for the process. They received the results from me on July 11th and sent me the results on July 18th.
Lexi was obtained from a Vietnamese man that listed her on Craigslist and we did the puppy exchange in a parking lot in North Austin. I like to call her my black market puppy since the whole transaction felt so shady. This man claimed that Lexi was a Chihuahua/Heeler mix (haha). She didn’t really look like either of those and I just knew she was not a Rottweiler.At our last doctors visit I got mad at a vet tech who had snuck and listed her breed as a Rottie in their system. When I saw this I asked them (politely) to change it. I hated that they were assuming based on her coloring what she was (frickin’ racist!) I didn’t know what to list her as so they put Terrier until I found out. So I wasn’t convinced she was any of the breeds others had said, but I didn’t care since it was love at first sight.
And guess what? Everyone was wrong! I got the results of her DNA test and she is an…. Australian Cattle Dog/Doberman Pinscher/Weimaraner/Mix aka Whiny Cattle Pinscher. (That’s the best I could come up with, anyone else?) If you are interested, here is the complete pdf of the results: Lexicon-DNA-Report
I have to say I am extremely pleased. All of these breeds are highly trainable. Pinschers and Weimaraners are also used as therapy and search and rescue dogs. I really wanted a dog that I could train to do these things so this worked out awesomely! She will definitely be a highly active dog and that means lots of long walks and runs and play! From how her weight and height have been progressing, I don’t think she will be as big as Pinscher and Weinaraner’s get and will probably be more the size of the Cattle Dog. All the charts I have input her info in show her to get around 30 or so pounds. All in all I thought the results were cool. I am looking forward to seeing what my sister gets for the results of her puppy, since she did the test as well.
Here is a little info on all three breeds (taken from the Wisdom Panel website):
Australian Cattle Dog
Australian Cattle Dogs are often characterized by traits that contributed to their original use as herding dogs, including being intelligent, active, energetic, and watchful. However, as with other working breeds, the athleticism and stamina of the Australian Cattle Dog requires physical and mental stimulation in the family environment. Australian Cattle Dogs are eager to learn and respond well to reward-based training, allowing them to participate in a vast array of enjoyable activities including agility, flyball, and Frisbee that help the dog bond with its family. However, its herding tendencies can impair this bond as an Australian Cattle Dog may chase moving vehicles or herd children, sometimes by nipping. Australian Cattle Dogs may also be suspicious of or cautious with strangers, which implies some degree of low level fear or concern about strangers, but socialization can minimize the development of fear-based defensive aggression.
As intelligent, obedient, energetic, and watchful dogs, Doberman Pinschers are often used as service dogs, particularly in law enforcement. However, their strength and endurance means that nonworking dogs need physical and mental stimulation from their families. Fortunately they are eager to learn especially with reward-based training, and enjoy many activities including agility, tracking, flyball, freestyle Frisbee, and obedience as sport which also helps them bond with their families.
Weinaraners are energetic, alert, powerful, and active. Their energy level and endurance means they need physical and mental stimulation from their family, which can be achieved through participation in dog sports such as retrieving, flyball, Frisbee, hunt and field trials, agility, tracking, and both rally and standard obedience, with some Weinaraners liking to swim. They can also bond with people by being good jogging companions or as service dogs in law enforcement, search and rescue, and animal-assisted therapy. Some Weinaraners have separation anxiety, becoming distressed when left alone. Traits derived from the breed’s hunting background that may be problematic in domestic life include chasing or hunting small pets (including cats) or wildlife and barking. The Weinaraner’s exuberant behavior may also be too much for other dogs, which can lead to aggression or fighting.
The mix breed listed with the parent on the Weinaraner side listed these possible mixes ( I knew I saw some dachshund in her!):
Schipperkes are intelligent, alert, and energetic. They were often used as watchdogs on canal boats, and continue to be good companions for boaters. Even though the Schipperke is a small breed, they are usually quite smart and can participate in a variety of dog sports such as agility, flyball, herding, musical freestyle, and obedience as sport that provide physical and mental challenges as well as bonding with their family. Schipperkes have also been used as animal-assisted therapy dogs. The Schipperke is considered a watchdog because it tends to defend itself, but socialization can lessen any fear-based defensive aggression. The Schipperke’s small size lets it be more easily intimidated by other dogs, when it may bark to defend itself by trying to appear fearless. This barking could result in confrontations with other dogs that lead to injury.