Gobo's DNA Test Results!
At the end of last month, I sent off a saliva swab to Embark Vet. They offer, far and away, the most information about your dog. I got the results over the last couple days and they have been quite interesting!
First, Gobo is about 14% Min Pin, the rest Chihuahua. I have read these kinds of results are quite common among street-type Chihuahuas from parts of the country that used to be part of Mexico (states along the border today). Gobo is from Odessa, TX. Many of these dogs come back as part terrier, though they overwhelmingly are Chihuahuas. The family tree says he had one great-grandparent that was a Min Pin. Gobo has pretty common haplotypes in both his mitochondria and his Y chromosome.
As far as health goes, he has one copy of a gene that suggests his normal ALT (a liver enzyme) might be lower than in normal dogs. This is very interesting because he has been testing high in ALT recently. I have forwarded this info to my vet. This makes me really glad I did this test now. I was wondering if it would shed any light on his liver issues (see my thread in the Health forum), and my hunch was right! Gobo carries PRA, which is a common genetic vision problem across breeds. This means he only has one copy, and he would need 2 to be affected, so he should be fine. He was completely free of 163 other diseases they test for!
Gobo has very low inbreeding, only 1%, which is great! He is black and tan with white, but he carries what we call fawn or cream in Chihuahuas as well as Chocolate. I have observed he has a very short coat with undercoat only on his neck, so it was no big surprise that he has genes for short hair and low shedding!
There is so much more info, but these are the highlights. Just wanted to share!
First time Chihuahua owner with many years of dog experience!