How the heck did Kaya end up with so many large breeds in her mix and she is so slightly built and agile?!
Like Norman, I decided to compare her behavior to the traits listed for her breeds by Wisdom Panel.
Intelligent, active, strong, and usually friendly dogs. - YES
Enjoy dog sports such as flyball, agility, weight pull, tracking, and both rally and competitive obedience. - YES
Respond well to a reward-based approach to training to reduce any stubbornness and to teach dropping of retrieved items. - YES
Some may be apprehensive around strangers. There have been reported incidents of Bull Terriers being aggressive with other pets or people. - NO
Intelligent, obedient, active and watchful dogs. - YES
Collies are eager to learn especially with reward-based training. - YES
Collies seem to enjoy dog sports such as agility, flyball, Frisbee, tracking, rally and competitive obedience. - YES
Although they are often good with children and are usually friendly, some Collies can be wary or reserved with strangers. - NO
Playful, calm, and usually friendly dogs. - YES, NO & YES (Kaya is playful and friendly, but definitely not calm.)
Stubborn tendencies may be lessened by using reward-based training involving small treats. - YES
A Bulldog can be tenacious or difficult to disengage from an activity that has its attention. - NO
AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER:
Intelligent, hard-working, and stoic dogs. - YES
Very loyal to family and usually good with children. May not get along well with other dogs. - YES & NO (Like Norman, Kaya loves everyone she meets, including kids and would probably go home with any stranger. She is not submissive like Norman with other dogs, but she generally either ignores or enjoys every dog she meets.)
American Staffordshire Terriers seem to enjoy dog sports such as agility, flyball, rally and competitive obedience. - YES
There have been reported incidents of American Staffordshire Terriers being aggressive with other pets or people. - NO
Kaya had a lot more similarities than Norman. And I am pleased that she is at least a tiny bit Pit Bull and relieved that she is not Beagle (sorry Beagle lovers). I am assuming the Collie in her is where she gets her tracking abilities. Kaya can sniff out her tennis ball within a acre of space! And I can really see the collie in her snout and nose.
I read a bit about the Briard in Wikipedia and thought this was interesting...
The Briard has a very good memory. Once a lesson is learned, good or bad, the knowledge will be retained for a long time to come. Sometimes they may appear to be strong minded and stubborn but these are a few of the Briard's characteristics. They were bred for centuries to think for themselves and to act upon their conclusions, sometimes to the point of thinking what the "flock" will do ahead of time.
I can see that in Kaya for sure! But it's amazing that both of my dogs look much more Pit Bull than anything else. I guess it goes to show how dominant the gene is physically and it's sad to think so many dogs are mislabeled, looked down on and put to sleep when they are just mutts like mine. Though of course full Pit Bulls do not deserve that fate either. And I'd be happy with all pittie too:)
I am slightly disappointing that she came out with so much mixed breed in her results. I wonder if she really is just that much of a mix or did I not do a good enough job swabbing her? Some day I might repeat the test. If it comes back different, Wisdom Panel will refund you. But for now, it was really fun to test them and I'm glad I did it!
Norman's DNA Results
What the &^#$%@! Mix Am I?
Kaya: aka Pretty Little Baby