Western European Village Dog
The DNA results
Lucy’s results came in yesterday and they were not what I was expecting at all, but they were awesome nevertheless. It seems that Lucy is a Western European Village Dog. It may sound stupid at first. I even got really mad because I paid so much to know that my dog is a mutt? Like I didn’t already know that.
BUT! It’s not just a mutt, actually it’s a breed on itself. I was very confused at first but she’s the “mix” of all ancient Spanish dog breeds (thus all the breeds that were around before the breeds that exist now). No matter how far you go in Lucy’s ancestry you won’t find any DNA that matches with an existing breed. It’s very difficult to explain but I will try to explain it as much as possible.
Lucy’s ancestors’ DNA traces back to the first “dogs” that became friends with humans. It means Lucy is a bit feral and a bit domesticated. Village dogs are independent dogs that survive not on hunting but on human scraps. They can be fully domesticated sometimes and this happened to Lucy. This “feralness” does explain why Lucy never comes to me for affection and why she does have this hunting instinct and also the “wanting to be in the pack” instinct. These village dogs were used for guarding and hunting in some places. Some were also used for herding. So they can do all of these activities. Lucy too guards the house!
An example of a village dog is the Australian dingo. These village dogs may be seen as mixed breeds but they are not, they are fully independent and created their own breed by “survival of the fittest”. Since they are partly feral, “wild”, dogs they can only breed once every year. This also explains why Lucy only had her period once every year before she got spayed. Domesticated dogs that are breeds or breed mixes will be able to have a litter twice a year while wild dogs will only have them once a year. They did find some pieces of DNA that were similar to other breeds’ DNA, meaning that they were bred from Lucy’s “breed”. These breeds are the German Shepherd, the Great Pyrenees and the Pyrenean Mastiff. This means that they have a distant common ancestor or there has been recent mating with village dogs to create a pure breed dog. So Lucy’s breed was used to create those breeds or they have the same ancestor that was used to make both breeds.
I hope it’s more clear after explaining. I consulted many sources to find the most correct information.
Lucy also has a wolfiness percentage of 2,1%. This might seem low but it’s actually quite high. Wolfiness score does not mean that she has wolf ancestors. It means that she has ancient genetic variants in her. So she has ancient genes in her. It’s like her wild past. I personally think it’s because she’s a village dog meaning that she has survived all by her self in the villages without human interference. She was the puppy of 2 other village dogs that chose to breed with their own “kind” due to their survival of the fittest instinct.
After all this research I also found that these village dogs are actually the most healthy dogs. Most are a tan color (usually a little bit darker than Lucy, but I think it’s because Lucy might have come from a sandy place in Spain so the best to survive are the dogs that have this coat color to protect them from the heat and for camouflage) and they usually have pointy ears. This might vary depending on where they are from and what their function is. But the most important part is that they have the most healthy body shape and are least likely to have diseases and any trouble with their hips and so on. Their size and weight are also in balance.
But whatever breed she is, she will always be loved so much by our family. And the great part is that I have always been against breeding dogs in a too extreme way because I hate how people want to mutate dogs to, for example, have a very short nose and then they make a really unnatural and unhealthy dog. So now that I know Lucy is a breed that isn’t really a breed because they created themselves to be the perfect and healthiest dogs around. But besides this I know it’s actually bad to domesticate them, because they can perfectly live a healthy and happy life by themselves. So if I ever want a second dog I will make sure that I adopt one that really needs to be adopted. I want to help those in need.
Lucy was in need too, but I will write another post about that later. I just really feel like it was destiny for me to meet her. She’s my everything, she’s my living heart. I just can’t live without her.
I learned a lot from this experience. Hopefully, you found this as interesting as I did. Have a great week everyone!
And remember: LOVE your dog to the moon and back or even more! And one more thing: Adopt, don’t shop!!
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» Written by Iris who goes under the name of twin-rhino | Published on July 28, 2019