Time to Figure it Out


Graidy went to visit friends the other day and had a great ol’ time! Actually, this is just a Graidy look-alike. When a friend sent this photo, I had to do a double-take.

Since we got Graidy from a wonderful Border Collie rescue place, we’ve always wondered what he was mixed with. While he certainly had the high energy of a Border Collie, he had zero herding instinct. That is, if you counted herding anything on two or four legs. But he was all over the two-wingeds. So we figured he was some kind of bird dog  (maybe part Brittany Spaniel?) who somebody in Rescue tagged as some part Border Collie.

Not that we cared. We loved him. And just as importantly, Kiera liked him (as we were getting another dog, in part, to help keep her exercised and happy). So we bundled him up in the car and took him home. That was 11 years ago.

And since I’m on my own little history detective kick at the moment, and another reader asked about the probable mix of her part Australian Shepherd,  it got me thinking about getting the Dog DNA test done on Gradiy to settle the mystery once and for all.

I’d actually thought about this shortly after we’d first gotten Graidy, to help me better understand his tendencies and traits, so I could craft the best training regiment based on his native talents. But it was too expensive back then. The Dog DNA Identification Test is much more affordable now.

Wisdom Panel 2.5 Breed Identification DNA Test Kit includes:

  • Breed ancestry tree going back three generations
  • Detailed breed profiles for each of the breeds detected
  • Multidrug Sensitivity (MDR1) genetic mutation screening results
  • Adult weight range prediction to help with nutrition and diet choices

Here’s my old boy, Graidy, today.

Border Collie mixI’ll update you on what his breed mix turns out to be as soon as I find out. They say it takes 2-3 weeks. Stay tuned!

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