Heinz 57 Dog Breed Mystery

Toto's Green Coat 2

We’ve had little Toto the Terrific rescue dog for over two years now and we’re finally going to find out exactly what mix of dog breeds comprise her genetic make-up.

Wisdom Panel 2.0

Wisdom Panel 2.0

My daughter gave me this dog breed DNA test for Christmas.  I’ve been wanting it for some time and was so happy that FINALLY someone in my family read my “want list.”  Ha!  Actually, several other family members also read my want list this year so I really can’t complain.

What am I?

What am I?

When we adopted Toto from the rescue group, they had her listed as a Shih-Tzu mix.  She might very well be that but I suspect that there is a terrier breed in there somewhere.

My breed is "Cute Dog."

My breed is “Cute Dog.”

Quite a few in my extended family have tried to guess what mix of dog breeds have gone into her mix.  I’ve heard Yorkie, Miniature Poodle, Schnauzer, and then there were my own guesses of Norwich Terrier and Shih Tzu.

My vet was positively giddy today when I told her that I was having Toto’s DNA tested.  She guessed there was some Cairn Terrier in there somewhere.  She DID tell me that she’s seen results come back for some of her other patients that have really surprised her.

I'm a Woman of Mystery!

I’m a Woman of Mystery!

The Wisdom folks promise that results will be ready within 2-3 weeks after the samples arrive at their labs.  I can’t wait.  What do you think?  Be honest now.  If you own a mixed breed dog, haven’t you ever wondered what breeds were represented in your cutie?

I’ll let you know Toto’s results when I receive them.  They promise to provide results back through her great-grandparents.  Whee!





  • Carolyn Cline

    Had to smile at this! DS has gone back to Georgia Tech to study bioinformatics, so we bought him a 23 and Me DNA test kit for Christmas. Everybody in the family is on pins and needles to see what the test can tell him. See…It’s kinda sorta like Toto’s story except we’re not expecting any Shih Tzu in there.
    Carolyn (Siriradha23 on Ravelry)

    • booklassie

      Oh, that is too funny. I almost lost my coffee on that one. I certainly hope no Shih Tzu shows up in the DNA test for your son. We did the Ancestry DNA tests last year and it was so much fun to see what my DH and I were. I got him the National Geographic DNA test this year for Christmas so I’m curious to see how that one comes out. It shows slightly different things, like if he’s related to Neanderthal man, etc. ha!


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