If you saw my post yesterday, you might be wondering what these three pictures have in common, and what the ‘missing link’ is.
As most of you guessed, the answer is they are all the breeds that make up Nola!
The first question anyone asks us when meeting Nola is “What is she?” She has a very unique look, with the combination of her fawn color and white accents mixed with her yellowish eyes, floppy ears and large jowls. Before I can answer, a number of suggestions are usually thrown my way. The most common include: Pit Bull, Boxer, Vizsla and Rhodesian Ridgeback. Usually I just say, “She is a rescue, a mixed breed, and she is such a good girl.” But in reality, I know exactly “what she is” because we had her DNA tested through a Wisdom Panel only a couple months after we got her, back in 2010. So what are the results? Could you guess the mix from the pictures above?
Nola is 25% Jindo, 25% Belgian Malinois and 50% Boxer. The Boxer is pretty obvious just from looking at her, and I can see some Malinois characteristics, but Jindo? I had never even heard of the breed before this.
We didn’t realize that so many of her personality traits are common in both Boxers and Belgian Malinois, including: intelligence, hard working, eager to learn and responding best to reward based training and love of dog sports! And, she DEFINITELY jumps on people, which is ALL Boxer. It is something we constantly work on with her, and she is getting better as she gets older, but she does ‘box’ with her front paws when she plays, which is A LOT. Jindos are also know for intelligence, and a highly tuned sense of smell. We have signed Nola up for a Noseworks class in February, so hopefully her Jindo ancestry will help her excel!
So now I will share a secret about the real reason behind this DNA test. When we first decided to adopt Nola, the Mr. and I were what I call ‘dog ignorant.’ We pretty much knew nothing about raising a puppy and when we showed pictures of Nola to people, the first thing they said to us was “she looks like a pit.” Of course, we had been brain washed by the media about pit bulls so we were concerned. It didn’t make us want her any less, but we decided to have her DNA tested so that we could be prepared if she was in fact a pit bull. Looking back now, I am not sure what we would have done differently if the results had shown she had a bully breed in her heritage. It seems so silly now, we still would have socialized her, gone to obedience classes with her, and loved her every second of every day. Now I wish she DID have some pit in her, so she could work as an ambassa-dog for the breed! But, we love her for what she is, a Bel-jind-oxer-ois.