Written by: Kate
When we adopted Lexi, the SPCA called her a hound mix. So that was all we knew. The more we got to know her, the more her personality helped us try to figure out what breed she was. Her looks and mannerisms reminded us of a Pointer Hound. She always “points” one of her front paws, her spotted coat, her body build, and ears look like a pointer hound.
But her coloring in her face looks like a Jack Russel Terrier (right) or a beagle (left).
We had wanted to do a DNA test for at least a year now. Around Christmas time I saw a post from a friend on Facebook that one of the Amazon deals of the day was the DNA kit we wanted for Lexi (see link and picture below)
Since it was on sale for $50, I decided to buy it. We got it in 2 days, swabbed her cheek, and sent it in. 3 weeks later we got her results back and were shocked. Our little hound mix Lexi was in fact a mix of lots of dogs, and some were shocking (see results below).
The most shocking thing was that our sweet little hound dog actually had no evidence of hound in her at all.
Lexi is the following mix: 25% Chow chow, 25% mixed breeds (guard, terrier, herding), 12.5% Australian Cattle Dog, 12.5% Lab, 12.5% Weimaraner, 12.5% Boxer. Our big shockers here were Boxer, Chow Chow, and Lab.
Weimaraner made sense once we looked into them because of their body build, the “pointing of their paw”, fast speeds (Lexi loves to run and fast), and their aloof characteristics.
Australian Cattle Dog seems to explain her spots, cautiousness, obedience, and loyalty.
As for the Lab, she is kind, agile, and has ears like a lab.
The Boxer (right) and Chow Chow (left) are confusing to us based on looks and characteristics. The mixed breeds make some sense. The way that she runs is like a herding dog, and she has a terrier coloring in her face.
The DNA results were interesting, shocking, and somewhat disappointing as we were looking for a concrete breed. We were looking for answers to see what breed Lexi was and we got a few too many answers and some that just do not seem to fit. Regardless, we love our houndless-chow chow-australian cattle dog-lab-weimaraner-boxer-mixed breed mix of a pup.
What breed do we refer to her as now that we know the results? Honestly, still a hound mix because the DNA test just made explaining the breed of Lexi that much more confusing, but we are glad we got some answers. Take a look at Lexi and let us know what breed you think she is.