Sasha’s DNA Results


Back of a dog's head looking outward.
What makes Sasha Sasha is no longer a mystery.

Sasha was marked as a Pit Bull mix by the Animal Rescue of Crosby County veterinarian. To be honest, sometimes it’s hard adopting a rescue dog that’s been classified with Pit Bull in it. Sasha has been at the ARCC kennels for over two years. Two years is an insane amount of time for a rescue to only know a kennel and no loving home. I met her not long ago and fell in love with her. To help get Sasha adopted I talked Kerri into doing a DNA test on Sasha.

After looking at the reviews of available doggie DNA tests, we went with the Wisdom Panel. It is a complete self-contained box meaning the swabs go back into the same box the kit was shipped in.

The kit has two swabs. Sasha was an angel with me messing with her mouth swabbing her cheeks and upper teeth line. Kerri completed the kit registration process online and mailed the kit.

Today, we received Sasha’s DNA results. Both of us are shocked and happy.

First, Sasha has no Pit Bull in her. Yay!

This comes the tricky part the main percentage her DNA results came back with was 25% American Staffordshire Terrier or AmStaff for short. Some will start arguing that means she has Pit Bull in her. We learned no it does not. Here’s why.

The AmStaff has been recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club since 1936. The AmStaff is part of the AKC Terrier Group.

The breed was developed in the early 1800s as a result of crosses between bulldogs of that time and game terriers.

The AmStaff and the Pit Bull are two distinct breeds. While they look similar to one another they have different characteristics and temperaments. The AmStaff is a friendly, people-oriented dog who thrives with family contact. They need an interactive owner who will spend time with them.

An American Staffordshire Terrier is affectionate, loyal, and good with children, making them an outstanding family pet. It is noted the breed possesses some level of aggression, especially toward other animals (which Sasha has exhibited). That tells us that poor Sasha was never properly socialized.

Their main characteristics include them being strong, athletic, intelligent and driven to please. They can excel at just about anything asked of it, including, but not limited to agility, conformation showing, carting, packing, therapy work, search and rescue, and protection work.

Somewhere one of Sasha’s parents was from an AKC-registered bloodline for AmStaffs. In all honesty, we can say Sasha is kin to Sgt. Stubby, a World War I K9 hero. How cool is that? We love our war heroes!

Sasha also has Australian Cattle Dog in her genes, along with Siberian Husky. This mix contributes to her soft coat. Surprisingly, boxer also shows up in her DNA.

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Sasha’s DNA breakdown.

Overall, the Wisdom Panel DNA test, while expensive at $99.00, did what it what we wanted – identifying what makes Sasha Sasha. We were pleased with the eleven-page PDF report.

Dog smiling in a water tank.