I did a DNA test on Oscar, mainly to see if there were any genetic health predispositions and, thankfully, there were not, though there aren’t a whole lot of issues covered in the test.
When we take him out, people think he’s either a mini basset hound or a small beagle. When we say he’s a dachshund, I think a lot of people think . . poor old people . . they think he’s a dachshund. Now we know!
They also said this:
The “very good boy” might be a stretch!
He does have short hair but has the variant for long hair, which would explain (I guess) the little patch of long hair just at the base of his neck. He did have a couple of long haired siblings. The report says that long hair variant is recessive and requires two copies to produce a long coat. Oscar has only one copy.
The test said he should weigh between 14 and 23 pounds, which pretty much takes him out of the miniature category but my two previous mini dachshunds stayed around 14 pounds. Oscar is now at 15 pounds. He looks bigger than my first two – one was red and Speck was black/tan dapple. I think Oscar looks bigger because he’s white.
He has two copies of the reduced shedding variant. All dachshunds may . . I don’t know.
There is interesting information included in the report. I wish I knew more about DNA and genetics.
For anyone interested, I did the test through Wisdom Panel.