Contest: Guess Hogan’s Breed(s)!

It’s breed-guessing contest time again!

I must admit I’m a little surprised to find myself almost as shocked by Hogan’s breeds as I was by Dusty’s.

2012 March 24_dog park (5) (877x1024)We chose to use a different brand of DNA test for Hogan because we really thought he’d have Cairn, Norwich, or Australian terrier in there somewhere (spoiler alert: we were wrong!), and DNA My Dog doesn’t test for any of those breeds. So we opted for Wisdom Panel, purchased the test kit at a PetSmart store across the border, did the cheek swab, stuck on the Canadian stamps, and mailed the works to the testing centre in Nebraska.

While DNA My Dog guarantees results in five to ten days from receipt of the package, Wisdom Panel’s results took precisely two weeks from arrival—and the arrival itself took two weeks! (I know because I received notification of it.) After the speedy service we got with DNA My Dog, waiting four weeks for Hogan’s results seemed a little long.

Nevertheless, his results were worth the wait!

And that leads me to a tangent…. Some people have asked why I have bothered to do these tests. What do our dogs’ breeds matter? Frankly, they don’t. If they did, we would have scanned for a particular breed of dog instead of falling prey to the first set of sad eyes (Cora’s) that looked fearfully up at us that long ago day in PetSmart. But the DNA tests aren’t expensive, so why not find out their breeds?

DSC_9876 (680x1024)Before getting the test results, that was the extent of my explanation. However, interestingly, being able to read up on our dogs’ primary breeds has made me feel I know each of them better and understand them better. I hadn’t expected that. The knowledge hasn’t made me love any one of them more (not possible!) nor less (also not possible!), but it’s helped me come to terms with certain things. For example, reading that almost all of the breeds that are in Dusty are prone to hip dysplasia made me realize that his diagnosis with it at age one and a bit was virtually inevitable. And that Cora is more than 80% beagle suggests to me we were right in our guess that she was used for breeding.

I only just received Hogan’s test results, so I haven’t done all of the research on his breeds yet, but I do look forward to getting to understand our little guy more, too!

Now it’s time for you to guess Hogan’s breeds! Any idea where that cute curly tail, those modelesque good looks, those top-of-the-class smarts, or that big-dog attitude come from?

Here’s what I’ll tell you: It turns out that one of Hogan’s parents was a purebred from way back (his great-grandparents, too!). His other parent, though, came from a long line of “sleep-around Sues.” That parent had traces of six different breeds! Scandalous!

Hogan in his sweaterI will pick one contest winner (through a draw if there is more than one correct guess). All you have to do is guess either (1) Hogan’s “pure breed” side or (2) guess two of his other breeds (two because I think his 5.48% breed is obvious despite its small percentage). The winner will get a choice of prize: a custom hand-knit dog sweater, like the one below, or a cash donation to the animal charity of his or her choice.

Just post your guess in the comments below or, if you’re shy or want to keep your guess secret, email it to me at by Tuesday, February 5, at noon. I’ll announce the winner—and reveal Hogan’s breeds—later that day. Good luck, everyone, and thanks for participating!

21 Responses to Contest: Guess Hogan’s Breed(s)!

  • Roberta says:

    Okay, let’s see – cute face and mohawk =

    Border Terrier, Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Jack Russell, and German Shepherd.

    I just had to throw some indigenous Mexican in the mix.

  • Johanna says:

    Hmm. I’m not good at this, but I’m going to go with German Shepherd for his pure breed side. He’s small, but he’s smart and has the coloring.

    Whatever he is, he’s adorable! Love that crooked ear! 🙂

  • Pat MacKenzie says:

    Border Terrier for sure, not sure what else to guess

  • Andrea Sekula says:

    I am going to say the pure breed side as dalmatian, only for the fact that a number of these tests have come back with that in it on Cozzie dogs that look nothing like a dalmatian as the primary breed, which I find BIZARRE, and has left me a bit doubtful re. DNA testing.

    Rat Terrier, scottish terrier, Chihuahua, Maltese, Airedale terrier

  • Heather (TAGS) says:

    Let’s see – what would be the most un-like Hogan I can think of – Mastiff, Shih Tzu, Greyhound, Puli & maybe a bit of Mexican Hairless???
    Seriously – I couldn’t even begin to guess after Dusty’s results they were SO weird.
    Very curious to know, though. I’ll be at the dogpark taking pictures again tomorrow in the back portable. Come & say hi if you’re up.

  • Heather (TAGS) says:

    Oh … and the pug for his tail.

  • Ashley says:

    I guess Yorkie (based on his colouring), a little bit of a German Sheppard, some sort of Rat Terrier and for good measure lets throw in a Chihuahua!

  • julie says:

    Mini schnauzer plus border terrier..lets throw in some xolo for good measure…

  • Denise Shea says:

    hmmmm, I’m going with Pug, Yorkie, Golden Retriever/Lab, and Jack Russell Terrier…

  • Christine Gilbert says:

    Hrm, I had so thought that he’d have had Cairn terrier in him. Ok, here goes: Airedale, Yorkie, Chihuahua, German Sheppard, Fox Terrier (for the curly tail), and West Highland Terrier. And I’ll go along with Andrea and throw in Dalmatian, too. 🙂 Can’t wait to find out the results!

    • Cathy Witlox says:

      I know–and if not Cairn, something that looks a lot like that. It’s so weird how you can throw a bunch of different breeds in there and have them wind up looking like a different breed altogether. When I learned that about Dusty, I compared it to how you can put a bunch of alcohol in a glass with lemon and Coke, and it tastes like iced tea (long island iced tea). That’s the same situation with Hogan! 🙂

  • Sandy Loney says:

    Ok…. um……. Im going with jack russell, chihuahua, and yorkie and lots of beagle. Totally guessing on all of these! I DO know that he’s adorable and I’m quite sure he knows it! 🙂

  • Lindsay says:

    For his purebred side I’m going to guess Yorkie.

    And for some of the other mixes in there … how about German shepherd, beagle, border terrier and Westie.

    Who the heck knows! 🙂 He sure is cute!

  • Allison MacDougall says:

    I think he is part Mini-Schnauzer, Chihuahua, maybe some shepherd. He’s 100% precious!

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