After months of going round and round with the company, I finally received the results yesterday. It was only suppose to take 4-6 weeks to get them back. It's been 3 months! So if you remember, the husband and I have had some questions on what exactly Diesel's breed may be. He's always been labeled a mastiff from the beginning. That's what the shelter/rescue told the original adopter. Once I got him, I began to suspect that mastiff may not be quite right.
Some reasons why:
1. He's VERY hyper.
2. He's not that large.
3. He LOVES to swim.
4. Did I mention he's really HYPER!
I had done research on mastiffs. I've always wanted one because they are just huge gentle giants that lay around. There is no laying around with Diesel. But don't get me wrong, I LOVE Diesel just the way he is. I just want to know what his breed is so I know more about him.
According to the DNA testing company, their results are extremely accurate. Of course, the company is going to say that. But after reading the results, it seems to fit based on the behavior Diesel exhibits. Any guesses on what the results showed? Let me tell ya, Mastiff was not listed as part of his DNA!
Drum roll please........
Yep, that's what it said. The husband and I always thought he had Lab in him. He loves to swim and fetch. He would do that ALL DAY LONG if you let him.
But I never thought about a Boxer! I know from my experiences with dogs that they are very energetic. Here is short description I found on the web:
"The boxer is playful, exuberant, inquisitive, attentive, demonstrative, devoted and outgoing; he is a perfect companion for an active family. He can be stubborn, but he is sensitive and responsive to commands. He is generally good with other household dogs and pets."
That pretty much pegs Diesel. And further research shows that boxers come from mastiff lines. So in truth, I do have a mastiff. I also found out that early in their breed, they were used at cattle dogs. Maybe that's why he liked chasing the cattle? But we had to stop that behavior! It was out of control!
So can you see the boxer in him?