And the Answer to the Dog Breed Puzzle is…

CIMG2027 (2) Did you have some ideas for the two breeds that make up Dante's DNA? Dante, a mixed breed dog, belongs to Dr. Stacy Fuchino, of the P.V. Village Pet Clinic in Redondo Beach, CA. A few weeks ago, we made a deal with MARS Veterinary Services to give Dante their "Wisdom Panel Mixed-Breed DNA Test." Then, last Wednesday, Dr. Fuchino met Dr. Angela Hughes, an advisor to Mars Veterinary Services, to find out the final results. Dr. Fuchino had guessed one half of Dante's dog breed puzzle -- miniature poodle. But he was stumped about the other half. The result from the MARS Wisdom Panel Mixed-Breed DNA test: Papillon. So, Dante's personality is a blend of miniature poodle and papillon. According to the AKC, "carrying himself proudly, very active, intelligent, the Poodle has about him an air of distinction and dignity peculiar to himself. Major fault: shyness or sharpness." The other half, the papillon, according to the AKC, is "happy, alert and friendly. Neither shy nor aggressive." So, the puzzle solved, Dr. Fuchino says, "Now I know why Dante is always bouncing off the walls; it's the papillon!" Knowing this will change the way I feed him. It will also change the way I manage his health and his exercise. Actually, we're going to start some agility work right away, because papillons need a lot of exercise." Listen to the interview with Dr. Fuchino and Dr. Angela Hughes, from MARS Veterinary Services: