Who Do You Think You Are Flo?

Miss Tialys the Elder bought our Mum & Dad a DNA test for Christmas because she said it would be interesting to find out where (and who) I came from.  What does this mean?  It seems they think I might not be theirs!

Anyway, one day a few weeks ago they stuck a little brush thingy into my mouth which, of course, I tried to chew on as I thought it must be a doggy treat.  Instead, it was taken back out again and put somewhere to dry and then, some minutes later they taunted me with another pretend doggy treat. I did wonder what was going on but then they gave me a real treat and I forgot all about it.  Until a little while ago.

As you know, I’m a beautiful black and white dog with some spotted bits on my chest and legs and, although I can’t remember a time before living with these humans, they didn’t believe the papers from the rescue centre which say I’m a collie cross because they reckon they say that about all black and white dogs.

All they had to tell the laboratory when sending off the swabs was that I am a female and what I weigh which, of course, I usually lie about but the humans told the truth which is O.K. because I am beautifully sleek and slim and not at all ashamed of weighing 22kg.

With this information they discovered the following and there’s not a collie in sight.

So, even though we now live in England and that’s where the test was done, it seems I really am French – well, mostly – which the humans say is no surprise as that’s where they found me.

This is what a pure Brittany looks like so you can see some definite similarities although brown and white colouring is more common,

Close up portrait of black and white brittany spaniel

Apparently, one set of my great grandparents were ‘full’ Brittanys but the rest must have allowed standards to slip and there were a few little minxes and some love rats who managed to mix up the family tree a bit.

Mum said she’s not surprised to see Labrador Retrievers are in the mix because they are on a mission to become as fat as possible by eating almost anything they can get their paws and jaws on and she says that’s exactly what I am like.  Cheek!  I am very discerning and never eat any sheep/fox/cat poo that’s more than a day or two old.

She laughed like a drain for some reason when she said that the other French breed in my DNA – the Beauceron – is described as ‘brilliant and fearless’.  After some shameless showing off by me including opening doors to let myself into the garden and deliberately making a lot of noise by banging my bottom against the drop leaf table, she had to concede that I’m brilliant but, frankly, I have to say that more than one vet has threatened to eject us when I wail loudly and uncontrollably if they come anywhere near my bottom with a thermometer.  Well, wouldn’t you?

So, there you go, I now know who I am and where I come from which I think is probably of more interest to the humans than to me because I just know I’m gorgeous, fun-loving, full of energy and with a great sense of humour and that I live in a lovely place with humans who appreciate me which is more than enough for this rescue dog.

Still, I’m quite pleased there’s a Weimeramer or two in the mix as they are so handsome and I think my blogging friend Mouse will be pleased to know I’m also related to the sighthound group and, if I lived in Australia, would probably be invited to join him at the Happy Greys Social Club for a puppuccino,

If you have a dog and its origins are ‘unclear’ would you be interested in doing a DNA test or are you happy guessing?


love Flo 🐾❤


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  1. #1 by Laurie Graves on October 6, 2021 - 14:59

    Oh, Flo! Truly you are a dog of dogs. I don’t blame you at all for wailing when the vet wants to take your temperature. And clever dog for learning to open the door to the patio to let yourself out. Such a fun post!

    • #2 by tialys on October 7, 2021 - 08:47

      Thank you for your understanding. I like the lever handles on doors best as I can’t get a grip on doorknobs. 🐾❤

  2. #4 by claire93 on October 6, 2021 - 15:23

    what an interesting pressie idea!
    And very interesting results!

    • #5 by tialys on October 7, 2021 - 08:43

      Yes, a bit of a mix but the fact the main one is a French breed is interesting as we sent off the test from England and no information was given to the lab apart from gender and weight,

  3. #6 by Susan Nixon on October 6, 2021 - 17:00

    I didn’t even know such a service existed. How interesting!

    • #7 by tialys on October 7, 2021 - 08:41

      Yes, we’d been thinking about it but never got round to it then eldest daughter bought us the test which was a very original gift I must say. I was quite impressed by the results as all they asked for – apart from the swabs – was gender and weight.

  4. #8 by Carol on October 6, 2021 - 17:50

    Flo certainly is gorgeous, and very fortunate to have such a lovely Family……

    • #9 by tialys on October 7, 2021 - 08:40

      Thank you Carol xx

  5. #10 by Evie Jones on October 6, 2021 - 18:21

    The vet really should at the very least buy you a very posh treat before introducing the thermometer into the mix.

    What a pedigree you have. No wonder you’re so very gorgeous.

    • #11 by tialys on October 7, 2021 - 08:39

      You may call it a ‘pedigree’ some may call it a ‘checkered past’ but you have obviously recognised that gorgeousness will shine through.
      I sometimes get a small biscuit at the vet but it really doesn’t compensate.🌡

  6. #12 by lifebyacompassnotaclock on October 6, 2021 - 22:00

    Whoever u are and whatever u are … u are very beautiful 😍

    • #13 by tialys on October 7, 2021 - 08:35

      Why thank you so much, that means a lot from a lady of such good taste 🐾❤

  7. #14 by katechiconi on October 6, 2021 - 22:49

    Hi Flo! Mouse here! I’m delighted to welcome you to the ranks of Valued Sighthound Friends! Such a pity you’re too far away to join in any of our events, but please take the thought for the deed. I just *knew* there was something distinguished about you, and Weimaraners are so elegant, and best of all, Grey! Would you like me to add you to the page of Friends/Members on my blog? I can borrow the photo from this post and put you up there, if you like? 🐾

    • #15 by tialys on October 7, 2021 - 08:32

      That would be delightful Mouse – please make sure you get my best side although I think I look pretty cute from both.🐾❤

      • #16 by katechiconi on October 7, 2021 - 13:48

        My pleasure, Flo, you’ll be an asset to the Members Page.

  8. #17 by craftycreeky on October 8, 2021 - 20:21

    I didn’tknow you could DNA a pooch, very interesting 🙂

    • #18 by tialys on October 10, 2021 - 11:21

      It put an end to all the guessing and the results were very interesting.

  9. #19 by cedar51 on October 10, 2021 - 04:26

    I agree with craftycreek about DNA for non-humans…and Flo so pleased that there was a treat for you after the swabbing…

    • #20 by tialys on October 10, 2021 - 11:22

      Amazing – and a bit scary – what can be discovered from a few cheek cells isn’t it?

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