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An Italian Greyhuahua no more?


Rosy: “What am I, Mr. Duck? Will we ever really know?”
Duck: “Not bloody likely, kid.”

For Christmas, Rosy bought me and Geoff a Wisdom Panel Insights DNA test… using my credit card. It cost $65 and involved swabbing her cheek to get a sample (she loved that part), sending the sample off to a lab, and waiting three weeks for the results. And those results are in! Drum roll please…

A Chihuahua mixed with an English Springer Spaniel? Seriously?! I call shenanigans. This dog has to have at least a smidgen of Italian Greyhound in her.

The report goes on to identify the five “next best breed matches” that were detected in her DNA, which could have contributed to the mixed breed grandparent.

Out of those, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon seems most similar to her body shape, though she does have a few “long face” expressions that remind me a lot of a Dachshund.

Before getting this DNA test, I’d read online that they’re not accurate. It was really an impulse buy that we did for fun. (Damn you, Humane Society, for putting these right next to the register a week before Christmas!) And now that we “know” what she is, I kind of don’t care. Rosy will always be a Greyhuahua to me. But that’s the last time I lend her my credit card…

9 Comments

  1. i have my own italian greyhuahua and believe me that looks like a italian greyhuahua! How is he part bulldog? wow! okay then..don’t believe in that junk that wasted your money.just go to a regular vet which is very cheaper than the humane society seriously and near christmas time! wow okay bye now! very cute bulldog by the way! :P

  2. I have a full blooded chihuahua that looks sort of like your Rosie, just not so thin. She was too big to sell so they gave her to the HS where we picked her up. Sorry you wasted your money on that test. Your pooch is too cute, who cares what she is!

  3. I have a female dog that looks exactly like yours. I often thought of doing the dna test as well, but have heard from several people that those tests are bullcrap. I would venture a guess that there are some reputable companies out there but have no idea how to distinguish reputable ones from b.s. ones. My vet says she is italian greyhound chihuahua mix. The closest photo matches i have found on line support that theory. Also min pin greyhound mix is close. The pink nose has always thrown a curveball into the search. My little girl was abandoned and clearly abused so i have no other info. Her name is Sierra and regardless of her genetics, she is a true blessing in my life.

    • Thank you for your post. I have had Leilani for 2 months. She is a rescue and she seems like a Chihuahua / Italian Greyhound mix but she also has the pink nose! Very lovable, sweet, and fast!

  4. The DNA dog tests are total crap! I have known many people who have used them and the results are just bizarre and make no sense at all. I have a dog who I just adopted and he is 9 months old and looks exactly like your Rosy! He is a Greyhuahua, no doubt! He comes from Texas, where they have a huge problem with way too many chihuahua and chihuahua mixes. I had no idea that the state was simply over run with these dogs, but they are. Breeders from Texas and a lot from Mexico, and somehow these poor dogs have ended up on the streets and flooding shelters and rescue organizations. My baby was in San Antonio, and was in one of the high kill shelters very close to being euthanized. While I think the name “Greyhuahua” is silly and sounds ridiculous, it is definitely what my boy is!

    • Thanks for your comment! California shelters have been overrun with Chihuahuas for years, too. I’ve seen clips on the news about rescue Chihuahuas being flown out to the east coast where they’re harder to find.

      Just today someone asked me if Rosy is a Chihuahua / Italian Greyhound mix. We have never had anyone ask if she’s an English Springer Spaniel mix. ;)

  5. I found your blog today while looking for pictures of Italian Greyhuahuas. We were told our dog was an Italian Greyhound mix when we adopted her, but we did the Wisdom DNA test & the results said she was a mixture of Chihuahua, Chinook and Norfolk Terrier. I don’t believe it at all because people come up to us on the street all the time and ask if she is an Italian Greyhound.

  6. I ran across your page while looking for something else, and had to comment. First, DNA is a crazy thing! My parents were both tall with black hair, and I’m only 5’4″ with blonde, curly hair (and there were no shenanigans, lol). While I don’t look like either of my parents, I look like a cross between two of my Mom’s sisters, and am a near-twin to my father’s niece, so clearly I am related. :whew!:

    Take some dogs who don’t look similar and breed them together – of course you’re going to get some unexpected results who don’t look specifically like either of the parents.

    One of my dogs is a crazy mix – her Mom was a Chihuahua /Shih Tsu mix, and her Dad was an English Springer Spaniel /Mini-Manchester Terrier mix. People trying to guess think she’s some combo of Jack Russell/Italian Greyhound/Chihuahua. In her face I see a lot of the English Springer Spaniel, but she’s 10lbs, short white and reddish-blonde hair, so it’s hard to get past the ESS and MMMT’s colouring when I look at pictures of those dogs, and she doesn’t look anything like a Shih Tsu.

    My other dog was a mystery so I had his DNA tested (I used Wisdom/Mars after a lot of research) and after getting his results (which made sense) I called Wisdom, and was able to speak with a lab tech. They gave me a lot more info, which was really fascinating.

    I’m not sure what your Rosy looks like, but I wouldn’t discount the results so fast. Definitely give them a call and ask for more info, you might find it enlightening. :)

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