Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Woman's Best Friend

If you know me, or even if you follow me on social media, you know my baby Arya is a super important part of my life. Arya is a goofball, sweetheart, amazing Doberman that I can't imagine being without. So yes, I'm a freaky dog mom.


Combine my love for dogs with my interest in science, and voilĂ —a genetic family tree for dogs! I first saw this great image in an article in Science magazine. A team of geneticists, lead by Elaine Ostrander and Heidi Parker at the National Human Genome Research Institute, collected and studied the DNA of dogs for over 20 years to gather the details shown in this family tree. And just in case you're wondering, Dobermans fall into a group (or clade) with Rottweilers, Black Russian Terriers, and Giant Schnauzers. Who knew?

Cladogram of 161 Domestic Dog Breeds

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