Update 12/11/12: Great news!! East Bay SPCA took Dolly into their adoption program today! We thank them for believing in her!
The mystery of Dolly, an unusually handsome mixed breed dog, has been solved, and everyone is feeling glad that they didn’t have anything riding on this bet!
When Dolly came to Oakland Animal Services in July, her unusual look had everyone guessing about her background. A beautiful dog, she sports a brindle coat overlaid with a black saddle. She is 56 pounds, with a solid frame and a dainty face . . . and a little different from most dogs. The best guess was that she was some sort of hound mix, but no one was sure, of course. That is until a volunteer sponsored a professional DNA test to determine Dolly’s makeup.
While the volunteers waited to hear the results of the test, Dolly was becoming a volunteer favorite at the shelter for her sweet, bouncy personality as well. At the same time, the guesses came pouring in about what she might be: Plott hound, Boxer, Catahoula leopard dog, American Staffordshire terrier, and even Jack Russell terrier!
Finally, the results came in, and we were all surprised to learn that Dolly is 25 percent Bernese mountain dog and 25 percent Doberman Pinscher! The other 50 percent is not certain, but the best matches were 21 percent Bloodhound, 16 percent shepherd, 4 percent Chow Chow, and 2 percent poodle. Our darling girl is definitely a “mixed breed” dog, and we think she got the best of each breed.
To see more photos and a video of Dolly, click here.