FINAL UPDATE: The contest will close Friday night December 17 at midnight EST. Winners will be sent their signed books next week.
UPDATE: Enough people I respect voiced skepticism about potentially wacky results of Django’s DNA test that I decided to go ahead and look at the results. They are indeed plausible and for the purposes of this contest, that’s all that matters. There will be multiple winners but I will leave the comments open for a few more days for more entrants.
Meet Django. He was taken in after standing in front of a drugstore for five days. We adopted him a few months after that in the summer of 2004. At the time we reckon he was about ten months old. He weighed 55 lbs then; today he weighs 93 lbs. He is about 41″ nose to butt; his tail adds another foot or so. He stands about 28″ from the ground to the top center of his back. He has a large head.
He will sit, lie down and come when called. That said, he’s unlikely to be confused with a Border Collie: he is a few fries short of a Happy Meal. His hearing seems to be his most acute sense: he walks by food all the time. He is a good eater and a world-class beggar.
His disposition is gentle, though he can play rough. He likes to chew on stuff, especially chew toys that make squeaky noises. He rarely barks except when startled or really into it with a group of other dogs. He is tormented by the mere sight of cats, rabbits and squirrels and will chase them given the opportunity. He is a big, solid dog obviously, but he can run like a gazelle. He can clear a four-foot-fence on the fly.
For the most part he is amicable though certain other dogs make him crazy for some reason and he wants to kill them (and if we let him he would). He is very attentive to humans and enjoys their attention, though he is not a licker. If he really likes you he will sit on you.
Your job: guess what breeds gave rise to Django. The breed criteria, per Wisdom Insights:
Significant Breed – At least 50% of your dog’s DNA comes from this breed, so you are likely to see some physical and behavioral traits from this breed represented unless some of the genes are recessive.
Intermediate Breed – At least 25% of your dog’s DNA comes from this breed, so you may see some physical and behavioral traits represented in your dog.
Minor Breed – At least 12.5% of your dog’s DNA comes from this breed, so it is unlikely that this breed’s physical traits are visually represented unless some of the genes are dominant.
So, contestants, I need three breeds and for each I need to know if you think it is Significant, Intermediate or Minor. You can parse them however you want: one Significant and two Minor, three Intermediates, etc. The first criterion will be: Did you get the breeds right? The second: Did you get the proportions right?
Winners will receive signed first editions of my book, Here is a Human Being: At the Dawn of Personal Genomics.
Make your guesses (one per person please) in the comments!
After the jump: more Django to study.