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Pig the Unusual Dog Gets a DNA Test for Her First Birthday

by Fred

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10.31.14 - Pig

Back in June we introduced you to a dog that was given the name Pig (for the original story, click here).  Aside from that being an odd choice for a dog name, Pig pretty much embodies the word strange.

Pig is now one year old, and is still going strong as one of the most astounding medical situations vets have ever seen.  Born with a spine so amazingly short, Pig almost looks like a normal dog from the front until a closer inspection is had.  Then, the differences are very clear.

Doctors were not sure what caused this to happen to Pig, or even how she manages to stay alive with such a shortened body.  In most cases, the body cavity wouldn’t provide enough room for all the vital organs.  For some reason, in Pig’s case, it doesn’t seem to be a problem.

Fast forward almost a year and one question still seemed to be on everyone’s mind.  “What kind of dog is Pig?”  Well, the results are in, and it turns out that she shares family lineage with many breeds.  Pig is part boxer, Chow Chow, and American Staffordshire terrier.  That’s correct, Pig is part pit.  There were even some interesting trace ancestry links, such as Portuguese water dog and Alaskan Klee Kai.

The people at Wisdom Panel 2.0 say that some of those possible trace breeds being there is what may have led to Pig being shaped the way she is.  All of those genetic makeups are there, but not at all are they completely evident.

With Pig doing so surprisingly well, hopefully she will be with his family for a long time.  Follow her on Facebook!