Image courtesy of Hannah Shaw
We’re researching random-bred native dogs in partnership with Animal Love Costa Rica to add samples to our reference database. These insights can be particularly useful for US dog parents, as many of these pups end up stateside.
We’re researching African random-bred or free-roaming native cats and dogs in partnership with KSPCA and Nairobi Feline Sanctuary to take a closer look at the regional differences in their DNA.
We’re studying the four recognized native breeds of Vietnam in partnership with Phu Quoc Ridgeback Association. Once we better understand them, we can add them to our comprehensive breed reference library.
We’re researching Icelandic random-breed cats with Icelandic Cat Protection Society (Kattholt) to get more insight into the regional differences of our domestic companions. Our research here may also help us trace the origins of domestic cats as a species.
Image courtesy of Himalayan Mountain Dog Club International
Henry Friedman, @keepingfinn
Henry Friedman of @keepingfinn traveled to Baja, Mexico with rescue group Los Adoptables to help us research Mexican random-bred native dogs. By adding these samples to our reference database we will be able to better represent and promote the native pet populations of Mexico.
Hannah Shaw, @kittenxlady
Hannah Shaw of @kittenxlady traveled to Tanzania to help with our research of African random-bred and free roaming native cats and dogs. In partnership with Every Living Thing, ZAASO and Mama Paka we tested local populations of domestic dogs and cats so that we can research these underepresented genetic populations.
Egyptian Street Cat
Some people believe the ancestors of cats that lived with pharaohs still roam Egyptian streets.
Costa Rican Street Dog
More than one million street dogs live in Costa Rica.
Ghanian Street Dog
These dogs are sometimes referred to as “Avuvi” in their community.