Most of you know that Quincy was a rescue. He was confiscated from the breeder due to abominable conditions and had come to Kid 2 and her bf with serious problems.
Despite training and much love, Quincy has been exhibiting some un-German Shepherd like behaviors.
That and some other things convinced Kid 2 to have get a canine DNA test. We now bring you the results.
Quincy is 94% German Shepherd. And 6% wolf.
Behold, Quincy’s family tree.
In light of this new development, should you encounter Quincy, we urge you to exercise extreme caution.
Haha. Quincey displays the Regalness and fierceness of his ancestor what an adorable dog.
Amazing what the DNA tests will find, my friend has what we thought was a chug (Chihuahua/Pug), turns out there’s no pug, but she’s like half pitbull?!?! But she is looks like a slightly larger than usual Chihuahua with a barrel chest, an under-bite, and a curly pug like tail. Go figure.
Quincy’s yips are adorable.
Moderator R says
What do Quincy and my favourite Ilona Andrews book have in common?
It has a wolf in it!
I will see myself out 😛
-that was smart thinking on her part to get the test done!
That doesn’t actually narrow it down a whole lot.
Moderator R says
Bayou Moon 😉 https://ilona-andrews.com/2021/the-book-with-the-wolf-in-it/
You have good taste, Mod R!
Aside- It’s probably a good thing that Mee-Maw and Grandma Freida will never meet but oh, to be there if it happened and someone misbehaved 😀
Bayou Moon was my intro to IA as well! Been hooked ever since. Loved reading your post about discovering it, which I somehow hadn’t seen.
Moderator R says
Thank you thank you thank you! I love a good pun, and yours was awesome!
BWAHAHA, good one!
That last pic is super adorable ????
Michele G says
Audra Carr says
With those yips I was expecting coyote or something. But its adorable though lol
Omg, I really needed that. Thank you, beware of Quincy the squeaker. Noted.
Mary Cruickshank Peed says
I wish these tests has been available with our old dog. Speculating on his ancestory was a long running source of entertainment in our family.
“He’s got to have some Shepard in him but why is he that yellow? And the tail… What’s with the tail?”
He was a rescue as a puppy from a no-kill shelter and was the best dog… He’s been gone 11 years now and I still miss him.
We had a shepherd/collie mix with probably some terrier added in. His mother was, in the words of the woman who owned her, “not a terribly picky girl” when it came to doggy boyfriends….and neither was the maternal grandma dog….
He had a yellow coat with a white chest and legs – when my mother was displeased with him, she called him “dingo dog”. He did rather look like a dingo, but how one could have gotten to Illinois would be a great mystery and adventure.
His vocals were yapping mostly, with a few woofs thrown in for good measure. My dad would occasionally ask him to “bark like a regular dog”. No dice.
Lol when I first read the blog post title on twitter my mine immediately went to the show Quincy … so now I have both doctors and for some reason werewolves on the mind…I think it might have been the jumpers in the family tree that did it ????
Pam Roth says
OK, I’m giggling like a fiend at my desk at work. That funky yip! The derpy look! I wonder if there was an attempt to de-bark him, that left him with that yip? My Pom quacked like a duck due to be de- barked at her first home.
No, he is permitted to bark all he wants. He is just a weirdo. He does woof at strangers quite loudly in a manly dog fashion. 🙂
Honestly, it sounds like he’s swallowed a squeaky toy.
The yips are like a baby wolf, very cute.
Kat M. says
Quincy’s derpitude is clearly from his lupine ancestor. We should all strive to be so wild and free. ????
Chiara (Chandramas) says
I think I need a little more of Quincy The Fierce in my life ????
Cheryl M says
I LOVE the yip! Yeah, it can be a fun game of “Who did your grandma get tangled up with???” with some rescues. Derpy dogs are the best.
As I scrolled down to the DNA results, I thought maybe a husky or something – do they yip? I was not expecting the wolf. Wow!
Moderator R says
Hehe, the dramatisation of how different dog breeds react to a burglar https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMLAsQcHB/
Huskies are definitely vocal in All The Ways ????
My daughter Kelly has a Golden doodle. His name is Gus and he is wonderful. He is twoish. I bought her a pet camera for Christmas and so she sneaks’ a peek at him from work on her phone. The other day the landlady forgot to tell her that repair men were coming to work on the dishwasher. So Gus was sitting in the living room on the couch when these two men walked in.. He jumped and ran to the door and sat waiting to be petted and then escorted them to the kitchen. He was so happy to show them the way!
Moderator R says
Oh no ????. Making the breed proud hehe
Huskies make All The Sounds, but they especially love to sing opera. They’re dramatic, they know it, they embrace it.
Moderator R says
Husky Aria, in Dramatic ma Molto Troppo 😀
Nope. The howl and they woo and they talk and they grumble but I have never heard anything like those yips.
Mary Barton says
Huskies do yip and they yoodle howl chirp and an assortment of other noises we have only had one that learned to bark due to hanging out with a dachshund
There’s one in every family!
I didn’t know dog DNA tests existed. Ember is part Chihuahua and part mystery. Probably dachshund. Whatever. Something that has bossy traits in it. ????
Anna L says
A friend of mine who is a professor at Cornell started Embark the Dog genotype company, I highly recommended it, now we know that my friend Husky is part husky beagle with a little bit of boxer. Mostly she is a princess who just loves pillows
Brenda Harry says
Chis can be very bossy. Most toy breeds are.
Maybe Quincy’s wolf ancestor was Moon Moon? ????
Moderator R says
Bwahahahaha. Dammit Moon Moon!
But what planet did the wolf come from?
Having spent quite a lot of time with wolf hybrid doggos… they’re wonderful, but never quite what you expect! Haha, congrats on your wolf puppy, he seems very happy.
Marie S says
Oh that’s so cool! Go Quincy…
If I ever manage the circumstances to get a dog, I would love one that is a wolf mix – it would have to be a low percentage.
This just proves Quincy is multilingual! ????????????????????????
Derp derp dee derp.
That is the sound my brain makes when I see that last image of Quincy.
It is also the sound my brain makes when I see pictures of my dog that look much the same.
Laura Martinez says
OMG! We love the Quincy!!!!
What an adorable derp!
I now sort of want an in-joke with Julie tormenting Derek about some dog/wolf mix called Quincy.
It’s headcannon now in my imagination. #CantStopMeNow
???? That would be fun.
What does it mean when a wolf yips?
It’s a “Wolf Alarm”, a warning to pack mates of possible danger. There are the yips, yaps, squeals, and chirps of play. These sounds are also used to show submissiveness to higher ranking pack members.
Wolf Talkhttps://www.everythingwolf.com › wolftal
how great that Quincy got a good home.. looks like he is the younger so he has to show respect…
when the coyotes around here start singing we can almost count the young by the yipping
Coyotes here, too. Mobile home park next to a suburban forest preserve. They sometimes yip and call in the summertime near sunset. Maybe social/conversation?
They really holler when they hear fire trucks – they do NOT like the sirens!
Omg I love the yips! Have you seen the “Dog DNA” youtube video by Funny or Die? Hilarious with an unexpected twist.
So funny, thanks. Link is here so no need to search: https://youtu.be/JsXpjyA12CE
Love GSDs! We got ours from the local pound and he was about 2 years old at the time. Lived with us for 16-1/2 years, so 18+ years. A looong life for GSD. Our vet said he was the best GSD in her practice, although with his escapades we surely helped pay for her student loans substantially. He had over 65+ pieces of buckshot in his hindquarters but it never fazed him – hours long daily off-leash field runs, rabbit hunting (to a count of 15) but never sacked a single mole though his trenches were prolific, mountain hiking, lake and river swimming, he lived the grandest life! Now we have a rescue MinPin and he’s as good a guard, a great companion, and an amazing mouser. Animal companions are the greatest (and sometimes more beloved than cranky teenagers, lol). Bark, woof, growl, snarl … now rub my tum and give me (another) treat! Quincy is lucky to be part of your family’s fur-baby coalition!
Lora Tyler says
Love it!! He is so cute!
Too funny. I met a few wolf hybrids of varying degree back in the day as a vet tech. All the ones I met were very polite.
I have adopted (after fostering her for a month) a pup who was said to be a blue heeler cross. Turns out she’s at most 1/8 heeler. Half GSD, quarter pit, an eighth Siberian husky. You can see how that pit/husky mix could look like a heeler. She’s got zero prey drive and will likely max out at 35-40lb. Go figure. When she does bark, which is almost never, she does sound like a shepherd. In addition she has a full repertoire of silly little noises.
Also, she’s 6-8 weeks older than the litter’s adopters were told by the rescue. This has complicated her socialization process quite a bit, and three of the four siblings including her have anxiety issues. Do not even get me started on the parasite load or the insufficient dose of medication they issued to treat it, necessitating what is now our third round of treatment. The rescuers’ hearts are in the right place, but they have acted like the kind of horse dealers I actively avoid dealing with. Take everything a rescue says with a grain of salt.
Although I should say that the breed-specific rescues seem to be meticulous in their descriptions of the challenges presented by the individual dogs in their care.
His yipping sounded like he swallowed the squeaker in a chew toy. Very interesting. I once Saw a Shepard that was more than 6% wolf. Beautiful creature but even I as a young boy knew look but don’t touch.
Thank you for sharing that! I love all the animal updates! ????
Wolf dogs are no joke… but with love and training, they are just like any other dog if a bit more hyper. Make sure he gets lots of exercise!
Claire M says
???????????? yipping wolf dog is adorable! Always has been, never gets old. Thanks for sharing!!
I am very skeptical of doggy DNA tests for whatever reason, even though I’ve done the human ones (I did Ancestry and 23andme and there weren’t huge discrepancies for me between the two). I don’t think they’re totally inaccurate but I also take what they say with a bajillion grains of salt. If you were to use more than 1 doggy DNA company I wonder how the results would compare. My guess is there would be significant differences.
Whatever Quincy is, his squeaky bark is hilarious and he is very cute. 🙂
Cynthia Ann Sonnen says
Our Maggie was a rescue that looked like a full black lab but she had golden eyes and treated anything smaller than her 90 lb self as PREY! We tested her and discovered she was 12% wolf. We never shared with anyone but the vet for a variety of reasons. We did need to keep her away from small cats and dogs. She didn’t bother the little kids except to follow them around so she could steal food out of their hands. She was also a big talker- she would make vocalizations to us all day long! Pretty funny!!
This is Highly Important information, without which I would not have been able to carry out my day. Thank you.
Thank you for the chuckles. I have been watching a episode of Midsomer Murders, so that means there has been a lot of deaths in a small village ????
Wow! One of Quincy’s parents has got balls. Excuse the pun. ????
Going back to the wild side, I see!
Was Kid 2 thrilled?
ROFL! Love it so much.
Next up a kitty DNA test for Camille. Wisdom Panel does a good one. I bet Camille is at least 50% Lykoi.
Wow, I honestly thought that cross breed thing never happened. Huh, okay, well, he seems like a nice creature anyhow, and looks happy, so I guess Life is Good.
People crossbreed wolves and dogs on purpose. It’s a bad idea in general, because not all wolf behaviors belong in human company. That’s why there are laws about it in some places, but individuals that are appropriately trained and supervised can be good canine citizens.
And 6% is really not very much wolf. You never know which genes are going to come out on top though.
Dogs are… The. BEST! And Quincy is obviously the bestest boy. Hugs to Kid2 for giving him a the good life!
I had a great weekend, bought my next home in less than 3 hours. It must have been meant because everything meshed. Now to begin the packing process again. Moving the last week in April. Job hunting again, big groan.
Crowbones comes out next week! My reward for a weekend of boxes and tape!
Donna A says
I’m looking forward to that myself, especially since Soul Taken got pushed back. You can always read while you sort boxes – it could make for “interesting” unpacking ????
(I once tried reading while sorting haberdashery. My results were. . . peculiar)
Sometimes the genes from ancestors kick in down the line. Even with 6% wolf, that wolf is strong in this one????
Sara B. says
Funnews about Quincy, always enjoy hearing about him … although I am the biggest fan of Artha and Sookie … and Tuna.
The best thing about today — I ended up on the main page and was able to read the posted excerpt from Ruby Fever — so so awesome. Always exciting to read something new in the snippets, deleted scenes and excerpts. Poor scared spider.
I hope that the new family compound scene made it into the final cut (although I can see how it might have been trimmed to the essential action) — if so, it would make a great short story or novella?
I have just been informed by cats that it is past dinner time – got to go.
I hope she squeaks at the Lawn Orphans
Lynn Thompson says
Bwah ha ha. Thank you, Ilona Andrews for the post.
Agreed about using caution around Quincy. But German Shepherd’s as a breed typically have more wolf in them than say chihuahua. Can make life interesting.
Then there is Titan whom my sister rescued and decided I need a rescued dog when she couldn’t handle him. She said he was a Labrador Great Dane mix. Embark dna testing said rhodesian ridgeback Labrador mix aka Rhodesian Labrador. He can be freakingly scary at times. No we still don’t have Good k9 paperwork because Come is not done unless he decides I need protection. Sigh he has failed testing 3 years now. He has a lab bark (“SQUIRREL!. Bird!, DEER!) and a Rhodesian ridgeback bark (your ass is grass and I am the lawnmower roar.)
Good luck with Quincy. He definitely sounds like a juvenile wolf to me on the video clip. One of my sisters rescues and trains German shepherds so I have heard shepherd puppies vocalize as well as adults. The thing to remember is that training and love matters no matter what the dna testing shows.
I still remember Quincy and his buddy hiding out on the sofa to get away from the poop-spewing Roomba. His yip is funny.
Yes indeed, a very important announcement!
Is Quincy singing the sad song of his people? ????
Thank you. I needed that. Those pictures are the best.
We just got a new mutt. Where i am is pit mix land. I grew up with the breed and have trained my dogs as an adult too. Our new dog, Suki, (ATLA reference) has pit in her, but I think also Shepard (back leg and fur texture) and Akita (triangle head, fox brown, white beard). I was floored when on the first day she turned down treats!
Teh Gerg says
Points. “There wolf!”
My belly laughing ????????????????????
Quincyyyyyyyyy! It’s been too long.
Glad to see he’s still living the life. I noticed the Mcdee’s bag in that last pic and feel sure that the toothy grin and slurpy tongue were somewhat related to it. A sure way to fend off the menacing wolf(ish) dog. 🙂 Our own mystery flavor pound puppy always considered McDonald’s scraps to be snacks of the highest order and much too rare for his liking.
We have a lovely GSD. He’s part dog, part pony. He’s 7 months old and 53 kilos.
Here’s his photo
Bill G says
Zooterkins!!!!! I am terrified!!!!!! Surely this terrifying creature is about to jump out of the screen and rip me to shreds!!!!! Ayuh, sure.
A fun finding for a really cute pup.
He’s a perfect and delightful angel.
Full disclosure: I am that woman who’d totally pet the dog if the creepy man in the creepier white van offered one.
Yvette McGinty says
Hopefully it makes him healthier. Hybrid vigor.
Marie Finnegan says
You rock Quincy! In the days before canine DNA tests I had an Airedale who would MEOW! I swore he was part cougar; he also pounced, just like a big old kitty. Ain’t science great!
I had a wolf cross dog — in fact, his ancestry was St. Bernard, Malamute, Akita and Timberwolf. Our trainer commented that it probably took him 10 minutes after waking up to decide who he was going to be that day.
Mr. Q (for the Star Trek Q Continuum…he was HUGE…140 lbs, and I had to lift my hand to pat his head)…anyway, Mr. Q was the smartest, silliest, funniest and most affectionate pet I’ve ever had, and I still miss him so much it hurts.
May your Quincy be just as precious and memorable!
Ha! Quincy’s yip sounds a lot like a Coyote to me. He looks pretty much irresistible. Maybe the 6% wolf will help spare him from potential hip issues. 🙂
Angela Knight says
Yeah, that’s a dangerous looking animal, that is!! ROTFL!!
Seriously, he’s a pretty dog. Glad he found such a good home!
He is the bestest of puppies and the wolf heritage just gives him extra character.
Deborah Donofrio says
And that striped shirt insulted every base pair in his wolf genes. ????
omg, that yipping! ROTFL He’s more shrill than my 8 lb dachshund was. And those funny funny photos! Thanks so much for sharing, it really made my morning.
Sharon Fletcher says
We had a dog who was a rescue. Actually he showed up at our house and impressed us enough to keep him. He looked part German shepherd, part chow. The vet who gave him his initial shots said he had a good amount of wolf in him.
We would never have chosen any of those breeds to bring into our homeschooling family with 6 young children. But this dog was exceptional. Very submissive to us, very protective of children, deadly to rodents unless they had our smell on them, as pets. Basically a big goof who was really good at judging people and looked hecka scary to strangers.
Our oldest daughter was in college, a biology major, away from home when we got him. When she saw a picture of him she freaked out, drove hours to get home, to save us from this dangerous beast. Before she even got to the door, after all of us had greeted her at her car and the dog who had never seen her before stood up on his hind legs and gave her a hug, she said, “Never mind.”
Andrea Stevens says
You really needed a “spew alert” on this post! Coke (as in Coca-Cola, wouldn’t know about the other kind, I spend my discretionary income on your books, lol!) hurts when it comes out of your nose & co-workers look at you funny when you suddenly burst out laughing for no apparent reason… Quincy looks about as wolf-ish as Winter & Sadie do…
I have a toy poodle that everyone always asks what she is. To me its obvious.. i have her cut in the non showdog cut but she has the fluffy long haired ears. The key is that she doesn’t have a docked tail. There is no reason to dock a poodles tail unless you are going to use them as what they were bred for.. a water retriever, and that is debateable. Anyway, the curled tail with a plume stumps them every time.
I have 2 Belgian Shepherds (littermates) and the did that all the time. We called it their singing.
Tammy Glass says
So in other words there goes your McDonalds???
Kelly M. says
Having the big goofball sweater pic heading up the family tree is perfection. HAHAHA!!!!!
I would have guessed he had swallowed a squeaky toy. ????
Our rescue GSD is a scaredy cat.
We had her for 3 months before she would make a noise.
It turned out that our 2 year old 70ib shepherd was considerably younger. 30 ib later she is full grown and darn near as heavy as I am. ????
Robin Šebelová says
Quincy could be descended from Czechoslovakian Wolfdog (Československý vlčák), that is more probable than random crossbreeding.
In the US people breed wolf hybrids on purpose. I ran into a handful over 15 years as a vet tech, from a 7/8 wolf that looked pure wolf to a couple of 1/8 wolf crosses that looked like lab/shepherd crosses except for the eyes. They were all very easy to deal with in the vet clinic; all dogs should be so well-behaved.
Sarah Carnivale says
Doesn’t make him a bad boy. We all have differences in our family tree.
There was a trend, round about 1970, to breed ‘wolf-dogs’ since, ya know, they’re so cool. Never mind how difficult it might be for the dog to deal with civilization.
For the DNA testing, a friend had her Saluki tested, only to find it was part Golden Retriever, part Chihuahua. Soooooo…..
Moon Moon! I love rescue dogs. That’s how we got our Havalon who just also happens to be a 1/4 Beagle. She’s just the best little dog.
Quincy sounds like he ate a squeaky toy. I love it!
DNA tested my dog because I was so confused. He looked mixed boxer but he grew bigger than a boxer (27″ shoulder 120lbs), had an undercoat I’d never experienced, webbed toes, etc. Turns out he’s half Boxer, quarter Malumute, eighth white Shepard, eighth…. Chihuahua. ????
So we ended up with a mouthy, overgrown toddler that sheds like a cat, loves below zero temps, and per a professional animal trainer, is completey obstinate.
Aurelia needs a pooch like this in her life. Just sayin’…
Claudia C says
???? Moderator R,
Will you please let me know if “Sweep in Peace” by GraphicAudio will be available from Audible.
Thank you ????
Moderator R says
Yes it will be, by the 1st of May ????
The family tree instantly gave me this mental image:
POV- reading a romance novel and author tries to make it a mystery as to which hero the heroine will choose.
Me: gee, I WONDER WHO IT COULD BE ????
Moderator R says
“According to my research, in a vampire- werewolf love triangle, the vampire always gets the girl”
Susan D says
So cute. We had a German Shepard growing up. Tinkerbell. (5 girls, what can I say lol). Sweetest dog ever. The pictures remind me of her and I just want to hug them. I absolutely love that yip, too funny!!
We had a boxer called Tinkerbell when I was growing up!
Thanks for giving me a giggle!
What a happy little derp <3 Love it.
I showed this to my son (also an IA fan) and he commented, “Wow!!!!! A very Ilona Andrews outcome–the pets are never what they seem in those books!” So true…
I have not laughed so hard in a long time!
Quincy is a surprise package!
Cby Bailey says
Years ago, more than twenty, a co-worker’s Siberian Husky came up pregnant. Totally unplanned and a mystery. She delivered 12 puppies. They were adorable and I took two home. As they grew they became escape artists and actually chewed a large hole in the garage door to get out. They loved the dog park and were not aggressive towards other dogs but half an hour into our visit they were testing their perimeter for an escape. One of the other owners did the DNA thing and passed the info that the pups were quarter wolf. It explained so much!
Lol, huskies will do that too. They’re notorious escape artists and insanely smart. We had one we never could keep contained. She would dig out of physical fences (and chewed through the holly my parents planted on a recommendation to block the fence) and was smart enough that she figured out how to run down the battery on the electric fence collar until she could just stroll out. The only dog we’ve had close to her intelligence was a hound that had survived as a stray for several years. My mom always wanted another husky, but we live in the South now and those dogs are made for snow.
Kate Ragsdale says
As a person that was raised with wold and coyote hybrids ( all accidental rescues)keeping a pack mentality is CRITICAL. The can be great family members but they are NOT pets and they always are testing their place in the family.
If you ever rescue another GSD/Husky/ Malamute+, always run your hand over the top of the skull between the ears. A domestic dog’s skull is flat. A hybrid will have a peak.
Beautiful dog, and good luck! Get a gentle leader for the walks.
We did one of those for our dog because he was a mess of blondish hair with a Bassett-like body. He looks a bit like a highland terrier. It came back half purebred bichon frise and half purebred Rottweiler. We might have believed the bichon, but there was no way he was half Rottweiler or two purebred breeds considering where we found him. We talked to the vet and he just rolled his eyes and said the tests aren’t reliable.
The owners of my dog’s littermate got one done and theirs seemed more accurate since it seemed to match mom and what we suspected of dad. I’m not sure if it was the difference in tests, whether some breeds are easier, or if they were just better able to narrow it down because we knew mom was a bully breed mix.
Nature over nurture is a funny thing. Quincy is hilarious. I love all the animal posts! Thank you for brightening my day. We had one pure German Shepherd and one Lab and Shepherd mix. They are excellent dogs. Clearly Quincy is doing all his ancestor’s proud.
I am guessing from context that wolves yip like this and that dogs/German Shepherds don’t?
I am owned by cats. These canine nuances escape me. But anytime you want to talk varying cat fur textures, I can be useful.
I believe German shepherds are very closely related to European wolves. Quincy obviously, is a lovely canine.
As always a delightful post, with the most adorable of pups. However, as someone looking into new flooring I’m intrigued. Do you by chance know anything about where the floors pictured come from or thoughts on them.
My girl is a rescue who was billed as a “Boxer/Bulldog” Mix which I was happy about because I did NOT want a pit bull. I couldn’t see either one the boxer or the bulldog, but when she has some loose skin and when she curls up, she wrinkles which made me think Shar-Pei. One DNA test later?
76% American Staffordshire Terrier (obvs, I didn’t know what a pittie looked like)
3% Miniature Bull Terrier
Aaaand 6% Shar-Pei
And with all that, she is 100% the sweetest dog I’ve ever known. Loving her and her wrinkles every day.
Bigmama Battillo says
Hubby and I alternate between being owned by dogs or cats! We will lose a much beloved and usually VERY elderly dog and decide we can NEVER have another because it is much too hard to lose them-but we MUST have a pet because we miss one WAY too much! So we break down and get a CAT! A couple of decades later we lose a MUCH BELOVED, ELDERLY CAT, who has owned us for decades, so we get a dog! See a developing pattern!? We are now happily owned by a very interesting and funny cat! He is much beloved by the whole family and rules us all from the thrown behind my head on my recliner chair! Since we are now rather elderly ourselves, we suffer from stiff necks most of the time!
Wait…is this the same pooch who got so terrified during a thunderstorm that he couldn’t walk and your daughter rushed him to the emergency vet?