Happy Shock

This is BeAnne Duvet Soufflé Princess Shaznay du Mezzanine.

The light of my life.

We bought her from FreeAds in 2006 – she was 12 weeks when she came to us masquerading as a rottweiler.


We knew BeAnne would have a rough coat  There were hints even at a very early age.


The fur appeared.


The attitude appeared.


And then more fur appeared.


BeAnne was sold to us as a Patterdale terrier with Gould and Nuttall lines, or something – I fail to remember but I was meant to be impressed so I nodded hopefully and looked vaguely intelligent at the time.

She is definitely a Patterdale terrier – which is a mix of working terriers.

Apparently her father is a certain Jack who is at Durham Kennels.  Suffice it to say, neither exist according to my searching.

Anywho, I don’t care who BeAnne is, though I will admit to having an interest in the breeds involved that make up such a special little girl.


So, for my birthday, I was given a DNA kit. You take a mouth swab and send it off to be analysed.

Mars Veterinary – Wisdom Panel

Where to purchase – Amazon.co.uk


The first one failed – I was happily thinking all her royal blood had probably broken their computer!


So, you can perhaps imagine my surprise at the results!

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So that’s a Russell Terrier, Yorkie with a hint of Border!  A new breed – the exclusive,  and highly sought after, Russellshire Terrier!

Mwahahahaha!  Brilliant.  I am thrilled.  This explains everything!  I am sorely tempted to go and look for a bow now, for the hair!

11 thoughts on “Happy Shock

  1. joanne

    Ha brilliant. Thats hilarious. Never would have expected.

    She looks a bit like my sisters dog who is a russell norfolk mix.

  2. Linda

    How fun to do that DNA test! And I would NEVER have guessed her current coat compared to her puppy coat.
    She is indeed royalty, through and through.

  3. Nicky Callam

    How fascinating! We would love to know the make up of our Cyprus hound (our little bitch of very mixed ancestry rescued from a pound in Cyprus). Where did you get the testing kit? Our guess is a touch of lab, a smidgeon of shar pei and a lot of meerkat! However sometimes she looks like a bonsai Great Dane.

  4. Terri

    There’s only one BeAnne — what a lovely surprise she turned out to be, but the perfect dog (well, mostly). Lucky you!


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