Decoding Dog Breeds

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Ever wonder what breeds make up your mutt? Certain breeds are happier to live an outdoor lifestyle than others are. Rhodesian ridgebacks, for instance, can withstand extreme heat and cold and they love miles-long runs, so they make good companions for distance runners. Chesapeake bay retrievers, on the other hand, are some of the strongest swimmers, making them ideal for river trips.

Assistant Editor Alicia Carr tries to crack the DNA of her two shelter dogs with the Canine Heritage Test, which involves only a simple cheek swab. Head to Outside's dog blog,, to read the first part of the story. And, to take a guess at what breeds make up Editor Carr's dogs.

There's already a pool going on in the comments section.

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