Sherman’s DNA Results

Sherman Skulina's DNA Results

We recently received Sherman’s DNA results and were both surprised at the results.  We were sure that Sherman would be a German Shepard/Rottweiler mix but instead he is a Lab/German Shepard mix!

His family tree shows a lot of mixed breed dogs, thus our Rottie prediction still could be true.

Sherman's DNA

It makes perfect sense to us that Sherman has Labrador Retriever DNA.  His body shape looks like a lab, he is soft like a lab, and he loves the water.  Sherman can’t resist a swim no matter the temperature.

Sherman Skulina loves OBX

Sherman’s coloring and underbelly fur show his Shepard traits.

Sherman is Worn Out

I would love to have a more detailed DNA analysis of Sherman’s mixed breed traits.

Mixed Breed
Mixed Breed2

I can’t believe that Sherman has any Miniature Pincher DNA but the Pincher’s cousin, the Doberman Pinscher, could be in his mixed breed heritage.  Sherman has the facial coloring, body shape, and black fur like a Doberman.



I had to look up the Australian Kelpie because I had never heard of that breed.  The Kelpie looks a lot like a German Shepard, so perhaps he does have some Kelpie DNA.  This Black and Tan Australian Kelpie looks a lot like Sherman.

Black and Tan Kelpie


I can’t imagine that Sherman has Ibizan Hound DNA but good old hound dog DNA is probable.  Sherman points and he loves to hunt!

Ibizan Hound


No matter what his DNA, we love our Sherman just the way he is!

Sherman Skulina at Home

We used this test from Amazon to test Sherman’s DNA.  Our local chain pet store has the test but it is $40 more expensive.  We like buying local but couldn’t justify paying an extra $40 for the test. 


  1. Hi Paula!
    Ya’ll are so cute with Sherman. I can’t believe you got his DNA tested. LOL. Baxter is a Lab mix. I have no idea what the “mix” is. He actually looks alot like a Lab just not as big as a full bloodied Lab. Still big though. So his and Sherman’s colorings aren’t the same. But, some of the pictures you’ve posted of Sherman have reminded me of things about Baxter. Labs are the sweetest dogs ever! So that is a great thing. I just hope Sherman doesn’t shed as much as Baxter… yikes! If he does, let me recommend the Roomba!

    Miss you Paula. Hope you are well.

    1. I miss you, Nancy! I really was surprised to see Lab in Sherman’s results but it does make sense. Sherman sheds like crazy! His hair is everywhere and I know it is going to be terrible this spring when he loses his winter coat.

  2. What fun, and thanks for sharing! I love the mystery of mutts. We had our little guy tested and I was sure he’d be a yorkie/pug mix (a porkie) and was I surprised by our results! No porkie at all. In fact, he’s so mixed they couldn’t identify much at all, but somewhere there’s Chihuahua and Maltese in his background. Aren’t mutts the best?

  3. I adopted my “Amos” from a pound in June 2012. He’ll be 2 years old next month. We’ve talked about it would be nice to know what his “breeds” are. The pound had ‘lab mix’ on his info. Our vet thinks maybe lab-hound. All I know is he’s 55 lbs. of love and energy. Never thought we’d make it thru that destructive puppy stage! Maybe this year we’ll do the DNA test to see what his real “make up” is. Your Sherman is absolutely gorgeous! Such a sweet face! You’re right, no matter what DNA results say, we love our babies.

  4. Very interesting. My first thought was Rottweiler when I saw his picture on FB. But I’m partial to those because my son had the sweetest one.

  5. Hi what a beautiful dog Sherman is. We adopted our dog Coco and have been wondering exactly what she is, boxer mix, boxer terrier or boxer pit and thanks for having the link on this post so I can do that to for her. Have a great day, Lisa

  6. What a fun little adventure this was! Sherman got all the right traits from his family tree…he’s a good looking dog. I’m sure y’all are glad to know a little bit more about him.

    The mixed breed possibilities are interesting.

  7. Any chance you’ve taken a Skulina DNA test? My mother was a Skubina. Her family originally came from East Prussia in Germany. It would be interesting to see if the Skulina and Skubinna connect 300 or 600 years ago. If you are interested, write me at my email below. Thanks and have a great day with your dog!

    1. My husband is the Skulina. His Skulina ancestors are from Czechoslovakia. His sister did a 23 and Me DNA test. She didn’t mention a Skubina in the results but that doesn’t mean that Skulina and Skubina aren’t connected.


  8. Sherman is adorable. We did an older DNA test on our dog Pearl (she looks like a black lab). We were skeptical of those results too because they showed all these odd dogs like Yorkie and bulldog in her background. So, we did Embark about a year ago and it indicated Lab and Australian shepherd. That makes better sense due to white chest marking and heavier neck hair. Good luck!

    1. Thank you, Amy! I can’t wait to get the Embark results. I’m glad to know that your experience with Embark gave you results that made more sense.


  9. I have a connection between the Skulina and Skubina (Skubinna) families. Waschk Skubiena was born in 1649 at Glowken, Kreis Goldap, East Prussia. My 7th Great-Grandfather was Peter Skubinna, second son of Waschk. The first son of Waschk was Jann (“Jan”) Skupina (b. Glowken). His son was Michael Skulina (b. 1665 at Stefanova, Slovakia). The son of Michael was Franz Skulina. In 1750 he was living at Sobesovice, Upper Silesia. So we must be related one way or another.

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