Just yesterday, the Animal Protection Foundation (APF) released a heartwarming video that tells the story of Amal, or Hope, a rescued Baladi dog that has been adopted by a family in the United States, and how her DNA helped us understand the origin of the Baladi breed in Egypt.
Like thousands of other Baladi dogs, Amal was found starving and tortured. She had also developed a severe case of pneumonia that was killing her slowly.
Rescuers from APF found her escaping from kids who were chasing her. She was running for her life. Luckily, she has been taken in at their shelter, and with the donations of kind people and animal lovers she was treated, and soon enough she found her forever home with a loving family in the U.S.A.
Amal’s new family decided to test her DNA to understand more about the lineage of the Baladi breed. Using the services of Embark: DNA Test for Breed Identification, Ancestry, and Health Research Partner of Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, the family managed to trace Amal’s unique lineage that dates back to 15,000 years.
It was revealed that Amal is an indigenous Ancestral Dog, with DNA older any recognized dog breed. Through Amal’s mitochondrial DNA, they traced her maternal ancestry back to the time when men and dogs first became acquainted.
Her DNA was also found to be genetically unique with no correlation to modern dog breeds. Scientists from Embark even think that these indigenous ancestral dogs were the foundation from which modern dog breeds developed. It’s not just that, the genes tested negative for all 171 genetic diseases that the company screens for. Furthermore, her genetic material was found to be clear of 164 genetic conditions.