April 16, 2018: Darwin’s Dogs, a project of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, and U-Mass Medical School, is launching a “citizen science” survey. The data collected will tell a lot about how people perceive breeds and mixes, how different breed mixes affect the appearance of a dog, how well people can guess their canine friends’ ancestries from looks alone, and how that might affect our lives with dogs.
This information is vital to many future projects throughout the scientific world.
The survey asks you to guess the ancestry of 31 different mixed-breed dogs, based on photos and appearance traits.
The answers won’t be revealed for 60 days. At that time, everyone will be sent the correct answers, along with their guesses, and how they did in relation to other people.
You can take the survey at:
(You can practice a bit on our own breed quiz.)
Australian Shepherd: I have a better idea… let’s herd all the lightbulbs into one place.
Basset Hound: You go ahead. I’ll just take a nap.
Bernese Mountain Dog: Is it just me, or is it really warm in here? I’m going out to lie in the snow.
Dachsund: You’ve got to be kidding.
German Shepherd: I’m on it! Of course, I’ll need to replace the light fixture and the wiring to bring everything up to code.
Golden Retriever: Who needs a lightbulb? Let’s go outside and play fetch!
Irish Wolfhound: I think I can reach it.
Labrador Retriever (Lab): Oh, me, me! Let me change all the lightbulbs!
Old English Sheep Dog: Huh? Who turned out the lights?
Pointer: There it is! What are you waiting for? There it is! Change it!
Poodle: I don’t care who changes it, but we definitely need more light to admire me!
Rottweiler: Not my job.
West Highland White Terrier (Westie): I’ll just bark at it until it comes on.