You’ll never guess what they look like 😱
After their mother went away, Rocky, Chip, and Brownie were taken into the Helping Hands Humane Society (HHHS) Topeka. Little background information on the three little puppies was provided to the rescue. They just knew that they required assistance, and that was sufficient.
The puppies were barely a week old and need bottle feeding, so a foster family decided to take them in so they could receive the care and attention they required. All three puppies essentially had the same appearance when they originally entered the rescue’s care. However, as the three siblings grew older and began to acquire their own individual personalities, they also started to take on their own distinct appearances.
The boys’ peculiarities could be seen in the images as early as 3 weeks old, according to Emi Griess, the HHHS Topeka communications coordinator, who spoke to The Dodo. “Rocky’s coat was longer and silkier than Brownie’s, although Chip still had the appearance of a young Chihuahua. We were able to discern that all three of them will appear drastically different from one another at roughly 6 to 7 weeks old.
The pups quickly all developed into their adult selves, making it hard to distinguish between them as siblings.
Grace Clinton, director of business development and special events at HHHS Topeka, told us, “I was SO startled. I was astonished to learn they were siblings. That was something I had never seen before.
Naturally, the rescue couldn’t help but post the startling littermates online, and the internet immediately went bonkers over the group. Unable to accept that they were all from the same litter, several individuals tried to explain the phenomena. Whatever the case, the boys quickly attracted the attention of everyone, including their permanent family.
The foster mother of the boys, who works for Hill’s Pet Nutrition, frequently brought one or more of the puppies with her to virtual meetings, according to Griess. They rapidly gained a lot of popularity among conference attendees, and Hill’s employees adopted both Chippie and Brownie! The boys are periodically reunited since Rocky was adopted by a former Hill’s employee.
After the boys had moved into their new homes, their families made the decision to do pet DNA testing on each of the canines to see what breed they truly were. Rocky, who resembles a Yorkie, hasn’t received his findings yet; however, Chip, who resembles a Chihuahua, and Brownie have, and they are undoubtedly rather intriguing.
In Chip’s results, there are 22% silky terriers, 19.8% miniature poodles, 16.1% Yorkshire terriers, 13.2% Chihuahuas, 8.6% Pomeranians, 6.9% Russell-type terriers, and 13.4% supermutts. Results for Brownie show that 19.9% of her puppies are Yorkshire terriers, 17.8% are silky terriers, 17.4% are tiny poodles, 16.6% are Chihuahuas, 12.3% are dachshunds, 7.7% are Pomeranians, and 8.3% are supermutts.
It’s simply so strange to everyone concerned that three puppies from the same litter could all grow up to look so completely different. However, based on how the dogs seem, the findings seem to make sense.
Dr. Jolle Kirpensteijn, Chip’s father and the chief professional veterinary officer for Hill’s Pet Nutrition, told The Dodo that there are three main genes that affect the pattern of a dog’s hair coat. “One for length, one for curl, and one for the existence of ‘furniture,’ such as beards, bushy eyebrows, and wiry hair type,’ which are present in 95% of dog breeds. This was made feasible by the combination (mixed) of gene expression from Mom and Dad.
The boys’ permanent families can now certify that although they may physically differ greatly from one another, they have quite similar personalities. All three canines truly adore going on outings and making friends with every single person and animal they come across. Even while they don’t really resemble siblings, they act like brothers, which makes the whole thing even cuter.
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