DNA-Based Mixed Breed Test for Dogs

Stop playing ‘name that mix’ and put your mixed-breed dog’s DNA to the test.

Posted: October 15, 2007, 5 a.m. EDT

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Pet owners who wonder what breeds make up their mixed-up mutt can stop guessing and put their dog’s DNA to the test. Mars Veterinary, a division of Mars Inc., recently launched a new DNA test to help owners learn more about the genetics of their canine.

The Wisdom Panel MX Mixed Breed Analysis test can detect more than 130 breeds that may be present in a mixed dog, covering 99 percent of American Kennel Club registered dogs, according to the company.

Since the test includes the analysis of more than 19 million DNA markers from more than 13,000 dogs, the DNA test has an 84 percent accuracy rate, according to the company. The test requires a DNA sample from the dog, which can be obtained through a blood sample taken by a veterinarian. For more information, visit www.whatsmydog.com

A similar test from MetaMorphix Inc., the Canine Heritage Breed Test, requires a DNA cheek swab from your dog, which is then sent to the company for analysis. The MetaMorphix test identifies 38 potential breeds, but a company spokesperson says the test will identify more than 116 breeds by the end of the year. Visit www.canineheritage.com for more information.

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Gregg   Vancouver, BC

1/8/2010 1:14:18 PM

Having a mixed breed puppy is fine. People want the tests due to several reasons, some breeds are more prone to cnacer, I know I had one, I adopted a resuce puppy in August and i do not know what breed she is so I am going to have her tested. That way you can take preventitive measures for illnesses. So thats why the testing is there. its not a waste of money.....

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Maggie   Lancaster, PA

10/27/2009 4:14:55 AM

If you have a mixed breed dog, accept that it's a mixed breed dog. The DNA tests aren't accurate. Why do people feel a need to identify the breeds that make up their companion? I just don't get it. I've owned several mutts and never felt the need to say what they were genetically. I knew one was minimally a beagle mix, most likely some GSD in her, but she looked like a BC. I simply called her a mixed breed dog. Not a BeagleShep or anything else. I realize some like solving mysteries, but others seem to simply be seeking a status in the identification. Be proud that your dog is a rescued (Hopefully) Mixed breed!

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Kathy   Herndon, VA

10/15/2009 11:09:46 AM

The Wisdom Panel is only one of 3 tests available, and is by far the most expensive (it also has to be done by a vet, whereas the others are done at home by cheek swab).

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Amber   tulsa, OK

12/7/2007 9:04:33 AM

Very cool!

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